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Register now for your free place at the Food Safety Innovators Forum

Testo will be hosting the first Food Safety innovators Forum on the 3rd of November 2017 at Kings Place in London and would like to invite you to join us.

At Testo’s Food Safety Innovators Forum we will be offering our industry knowledge, with guest speakers and a range of notable individuals in the food sector attending.

We are inviting some of the key people in the industry, to get together and exchange ideas and help shape the future of food safety.

This forum is designed to give you the opportunity to network and discuss current and future topics around food safety and quality management.

We are proud to be presenting key industry experts from NSF, HACCP International and Food Safety Services International, as well as our own Testo Global Food Solutions Team.

About the event

There will be two main content sections on the day:

Section 1: The challenges and threats of food safety & quality management 

Section 2: Food safety & quality management goes digital

Both sections will contain a mix of presentations, workshops and moderated discussions.

For the full agenda and more details on the speakers click here.

Book your Free place now

As mentioned, there is absolutely no participation fee, with the venue and catering being sponsored entirely by Testo.

Places are filling up quickly so you’ll have to confirm by 27/10/17 at the latest to ensure you don’t miss out on this exclusive event.

If you want to secure one of the last remaining places, please contact our event co-ordinator Kerry Finlayson (contact details below).

Interested in attending? Contact our event co-ordinator

Name: Kerry Finlayson

Phone: +441420 544433

Email: kfinlayson@testo.co.uk

 

 

 

 

Testo and Prep team up to optimise the life of frying oil

Prep, the high-performance frying oil brand, have teamed up with food safety and measurement equipment experts testo, in a bid to help foodservice customers further extend the lifespan of its range of long-life oils.

As part of the partnership, Prep is using the award-winning testo 270 Cooking Oil Tester in its oil management training, and is now offering the product to food service customers throughout the UK.

The testo 270 enables users to determine in seconds whether oil needs changing, helping to guarantee consistent cooking results, whilst saving customers time, effort and money on unnecessary changes.

Olivia Shuttleworth, Prep brand manager, said: “At Prep, we are committed to helping all our customers to maximise the lifespan of their frying oil, so they can produce great tasting food for longer– saving time, reducing waste and cutting costs in the process.

“When looked after and managed effectively, Prep long life oils last up to three times longer than standard, extended life oils – and regular testing is integral to effective oil management.

“The Testo 270 is a quick, effective way for customers to check their Prep oil, ensuring they get maximum lifespan from every change.”

 

Regular testing is integral to effective oil management

 

The Testo Cooking Oil Tester works by testing the percentage levels of Total Polar Material (TPM) in the frying oil. TPM builds up in the oil during regular use, and measuring these levels is the most reliable and accurate way to measure oil quality and cleanliness of frying oil.

Ashton Baylis, Testo Product manager, said:

“It’s impossible to know when frying oil needs changing simply by looking at it – it needs to be tested regularly.

“The Testo 270 is quick and easy to use, accurately measuring the percentage of TPM in the oil in a few seconds. It provides clear notifications to kitchen teams, so they know when it’s time to make a change. Over time, this can help to reduce oil consumption by up to 20%, whilst guaranteeing you are cooking with clean, effective oil.”

 

The testo 270 allows you to determine the quality of cooking oil faster and more reliably than ever before

 

The Testo 270 offers intuitive operation and a clear, easy to understand monitoring system. The screen changes colour to show when oil needs changing, turning from green when oil is good, to amber when it is approaching time to change, and red when oil needs changing.

Prep offers a comprehensive range of oil management resources, including an oil management guide, oil management equipment and a dedicated oil management app – all developed to helping customers maximise the lifespan of frying oil. Further information and guidance on oil management can be found here.

About testo Food Safety

Testo produce high-quality testing equipment for businesses across a variety of industries. Its food offering includes a wide range of equipment for food safety and quality assurance, designed to help organisations meet the latest HACCP requirements. Instruments include cooking oil testers, paperless quality management systems, temperature monitoring systems, data loggers, thermometers, and PH meters.

Like some more info?

For more information about cooking oil testing please go to www.testo.co.uk or give us a a call on +44 1420 544433 and we’ll be happy to help

 

Why so called ‘cheap’ thermometers are costing you more than you think

As all those in the Food, Service or Catering industries will know well, the ability to make quick temperature spot checks is an essential part of your daily routine. There are a number of foods which must be cooked at a minimum internal temperature in order to remove any harmful bacteria; from meat and poultry, to eggs and other products. Utilising a food thermometer is the easiest way of taking such measurements; ensuring both safety and that food is cooked to the desired taste. They also provide an easy way of making certain that prepared food is kept at the appropriate temperature prior to being served (although you of course need to make sure you either use a different thermometer to measure cooked foods, or sanitise appropriately).

