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An important Critical Control Point (CCP) incorporated into every food safety program is the time / temperature products are cooked, cooled and refrigerated. Failure to comply with CCP’s may result in the food products falling outside of acceptable microbiological safety limits, leading to expensive product recalls.

Arrow Scientific can assist you to easily monitor, record and report temperatures at every CCP in the production process with the new HACCP Manager™ kit. The kit provides the software, hardware and PC interface for the collection, recording and reporting of temperature measurements.

The handheld 37100 water resistant thermocouple instrument is compatible with any Type K thermocouple probe, and can store up to 3000 temperature readings. Pre-set limits can be saved for each measurement point and in circumstances where the temperature is outside this range, the user will be alerted by the handheld unit. The user must then select corrective action before the handheld unit will accept a measurement for another point.

Using the supplied USB cable, all data captured on the handheld unit can be transferred to your PC. The state-of-the-art HACCP Manager™ database system allows the user to customise the information to generate reports specific to their requirements. Such information includes: employee name, location, product descriptions, temperature tolerances, actual temperatures, corrective actions, date and time stamps.

  • Features:
  • Temperature range: -73°C to 260°C
  • Accuracy: ± 0.2%
  • Water resistant
  • Rechargeable lithium ion battery (8 hours typical)
  • Transfers easily to / from Handheld via USB cable
  • Stores up to 3000 temperatures and 300 menu items
  • Viewable temperature measurement stabilisation icon
  • Colour-coded pre-set temperature limit indicators
  • Accepts all Type K thermocouple probes
  • Creates custom checklist
  • NIST Traceable

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Bleach has been killing germs for more than 200 years but scientists at the University of Michigan have only just figured out how the cleaner does its dirty work. It seems that hypochlorous acid, the active ingredient in bleach, attacks proteins in bacteria,

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Long-wave ultraviolet light is used for the detection of many items that fluoresce, such as ‘secret’ markings placed on many items such as bank notes and the detection of rodents. 

The detection of rodent contamination by UV light is based on the phenomenon of rodent urine showing blue-white to yellow-white fluorescence when viewed under UV light. The fresher the stains the more blue fluoresce.

However, as with any detection tool it has limitations and requires understanding on how to correctly interpret the observations made throughout the inspection. Rodents urinate when in motion and their paths are visible under black light in characteristic ‘droplet’ pattern or trails. It is important to remember that cleaning products, bleaches, packaging glues and adhesives also fluoresce under UV light.

GlitterBug® Powder is a specifically formulated, non-toxic powder that stands out under UV light. Using a brush, apply a small quantity of powder in area where the rodents have been noted. When the rodents walk across the powder it adheres to their feet and tails leaving behind tracks that can easily be seen under a UV light. As rodents are creatures of habit, they will return to this area the following night and walk through powder. With the runs clearly mapped out, you will be able to choose the correct locations to place traps and baits. Access holes will also be easier to find and area highlighted that require disinfecting.

 

 

 GETTING THE BEST FROM A ‘BLACK LIGHT’:

  • Fresh rodent urine fluoresces bluish-white. 
  • Dry rodent urine fluoresces yellow-white, duller with age.
  • The pattern is important – a large area with splashing at the edges is probably not from a rodent – rodents urinate as they run, so look for larger drops becoming smaller in a run line.
  • Rodent hairs fluoresce bluish-white and can be found in infested areas on product and runways.
  • Avoid false positives – some cleaners and lubricants fluoresce.
  • Black lights are most effective at night                                                                               
  • The torch may have to be held close to the surface (150-250mm) to detect the fluorescence.

 

A NATIONWIDE campaign to coax doctors and nurses in hospitals to wash their hands more often is expected next year to counter hospital-caused infections that are linked to more deaths than the national road toll. More

22-Aug-2013

re one the "Big 8" allergens

Allergens not listed on labels are the single largest cause in the USA reported during the second quarter, with a worrying 60%, up from 34% in the first quarter from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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Arrow Scientific was established 18 years ago by its Managing Director, Louis Petrin. More
HACCP is fundamental to food, beverage, pharmaceutical and cosmetic manufacturers. Arrow Scientific offers smarter tools for HACCP monitoring to guarantee food safety and quality. More

Micro testing without a Macro investment. It's now more affordable and easier to do microbiological testing than you may think.

 

Arrow Scientific can provide you with everything you need to perform micro testing on your own site.

 

By using 3M Petrifilm™ Plates with the Start-Up package, you'll have an official testing method that  provide results in just three easy steps. Petrifilm is a ready to use microbiological growth media tot test surfaces for hygiene and products for food safety.

One of the most common causes of preventable infections is poor hand hygiene. iScrub Lite 1.5, an iPhone and iPod touch application developed at the University of Iowa, makes monitoring hand hygiene compliance more efficient and accurate.

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