As the weather starts to change and we all dig out those woolly jumpers and winter boots we also start to crank up the central heating in our homes. But what temperature should we actually set it to and does a degree or two really make a difference? Research suggests that we should be heating […]
Our very first Thermapen was launched in 1992, it was and still continues to be a flagship product for Electronic Temperature Instruments Ltd. However the Thermapen has come a long way from our first model, the Thermapen 3. We now host a variety of Thermapens’, all of which can be used in many different areas […]
Did you know that incorrect water temperature is a key risk factor for legionella growth. Legionella growth can of course lead to Legionnaires Disease. If you are an employer or person in control of a premises then you must organise a risk assessment from exposure to legionella. Here are some key facts about Legionnaires Disease, […]
Creating a HACCP plan is a crucial part of running any business involving food, whether you’re a restaurant, catering company, nursing home, hospital or factory. HACCP stands for: Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point. It is a system that helps food business operators assess how they handle their food and implement procedures to ensure it is safe to eat.
The HACCP identifies specific hazards and measures for their control or prevention. These measures need to be explicitly clear with how they are put into place and which people are responsible for this within the business. Detailing what instruments you will use to measure these control points will help your HACCP plan greatly.
There are 7 principles of HACCP to ensure your business is being safe and correct in all aspects of food production and processing.
Hazard Analysis: Evaluate your entire process from your supplier’s delivery to final output. You will need to assess the places where chemical, biological or physical hazards can occur.
Silver contains antimicrobial additives – this has been known since the time of the Pharaohs. Silver has been used for thousands of years to help prevent the growth of bacteria without the high toxicity associated with other metals. In medieval France they plated entire hospital wards in Silver to help heal and protect patients from any harmful bacteria.
However in today’s society we use silver a little bit differently. For example you will find it in topical gels to treat serious burns and in coated dressings to aid wound healing. In 2000, Biomaster pioneered the use of silver based antibacterial additives and is now the recognised leader in antibacterial additive technology. Biomaster antimicrobial technology is incorporated in the majority ETI products during the manufacturing process, ensuring lifelong protection against the risk of bacterial cross contamination. As well as being harmful to health, outbreaks of food poisoning can damage brands, and the reputation of stores, food producers and restaurants. Read more
A thermometer without traceable calibration to National Standards is like a Clock without the Pips. Does a thermometer being used at John O’Groats agree with one being used at Land’s End? We all buy thermometers without calibration and assume that the manufacturer has been conscientious enough to supply an accurate instrument. The only way of […]
For many years Rare Burgers have been the subject of much debate. Is colour a good indicator? What contamination risks are there? Are rare burgers safe to eat? The main cause of controversy is the fact that burgers are minced and during burger manufacture it is not only the outside of the meat that […]
Bed & Breakfast is fast becoming the most popular way to enjoy the most relaxed way of seeing this wonderful country of ours. Yet many do not appreciate the hidden dangers that are associated with providing accommodation. Temperature monitoring and control can make a huge difference to the comfort and well-being of the […]
To kill the pathogens that can cause food poisoning, foods need to be cooked to a high enough temperature, and either to be kept hot until served for eating, or to be rapidly cooled and refrigerated. This is because, although thorough cooking kills most bacteria, spores of some can survive this cooking. These spores do […]