Product Temperature Profile

Maintaining proper storage temperature is critical for ensuring the quality and safety of fresh-cut products. The US Food and Drug Administration Food Code recommend that packaged fresh-cut leafy green vegetables be kept no warmer than 5C at all times to ensure food safety. Substantial temperature variations, however, within the widely used open refrigerated display cases … Continued

Food Safety Tips for Success

Proper food handling techniques, cleaning, and sanitation practices are important factors that can prevent contamination of food and the occurrence of foodborne illness. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that each year roughly 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million people) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die of foodborne diseases … Continued

Food Safety Matters

It goes without saying that food temperature must be maintained within an acceptable range at all times — but the fact is that many restaurants and chains fail to implement the kinds of controls needed to prevent perishables from spoiling. It’s just not enough to place a standard sensor in the cooler. Those kinds of … Continued

HACCP PRINCIPLES and food safety

HACCP is a management system in which food safety is addressed through the analysis and control of biological, chemical, and physical hazards from raw material production, procurement and handling, to manufacturing, distribution and consumption of the finished product. For successful implementation of a HACCP plan, management must be strongly committed to the HACCP concept. A … Continued

Temperature-controlled Logistics

As demand for perishable products grows worldwide, efficient and effective cold chain management requires strong partnerships and quick reactions. Cold chain logistics requires maintaining temperature integrity, controlling all the processes involved means high levels of integration and coordination. Each supply chain partner—from harvester or producer to the ultimate seller—shares responsibility. For example, cold chain transportation … Continued

Store Management System – Thermometer Calibration

Food temperature measuring devices must be calibrated in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications as often as necessary to ensure their accuracy. Additionally, a record log should be kept of your thermometer calibrations. If a thermometer does not have specific instructions for calibration, the following methods may be used. Ice Point Method Fill a large container … Continued

What is a cold chain?

Many different factors contribute to the protection and efficiency of products delivered around the world via the supply chain. One of the most essential factors is cold chain management. It is a series of distribution activities which continuously maintain this temperature in order to protect the temperature-sensitive cargo from manufacture to the point of consumption. … Continued

The Right Storage Temperature

Each cold chain varies by region, location and temperature requirements; however, ensuring a cold chain for agricultural products begins at the farm. Produce often goes through precooling at the harvest location and is then loaded onto a truck or other transportation unit designed to keep the produce protected from the sun and held within a … Continued