Testing temperature in the food industry

Friday, September 18, 2015

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

 

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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 please visit www.testolimited.com/food

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