Food Safety in Cooking Processes
Did you know one of the most common causes of food-borne illness is the improper cooling of cooked foods? Bacteria are everywhere, even after food is cooked to a safe internal temperature, they can be reintroduced to the food and then reproduce.
With increasing requirements for proof of due diligence in food processing, the demand for products that can assist with the daily workload and in meeting these requirements are ever growing. Lascar’s solution? The EasyLog family of temperature data loggers. An inexpensive series of standalone, USB and WiFi-enabled sensors allowing discrete and continuous temperature monitoring throughout the preparation of food products.
Stand Alone Data Logging
Lascar’s EL-USB range includes discrete, battery powered data loggers that measure and store temperature and humidity readings on-board until data is downloaded via USB. Simple to set-up, just plug any of these devices into the computer USB port and, using Lascar’s FREE software, name the device, choose a sampling rate, select high and low alarms if required and a logging start time. The loggers store up to 32,000 readings, with displays showing max, min and last logged values as well as flashing alarm and low battery LEDs.
The EL-GFX family boasts over 250,000 readings per parameter, an on-screen display showing max, min and last logged values as well as an on-board graph of the data collected. Buttons allow the user to start, stop and restart the logger in the field and alarm breaches can be registered with both LED and audible alarms.
Remotely monitor all food production processes using our WiFi connected devices. Lascar's WiFi sensors are easy to set-up using a smartphone App. Simply log on to your EasyLog Cloud account from any internet enabled device to access secure real-time and historical data, remotely change individual sensor settings and create individual locations for one or multiple devices.
Lascar's Thermometer with Inbuilt Data Logging and Graphing
The EL-EnviroPad-TC is an easy to use handheld device which takes and records temperature readings via the attached K-type probe. A large touch-screen display indicates temperature, maximum and minimum readings and will produce a graph of the data. The unit has three modes: Data Logging - when it can be set up and left to take temperature readings at pre-determined intervals, Spot Measurement - when it can be used as a thermometer to capture one-off temperature readings and Checklist - allowing the user to pre-define over 100 temperature checks by name and their acceptable temperature range.
Why Use A Thermocouple?
When monitoring the temperature of food, you need an external sensor that can sustain extreme high/low temperatures. This is why you need a data logger with a thermocouple probe. A thermocouple probe has a very large temperature range and there are many different types that you can buy. Our products are supplied with a K type probe with a measurement range of 0 to 200°C, however, our products are designed to be compatible with any outsourced probe so if you need an even greater temperature range, source an alternative thermocouple fitted with a mini thermocouple connector.
What Do The Experts Say?
"Following the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) method provides a systematic preventative approach to food safety in production, transportation, storage and preparation and relies on seven principles. As described by the seventh principle, it is essential to keep records of temperature control in your food business. Without records, it is impossible to prove your constant efforts to meet safe temperature measures. Staying on top of these records can be difficult, especially during busy business hours or after a long, tiring service. Data loggers can relieve you of these added pressures by continually taking measurements at user set time periods, eliminating the chance of missing a critical check during busy periods or a misreading by human error."
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