What exactly is HACCP and how does it relate to thermometers? HACCP- Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point system is a process that helps control and identify where hazards may occur during food production. The major risk factors during food production are microbiological, chemical and physical contaminants. With strict monitoring and control,HACCP Principals help to reduce the risk factors from the farm to the table.

Consumers are concerned mainly about pesticide residues on their food along with the use of antibiotics.But contrary to popular belief, those hazards are minute compared to the more dangerous hazards in the food industry of microbiological contamination of E. coli, listeria, campylobacter, Salmonella, and C lostridium botulinum.
Consumers can practice safe handling procedures at home by following proper handling, storage, cooking and cleaning procedures when purchasing meat or poultry. To ensure food safety, always refrigerate meat and poultry , separate cooked and raw food, Use separate utensils and dishes for raw and cooked food.  Thoroughly cook meat and poultry to the correct temperature, and refrigerate leftovers to prevent bacterial growth.

So what does a HACCP certified thermometer mean to you? If you are a professional cook and are following HACCP procedures, you must have at least one thermometer that has a traceable certificate of calibration. A traceable certificate of calibration means that the thermometer has been extensively tested within a controlled environment at many temperature points to determine how accurate the thermometer is. The certificate states that the thermometer has been calibrated at a certain temperature point and how close to that temperature the thermometer is. If the thermometer is out of range such as +0.5 C you would add that out of range temperature to your temperature reading, so a reading of 10C would really be 10.5 C on a certificate of calibration thermometer.

What does a HACCP thermometer mean to the home cook or BBq’r? Simply stated the thermometer has been thoroughly tested and is extremely accurate. You can be assured the temperature displayed is correct within a certain temperature point and that it meets HACCP exacting standards.
Would you like to learn more about how important the  HACCP principals are  in food production and the role it plays in public health protection? Read more about it here 

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