FDAs FSMA Validation Requirement

Are you satisfied with the tools your commercial bakery is using to comply with the requirements of the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) validation and verification of kill-step? Consider the exceptional capabilities of the state-of-the-art SCORPION® 2 Data Logger from Reading Thermal.

Reading Thermal, headquartered in Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania, has been focused on measuring and understanding the commercial baking process for more than 25 years. We manufacture and support the SCORPION® 2 Profiling System that has become a standard in the baking industry and provides an easy way to validate your kill step for food safety.

By connecting our different smart sensors and sensor arrays to the SCORPION® 2 Data Logger and passing them through the oven with the product, the measurement system can capture the four main baking parameters: temperature of the environment (including the temperature of both the air and the oven belt surface), heat flux (energy transfer), humidity and air flow (velocity).

History of FSMA

The FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which was signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011, was considered the most sweeping reform of U.S. food safety laws in more than 70 years. It gave the FDA the authority to regulate the way foods are grown, harvested, and processed.

Instead of merely reacting to reports of foodborne illness after it has already occurred, the focus of the law is to more effectively prevent food safety issues in the American food supply.

How to Comply

Oven temperature causes physical and chemical reactions in dough and batter. Insufficient or excessive temperature during baking can lead to changes in fermentation and humidity levels, as well as undesirable changes in color, texture and taste.

The Scorpion® 2 Temperature Sensor Array is designed to measure temperature at product level, in fixed positions across the conveyor, and delivers a true representation of what the product experiences over time.

You may currently be using a compliance tool that measures and documents temperatures inside the oven to comply with the FSMA Kill Step Validation, but the tool only measures temperatures.

Bakers are easily complying with the regulations with the SCORPION® Software (SV8) Food Safety Module, and accomplishing far more by connecting a variety of pluggable sensors and sensor arrays that measure other baking parameters that affect the quality of their products.

Consider the innovative SCORPION® 2 Data Logger from Reading Thermal, with sensors and sensor arrays, to meet the FDA’s FSMA validation requirement. We would love to help your bakery stay in compliance with the rules and regulations. Contact us online, or call our headquarters in Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania at (610) 678-5890 Ext. 2 to learn more.