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Want to be in control of all your readings? Download our application example “Monitoring the temperature of foods”

When it comes to the food industry, no matter which area a company works in, food safety is always a major concern. Monitoring temperature is a particularly important part of this. Incorrect climatic conditions can have devastating consequences, leading to wasted stock or worse; a legal dispute.

Within the food industry more and more businesses are opting to use automated temperature monitoring. With systems such as testo Saveris 2 cloud-based WiFi data logger system, continuous monitoring of food temperature during production, processing and sales is now easier than ever.

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Testo Saveris Restaurant provides food service operators the ultimate solution for quality and food safety management

When it comes to the food industry, no matter which area a business operates in, food safety is always a major concern. The sheer scale of end-customer demand, coupled with strict time restraints, puts a huge amount of pressure on the food industry to ensure all produce is carefully monitored and regulated from farm to fork. Near enough every point of the process, throughout production, preparation, storage and transport, has potential danger areas regarding spoilage through mismanagement or poor quality regulation.

Testo have long provided some of the most reliable instrumentation to the food sector, to help ensure food safety. Whether it is for spot checks or long-term monitoring, testo instruments help quality managers throughout the food industry to meet their HACCP requirements and give reassurance they are storing and cooking food safely.

 

Testo instruments for spot checks and long-term monitoring help quality managers to meet HACCP requirements

 

Whilst testo equipment has consistently proved extremely effective across a range of industries, in a globally networked world, simply taking accurate measurements is only half the battle. The larger, more advanced companies are now seeking comprehensive management of all quality parameters, with intelligent and complete solutions.

Up until now, quality management in quick-service restaurants has involved huge amounts of paperwork and manual documentation, which can be very time-consuming and not at all cost effective. With this type of methodology there is also a high risk of human errors, and quality data can be difficult to analyse properly. This only adds to compliance risks should a quality audit be required.

 

With the testo Saveris Restaurant’s digital format you can ensure quality checks are completed on time and correctly

 

In 2017 Testo have launched a brand-new solution, for 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 allows all paper documents to be converted into a digital format and 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 can also help reduce operating costs and improve efficiency.

 

Key advantages of testo Saveris Restaurant:

  • Paperless thanks to digital integration of the quality handbook
  • Automatic temperature monitoring, immediate alarms and stored correction measures
  • Comprehensive analysis and reporting options

The system itself includes a fully integrated temperature monitoring system, control unit (tablet), probes for spot checks, and a cockpit where all quality data can be accessed. With a testo Saveris Restaurant system in place, you can also incorporate alarm triggered monitoring, which will notify the correct person within the company immediately, should there be a critical temperature fluctuation in one of the fridges for instance. Businesses often leave themselves at risk of incurring needless costs should there be a power cut, or system malfunction. This can lead to wasted stock or worse; a legal dispute. Such costs can be detrimental to both production and reputation (should the tainted stock be distributed) and will ultimately have a negative effect on profit margins.

Admittedly, in the first instance investment is needed for such a system. In the long run, however, it will likely save the business valuable time and manpower. For example, if in the current regime a member of staff is required to go around and take checks at numerous locations, this is a needless additional task which could be used for something more productive. And of course, as mentioned previously, the overriding advantage of employing such a system is to act as a contingency measure and protect your operation in the event of a problem or system malfunction. This could end up saving money in the long run, on wasted stock, potential product recalls etc.

All in all, investing in a digital quality management system like testo Saveris Restaurant will help foodservice providers to maximise efficiency, minimise labour and paper costs, whilst demonstrating the highest level of due diligence at the touch of a button.

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If you’d like more information on testo’s Saveris Restaurant, or any of testo’s solutions please go to www.testo.co.uk

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.

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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.

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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.