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Food Safety

The 3 Lenses of Digital Food Safety

While many people consider digital food safety to be driven by technology, there are multiple non-technology drivers which will determine the real success of your program.  We use The 3 Lenses of Digital Food Safety: People, Environmental, and Process, to evaluate each program through 3 distinct dimensions.

Written by Jeremy Macdonald | August 22, 2017

Pharmacy Safety

5 Benefits of Continuous Monitoring Beyond Compliance

In our last post, we presented an overview of the US regulatory landscape and a comparison of manual and digital monitoring systems. We demonstrated how continuous temperature monitoring is a more proactive approach than a paper-based/clipboard system, and much more likely to meet compliance standards accurately as they change over time.

Written by Patty Kumbera | August 16, 2017

Food Safety

Proactive GRPs: Exceeding Minimum Food Safety Standards

If you’re responsible for food safety for a large restaurant chain, then you know that regulations are not consistent across the nation. Instead, You may have to juggle federal, state, and local guidelines, which can be quite a burden.

Written by TempAlert | August 15, 2017

Remote Monitoring

Unlocking the Potential of Enterprise IoT

As with all transformative technologies, IoT has been the source of an inordinate amount of hype but has also been a catalyst for the digital industrial revolution. General Electric’s chief economist Marco Annunziato estimated that Industrial and Enterprise focused IoT could add between 10 and 15 trillion dollars to global GDP. These gains come through small, incremental improvements in the world’s industrial assets.

Written by Pavan Pant | August 10, 2017

Pharmacy Safety

How Stricter State Regulations are Leading to Continuous Monitoring

Accurate temperature monitoring is necessary to ensure the safety and efficacy of all medications and vaccines. That should be a given in the pharmacy industry. But the truth is, for many pharmacy chains and independents, temperature monitoring is merely guesswork. Too frequently staff responsible for temperature monitoring don’t understand the “why” of recording temperatures.

Written by Patty Kumbera | August 9, 2017

Food Safety

How Temperature Monitoring Enabled Starbucks to Reduce Food Waste

In our previous post, we discussed the driving factors behind food waste within the restaurant industry, and we debunked the misconception that restaurants are exposed to liability risk if they donate their leftover food.

Written by TempAlert | August 8, 2017

Pharmacy Safety

6 Reasons Why Pharmacies Are Moving to Continuous Monitoring

If you’re still using a paper temperature log, then there is a very high probability of undiscovered thermal excursions in your fridges and freezers. Accompanying these unseen excursions is a high likelihood of you administering ineffective vaccines and medications.

Written by TempAlert | August 2, 2017

Food Safety

Food Waste: How Your Restaurant Can Make a Difference

Food waste is a pressing issue. Americans dispose of 160 billion pounds of food per year. That’s 40% of all food available, or 730 football stadiums full of discarded but safe food that is still edible. Many restaurants contribute to this waste when they dispose of unsold food at the end of the day.

Written by TempAlert | August 1, 2017

Pharmacy Safety

The Real ROI of Our Virtual Buffer Vial

In the first two posts of this series, we discussed the challenges associated with physical buffer vials and TempAlert’s solution - the Virtual Buffer Vial (VBV), a patented modeling approach that simulates actual product temperature and eliminates the need for physical buffers.

Written by Jason Sroka | July 27, 2017

Pharmacy Safety

6 Ways to Protect Your Vaccine Inventory

With flu season fast-approaching, your pharmacies will be receiving a large influx of vaccines. As they are inherently unstable, flu vaccines require temperature control during storage and transit along the cold chain. Sub-optimal temperatures can result in wasted product, or worse, costly re-vaccination programs.

Written by TempAlert | July 26, 2017

Food Safety

Food Truck Safety: Prevent Foodborne Illness with Remote Monitoring

Food trucks are here to stay. What might have seemed a fad a decade ago is now BIG business. The food truck niche is projected to haul in a whopping $2.7 billion in 2017. It’s not just small players either, many of the largest national chains have trucks on the road, including Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks, McDonald’s, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut.

Written by TempAlert | July 25, 2017

Food Safety

Ensuring Proper Temperature from Purchase to Plate

Food needs to be handled correctly from purchase to plate to ensure it’s safe to serve in your restaurants. Safe practices for handling, cooking, and storing food are essential to keeping your customers safe from foodborne illness.

Written by TempAlert | July 18, 2017

Pharmacy Safety

Virtual Buffers: A Practical Approach to Product Safety Monitoring

In our last post we discussed the challenges of physical buffer vials, in particular (1) the shelf space they take up that could be used for products, (2) the potential to get in the way as product is access around them, and (3) the potential for the buffering materials to spill and ruin product or product packaging.

Written by Jason Sroka | July 13, 2017

Pharmacy Safety

Vaccines and Power Outages: Steps You Can Take to Monitor Temperature

When storing vaccines in a pharmacy or hospital, a power outage is qualified as an emergency. Since maintaining their optimal temperatures is essential to preserving their integrity, safely monitoring vaccines during a power outage is, therefore, a top priority.

Written by TempAlert | July 12, 2017

Food Safety

Foreign Supplier Verification Program: Keeping Food Imports Safe

Twenty percent of the total United States’ food supply is imported. To break that down, 70% of our seafood is imported, as well as 35% of our fresh produce. That’s a lot, and it could likely include foods that are being distributed to your restaurants. So, how do we know that the imported food is safe? That’s why we have the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP).

Written by TempAlert | July 11, 2017

Pharmacy Safety

Stop Crying over Spilled Glycol!: The Challenges of Buffer Vials

TempAlert assists companies across a wide range of domains in setting up remote environmental monitoring systems.  A common reason our customers install remote monitoring systems is to assure that their products are safe for consumers. Two major industries that use our technology are pharmaceutical applications and food services.

Written by Jason Sroka | July 6, 2017

Food Safety

The FSMA Transport Rule: What it is & Who is Responsible

The FSMA Rule on Sanitary Transportation is one of seven foundational rules proposed by the FDA to create a risk-based framework for food safety. The overall objective of the rule is to prevent practices during transportation that create hazards, such as failure of refrigeration, inadequate cleaning of vehicles, and inappropriate packing materials. Ultimately, the rule was put in place to minimize the potential of a...

Written by TempAlert | July 5, 2017

Pharmacy Safety

Best Practices for Transporting Vaccines

The CDC does not recommend the transport of vaccines - with good reason. However, there are ways to do it safely in an emergency situation.

Refrigerated and frozen vaccines must maintain their optimal temperature values to preserve their potency. Transporting them only multiplies the opportunities for temperature loss due to the potential of uninsulated packaging, warm storage spaces in transport vehicles, or...

Written by TempAlert | June 28, 2017

Food Safety

Food Safety Modernization Act: An Overview

When the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) passed in 2011, it shifted U.S. food safety policy from a reactive afterthought to a proactive mission. That is, rather than responding to contamination after the fact, the law mandates preventing problems during manufacturing and transport before they occur. FSMA also provides the FDA with new enforcement authorities to achieve higher rates of compliance and tools to...

Written by TempAlert | June 27, 2017

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 in the Supply Chain

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

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

Pharmacy Safety

Protecting High-Cost Medicines with Continuous Monitoring

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

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