With the amount of food being transported and delivered every day, its safety is paramount.

It's quality assurance managers' jobs to ensure their teams and the product that passes by them are following Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) guidelines. Fortunately, organisations don't need to wait for innovative technologies to hit the market; the testo 104-IR infrared and probe thermometer combines the best of both solutions.

Quick and accurate pallet measurements

Burgeoning population figures have driven demand for food supply. Between now and 2050, food production is estimated to ramp up by 70 to 100 per cent of its current rate, according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO).

The testo 104-IR comes with infrared and probe thermometers.The testo 104-IR comes with infrared and probe thermometers.

Food safety quality assurance managers will be on the front lines of distribution, ensuring the products passing through are safe for consumption. Speed is of the essence with this expected increase in volume, but urgency can't compromise operations.

The testo 104-IR is equipped with a two-point laser infrared thermometer with 10:1 optics that creates accurate readings without the need to manually check each delivered food item. Infrared thermometers can be up to 20 times quicker to use than traditional probes, Food Quality and Safety reported. This allows quality assurance personnel to keep up with high demand without letting any potentially risky food slip past them.

Two-for-one special

The utilitarian beauty of the testo 104-IR lies in its design. It's small enough to fit in the front pocket of a shirt which makes it easily accessible at a moment's notice. The retractable probe thermometer is also a key feature that allows quality assurance managers to easily transition from testing the temperature of pallets to individual products if they find inconsistencies in their measurements.

Seamlessly transition to individual testing if you find any inconsistencies.Seamlessly transition to individual testing if you find any inconsistencies.

This function means personnel only have to carry around the testo 104-IR rather than two devices that are often much larger than they need to be. Staff can seamlessly check large shipments, or separate solids and semi-solids like meats and dairy at the click of a button.

Other key features of the testo 104-IR include its HACCP certification – a must-have for industry compliance – and the water-resistant design. It's an innovative, forward-looking tool that's a staple in an industry set to see an uptick in production and volume of work. Contact a Testo representative today for more information.

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