Food Temp™ Helps Comply with the 2 Hour – 4 Hour Rule for HACCP Plans
Timestrip® has a new range of Food Temp™ indicators which have been specifically developed for food shipping and storage.
The newly designed temperature breach window on the Food Temp™ 5°C indicates breaches lasting between two to four hours.
Why 2 Hour – 4 Hours?
In the food industry, food with the potential to grow hazardous pathogens are kept safe from developing harmful levels of bacteria using a HACCP Plan with a 2 Hour – 4 Hour Rule.
If the food is exposed to a temperature breach for less than 2 hours, bacteria have not been developing quickly and can be returned to the safe temperature.
Users can see that the breach window on the Food Temp™ indicator has remained white and can return products to the safe temperature.
If exposed to breach temperatures above 2 Hours, but under 4 Hours- bacteria levels have begun to rapidly multiply but have not reached dangerously high levels.
When users see blue in the breach window, it will alert them they must use the food immediately and cannot be returned to storage.
After a 4 hour exposure to a temperature breach, bacteria have had the time to multiply to unsafe levels and cannot be consumed.
A completely blue window on a Food Temp™ indicator lets a user know that the food product is unsafe to use and must be immediately discarded.
For more information, see our Food Temp Indicator page.