Before COVID-19, employee training on well established standards for cleaning, cooking, hygiene, separation, and monitoring was the bedrock for food safety in the fast casual business. Proper employee supervision and management can mitigate cases of Norovirus, Salmonella, and E. coli. With the coronavirus, however, measures to mitigate contact with other humans are crucial as well.
Food Safety standards are rising across the globe. With the supply chain of ingredients under the microscope like never before, implementing preventative measures to combat foodborne illnesses and to meet industry regulations is now more important than ever. Foodborne illnesses continue to be on the rise, prompted by consumers’ demand for fresh, rapidly prepared meals.
Whether driven by regulatory factors or brand protection, the food industry has adopted advanced monitoring and management technologies to maintain and support modern day food safety cultures and operations. This type of technology utilizes checklists and sensors designed to monitor and gather data. Typically, these are built into handheld devices that store collected information in
What is the Internet of Things (IoT) and how does it relate to Food Safety? The Internet of Things, or IoT as its commonly called, is the interconnection via the internet of computing devices embedded in everyday objects, enabling them to send and receive data. These devices continually collect and exchange data with other devices
Cheap peanut oil marketed as extra virgin olive oil. Melamine in milk. White tuna sushi that’s actually escolar, a toxic fish that’s banned in Japan. Food fraud is more common than most people think! Food fraud is the intentional mislabeling of a food product, usually for the purpose of economic gain. This can happen in
At what point did consumers decide to drive right past the colorful signs and convenient drive-through lanes of national food chains, and opt for dinner from the grocery store and the gas station? That tipping point is telling. It might have to do with consumers seeking convenience (fill the tank, grab a sub) or variety
Just as the smartphone has evolved far beyond that rotary-dial, landline phone on the kitchen wall, the 21st century convenience store is quickly and broadly redefining the shopping and dining experience. No longer positioned as the first choice for fuel pumps or a smorgasbord of salty snacks, the c-store has become a viable outlet for
How to Create Efficiency, Exactness and Economies of scale Driven by Food Safety legislation, but equally concerned with the consumer experience and preserving brand value, Food Safety Monitoring (FSM) has evolved into a sophisticated tool for restaurants and retail outlets. FSM ensures that potentially hazardous ingredients are identified and eliminated from products and meals, that
While companies such as Amazon begin dabbling in the produce delivery market, or Hannaford participating in the ‘To-Go’ curbside pick-up program, temperature control best practices have become increasingly more vital. As consumer trends and tastes become more diverse, so do potential food safety issues. Newer trends such as gardens in restaurants, demand for locally sourced
One of the benefits of the RFID tag is that it requires the employee to go to the location of the tag to interrogate the temperature data from the tag. Why is RFID capability important for Food Safety? RFID capability can be used for both temperature and location measurements. With respect to location measurements, the RFID sensors,
While being inspected, it’s prudent to follow the inspector so you can see any violations first-hand. If you’re a restaurant owner, the last thing you want to see is the health inspector walking through your front door. Much like Godzilla exiting the waters to destroy New York City, I imagine it’s a harrowing sight. Contrary
Do you ever know something is important but tend to think it’s not THAT big of a deal if you forget about it? Even just briefly? For instance, your Mother’s birthday or your anniversary? Well, if you have ever forgotten one of those and lived to tell the tale, I assume you know that when