SpotSee has released its Do Not Refreeze label, now part of its temperature-monitoring product line, to ensure food quality and safety throughout the supply chain and within commercial food environments.
“Do not refreeze” are important words when considering food quality and safety. But how do you know if the product has been frozen when it is already thawed?
The Do Not Refreeze label from SpotSee is a simple solution for this situation. The very act of placing this label on a food to be frozen is an important safeguard. When the temperature is below -15 °C, the label automatically and permanently displays the warning: “Do Not Refreeze.”
Food manufacturers and service workers can place the label on a product’s packaging at the point of manufacture or before placing fresh food in a commercial freezer. Prior to freezing, the blue text on the label is light, indicating the product has not yet been frozen. When the temperature drops below -15 °C, the label automatically and permanently displays "Do Not Refreeze" in dark blue. This color-changing feature enables quick identification for food handlers overseeing large quantities of temperature-sensitive products.
Food handlers can note the date and time of specific actions—frozen, pulled, and use-by date—directly on the label. The Do Not Refreeze label becomes a standard part of HACCP plans.
Anywhere in the farm-to-fork supply chain, it becomes clear when a product has been previously frozen. With a simple label, it is possible to improve food quality all the way into the home kitchen.
Knowing that food has been previously frozen is important, as quality and safety can be compromised if temperature-sensitive products are frozen, thawed, and then refrozen. The Do Not Refreeze label will benefit those in food service, catering, and food manufacturing, and allow them to stay accountable and knowledgeable of the food’s environment.
The label includes a chart for users to track the date and time a product was frozen, pulled from the freezer, and when it should be used by. The Do Not Refreeze label is single-use and has been approved for indirect food contact.