Cold Chain Management Practices: Muralya Dairy
Milk and milk products are high in nutrients and minerals, allowing microbes to grow more quickly. Most dairy companies rely on pasteurisation process and cold chain management to avoid this.
In order to avoid dairy supply chain issues, Muralya Dairy, Kerala's First International Dairy Brand, implemented sophisticated Germen technology equipped processing and an 8-step cold chain management system.
In this blog, we explain our best cold chain management practices, which ensure that our dairy products are always kept cold and at optimal temperatures to avoid spoilages and other contamination.
HACCP and Cold Chain Management Practices
Muralya Dairy has adopted effective GMP (Good manufacturing practices) and HACCP (Hazard analysis and critical control points ) programmes and have a number of advantageous operating characteristics that set them apart from those who do not.The application of HACCP systems can promote international quality by increasing confidence in food safety.
We considered cold chain management to be a critical control point (CCP), and at each stage, we ensure that the recommended temperature is met in order to maintain the final product's quality and food safety.
Hazard Analysis - For any dairy brand, the most obvious food hazard is the temperature itself. Maintaining ideal temperatures is a delicate part of the process because some temperatures can prevent bacteria from growing but compromises on the product’s quality. When it comes to milk, a temperature of 45 degrees Fahrenheit ensures that bacteria won’t grow. However, the milk has to be stored at a temperature less than 40 degrees Fahrenheit to maintain the quality. There is also a chance that products may cross-contaminate through spills.
At Muralya, we consider all these risk factors and threats at every step of our cold chain process. A hazard analysis team of experienced specialists, technologically advanced temperature monitoring systems and efficient logging ensure the production of high quality, uncontaminated dairy products that made Muralya one of the best milk companies in Kerala.
Good manufacturing practices -
Finished product storage
Finished product needs to be stored and handled under conditions to prevent deterioration (for example, spoilage) and damage.Muralya Stores and transports finished products (Milk and milk products ) at 5oC or less.
The main reason why dairy brands should invest in a cleaning schedule is to prevent cross contamination. Dairy products like milk and butter may accidentally seep out of the packaging, and stick to conveyor belts and pallets. This in turn welcomes the growth of bacteria which subsequently contaminate other products being processed in the plant. At Muralya, we follow a strict cleaning schedule and make use of advanced, imported cleaning machinery and equipment to ensure effective, regular sanitization. The cleaning process and sanitization effectiveness are closely monitored and studied by our cold chain management team, and documented for reference as well as further improvements.
Tracking & Monitoring System - We cannot neglect the consequence of human errors and machine malfunctions. This is why Muralya has implemented a highly efficient, digitally controlled tracking & monitoring system that alerts our cold chain management team if anything goes wrong. The system also detects if any preset criteria has been met that could potentially lead to contamination or spoilage. In case there is a problem, our monitoring system can highlight the root cause so our team can employ damage control measures, minimize contamination and prevent recurrences in the future.
Muralya Dairy operates with a vision to be unparalleled when it comes to quality control. And this is why we have invested in over a dozen controls at our processing plant that ensure that our cold chain remains unbroken and our products maintain their quality. We constantly optimize our cold chain and supply chain so our consumers only get the best quality products.