Kill Step Validation Model for Bakery Applications

The FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requires validation and verification of kill-step for bakery applications. Simplify compliance with the scientific validation model with Reading Thermal’s innovative SCORPION® 2 Profiling System and Data Logger.

About Reading Thermal

Reading Thermal is headquartered in Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania, and has studied baking processes for 25+ years. We manufacture and support the SCORPION® 2 Profiling System, a standard in the baking industry, which provides an easy way to validate your kill step for food safety.

Our Innovative Solutions

Food-borne pathogens can be introduced into bakery products through a wide range of ingredients, pests, unhygienic handling, and environmental factors.

Instead of responding to safety failures after baking is complete, the Kill-Step Validation requirements of FSMA are intended to prevent them and provide documented evidence.

Our SCORPION® 2 Temperature Sensor Array measures temperatures at the product level, in fixed positions across the conveyor, and delivers an accurate representation of what your product experiences over time. To accomplish this, we offer different types of pluggable sensors – one designed for tight mesh or solid 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, giving you a precise picture of temperature from side-to-side and end-to-end.

After gathering the data, the SCORPION® Software (SV8) Food Safety Module simplifies the lethality calculation and then generates a comprehensive report that displays cumulative log reduction.  By combining the measurements with robust data capture, the SCORPION® 2 System makes it easy to optimize your process while meeting required food safety standards.

Kill Step Calculators

With the SCORPION® 2 Data Logger, you can utilize AIB International’s Kill Step Calculators to evaluate the lethality of your process. There are kill step calculators for specific bakery products, including hamburger buns, round top cake muffins, nut muffins, fruit-filled pastry, 100% whole wheat multigrain bread, multigrain bread, crispy cookies, soft cookies, yeast-raised donuts, flour tortillas and cheesecake. Download the procedures and calculators here.

Reading Thermal Profiling Service

Reading Thermal also offers a SCORPION® Profiling Service to assist customers with problem-solving in their own facilities. We use the state-of-the-art SCORPION® Profiling System to collect thermal profiles of temperature (air, band, product), humidity, air velocity, and heat flux. We have the ability to analyze a single line or perform multi-line comparison studies that will determine what is causing problematic processing conditions and find solutions.

Controlling internal food temperature is key to achieving food safety. When you need information about a kill step validation model for your bakery applications or profiling systems from Reading Thermal that will help you achieve maximum food safety compliance, get in touch with us at (610) 678-5890 Ext. 2, or contact us online to find out more about our state-of-the-art products.