Food businesses across the globe are required to adhere to legal food safety requirements, certifying that food is of high quality and safe to eat. One of the biggest types of food businesses this affects is supermarkets. To help supermarkets and grocery stores uphold these health and safety standards, a food monitoring system is required to ensure safe storage and transportation conditions throughout the supply chain. From overseas shipping to refrigerated storage in store, keeping food at a safe temperature is vital. Here are a few ways a food temperature monitoring system can help to maintain safe practices in supermarkets:
HACCP Food Safety Monitoring
Hazard analysis and critical control points, otherwise known as “HACCP”, is the preventative measure to food safety against biological, chemical, and physical dangers in a production chain that could make a food product unsafe.
By utilising a structured food monitoring system, supermarkets can establish these potential hazards and put measures in place to prevent them. For example, assigning designated storage areas for raw and cooked foods, or installing a refrigerator alarm to prevent it being left open for an extended period of time.
Reducing Contamination Potential
Supermarket foods are exposed to a variety of storage and transportation conditions throughout the supply chain, therefore it is vital to ensure they maintain a safe temperature at all times. It is also important that food temperature is continually checked at each point of the supply chain, so any potentially harmful food can be discarded.
One of the key responsibilities throughout the supply chain and within supermarkets themselves is prevention. To achieve this, managers must locate areas where temperature may fluctuate and as such make food unsafe for consumption. When installing a food safety management system, we utilise application-specific sensor technology in the form of food data loggers. These monitor the environment where food is stored to ensure they do not enter dangerous temperature zones. For supreme accuracy, some data loggers also feature a probe that can be inserted directly into a food product to collect its exact temperature.
Wessex Power’s food monitoring systems and solutions incorporate multi-point configuration and analysis using the IFC406 interface. This allows for rapid configuration of multiple food data loggers and setup workflows for accurate reporting and management.
Supermarkets are responsible for all food transportation and the food it stocks and sells. By recording this data within a food safety management system, this helps both suppliers and supermarket managers to ensure their food products are safe for both sale and consumption.