A lot of businesses rent a reefer truck from CoolVans in order to keep their food products cool in the hot Las Vegas heat. If you are transporting food, even if it’s just a little ways, you need to be concerned about food safety. Here are answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ) about food safety that might make you think twice about transporting that food in an unrefrigerated van.

What temperature should food be kept?

When refrigerated, food needs to be at 40° F. Frozen food should be kept at 0° F. We have reefer trucks that can meet both of these food safety requirements. Anything above those temperatures can allow bacteria to begin to form on the food, putting you at risk of making your customers ill.

How quickly do bacteria begin to form on food?

It takes as little as two hours for bacteria to start to form on unrefrigerated items. In weather above 90° F, though, bacteria can form even faster (and that’s a temperature we’re very familiar with here in Nevada!). You’ll have about an hour in these hot weather circumstances. That means you need to get those items back into a refrigerated environment, such as one of our reefer trucks, or cool them down in ice. That’s why we recommend hiring a refrigerated truck for your food transportation, even if you are only driving a short distance. You never know when a Las Vegas traffic jam is going to strike and keep you stuck in the car past that one-hour deadline.

How many food poisoning cases each year in the United States?

About 48 million people in the United States get sick every year from foodborne illnesses. That’s pretty incredible. What’s even worse, though, is that 3,000 people each year actually die from foodborne illnesses. If that doesn’t make you take food safety seriously, nothing will. It can literally be a matter of life and death. Many cases are due to people not washing their hands thoroughly enough before they handle food, but improperly refrigerated foods make up a large percentage of the cases as well.

Are businesses liable for food poisoning?

Absolutely. In most cases, it’s a matter of negligence on the part of the business. That means the business failed to take reasonable actions to prevent food poisoning. It could also result in product liability or a breach of warranty, depending on your product and the state you are in. It could even result in a wrongful death lawsuit if the person dies as a result of the food poisoning. A lawsuit means paying a lot of money to a lawyer as well as potential legal damages, all of which could sink your business.

Food safety is a big deal and it’s something that any food-related business needs to take seriously. When you need to transport food for your business, make sure it’s done right. Our reefer trucks are here to help. Get in touch with us today to learn more about renting or buying one of our Las Vegas trucks. You can give us a call or contact us through our website and a member of our team will help you get the reefer truck that you need!