FSMA Kill Step Validation

To easily comply with FSMA Kill-Step Validation (KSV) requirements for baked goods, count on the state-of-the-art Reading Thermal SCORPION® 2 Data Logger and our various sensors and sensor arrays.

Reading Thermal, headquartered in Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania, has concentrates on measuring and understanding the commercial baking process for more than 25 years. We manufacture and support the SCORPION® 2 Data Logger 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 your product(s), the measurement system will 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).

Kill Step Validation

Controlling internal food temperature is key to achieving food safety. The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requires commercial bakeries to provide validation of process controls, such as thermal kill steps, in an effort to reduce food borne pathogens, such as Salmonella spp, in ingredients and finished products.

It’s important to understand that temperature, air velocity, heat flux and humidity are interrelated. They work together to control final product quality, e.g., humidity is affected by air velocity and temperature.

Scientific proof is the only way to confirm that your baking process is consistently delivering the desired lethal result to ensure the destruction of pathogenic microorganisms.

The SCORPION® 2 Temperature Sensor Array measures temperature at product level, in fixed positions across the conveyor, and delivers a true representation of what your product is experiencing over time. Different types of pluggable sensors are available, including one designed for solid or tight mesh conveyors and one for open mesh conveyors.

The sensor array is connected to the SCORPION® 2 Data Logger and travels through the oven with the product, yielding a precise picture of temperature from side-to-side and end-to-end.

After gathering the data, the SCORPION® Software (SV8) Food Safety Module makes it easy to calculate lethality and then generates a comprehensive report displaying cumulative log reduction.

By combining this ease of measurement with robust data capture, the SCORPION® 2 System makes it simple to optimize your process while meeting food safety standards.

If you are only interested in measuring temperature, take advantage of the SCORPION® 2 LITE Temperature Data Logger. Designed as a low-cost alternative to the full-featured SCORPION® 2 Data Logger, it simplifies the measurement of environment and internal product core temperatures.

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