The most important responsibility in the food service industry is to the consumers, by providing safe, fresh, healthy food, although the CDC still estimates that “each year roughly 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million people) gets sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die of foodborne illnesses”.
Along with utilizing proper HACCP and Food Safety practices, the most effective way to make sure your food in your restaurant is safe and fresh, is by maintaining proper food storage temperatures and environment. Temperature has the greatest effect on food freshness, and shelf life, as incorrect storage temperatures will encourage bacterial and mold growth which leads to spoiled, wasted and hazardous food.
The "Danger Zone" (40 °F-140 °F)
The USDA states “Bacteria grow most rapidly in the range of temperatures between 40 ° and 140 °F, doubling in number in as little as 20 minutes.” Most commercial refrigerators are kept around 35º to 41º degrees Fahrenheit, which means there is not much time before food begins to be contaminated if temperatures rise due to a malfunction, power failure, or human error (such as if a door is left open).
A temperature monitoring sensor would be able to alert the owner or manager in the event that there is a temperature rise within a freezer or cooler and give them time to resolve the situation before food temperatures rise into the danger zone.
Changes in the Food Industry Require Food Temperatures Be Recorded
2016 Health Code and HACCP regulations from the FDA require some restaurants to change they way they operate with respect to food storage and temperature monitoring. The changes will require restaurants to monitor and log temperature data on a daily basis, as well as be able to provide these records in the event of an audit.
A temperature monitoring system will be able to monitor and collect data from sensors located in multiple freezers, fridges, and coolers, as well as provide access to this data to export for audit or planning purposes.
Save time and Money by Automating Food Storage Temperature Monitoring
Manual temperature logging is a tedious and time consuming task. By manually writing logs and inputting the results into a spreadsheet, a typical manager could spend hours each day simply recording temperatures.
A food temperature monitoring system like the sensors and base units offered from Enviromon can help restaurants save time and resources by automating the temperature logs of their walk-in freezers, refrigerators and coolers as well as send alerts if temperatures rise beyond desired limits.
Prevent Disasters with Freezer Temperature Alerts
A thermometer alarm system constantly monitors the temperature in your commercial fridges, freezers and coolers and will send alerts via email or SMS text message to key personnel to inform them of rises in temperatures beyond the preset thresholds.
This not only keeps your restaurant compliant and customers safe but also prevents scenarios such as a freezer door accidentally being left open after hours, only to be discovered in the morning after all the food has been spoiled.
Automated Temperature Monitoring for Health Code and HACCP Compliance
Our environmental monitoring systems ensure your restaurant complies with the requirements of HACCP without the need for manual checking of temperatures. Monitoring and temperature logging are done automatically. Our SensorHawk/SecurityHawk base units connect to the temperature smart sensors and provide simple access to collect, view and export your data. Temperature data is easily exported to .CSV files and can be accessed via any spreadsheet program.
Recommended Temperature Monitoring Sensors for Restaurant Fridges and Freezers:
Waterproof Temperature Smart Sensors
Thermometer Sensor for Walk-in freezers, fridges and commercial coolers.
• Easy to install. Starts monitoring immediately.
• Receive email and SMS alerts via Base Unit.
SensorHawk 2 Port Base Unit
The SensorHawk 2 Port Base Unit is a perfect entry-level device for your environmental monitoring needs.