The Timestrip® Solution
Timothy Corbett – Amtrak’s manager of Special Projects located in Los Angeles, spearheaded the project of incorporating Timestrip Time and temperature indicators (TTIs) into the company’s cold chain management systems.
He says that before Amtrak started using Timestrip TTIs, the company’s procedure had been to remove all food items from the trains when they pulled into the station for the evening. This was due to an FDA concern that while the trains were serviced in the evening, the power could be shut off and food would spoil presenting a danger to the public.
Amtrak contacted Timestrip because it had the best prices on an 8°C product and were inert prior to activation. Tim says that the company in fact only needed a 4-hour 8°C TTI, so Timestrip created this product specifically with them in mind, which is now the TP-349 Food 8°C/46°F.
An unexpected outcome was that by creating a smaller time window, Timestrip were able to help the company reduce costs further.