Whether a small bistro or a large restaurant: All gastronomic businesses must observe the principles of HACCP in their dealings with food. In addition to hygiene, the absence of germs is an important point. Temperature monitoring plays a significant role in the implementation of the HACCP concept. Various measurement methods are available for this.
Which measurement tasks occur in food management in gastronomy?
As a restaurateur, you want to serve your guests fresh and tasty dishes without any contamination by germs. You ensure this quality through two principles:
- Compliance with the cold chain for refrigerated foods
- Sufficient heating of cooked dishes
The right measuring instrument for every work step
- Infrared-penetration thermometer
- Guarantee quality right from the beginning – quickly and precisely
- Measuring instruments, data loggers and monitoring systems.
- Efficient temperature monitoring - manual or automated
- Temperature measuring instruments and cooking oil tester
- Check quality during preparation – reliably and efficiently
- Penetration thermometer
- So that the core temperature is right – with almost invisible punctures
- Reliable IAQ monitoring along the entire cold chain
- With thermometers for spot check measurements and data loggers for continuous IAQ monitoring
The time problem as a challenge in food management
In comparison to large kitchens ( e.g. in hospitals, company canteens, catering operations), smaller restaurants and hotel kitchens rarely have a specially designated person with the responsibility for food safety.
This means: The head chefs and/or owners are themselves responsible for compliance with the HACCP principles and hygiene standards.
Because core tasks take up virtually all the operational capacity, HACCP tasks have to be carried out alongside them. Measuring technology solutions in this area should therefore be easy to use and reliable. Ideally, practical features can even considerably reduce the time needed for the respective tasks. For example, the acquisition of an automatic monitoring system pays off in reduced personnel costs.
The following typical tasks are established in restaurants, kitchens & canteens:
- Checking incoming goods: Have the raw materials or semi-cooked products always been adequately refrigerated?
- Storage check: Are storage rooms and cold storage cells permanently refrigerated without any failures?
- Control of meal production: Have all cooked products been sufficiently heated? Have all cold dishes and desserts been sufficiently cooled? Does the cooking oil still meet the required quality or does it need to be replaced?
- Food service: Are the dishes still hot enough before being served?
The HACCP concept as a quality assurance tool in food management
By law, food processing companies also include restaurants, kitchens and canteens. Resulting from this is the obligation to maintain a self-monitoring system to monitor hygiene regulations.
Raw materials and finished foods which are stored and prepared, are exposed to hazards. Incorrect temperatures are the main cause for high germ contamination levels. Risk factors here are as follows:
- Temperature overshoots on reception (Incoming Goods) of the food
- Inadequate refrigeration during storage
- Inadequate heating before food service
- Undershooting the minimum temperature when food is being kept warm
The HACCP concept was introduced as a quality management system in order to minimize these risks.
The legal framework conditions for the implementation of the HACCP principles
Food legislation prescribes proof of adherence to the cold chain and sufficient heating of the food before serving. This proof is provided in the form of the written documentation of the measurements carried out. The restaurateur must ensure that measurements are taken with sufficient frequency.
The objective is a continuous and uninterrupted monitoring of the products and the production steps. This is especially important for the CCPs (Critical Control Points), which are crucial to the HACCP concept. CCPs are critical points at which a risk to the guests’ health can occur. An important example is the adherence to limit values in core temperature measurement.
In food management in gastronomy, the principle applies: “If it’s not documented, it doesn’t exist.” This is why the authorities impose fines for non-compliance with the HACCP concept. In the worst case, the food hygiene assessors will close the restaurant down.
Testo: Your reliable partner for the implementation of the HACCP concept
The various challenges show: The right measurement technology is an important building block for the company’s success in gastronomy. Good measuring instruments should fulfil the following criteria:
- Precise results: so you can deliver unblemished quality
- Robust construction: this includes protection from splashes and water jets
- Certified quality: tested according to EU norms and HACCP International
- Easy operation: in order to minimize errors in measurement and operation
- Safe handling: to protect your staff from hazards (such as hot oil)
Measuring instruments from Testo fulfil these requirements. They efficiently ensure unrestricted quality and food safety.
Thermometers, data loggers and cooking oil testers have been proven in practice a thousand times over, and belong to the standard equipment in restaurants. That is why Testo is your reliable partner for safe food management and the implementation of the HACCP principles in gastronomy.