IMHA topics range from CIPs to cattle disease
May 30, 2007 2:12 PM
Separate issues involving the use of clean-in-place (CIP) systems and preparations for an outbreak of hoof and mouth disease in cattle lead the discussions at the annual International Milk Haulers Association convention and expo May 20-22 in Wisconsin Dells WI.
Steve McWilliams of Walker Stainless Equipment Company Inc pointed out that there are at least eight types of CIP systems used in tank trailers throughout the United States, and the various types require as many means for keeping them clean and for insuring their operating standards. Alternatives to the systems were discussed by members of the audience, such as the use of drop-down cleaning systems at milk processor facilities.
In another program topic, Allen Sayler of the International Dairy Foods Association presented information about a 2001 outbreak of hoof and mouth disease in England, and said the United States must be sure it is prepared should a similar spread of the disease occur. The disease spreads widely and rapidly, and requires extreme measures to control. Milk haulers would be on the front line, should an outbreak strike, because they would be exposed to animals while loading milk on the farm. The virus does not spread to humans, but can be transmitted to other animals on other farms through clothing, vehicles, and other material means, Sayler said.
Other topics highlighted at the meeting included transportation security systems, hours-of-service issues, leasing and insurance options, and increasing the speed of milk sampling. Taking part in the expo were several foodgrade tank trailer manufacturers and suppliers, commercial truck centers, leasing companies, and driver staffing companies. Watch for full coverage of the IMHA meeting in the September issue of Bulk Transporter.
© 2013 Penton Media Inc.
Acceptable Use Policy blog comments powered by Disqus