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Automating Data Collection for Food Safety and Regulatory Compliance Audits

The demand for audits into manufactures and cold chains regarding food safety has surged in recent years due to changes in government mandates in response to an increasingly complex global food supply chain and expanding market requirements for supplier verification. As a result, the environmental conditions under which food is packaged, stored and prepared are becoming increasingly subject to stricter legislation, with penalties to be imposed if proper conditions are not maintained.

Maintaining the proper processes to comply with GMP standards and HACCP requirements are critical to ensuring compliance with food safety certifications. In addition, most food manufacturers and cold storage facilities must also keep regular records of temperatures inside their food storage areas for auditing purposes to ensure their products are properly preserved and safe for consumers.

A typical cold storage facility will likely contain coolers, freezers and deep coolers, all at a variety of temperatures. Manual processes of monitoring and recording temperature can be time-consuming and does not provide continuous logs which can result in missed temperature fluctuations or temporary faults and failures in equipment, potentially going undetected. Any such compromise to the integrity of storage temperature will ultimately affect the quality of your product, your business, and potentially put your customers’ health at risk.

Doing work “by hand” presents many obstacles that restrict the capabilities of an audit for both internal and external auditing teams inspecting food safety and storage regulation compliance. Lack of visibility and difficult to access data along with the large volumes of data to be analyzed present barriers to efficient collection and can lead to human and input errors in reporting.

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Using temperature sensors to automate many of the tedious tasks for logging and collecting data greatly reduces the time required for audits and ensures high levels of accuracy and record completeness. Additionally, if any problems are detected during an audit that need to be resolved, new results can be recorded to demonstrable data during remediation tasks which ensures measurable progress over time.

Not all sensors are the same. Equipment used for recording temperature and humidity levels may also need to comply with legislation by meeting specific requirements to enable them to be used in cold storage applications.

Automate Data Collection and Improve Your Audit Capabilities With Enviromon

Our environmental monitoring devices are ideal for ensuring and demonstrating that cold storage facilities, freezers, walk-in refrigerators and food packaging rooms are always maintained at ideal conditions.

Enviromon’s Temperature monitors are reliable, easily scalable, and provide a centralized system to collect historical data for use in audits as well as use to actively monitor, manage, and alert to changes in temperature.

√ - Sensor Compliance with ISO/IEC 17025, RoHS and WEEE requirements.

SensorHawk's Single Port Temperature/Humidity Sensor is calibrated using dedicated equipment which is calibrated according to ISO/IEC 17025 and calibrated by comparison against natural standards, natural physical constants, consensus standards, or by ratio type measurements using self-calibrating techniques. Standards incorporated to establish this comparison are NIST and NPL traceable.The Single Port Temperature/Humidity Sensor complies with RoHS and WEEE requirements.

√ - Continuously monitor all storage rooms, packaging areas, refrigeration units, cold rooms and freezers using one system.

Multiple sensors can be connected to a single base unit to provide a centralized platform for collecting, monitoring and reporting temperature data.

√ - Easily Set Thresholds for Your Specific Needs

Using the monitoring software through the web interface you can set custom temperature parameters for data logging, graphing and alerting as necessary.

√ - Immediate Alerts Prevent Non-compliance and Inventory Spoilage

In the event of a change, whether a freezer door was left open or an equipment failure occurred, temperatures levels exceeding parameters will trigger alerts to be sent to key personnel onscreen or by email and SMS so that immediate action can be taken.

√ - Graph, Log Data, and Export Data

SensorHawk’s web interface makes data collection for audit preparation easy with direct ability to access and export historical data.

√ - Enables Better Data Visibility for Energy Control and Decision Making

The data from sensors is not only for useful for demonstrating compliance with government regulations. Temperature report data can be made readily accessible for internal teams to use to monitor conditions and validate internal procedures as well as demonstrate due diligence to stakeholders and customers.

√ - Secure and Simple Access to Data via Web Interface

The web interface utilizes HTTPS encryption for secure access on any web-enabled device and allows user and group management to control access for multiple user profiles.

√ - Monitor Multiple Remote Locations and Automate Reporting

Our CloudHawk service is a cloud-based platform that expands the functionality of the base unit’s internal software. This allows users to monitor sensors and schedule reporting for several remote locations in one centralized view from anywhere using an internet connected device such as a smartphone, tablet or laptop.

Audit teams and senior management are able to save a lot of time and resources with access to a complete view of all monitored facilities and ability to schedule reports without having to repeat preparatory tasks and report publishing

You can ensure that perishable food items are always maintained at the proper temperatures with the continuous monitoring and early detection devices offered by Enviromon.

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