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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
Phone: +441420 544433
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
Carry out measuring tasks on heating systems efficiently and safely with Testo’s free practical guide
Testo is pleased to offer a free practical guide for heating engineers. Following the tips and tricks in this guide will help to ensure measuring tasks on heating systems are carried out efficiently and safely. Heating engineers have to make sure oil, gas and solid fuel systems are running perfectly on a daily basis. Thats why, as gas safety experts, Testo have compiled this compact practical guide to support engineers in this task.
Key information includes:
- How to set the gas-air ratio perfectly
- Tightness and Let-by testing
- How to determine efficiency and flue gas loss
- What settings are needed for oil burners
All this has been compressed into a few pages which are filled with lots of valuable, practical tips.
Download the practical guide now. Free of charge and with no obligation.
Like some more info?
For information on testo’s measuring solutions for heating 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
Next week testo will be at the Pharmacy show in Birmingham (8th-9th October), discussing how to ensure constant indoor climate for pharmaceutical storage. Testo will be offering our industry knowledge and displaying our range of solutions for pharmaceutical safety, which help manufacturers meet quality requirements and give the reassurance they are storing and distributing produce safely.
Why is pharmacy temperature control such a hot topic?
Effective temperature monitoring is an absolute necessity for modern day pharmacies. In order to guarantee the safety of patients, pharmacies must ensure drugs and vaccines are stored at certain temperatures, with all such measurements properly documented. The pharmacy guidelines on temperature monitoring, as issued by the MHRA, outline that controlled drugs and vaccines stored in pharmacy fridges must meet benchmarks to ensure the maximum efficacy and shelf-life.
With pharmacy audits becoming more thorough, compliance to guidelines in terms of climate control has become a key part of the regulatory process. To meet such strict protocols, both temperature monitoring and accurate record-keeping are absolutely vital for any facility storing prescription drugs.
The problem is, with the absence of an automated system in place, this not only requires time-consuming work from the pharmacy team, it also increases the risk of mistakes or oversights. Some pharmacists for example, simply perform a daily check on their fridges to see they are still working. What they fail to recognise however is, not only does this fail to reveal any fluctuations, for instance when the fridge door has been open too long, but more importantly it doesn’t give you the chance to react quickly should there be a malfunction.
This can have a hugely negative effect on a pharmacy’s reputation, not to mention the loss of expensive drugs means an enormous financial burden. More concerning still, is the risk of prescriptions not having the intended effect, due to the product themselves being tainted because of improper temperature control. Not everyone is aware, but if pharmaceutical products aren’t stored correctly, this can drastically reduce their effectiveness.
With the testo Saveris 2, 24/7 continuous monitoing has never been simpler
How Pharmacies can control this
So, what can pharmacists do to be sure their pharmaceuticals and therefore patients are kept safe? In the past, fully integrated temperature monitoring systems have been complicated to install and are often very expensive. However, with the availability of new wireless climate monitoring solutions such as testo’s Saveris 2, 24/7 continuous monitoring has never been simpler and more cost effective.
The biggest advantage of such a system is its simplicity. Saveris 2 for example can be installed quite easily without the need for studying complicated instructions. And just a few minutes after commissioning it, the wireless probes start transmitting the first measurement values by WiFi. Done.
Here is a short overview of the key advantages of a wireless climate monitoring system:
- Allows you to ensure pharmaceuticals are always kept in correct conditions thanks to 24/7 continuous monitoring
- Automatic alerts if there is a fluctuation, via email or SMS
- Low cost and simple to use, with systems now available from under £100
Testo’s aim is to help people to understand just how important it is for pharmacies to monitor temperature. We so often hear about the need to monitor conditions in pharmaceutical production and logistics, but as with all delicate produce, quality control must continue right through until it is the hands of the end-customer.
Register and get your Free tickets now
If you’d like some more information on testo’s solutions for the Pharmaceutical Industry or you’ve got a potential requirement you’d like to discuss, please come down and visit testo on Stand PJ16 at the NEC, Birmingham on the 8th and 9th of October.
Click here for your free tickets.
Alternatively, if you’re not going to make it to the show, feel free to reach out to us. You can either visit our website www.testo.co.uk or give us a call on +44 1420 544433 and we’ll be more than happy to help.
Hope to see you there!
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.