There are tons of regulations that go into food distribution and preparation. From temperature to weight, there is a standard that is expected to be met before consumed by a customer. Calibrating the instruments that ensure food is meeting regulation standards helps to avoid recalls and other disastrous embarrassments.
Below are a list of common instruments in the food industry that should be regularly calibrated:
Magnets and Metal Detectors: These devices are absolutely crucial in food safety. The last thing you want is a customer finding a foreign object while they take a bite of their food. Due to the importance of this device, these should be outsourced calibrations to be sure they are doing their job 110 percent.
Temperature Measuring Devices: These instruments are especially crucial during distribution. If food items are sitting too long in a hot truck, you have wasted and spoiled the food. Temperature measuring devices can also be used in cold storage rooms to ensure you’re meeting regulations.
Scales: Weighting ingredients consistently is key in food production. Having your scales calibrated will ensure that there is no variation in a product’s preservation resulting in bacterial growth.
Water Activity Measures: The water activity of a food is crucial in maintaining its chemical stability. Having too much “water activity” or humidity can cause foodborne illnesses or bacteria that can lead to spoilage. Calibrating these instruments ensures you ‘re producing quality food for distribution.
pH Meters: Ensuring that pH levels are correct in the food you are distributing will help you to reach regulation standards. Without correct pH levels, your food could grow bacteria, causing illness and spoilage.
These instruments should be calibrated regularly to ensure their working properly. One way to ensure that these important devices are working at their best is to keep a record of every item that should be calibrated and when the last calibration took place. Another way to be sure these instruments are working at their peak performance is to keep them in the right conditions. Keeping certain instruments in high or low temperatures or in an area where there may be a lot of vibrations can throw them off calibration.
Calibration should always be performed against a standard. Using a certified calibration lab will make sure that the calibration is done correctly and up to standard code.
Food safety is extremely important. Food borne illnesses can cause a lot of harm, not just to the consumer, but to the distributor as well. To ensure you’re producing the best, be sure to calibrate your measuring and monitoring instruments.