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An Intro to FSMA for Quick Service Restaurants

It’s always better to be proactive rather than reactive when it comes to food safety.

Written by TempAlert | May 9, 2017

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Pharmacy Safety

Vaccine Storage: The Importance of Maintaining the Cold Chain

DID YOU KNOW THE U.S. DOES NOT REGULATE VACCINE TEMPERATURE?

Written by TempAlert | May 17, 2017

Food Safety

Automated Tools: Make Your Food Safety Plan as Foolproof as Possible

Keeping food free of pathogens should be a no-brainer. Since microorganisms grow best in warm conditions, the goal is simply to ensure proper storage that keeps food within a safe temperature range. Common sense, right? But refrigerators and freezers aren’t perfect. They can break down, power outages can turn them off, and busy employees can accidentally leave a door open. That’s why it’s important to have a...

Written by TempAlert | May 16, 2017

Pharmacy Safety

Pharmaceutical Storage & Transit: Conditions for Consideration

During the drug development process, it is imperative that your company determine the appropriate conditions for storage and transit of your products. The best way to discover optimal conditions is to conduct small-batch testing under a number of changing environmental situations. There are several factors to consider. Let’s take a closer look.

Written by TempAlert | May 10, 2017

Food Safety

An Intro to FSMA for Quick Service Restaurants

It’s always better to be proactive rather than reactive when it comes to food safety.

Written by TempAlert | May 9, 2017

Pharmacy Safety

Improper Temperature Monitoring: Risks and Solutions

Pharmaceutical companies increasingly produce new drugs and vaccines at high cost. To protect your investment of time and money, preventing loss of potency is essential. A best practice to ensure proper administration of your products is to maintain their optimal temperatures during storage and transit.

Written by TempAlert | May 8, 2017

Food Safety

How to Become Your Own Food Safety Advocate

Food safety is not optional. That should probably go unspoken. But, as we know, state and local regulations meet only minimum requirements. That’s why it’s important to become an internal food safety advocate within your company.

Written by TempAlert | May 2, 2017

Pharmacy Safety

Drug Stability at High Temperatures: The Need for Monitoring Systems

Pharmaceutical companies share a duty to ensure that their drugs are kept in an environment that maintains their efficacy. Although USP sets standards for the proper storage and distribution of medicines, many state boards of pharmacy follow these guidelines erratically. Since many drugs become unstable at high temperatures, keeping them within the proper “cool” or “cold” range is essential.

Written by TempAlert | April 26, 2017

Food Safety

Suppliers: An Essential Ingredient of Your Food Safety Plan

Choosing a reputable supplier is no small task. The safety and quality of your final food product is ultimately dependent on both the ingredients themselves and on the best practices of the supplier. Let’s take a look at some helpful recommendations for choosing the right suppliers.

Written by TempAlert | April 25, 2017

Food Safety

Locally Sourced Food: No Excuse for Lack of Due Diligence

Surveys frequently show that most consumers believe locally sourced foods are safe from foodborne illness. Consumers are not alone - many industry professionals believe this too. Yet both groups may be subscribing to a myth. In this post, we’ll take a look at the case study of raw oysters to uncover how local, high-end suppliers can also be victims of contamination.

Written by TempAlert | April 19, 2017

Pharmacy Safety

Temperature Monitoring for Pharmaceuticals: Why Is it Important?

Pharmaceutical companies typically spend 15 years and $1 billion developing a successful drug or vaccine. In fact, for every 1,000 compounds initially developed, only 1 makes it to market. Given these costs and risks, drug company leaders need to direct more attention than ever toward the appropriate storage and transit of pharmaceutical products to maintain their integrity.

Written by TempAlert | April 18, 2017

Pharmacy Safety

Standard Methods of Temperature Monitoring in Pharmaceuticals

While most products have strict temperature ranges, pharmaceuticals are extremely sensitive. It is critical to maintain a safe temperature range for vaccines and medications in transport and in storage.

Written by TempAlert | April 12, 2017

Food Safety

Food Prep Gets a Scientific Review: What Does the Data Tell Us?

If you’re in charge of food safety for a chain restaurant you probably ask yourself the same question every day, “Is our food being stored and handled properly to ensure compliance?” Across all your locations, you’re not likely to find someone with the answer you need.  But, there is an FDA study that can point you in the right direction.

Written by TempAlert | April 11, 2017

Pharmacy Safety

Why Should You Automate Temperature Monitoring in Your Pharmacy?

As a pharmacist, you’re already meticulous about the human factors that can affect a patient’s medication. Double-checking prescriptions, measuring dosages with care, and confirming the patient’s identity are all second nature to you. You probably also follow the general CDC guidelines about storing medications to keep them safe and effective. You keep vaccines in the refrigerator, for instance, and hope that...

Written by TempAlert | April 5, 2017

Food Safety

Building Out Your HACCP Plan with the 7 Principles

Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) is a system designed to identify and prevent safety hazards during food production and distribution. It includes steps to avoid problems before they occur and correct deviations as soon as they are detected.

