Temperature monitoring in the food industry
While all Testo instruments and equipment perform vital tasks on a day-to-day basis, perhaps one of the most important applications, with the most wide spread implications, is our activity in the food industry. It is an industry that affects us all to one degree or another and as such the correct application and use of our measurement instruments in this area is of huge significance to anyone who needs to eat.
The food industry and its produce effectively powers the nation. None of us would last long without the milk to make that first cup of tea or that bacon sandwich in the morning. This puts a lot of pressure on the industry which keeps the nation running to ensure that the production, preparation, storage and transport of food is all carefully monitored and regulated. All of these points in the process are potential danger areas with regard to spoilage due to the mismanagement and poor regulation of temperature. With the right equipment and instrumentation (such range of Testo thermometers) you can clearly and precisely monitor, maintain and manage the temperature of produce at any given stage.
In order to help food industry professionals manage the process more safely there exists a system of guidelines known as HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point). This provides guidance as to the safe handling, storage, production, transport and cooking of food material so as to avoid any spoiling of high risk foods. A high risk food is a food stuff which is subject to the rapid multiplication of pathogens such as bacteria when its temperature is improperly maintained.
Certain foods such as meat, fish and dairy – need to be kept at specific temperatures to avoid their spoiling and becoming dangerous for human consumption. There is a specific temperature danger-zone for these types of food, which is the optimum temperature for bacterial development and growth. This danger zone is between 5 – 60 degrees centigrade – see handy illustrating diagram. Given that we know there is a specific temperature range at which bacteria reproduces, the importance of the ability to accurately measure and monitor food temperature becomes more clear.
If your business operates in the food industry then ensuring that you strictly adhere to the HACCP procedures and guidelines is of utmost importance in making sure that you are operating legally. Further, the health and safety of consumers is held in the balance, meaning that you need to know you can trust your instrumentation. Testo instruments will help make sure that you meet HACCP requirements and give you the confidence to know that you are accurately monitoring your processes and that your methods are safe.
Posted on March 27, 2013, in Commercial, Food, Food Hygiene, Health and Safety, Infrared, Latest News, News, Refrigeration, Safety, Thermometer and tagged controlled monitoring equipment, cooking oil tester, direct temperature measurement, folding thermometers, food safety equipment, HACCP, HACCP compliance, measuring instruments, non-contact thermometer, ntc thermometer, t-bar thermometer, temperature and humidity monitoring, temperature probes, Testo, testo limited, Testo Ltd, Thermometers. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.