Temperature monitoring is crucial in ensuring the safety and quality of food products in retail and grocery stores. In order to comply with food safety regulations and prevent foodborne illnesses, refrigeration units and food warmers must be monitored regularly to ensure they are maintaining the proper temperature.
Why is Temperature Monitoring Important?
Refrigeration units are used to keep food products at a low temperature, typically between 32-40°F (0-4°C), to slow the growth of bacteria and other harmful microorganisms. If the temperature in a refrigeration unit rises above the recommended range, it can lead to the growth of harmful bacteria, which can cause foodborne illnesses. In addition, food products stored at too high of a temperature can spoil more quickly, resulting in wasted product and lost profits.
On the other hand, food warmers are used to keep hot food products at a temperature above 140°F (60°C) to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria. If the temperature in a food warmer drops below the recommended range, it can allow bacteria to grow, which can cause foodborne illnesses. And, if food products are not kept at the proper temperature, they can also become dried out and unappetizing, resulting in lost sales.
How are Refrigeration and Food Warming Units Monitored?
Many retailers and grocers are still manually checking temperatures of refrigeration and food warming units. While manually checking temperatures is an important step in temperature monitoring to ensure accuracy, it can also be inefficient and prone to human error. Why? It’s time-consuming, especially in larger stores with multiple refrigeration units and food warmers, which takes staff away from other important tasks like stocking shelves or helping customers. Retail staff may forget to check a particular refrigeration unit or food warmer, or may misread the thermometer and record an incorrect temperature. These errors can lead to inaccurate temperature readings and potentially put consumers at risk.
Relying solely on manual temperature checks also may not be sufficient to meet food safety regulations. Many regulations require stores to have a temperature monitoring system in place that records temperature data and alerts staff if temperatures fall outside of the recommended range. Manual checks alone may not provide this level of monitoring and may not meet regulatory requirements.
Automate Your Temperature Monitoring Process
Retail and grocery stores can use temperature monitoring systems to automatically monitor the temperatures of refrigeration units and food warmers. These systems typically include sensors that are placed inside the refrigeration unit or food warmer to monitor the temperature. The sensors are connected to a monitoring device, which records the temperature readings and alerts staff if the temperature falls outside of the recommended range. This can help detect temperature issues early and prevent potential food safety hazards.
Temperature Monitoring with ONE™ Temperature
ONE Temperature, powered by The ONE Platform™, provides continuous monitoring, accurate temperature readings, and records temperature data, which can help prevent potential food safety hazards and improve the efficiency of refrigeration units and food warmers. ONE Temperature uses temperature sensors and probes to monitor the temperatures of various objects in your store. These sensors are used to activate when temperatures go outside a certain high or low-temperature threshold.
Because it is part of The ONE Platform solution, any activations created by ONE Temperature can be used for reporting and notifications to many of The ONE Platform outputs such as radio, text, voice call, and ONE™ Mobile. ONE Temperature also has special reports for temperature logging.
The diagram below shows a few different input and output possibilities.
Ready to Automate Temperature Monitoring in Your Store?
Temperature monitoring is essential in ensuring the safety and quality of food products in retail and grocery stores. By using a temperature monitoring system your store can prevent foodborne illnesses, reduce waste, and ensure customer satisfaction.
Advanced Wireless Communications continues to enhance the power of The ONE Platform by providing a low-cost yet powerful temperature monitoring solution for retailers and grocers. Contact us to learn more about how ONE Temperature can benefit your store, or see all of The ONE Platform’s solutions here.