Baking Kill Step

The baking kill step is absolutely imperative when it comes to food safety and regulatory compliance. This is because it involves the use of high temperatures – often well above boiling point – which are needed to kill off any potentially harmful bacteria that may be present in the food. In addition to being a critical component of ensuring food safety, this step also helps to ensure that the food adheres to all applicable regulations for safe handling and production. To achieve the Kill Step without ruining the quality of your products, you need to be capable of monitoring every step of the baking process and ensuring temperatures are aligned with the unique specifications of your commercial ovens.

Verifying that your food has reached the Kill Step means you need specialized tools that are equipped to profile your oven’s heat flux, analyze core temperatures, and measure the temperature of every tray. Reading Thermal’s SCORPION® 2 Profiling System uses a combination of Data Loggers, Smart Sensors, and proprietary software to compile exact specifications of your baking process conditions, variables, hazards, and performance and insights into the analysis of your oven’s performance. If your food isn’t up to standard and is at risk of being a health hazard because it wasn’t properly heated, cooled, dried, or frozen, our Profiling System provides exact information to identify the issues for immediate remediation and improvement.

Attention to Detail Matters

Virtually every baked good needs critical attention to detail to ensure the final results are precisely what you need and expect them to be. Things like flavor profile, texture, ingredients, heat transfer, time, and safety must be accounted for when baking products that represent your company’s image and reputation. In this regard, achieving the Kill Step is vital for retaining regulatory compliance with the FSMA and FDA. You need Kill Step validation to prove your products are safe for consumption.

Precision Kill Step Measurements

Kill Step validation comes from providing recorded accounts, profiles, and measurements from your commercial ovens that denote they’re up-to-code and able to produce the same results consistently. The Kill Step is reached when the heat transfer process within an oven reaches and sustains a high enough temperature to effectively kill pathogens within a baked product, ensuring no risk to those who consume it. 

Specialized equipment is essential to perform accurate temperature readings throughout your oven while still ensuring your baked goods are evenly heated from top to bottom. The SCORPION® 2 system from Reading Thermal provides highly advanced Profiling System technology that allows you to gather invaluable data on cookies, biscuits, buns, muffins, and more – including temperature profiles across multiple trays. This information can be used to ensure compliance, enhance baking performance, and improve the quality of your products. 

The SCORPION® 2 Profiling System is a modular series of sensors, data loggers, and input devices that measure a wide variety of categories, conditions, environments, and technologies to compile an accurate profile of your ovens. These solutions include:

  • SCORPION® 2 Data Logger
  • Heat Flux Sensor
  • Temperature Sensor Array
  • Digital Humidity Sensor
  • R&D Smart Sensor
  • Air Velocity Sensor Array

In combination with our proprietary analysis software, you’ll be able to efficiently achieve the baking Kill Step with total control over the outcome of your products. If you’re interested in our services, call us at (610) 678-5890 Ext. 2, or contact us online for more details about our innovative products.