FSMA Kill Step Protocol

Can you scientifically validate that your thermal baking process meets FSMA’s preventive controls requirements, including the kill step protocol, to ensure product safety? The experts at Reading Thermal provide state-of-the-art data logging equipment that will validate your baking process and assure that your kill-step is scientifically confirmed.

Headquartered in Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania, Reading Thermal has been studying, 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.

Controlling internal food temperature is key to achieving food safety. The FDA’s 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.

Bakeries are using the SCORPION® Software (SV8) Food Safety Module to easily comply with FSMA regulations, but are accomplishing much more by connecting a variety of pluggable sensors and sensor arrays that also measure air velocity, heat flux, humidity, and other baking parameters that affect the quality of their products.

Advantages of Validating a Kill Step:

  • Helps achieve maximum food safety and protect consumers.
  • Helps meet the safety standards (e.g., five log reduction of pathogenic E. coli/Salmonella) set by regulatory agencies.
  • Helps determine effective treatment.
  • Saves food industry millions of dollars by avoiding recalls and other legal penalties due to foodborne illness outbreaks.
  • Reinforces consumer confidence.
  • Supports business success.

The Reading Thermal 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 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 then 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.

We also offer the SCORPION® Profiling Service to assist customers with problem-solving at their own facilities. We use the state-of-the-art SCORPION® Data Logging Measurement System to collect thermal profiles of temperature (air, band, product), air velocity, heat flux, and humidity. We can analyze a single line or perform multi line comparison studies to determine what is causing problematic processing conditions and help you find solutions.

Achieve maximum food safety compliance and abide by the FSMA kill step protocol with the SCORPION® 2 from Reading Thermal. Contact us online, or call our headquarters in Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania at (610) 678-5890 Ext. 2 to learn more explore our innovative products.