 

The testo 104 food probe thermometer allows you to carry out quick and easy spot checks during the production, storage and processing of food 

 

Since a food thermometer is such an important tool in food preparation, making sure you have a fully functioning, reliable thermometer available at all times is absolutely essential. The problem is, with so many cheap, poorly manufactured thermometers available, many businesses are tempted by the low price point. To an extent this is understandable, if the person responsible for sourcing the company’s equipment is looking through a brochure or website, it can be hard to differentiate between models when it comes to things like robustness and build quality. It looks the same, so I may as well buy the cheap one, right? In the short term, perhaps this is the case, but a few months/years down the line, try taking another look at the numbers when it comes to replacement units. You’d be surprised.

In many cases, we’ve found the frequent turn-around of thermometers is more of an issue than you’d think, particularly for those facilities and restaurant chains which are buying in large quantities. And with costs continuing to rise in the restaurant industry, any way a business can cut costs and improve efficiency is of course very welcome. According to the latest Benchmarking Report from ALMR Christie & Co. operating costs across all trading styles now stand at an all-time high of 51.5% of turnover, with growth across the entire survey at 1.1%.

Some of the cheaper models are so flimsy, with such poor build quality they can almost be considered disposable. For example, say you’re paying £15 to £20 per thermometer, and these are being replaced every 2-3 months because of it being dropped or getting wet, the battery running out, probe snapping or the unit just packing in all-together because of poor build quality, this soon adds up and isn’t doing much good for your equipment budget. Not to mention the added hassle of getting more equipment ordered on a regular basis, and the risk of a situation where there is no available thermometer to make a simple spot check, leaving you no adequate way of making the required checks, and ultimately putting you and your customers at risk.

 

Only by using top quality thermometers like those from testo can you guarantee both accuracy and longevity

 

In this situation, it may make sense to explore a more robust option, for instance a robust waterproof thermometer which could last 5 to 6 times longer. Some manufacturers, for example testo, offer a 2-year warranty of all thermometers, so you can be sure they have been built to last. In many industries, but particularly when dealing with such delicate substances as you do within the food sector, there needs to be a certain degree of emphasis on ‘quality over quantity’. Like with so many things in life you get what you pay for, and thermometers are no exception.

Further to the issues surrounding longevity, when it comes to cheap thermometers, are issues regarding functionality and, more importantly, accuracy. Cheap thermometers will only offer very basic functions whilst top quality thermometers can offer more than one measuring function, for example infrared for non-contact measurement as well as a penetration probe for core temperatures. In terms of taking accurate measurements, by using a cheap thermometer you can’t be certain you are even getting the correct measurements and of course when using a measurement device accuracy can be critical.

Like some more info?

For more information on testo thermometers please go to www.testo.co.uk or give us a call on +44 1420 544433 and we’ll be happy to help.

Testo at Restaurant Tech Live 2017

At Restaurant Tech Live, Excel, London on the 26th and 27th of September, testo will be exhibiting some of our latest solutions for the restaurants and catering sector as well as offering our industry knowledge.

On our stand, testo will be running a ‘how hot is your sausage’ competition, where we will be giving away free sausage samples, with prizes for those who are able to guess the core temperature correctly. This is also to show off our new testo Saveris Restaurant quality management system, and how easy it is to visualise results of spot checks and monitoring.

 

 

Other technology we will have on display includes the award-winning testo 270 cooking oil tester, our Saveris 2 wireless temperature monitoring system as well as our full range of food safety equipment, including data loggers, thermometers, pH meters and more.

If you’re attending the show or you have some availability in your diary to attend, come and visit testo on stand 5154 to see for yourself the food safety knowledge and solutions we can provide.

Show highlights

Theatre Hall 6: How to avoid being the next food scandal! – 15.30 – 16.00

On Day one our very own Warren Mansfield-Smith will be giving advise on how restaurants can use modern quality management technology to avoid being the next food scandal. With ever increasing demands on food service establishments and consumers’ ability to quickly and publicly share their thoughts and opinions on the quality of their experience, food service businesses need to ensure quality checks and all associated documentation are kept up to date and completed correctly.

