Victoria Department of Health sets the standard for Remote Monitoring of temperatures in the Foodservice Industry
The Victoria Department of Health have released a new draft paper that outlines the legislative requirements for remote monitoring of Food Storage Temperatures. The paper sets the industry benchmark on Remote Monitoring until another state documents higher requirements.
This paper highlights the way forward for the industry to move towards software platforms to assist with the monitoring of HACCP guidelines and Food Safety Regulations – and it couldn’t come at a better time!
Over the past few years, Virtual Manager have developed our FoodSafe product as a way to automate manual processes and to ensure compliance throughout the food service industry. After spending 2017 rolling out successful implementations of the system, the results have been greater than expected with streamlining Food Safety processes, creating accurate and unfakeable records and creating visibility for Stakeholders and Management on the productivity and quality of their venues. This paper has put FoodSafe in the spotlight as our software platform complies with the standards set by the government as listed below:
- monitor and report twice daily temperature readings (at a minimum)
- trigger an alarm when a storage unit is not holding food within the set temperature limits
- document corrective actions that were taken when temperature control issues occur
- have a thermocouple accuracy of ±1 °C
- be validated so that it produces consistently accurate results
- be calibrated each year (thermocouples and alarms)
- have a maintenance program in place to ensure continuous operation of the system.
The department’s guide can be viewed here for further information on the requirements of Remote Monitoring.
The Virtual Manager team are excited for a big 2018 as the innovative leader in Food Safety Software. To find out more about FoodSafe or to arrange a demonstration click here.
Key messages from Victoria Department of Health
- Storage unit temperatures must be monitored.
- Remote temperature monitoring is an alternative compliance method.
- Your local council must agree to its use before you install and use a remote temperature monitoring system.
- The department has published a guide to help you understand remote temperature monitoring systems, so you can comply with food safety requirements if you choose to use such a system.