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HACCP Management just got a whole lot easier – Introducing the testo 250

It’s time to welcome testo’s latest recruit; the all New testo 250 HACCP management system. Thanks to this innovative new system, for the first time it is possible to 100% digitally control all measurements, checks and documentation in the context of HACCP. The testo 250 truly provides a break-through solution to a number of issues experienced by members of the food safety industry. Here’s some more information:

 

Key Advantages include:

  • Track the status of all tasks and processes in an instant – Every step is automatically documented and updated.
  • Always be prepared for audits or inspections – All data is securely stored and available at a moment’s notice.
  • Saves you time and money – HACCP processes are managed by planning and collecting data efficiently.
  • No more paperwork – All processes are managed digitally so there is no longer need for manual administration.

 

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100% HACCP. 0% Paper.

 

The Complete HACCP solution

Quality is crucial for all companies in the food industry. In 1959, the HACCP concept was created by NASA and the Pilsbury Corporation to ensure the highest level of food safety for the first manned space flights. Its objective is to avoid possible dangers in food production, in order to protect the health of consumers. Since the documentation of all processes and quality data is crucial in HACCP, up to now the concept could only be realised with huge quantities of checklists, forms and documents. This becomes a problem when, in cases of audits or complaints, clearly assigned proof needs to found quickly.

With the testo 250 spot checks have never been simpler

 

Finally manage HACCP with ease

The HACCP management system testo 250 uses paper-free documentation of HACCP processes, and supports the guided set-up of a HACCP plan based on the Codex Alimentarius. With it companies can trace all quality data on a single device and massively improve the efficiency of their HACCP processes. Recordings can then be used as proof of activity, so you can be certain produce is being correctly monitored.This results in a considerable advantage for companies. In short, having more efficient HACCP processes will save them both time and money.

Using a completely digital system also minimises human errors which can occur when filling out checklists by hand. Responsible quality managers can then trace all quality data at the touch of a button, ensuring they are always prepared for unexpected complaints or audits.

 

Existing processes and integration

A major advantage of the HACCP management system is it can quickly be combined with an existing wireless LAN. As soon as an internet connection is set up, all processes, proofs and measurement values will be collated and stored via the testo cloud. There they are securely stored and protected from data loss and manipulation.

 

Cockpit, Control Unit and Check: The components of testo 250

Cockpit

With the testo 250 HACCP Cockpit – the web-based control centre of the system – the quality manager defines the HACCP processes and correction measures, as well as all measurement and checking ­tasks. With the Cockpit­ the user can analyse all measurement data, and view the status of set tasks.

Control Unit and probes

The compact testo 250 HACCP Control Unit was developed for the on-site staff entrusted with measurement and documentation tasks. It consists of a high-performance tablet with a durable protective cover, specially developed for use in rough, humid and hectic surroundings. To make optimum use of the Control Unit, the user can incorporate a temperature probe to take measurements. There are two compatible probes available; the testo 102-1 (standard wired plug in probe) and the testo 104IR Bluetooth (Infrared and penetration thermometer connected by Bluetooth).

 

App

Finally the testo 250 HACCP Check App is pre-installed on the tablet and guides the user safely through each individual step of the HACCP process. Measurement values are either input directly or via Bluetooth. If measurement results are critical or limit values are exceeded, the App immediately picks up on this and provides instructions on corrective measures. In addition, documentation using photos, scanning of barcodes and identification of users and locations via NFC technology are implemented.

 

Want a demo?

If you want to find out more about the testo 250 or you’d like to arrange a no obligation demo please either call us on 01420 544433 or email us at info@testo.co.uk and we’ll be very happy to help. For more information on testo’s solutions for the food industry please visit testolimited.com/food-safety

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Free Guide to HACCP (Downloadable Whitepaper)

HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) is an official set of process food safety guidelines which covers all stages of the food production chain and is something that all companies involved with food production & distribution must strictly adhere to.

It offers guidance and best practice advice for a systematic, preventative approach to food safety that covers the key temperature levels for the food production process. If temperature is improperly monitored and maintained, food will spoil due to bacteria and become dangerous for human consumption.

As part of routine inspections, an enforcement officer will check that the business has an appropriate food safety management system in place. Therefore it is of the utmost importance that food companies understand what is exactly required of them. In order to help food safety professionals further understand HACCP, testo are offering a Free guide to HACCP, as a downloadable whitepaper.

 

Get your Free guide now by registering here: testoltd.com/free-haccp-guide

 

 

About Testo

Testo offer a wide range of equipment for food safety which will help you meet your HACCP 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 much more.

Whether it is for spot checks or long-term monitoring, from farm to fork, Testo has the right instrument for the job. Want to find out more about testo food safety equipment? Why not visit our website www.testolimited.com or give us a call on 01420 544433

 

Testo Wins the Product Excellence Awards 2015

Last night (03/12/2015) the Testo 270 Cooking Oil tester went all the way and won the Product Excellence Awards 2015.

A  little under 2 months ago the testo 270 cooking oil tester was nominated for the Product Excellence Awards, hosted by ‘The Caterer’. This was for the category ‘Food Preparation Equipment’. A particularly competative division, this was judged on labour-saving credentials and ease of use.

testo-270-cooking-oil-tester-product-excellence-awards-winnerWinner! The testo 270 takes home the gold

 

The best the industry has to offer

The night included some of the biggest names in the food industry, with the likes of Bidvest 3663, Quorn Foods, Compass Group and Brakes all present. Innovation, sustainability and energy saving in product development were all recognised during the awards, held at Dartmouth House in Mayfair, London.

