Technology tools can potentially reduce or prevent food spoilage and avoid foodborne illnesses.
FREMONT, CA: Food safety should be part and parcel of all restaurants, convenience stores, hotels, and other food companies. Technology is escalating the food safety practices that will eliminate food safety incidents in the future. Moreover, how effectively businesses utilize the tech tools to determine the success of the companies. According to CIOs of the food and beverage industry, food businesses should invest in technology to boost safety and health practices of their establishments. Tech solutions have become more accessible so that more food businesses can adopt and use them. With the elevation of technological solutions, inventory, auditing, and training relating to food safety protocols can be enhanced simultaneously, ensuring food safety.
CIOs of the industry observe that human errors are the major reason for foodborne illness outbreak. This can result in a negative impact on an organization and spoil its reputation. Embracing tech tools in this regard can help minimize the risks. Here are some technological offerings.
Food companies are least affected by technology as businesses consider it to be expensive and complex to manage. They use pen and paper systems to track food safety records. Thus hotels, restaurants, institutions, and stores that audit in this manner will face increased errors, time, labor, and expenses. Also, the maintenance of hard copy records demands more labor, as it is hard to organize, access, analyze, and integrate the data. With the implications of digital tools, internal auditing systems can be digitalized that analyzes the records in a flawless and easy manner. This generates accurate results and is more efficient and cost-effective. Mobile apps performing automated alerts, surveys, audits, and daily operational checklists periodically makes the entire food safety process easy to maintain. Preserving audits in an enterprise digital tool helps maintain high levels of consistency and quality while assisting exponential time savings in reporting and compliance.
Sensors ensure the proper temperature at which food is maintained. An example would be centralized continuous refrigeration monitoring systems send a notification when the temperatures in coolers or freezers rise beyond the holding temperature. This can save the whole freezer or cooler while disposing the improperly working units and not the entire unit. Further, bad food is easily detected using sensing systems such as E-coli detecting sensor, where E-Coli is the most dangerous microbe responsible for food poisoning. It is one of the difficult to detect pathogens and with this small postage stamp-sized sensor, the presence of E-coli indicated by the light glow. Some sensors prevent batches of food from going bad and determine when food has gone bad. It is a cheap means of sensing, and the sensors are highly sensitive that they monitor food better. Thus sensors gradually reduce the number and severity of outbreaks of foodborne illnesses.
Undoubtedly, the food industry comprises many employees from younger generations, and they have grown up using their smartphones. Now, food businesses can leverage digital tools that can be used on cell phones and tablets, which is an easy and effective way to engage younger employees. Many companies are providing interesting downloadable apps that enhance the way food service employees conduct inspections and trainings, keep temperature logs, access food code information, manage QA forms, and more, using their delighting features. Certain mobile apps can provide faster, simpler, and more safety inspections that are more effective than paper-based generations. These apps have built-in barcode scanner features in the data collection process.
Modern technology offers many tools, which can be appropriately used when the employees are adequately trained. This can prevent food-based hazards and conduct necessary food safety inspections with ease and accuracy.