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Identifying Potentially Hazardous Food

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Potentially hazardous food (PHFs) is a food safety term used to describe foods that support the growth of pathogens that can cause foodborne illnesses. A PHF can be identified by three characteristics; a food that contains moisture, protein, and is slightly acidic.

In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) addresses PHFs safety standards, which are also referred to as “time/temperature control for safety food” in the Food Code. PHFs are any food that requires time and temperature control to limit pathogenic microorganism growth or toxin formation.

Here’s how to identify a food that is a PHF and some common examples:

By controlling the handling and storage conditions of PHFs, harmful bacteria is prevented from growing and/or multiplying. Data loggers are a popular solution for monitoring the temperature of food products, not just PHFs. Implementing data loggers across the supply chain ensures food is stored and/or cooked at the required temperature for a sufficient time.

MadgeTech specializes in data logging solutions specifically for food processing applications. From cooking and cooling to shipping and storage, MadgeTech data loggers are essential to any HACCP plan. Equipped with real-time monitoring, alarms and notifications, MadgeTech data loggers give users the power to manage critical control points before a deviation occurs. 

For more information about MadgeTech data loggers give us a call at (603) 456-2011 or email [email protected].

About Kelly:

Kelly Wright joined the MadgeTech team in May of 2016 as a Marketing Content Writer, bringing with her years of education and firsthand experience in media and communications. Kelly is a key contributor in researching and developing interesting, valuable content. As a certified HACCP manager, Kelly demonstrates her expertise at events and tradeshows around the country representing MadgeTech.