Temperature Monitoring and Implementing the BRC / CMi Accreditation Standards
Any organisation involved in the preparation or storage of fresh fruit, vegetables, meat or fish has a legal obligation to demonstrate "due diligence". Managers need to ensure that there are food safety systems implemented within the organisation in order to maintain and be able to prove the highest levels of quality and safety at all times. Continuous, networked environmental monitoring can help ensure that such standards are monitored and maintained.
Food Hygiene (England) Regulations 2005
A revised standard to update the 2002 version of the Food Hygiene Regulations was published in January of this year to reflect new EU legislation designed to improve traceability and the control of allergens. The Food Hygiene (England) Regulations 2005 will require companies to start recording and verifying food safety management based on HACCP principles, proportionate to the size and the nature of the business. What this means is that businesses now need to put monitoring systems in place which will record and log that food safety standards have been maintained.
Installing networked environmental monitors in warehouses, food processing plants or coldstores will ensure that temperature and humidity, condensation or wetness can be continuously monitored, graphed and logged. In addition, monitoring solutions can alert the user instantly to problems such as an air conditioning, temperature control or freezer breakdown, no matter where they are or at what time of day, so that they can quickly pinpoint the problem and take measures to save stock. OPENXTRA can assist UK companies with the implementation of BRC (British Retail Consortium) and CMi ((formerly Checkmate International) Accreditation standards by supplying the Sensatronics Range of Temperature and Environmental Monitors and has already assisted members of Kentish Garden Marketing Ltd and Northern Ireland Seafood.
How The Sensatronics Monitors Work
Sensatronics Temperature and Environmental Monitors are easy to set up and connect directly to a computer network, or, as with the F Model, can connect directly to a PC. Permanent probes (from 50-2500ft in length) are then placed wherever temperature, humidity and wetness need to be measured. These probes feed the data back to a base unit which has a built-in web server. With the monitoring software the user can then view, graph and log environmental parameters on a PC; set the frequency with which you want temperature etc to be polled (down to a minimum of every minute); and set up alerts and alarms should temperatures rise or fall outside set parameters. The alarms feature will allow individuals or teams to be alerted via email or SMS texting to mobiles or fixed line phones.
Packaged systems are available from around £400. Further information can be obtained here or Freephone 0800 612 1357