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Key Monitoring Points in Your Restaurant: An Overview

Food preparation, holding, serving, and storing is a complex chain of interdependent touchpoints. Perhaps no product other than food undergoes such rapid and...

Written by TempAlert | June 13, 2017

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Pharmacy Safety

6 Steps for Handling Temperature Excursions

What is a temperature excursion? In the pharmaceutical industry, it refers to any temperature reading outside recommended ranges from the manufacturer’s package insert. Why is it important? Because out-of-range storage temperatures or inappropriate conditions for any vaccine can negatively impact the efficacy, and will require immediate action.

Written by TempAlert | June 21, 2017

Food Safety

5 Ways Digital Food Safety is Transforming Restaurants

Over the last couple of years, restaurants have begun adopting wireless sensors and digital checklists to improve food safety. This has marked the beginning of the digital food safety era. However, organizations are still figuring out how digital systems impact their restaurants. What we have seen at TempAlert is that the impact of digital food safety goes far beyond food safety. Here is what we have observed from...

Written by Jeremy Macdonald | June 20, 2017

Pharmacy Safety

Maintaining Vaccine Potency Along the Cold Chain: Who Is Responsible?

What is the vaccine cold chain? The short answer is: the maintenance of a temperature-controlled environment to ensure vaccines are transported and supplied in optimal condition. The cold chain begins with the refrigerated storage unit at the manufacturing plant, extends through delivery by distribution vehicles to the provider facility, to storage at the pharmacy or hospital, and ends with administration of the...

Written by TempAlert | June 14, 2017

Food Safety

Key Monitoring Points in Your Restaurant: An Overview

Food preparation, holding, serving, and storing is a complex chain of interdependent touchpoints. Perhaps no product other than food undergoes such rapid and drastic temperature changes, from freezing in storage to piping hot in the oven, often in a matter of minutes.

Written by TempAlert | June 13, 2017

Pharmacy Safety

Best Practices for Storing Refrigerated Vaccines and Diluent

If there’s one rule to follow when refrigerating vaccines and diluent, here it is: Always refer to the manufacturer’s product information and package inserts for the most up-to-date recommendations.

Written by TempAlert | June 7, 2017

Food Safety

Key Takeaways from the National Restaurant Association Show

Recently, TempAlert exhibited at the National Restaurant Association (NRA) show in Chicago, IL. The NRA is the largest foodservice trade association in the world and supports over 500,000 restaurants. In addition to restaurants, in attendance at the show were e-commerce companies, technology companies, equipment manufacturers, and restaurant suppliers.

Written by Emily Dumas | June 6, 2017

Pharmacy Safety

Temperature and High-Cost Drugs: Is Your Investment Protected?

Pharmacies are the go-to source for life-saving medications, especially ones which treat rare diseases and disorders. The costs of these drugs can be quite high. More than ever, maintaining vaccines, insulin, and other pharmaceuticals at their optimal temperature is paramount to ensure their efficacy.

Written by TempAlert | May 30, 2017

Pharmacy Safety

5 Storage Conditions Essential for Pharmaceuticals

Think about all of the time, money, and care you invest in your pharmaceutical products throughout the R&D process. How terribly unfortunate it would be if damage from sub-optimal storage conditions kept them out of the market.

Written by TempAlert | May 24, 2017

Food Safety

Tips for Establishing a Restaurant Food Safety Program

Food safety is about more than reducing foodborne illness. It’s also about quality assurance. The primary goal of your restaurant’s food safety plan is to ensure quality by keeping the food you serve safe. The first step is to develop standard operating procedures (SOP) that address how you will control the most common risk factors responsible for foodborne illness.

Written by TempAlert | May 23, 2017

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

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

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?

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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