Mitigating Your Risk of Food Safety Disasters
If you’re in the foodservice industry, one thing is for sure: you’ve had to throw away more spoiled food—and money—than you care to admit. It’s happened to us all. It’s part of the industry, right? Sure, lettuce isn’t going to last forever...but your frozen goods should have a long shelf life, provided they are being stored at the correct temperature.
As we all know, if the temperature of a food storage unit is out of range for more than four hours, any perishable food inside is considered unsafe to consume and must be discarded. The problem is restaurant personnel often have no reliable way of determining if such an event has occurred.
So, how can you ensure that your equipment is fully protected from the threat of spoilage?
More specifically, how can you ensure that you have the correct temperature-monitoring safeguards in place and that they are working properly? And how do you mitigate the risk of equipment malfunctions, while avoiding major food and dollar losses?
Let’s take a look...
The conventional food storage solutions need to evolve alongside the advancement of digital technology. Our response at ComplianceMate is to provide a foolproof method of digitally monitoring food storage units. Utilizing the IoT technology, the sensors and real-time alerts ensure that any equipment failures are immediately detected and quickly resolved.
• Extreme Weather Events
The bad news: Harsh weather conditions usually lead to power outages.
The good news: ComplianceMate sensors continue to transmit data during an outage. The 24/7 sensor monitoring proactively detects these power outages and automatically sends alerts to assist in quick response and risk mitigation.
• Extended Shutdowns
The COVID-19 crisis is one particularly vivid example of how extreme conditions can cause an extended shutdown of your business. How many restaurant owners suspected in 2019 that a virus would force their business to close for months on end?
With ComplianceMate, you can feel assured that your food storage units are in good hands, no matter how long the shutdown lasts. No, this doesn’t mean your refrigerated goods will stay fresh for six months, but it does mean that ComplianceMate will continuously monitor your equipment to ensure that your frozen goods remain within the appropriate temperature range and alert you in the event of any changes.
How Does ComplianceMate Work?
ComplianceMate contains two modules: wireless temperature sensors and customizable, digital checklists.
The wireless temperature sensors offer several important benefits:
• Ensuring food and brand consistency-Temperatures are kept continuously within the brand’s specified range across all locations.
• Automated monitoring - Eliminates the need for regular employee checks, which saves time and labor that can be devoted to other important tasks.
• Real-time data reporting - Temperature-related information can be accessed 24/7 from virtually anywhere.
• Cloud-based transmitting - The IoT sensors continue to transmit data even in the event of a power outage.
• Preventing food spoilage -Real-time alerting when temperatures rise or fall beyond acceptable thresholds.
The automated digital checklists enhance your risk mitigation:
• Paper checklists are completely eliminated.
• Line check times and dates are automatically recorded as they are completed.
• Operational checklists can be fully customized for your specific time/temp line checks, warming/cooling logs, cleaning checklists, etc.
• HACCP data is stored long-term to meet regulatory compliance and inspections.
ComplianceMate stands at the forefront of the trend toward greater utilization of digital food safety technology and in helping to protect your business from unexpected operational hazards linked to food spoilage.
About Tom Woodbury
Tom Woodbury is Vice President of National Accounts at ComplianceMate, where he and his colleagues help various industries utilize IoT technology to protect their food safety and improve their compliance programs.
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