The cooking of meat is a regulated process that requires temperature values to meet standards within the regulated period of time, even throughout the cooling process. Exclusively used in the meat and poultry industry, cooling flags can track the cooling of smoked or cooked meats.
Verification of the cooling process must be available for compliance validation. Data loggers are used to record and track the specified cooking and cooling temperatures. Within the MadgeTech 4 Data Logging Software, the cooling flags feature inserts annotations within a graph that specify (flag) when certain temperature thresholds are met as the meat cools.
When the temperature drops and a cooling flag is reached, but the temperature then rises above this cooling flag by 5 degrees or more, the software knows something is wrong. An alert is then generated and any other cooling flags that are set will be cancelled. This notifies the user immediately, providing the opportunity to correct the problem before the product is compromised.
In the meat industry, the RFOT Wireless Meat Data Logger is widely used and built to last. This data logger can withstand the harsh smokehouse environment while accurately recording internal meat temperature with its built-in rugged probe.
With a Madgetech wireless data logger, cooling flags are displayed within the software while the data logger is in use, giving you real-time updates. The use of multiple cooling flags allows you to see how much time has passed between each flag while also allowing you to monitor the cooling process for multiple, consecutive cycles.
A cooling flag data summary is displayed in the Report Properties, clearly and concisely, making the information available for records or reference. This feature saves time and simplifies the reporting process required for product safety validation.
MadgeTech continues to develop features and improvements that assist meat, poultry and food processors with simplified compliance and validation. To learn more about the MadgeTech Data Logger Software, click here.