The awards themeselves, which recognise excellence and innovation in food drink and equipment products within the hospitality sector, represent the very best examples of product development in the industry.

They also provide an opportunity for the suppliers and manufacturers behind these products to get together and celebrate their success; and with product sourcing vital to business success, the innovations recognised on the night are a real reflection of the rising expectations in the market and the fierce competition among operators.

 

Every Drop is Valuable

The judging sessions took place over five days, with the winners decided by industry experts from across all sectors of hospitality. The judges tasted more than 150 products and debated nearly 100 pieces of equipment as they sought excellence in flavour, design and innovation.

Although up against some stern compatition the testo 270 proved to be the victor, with the panel of experts judging it to be the most effective and impressive instrument in it’s category.

Testo’s own certified food safety professional Warren Mansfield-Smith accepts the award

 

A fantastic night for all involved

The awards were presented by Lisa Jenkins, products and suppliers editor of The Caterer and Oliver Cock, managing director, commercial, for Compass Group UK & Ireland. Cock said: “We had a superb shortlist with some very deserving finalists listed. The winners represent some of the best food, drink and equipment products in our industry today.”

Close to 120 suppliers, manufacturers and award judges were present at the awards celebration to recognise the achievements of the winners.

 

Want to find out more about how cooking oil testing works?

If you’d like to know more about cooking oil testing why not visit our website www.testolimited.com/testo-270-cooking-oil-tester or give us a call on 01420 544433 and we’ll be happy to help.

 

About Testo

Testo offer a wide range of equipment for food safety which will help you meet your HACCP requirements and give you the reassurance you are storing and cooking your food safely. Testo measuring instruments for food have obtained the HACCP International certification and are therefore judged to be “food safe”. Our instruments include temperature monitoring systems, data loggers, thermometers, cooking oil testers, thermal cameras, PH meters and much more.

Whether it is for spot checks or long-term monitoring, from farm to fork, Testo has the right instrument for the job.

5 hints for using an Infrared thermometer

The use of thermometers is wide spread across a huge number of industries and applications. The advances in infrared and laser technology have allowed for the development of non-contact infrared thermometers. These come with some huge advantages over contact and penetration thermometers and give the user a much less invasive, more efficient means of accurately reading temperatures.

Infrared thermometers can be used for all sorts of applications in the food sector, whether to measure surface temperature of individual foods or entire goods pallets. This can be be done entirely without contact or having to damage packaging, which is particularly useful for the Incoming Goods department. If a limit value is exceeded or undershot, the hinged penetration probe is also able to measure the core temperature.

 

With an Infrared thermometer there’s no need to damage goods

A lot of people think with advances in technology such as this, so comes the requirement for a greater level of understanding before an instrument can be used effectively. In actual fact infrared thermometers are very easy to use, regardless of prior technical proficiency. There are however some useful hints and tips that can help you get the best out your Infrared thermometer and at Testo we understand that every little bit of information helps.

So here are some tips when using your infrared thermometer, we hope you find them useful:

1. When not in use make sure that the sensor is covered – this will make certain it doesn’t get damaged.

2. Keep from shining laser and infrared beams directly into eyes – might seem obvious but you’d be surprised how often this happens!

3. Pay attention to reflective surfaces – this my affect your beam and therefore your readings.

4. Always make sure that an infrared thermometer is appropriate for the job at hand – if a limit value is exceeded or undershot, a penetration probe may be needed to measure the core temperature. The testo 104IR would be ideal in this instance as it is capable of Infrared measurements and has also has a fold-able probe if needed.

 

Some applications will require a penetration probe, so it is best to have a thermometer with both options

5. Beware of steam or screen condensation – this might skew your readings.

 

About Testo Food Safety

Testo offer a wide range of equipment for food safety which will help you meet your HACCP 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, PH meters and much more.

Whether it is for spot checks or long-term monitoring, from farm to fork, Testo has the right instrument for the job. Want to find out more about testo food safety equipment? Why not visit our website www.testolimited.com/food-safety or give us a call on 01420 544433

Testing temperature 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.

 

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Temperature testing is of the utmost importance in the food industry

 

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.

 

Testo’s temperature monitoring solutions

 

Saveris 2 – W-IFI data loggers

Monitoring temperature and humidity is particularly important where incorrect climatic conditions can have drastic consequences, such as food production and storage. Businesses can incur needless costs should a cooling or heating system malfunction, leading to wasted stock or worse. Such costs can be detrimental to production and ultimately profit margins.

Testo’s new and improved Saveris 2 uses revolutionary technology to make temperature and humidity analysis both easier and more accurate than ever before. By using a Cloud-based monitoring system it allows information to be stored and accessed remotely. This means users can monitor and react to issues from anywhere in the world. This will help to reduce pressure, relieving the need to be constantly on-site to keep measurement values under control.

 

The above video explains exactly how Saveris 2 works

 

Saveris 2 can also measure temperature and humidity values of sensitive goods and products, in processes and during transport. The easy-to-use measurement system delivers safety and savings in time and costs thanks to automated measurement data recording. Your storerooms, for example, can be continuously monitored and the data will be automatically collated, and send to you as a report via email. All this is without you having to lift a finger.

 

Testo Thermometers

Our practical folding thermometers are your insurance between the kitchen and the counter. These handy companions are always ready to use and are ideally suitable for fast temperature checks at a buffet, for instance. Some Testo thermometers are fully waterproof, while others have removable cases which can be cleaned in a dishwasher.

 

Testo thermometers are quality and robust, unlike the cheap, flimsy ones from other suppliers

 

For more information on temperature monitoring or any testo products please visit www.testolimited.com/food