Warren is a Certified Food Service Professional and has Level 3 Award in HACCP from the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health. He will discuss some of the consequences of not keeping accurate records and ways to reduce the risk to businesses while also improving efficiency and reducing long term costs.

Panel Theatre Hall 10: Shaping the Restaurant of Tomorrow – 12:00 – 12:30

With the restaurant industry ever-evolving due to an influx of emerging technologies, it could be easy to forget the importance of investing in innovative back-of-house solutions, which can streamline operations and boost your bottom line.

Listen in to gain unique insight into the back-of-house trends that are shaping the restaurant of tomorrow.

Testo’s solutions for food safety

Testo offer a wide range of equipment for food safety which will help you meet your quality requirements and give you the reassurance you are storing and cooking your food safely. Our instruments include temperature monitoring systems, data loggers, thermometers, cooking oil testers, thermal cameras, PH meters and more. Whether it is for spot checks or long-term monitoring, from farm to fork, Testo has the right instrument for the job.

In 2017, testo have also launched a brand-new solution, specific to the restaurant and catering sector, called testo Saveris Restaurant. Combining intuitive software and precise measurement technology, testo’s latest solution aims to make daily job processes noticeably easier, safer and more efficient. It includes a fully integrated temperature monitoring system, and control unit(s) allowing all paper documents to be converted into a digital format.

 

By automating checks required in a restaurant, operating costs can be reduced

 

This will help operators demonstrate the highest level of due diligence and ensures quality checks are completed on time and correctly. By removing the need for paper and automating many checks required in a restaurant, it will also help reduce operating costs and improve efficiency.

Come and see us at the show

Visit testo on Stand 5154 at Restaurant Tech Live, Excel, London, 26th-27th September.

Click here for your free tickets

See you there!

Like some more info?

Want to find out more about testo food safety equipment? Why not visit our website www.testo.co.uk or give us a call on +44 1420 544433 and we’ll be happy to help.

 

 

 

 

How to save money and guarantee cooking oil quality

Whilst many have now adopted technology to test their cooking oil, still a significant number of restaurants and food service providers don’t have a suitable system in place for when to change the oil in their fryers. Generally, restaurants fall into one of 2 categories; either they are changing their oil too frequently, or in some cases not often enough. Both cases create serious issues for the affected company, issues which ironically, are very easily rectified.

Without a system in place, there is no way you can guarantee you are being economical in terms of oil consumption. If you change your oil on a particular day of the week for insurance, or even just sporadically as and when you remember / see fit, you are likely not being as economical with your oil as you could be. In this case, you would certainly benefit from employing a system to optimise frying oil usage.

Often companies simply change cooking oil based on mundane things like the colour of the oil, which is by no means an effective indicator of the stage the oil is at. A change in colour could be caused by something like colouring in the food, which then has no bearing on the oil still being usable. In which case, you may find you losing money, and again would benefit massively by optimising your oil usage. In some extreme cases, we have found companies save as much as 20% on oil consumption, simply by testing it on a regular basis. This soon adds up, especially when you think about this expenditure over the space of a year.

 

Many food service companies aren’t changing thier oil regularly enough

 

“But what if I discover I’m not changing my oil enough?” I hear you say. Well here you have an even bigger incentive to test your oil regularly. Using oil which is past the curve has potential to create a number of major issues. Firstly, you run the risk of producing a poor standard of fried food. With overused oil the fried shell is less crisp and the food absorbs much more oil than usual. The batter can become saturated with oil, giving you a greasy end product. This can then leave a bitter, unpleasant taste and very greasy due to a higher content of saturated fats.

Secondly, as the oil continues to age, the product produced is can become hard, oily and there is an added risk with using such aged oil, as this can also cause problems with the inner food (for example chicken, potato) not actually cooking properly. This, of course, could lead to a whole new list of problems for any company serving food, and can then cause problems from a food safety point of view.

 

This video shows just how simple it is to test you cooking oil

 

Thirdly and perhaps most importantly, you won’t produce a consistent level of product quality. Ever wondered how multinational fast-food companies able to supply such consistent, fried products across the world? The answer is regular cooking oil testing.

In this situation, yes ok, you may not necessarily save money in the short term; but when you consider the long-term reputation of your restaurant or restaurant chain, you absolutely will be protecting your brand’s image. Producing a consistent, quality fried product, supports restaurants in their ongoing pursuit of being seen as a trusted, reputable and sustainable food brand.

 

Like some more info?

For more information on the cooking oil quality management or any of our products please visit our website www.testo.co.uk or give us a a call on +44 1420 544433 and we’ll be happy to help