Launch of Hot Food Merchandiser Standard Development Featured

Jul 12 2017 4 comments
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The Foodservice Network is pleased to announce the first full day Workshop for the creation of a new performance standard for Hot Food Display Cabinets (BSI – PAS). The workshop is being held at The British Standards Institution (BSI), 389 Chiswick High Road London, W4 4AL on the 21st of July from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.

The standard is being sponsored by the Foodservice Network and aims to create a performance standard that assists manufacturers in the design and development of Hot Food Display Cabinets, secures the safety of the food product for consumers and improves the overall convenience and efficiency of Hot Food to Go operations. With rapid innovation in the Hot Food to Go retail sector now underway, it is felt that a new equipment performance standard will help facilitate the safe and successful expansion of this food service market.

Extensive research conducted across a wide selection of food service operators in the QSR market and focused upon the management of Hot Food to Go operations has indicated a general lack of understanding regarding the operational requirements for Hot Food Display units. This is particularly clear when looking at the relation between Hot Food Holding Equipment, Hot Food Packaging, Hot Food Product and the food service processes that would normally be seen to support these. A number of potentially serious issues have been identified, including: a.) use of inappropriate packaging, b.) use of incorrect heating and holding methods, c.) failure in equipment to maintain required temperature, d.) use of bespoke and adapted equipment with compromised functionality, e.) use of commercial hot holding equipment with design and functionality issues, f.) lack of operational standards regarding hot holding techniques and g.) ignorance by operators and service providers of hot holding product health and safety standards.

To address these concerns, it is proposed that, in the first instance, a new Performance Standard for Hot Food Display Equipment be achieved that specifies both a set of requirements that the display equipment should meet and a test method for validating the ability of the Hot Food Display Equipment to achieve this set of requirements.

The purpose of the workshop is to introduce the development of a new BSI (PAS) Standard for Hot Food Display Cabinets to organisations from across the foodservice sector (food equipment manufacturers, food production, food retail, food packaging, food safety regulators, amongst others) and to listen to any concerns or advice given. We will also explain the development process behind the creation of the standard and take expressions of interest for contributors and Steering Committee Members. 

Event Sponsor Contact Details

·     The Foodservice Network

·     Mark McGlinn, Director, The Foodservice Network

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·     Mob: +44 (0) 7445 636781

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·     Full Details of the Workshop can be downloaded by clicking the link below

pdf Hot Food Display Unit Standard BSI (PAS) Workshop (242 KB)

 

 
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This is much needed/ There are similar issues across the full breadth of the food industry..

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Would be interesting to see similar work on Packaging Standards..

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How do they determine the viability of the shelf-life if they cannot assess the temperature?

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The work on packaging is just beginning..

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