Written by TempAlert | April 4, 2017

Food Safety

Your HACCP Plan: Taking the First Steps

YOUR HACCP PLAN: A TOP-DOWN PRIORITY

A HACCP food safety plan is a best practice for all large-scale food services and restaurant chains. These days, when multiple product recalls worry consumers, it’s good insurance to develop a program to protect your company. It all starts with a firm commitment by top management to producing safe food and training employees to ensure it.

Written by TempAlert | March 28, 2017

Food Safety

Is Organic Produce Better Produce?

According to the USDA, 70% of consumers think that food is safer or of higher quality if it is labeled organic. But, is it actually better for you just because it says ‘organic’ on the packaging? 

Written by TempAlert | March 24, 2017

Food Safety

HACCP & Food Safety: Are You Required to Comply?

FOOD WITH INTEGRITY: DON’T LEARN THE HARD WAY.

In 2016, Chipotle’s famous tagline, “Food with Integrity,” sounded more like famous last words—even after many years of success. That’s what happens when outbreaks of E. coli, salmonella, and norovirus at your restaurant make front-page national headlines.

Written by TempAlert | March 21, 2017

Pharmacy Safety

The Forgotten Totes

Pharmaceutical sales reps spend much of their time on the road driving from office to office and hospital to hospital. Besides a boatload of swag, they are carrying various drug samples with them.

What happens when those samples are temperature sensitive and require refrigeration?

Written by TempAlert | October 19, 2016

Pharmacy Safety

Next Stop on the Forgotten Mile: Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are the lifeblood of the pharmaceutical industry. Without successful new drug development, brands would become commoditized as patents expire and low-cost generics enter the market.

Written by TempAlert | October 13, 2016

Pharmacy Safety

The Forgotten Mile

The CDC recommends that medications be kept within specific refrigerated and frozen temperature ranges to ensure safety and efficacy (Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit).

Drug manufacturers are well aware of these recommendations and take precautions to properly store their medications. However, there is a link in the Cold Chain that is often overlooked. We refer to that missing link as the “Forgotten Mile.”

Written by TempAlert | October 11, 2016

Remote Monitoring

GMP, USDA, FDA, CDC, NIST: Acronyms Explained

Acronyms are extremely useful. We use them (mainly) to help consolidate names and associations into digestible briefs. Instead of "Entertainment and Sports Programming Network", we use "ESPN" when referring to that particular organization. Still, acronyms can often be confusing, misleading, or largley unclear to an untrained eye.

Written by TempAlert | April 22, 2013

Remote Monitoring

Patent Approved For Advanced Cellular Monitoring And Cloud Computing

TempAlert, formerly Temperature@lert, announced on October 11, 2012 the approval of another patent application in support of company’s flagship product, the Cellular Edition wireless sensing system. With cost-effective, easy-to-install and use hardware coupled to TempAlert’s advanced Sensor Cloud technology, the Cellular Edition has become the standard by which all other products are measured.

Written by TempAlert | November 5, 2012

Remote Monitoring

Tip: The Importance Of Baselining For Setting Up Your Device

Often we receive inquiries about our recommendations for the appropriate temperature thresholds to set. However, at TempAlert we know that every room or refrigerator has its own microclimate (even sensors inches apart can read different values). Although similar applications might share the same temperature threshold range, every location is unique. So how does one figure out the correct range?

Essentially in...

Written by TempAlert | March 19, 2012

Remote Monitoring

How Many Temperature Sensors Do I Need?

What is the temperature in the room you’re in right now? Take a guess, you’ll be correct within a few degrees. Now, what is the temperature of the room? Don’t bother answering that, it’s a trick question because in fact there is no “temperature of the room”, the temperature of the room is a 3D matrix that likely varies by up to 3°C (5.4°F) from one point to another.

Written by TempAlert | July 11, 2011

Remote Monitoring

Temperature, Humidity Or Both? That Is The Question.

Historically, temperature monitoring has been one of the most important factors to monitor for sensitive applications. Whether you’re monitoring server rooms to tell when the AC goes off and jeopardizes costly electronic equipment containing valuable data, or a medical office refrigerator containing perishable vaccines, temperature is one of the most critical parameters to monitor to keep things safe.

Written by TempAlert | July 6, 2011

Remote Monitoring

3 Questions To Ask Yourself To Ensure Accurate Temperature Monitoring

"Why is the temperature on my thermostat different than my TempAlert device?"

We get asked this question a lot. Your thermostat may display one temperature while your TempAlert sensor might display something different. How can that be? It's because temperature in any location is a constantly changing 3 dimensional gradient.

Written by TempAlert | March 14, 2011

Remote Monitoring

3 Tips For Monitoring Temperature Remotely

Let's face it: On-site monitoring has a number of drawbacks. Unless there is a consistent human presence in any business or warehouse, the sole use of "on-site monitoring" fails to capture important benefits that are typically derived from temperature monitoring systems.

Written by TempAlert | October 4, 2000