Code of Practice - Sample Pallet
Uniformly random carton selection provides a true sample for testing.
Code of Practice Sample Pallet
A "Code of Practice Sample Pallet" is a planned sample set that takes specific cartons from pallets on a trailer from tail to nose. This uniform random selection of cartons by shipping mark, production date or other customer requirements provides the customer with a true sample for further testing. A total of six percent of any trailer is sampled, removing two or three cartons from each pallet. This sample is made during the unloading process.
Below: Bill Morrison explains the original, jointly derived, Code of Practice Pallet since its inception in 1994.
Disputes and Bacteria
A "COP" can be used to test for fat content in the event of lean/fat content disputes (in which case it is shipped last). Or it may be needed for bacterial checks (in which case it is shipped first).
Today, the COP is utilized today in the following way:
The lumping team has a set sample parameter that dictates how the COP is to be constructed from the contents of the original Packer’s load progression. The result is a standardized cross section of the containerized inbound.
After the COP Pallet has been established, the pallet is isolated and placarded. The COP pallet is always located and oriented to be facing the freezer aisle so to be readily accessible in the event a 3rd party tester/driller would like to take samples at the storage facility. Upon allocation and outbound shipment, the pallet is loaded to the tail of the truck which allows the pallet, upon receipt, to be readily accessible for testing.
We have the ability to further innovate the COP Practice:
Innovations in information technology allow us to increase the transparency between parties. We have developed a means to further report symmetric information between cold-chain members. By adding data fields, enabling EDI, and “parsing” barcode data; we have the ability to: store, compile, and query case level data in our Warehouse Management System, WMS. Serving as a means to better link the “packer to the plate”, we can capture data on a per case basis and link the compiled data to a specifically tagged pallet.
Upon request or upon an automated sequencing; we can report the unit data per Container, Lot or even per Pallet Tag to our clients, consignees, or packers. This data can be transmitted via EDI, printed on BOLs, generated on accessory documents or stored in our WMS system in the event that data is needed at a later date.
This derived process, as it relates to the COP, serves as further verification to the packer on the specific cases that have been pulled at the 3PL facility. By transferring production information symmetrically from the packer to the point of entry verification can be made that a true and random sample has been identified and sanctioned for testing.