Titration: Part 1

What is Titration? Chemical titration is an analysis that determines the concentration of an identified chemical mixture.

Why Titrate? It's simple, titrating helps you reduce chemical cost, eliminate variation and ensures you are meeting the preventative control limits in your food safety plan.

    • Reduce Chemical Cost: All chemicals have a specific concentration level in which they can be effectively used. This can depend on a wide range of factors including the soil you are trying to remove, equipment surface (metal, vinyl, rubber etc.) and even label approval levels (specifically for sanitizers). The frequency in which you clean a surface can also alter the target concentration level, in theory, the more you clean the more soil load is reduced and the easier the surface will be to clean ultimately resulting in a lower concentration level and less chemical use. Titrating following mixing will ensure you are meeting your target concentration range, adding too much chemical will create an unnecessary added cost.
    • Eliminate Variation: If hand mixing, its important to ensure you are mixing properly and titration is the best way to verify that. We suggest using streamline proportioning units to dispense a mixed solution. This method will reduce employee contact with chemicals, some of which may be harsh and ensure your concentration is mixed consistently each and every time.
    • Preventative Controls Limits: FSMA and HACCP requirements expect that you have validated your preventative control limits and understand the effectiveness of your sanitation program. Record keeping such as titration logs provide crucial information to ensure your organization is achieving the sanitation preventative controls designed to significantly minimize or prevent hazards identified on your hazard analysis.

    Contact your supplier and ask about titration or contact us for further information.