Cold Chain Labels too Anonymous for Use?

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Despite the fact that the International Air Transport Association (IATA) shipping labels were brought into effect just over a month ago, making the time and temperature sensitive labelling mandatory, some issues are still to be overcome with regard to bringing it to use.

According to The Loadstar, the news labels were first approved by senior officials in the IATA as of the end of 2010.

However, even though there was a period of well over a year where the labels were due to be brought into use, many firms have still been using other forms since, making it difficult for IATA to endorse the use of the mandatory replacement.

The organisation was only able to get information regarding the introduction of these labels in May, which has seen it have to work harder to get information to pharmaceutical firms on the full rolling out of their usage.

Andrea Gruber, manager cargo standards for IATA, said that the label had been difficult to bring to the market because of difficulties for IATA in communication, adding: "The label touches the first stakeholders in the chain, the shipper, and it’s not always easy to get the information out," she explained.

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