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 things are deemed important, it’s because they usually are. However, if you still don’t know, I assume it’s because your Mother maimed you for forgetting her birthday one year. Such a diva.
Anyways, the same holds true in food safety with monitoring proper temperature control. Whether it’s from ‘Farm to Fork’ or simply the inventory in your restaurant’s cooler, monitoring and maintaining proper temperatures is instrumental in keeping our food chain and customers safe.
Properly maintained temperatures of produce inhibit pathogen growth and reduce the risk of spoilage. In an industry where efficiency and profit margins are constantly scrutinized, it is important to ensure the quality of your product.
Quality is not the only issue either. Food companies and establishments owe it to themselves and customers to execute temperature control best practices in order to reduce the risk of a foodborne outbreak. We have seen the outbreaks linked to Chipotle and what they have done to their brand and bottom-line. We also know that 1 in 6 Americans are afflicted with a foodborne illness each year, so the threat is very real.
The potential of wasted product, reputation damage, and government regulation is a lot to manage.
But how does a food-related company respond to these risks? One such way is to utilize technology that will monitor, track, and record temperatures while food is in transit or storage.
Systems like these utilize sensors designed to monitor and gather data. Typically, these sensors are built into handheld devices that store collected information in the cloud. The stored data is instantly accessible for management to monitor. Additionally, the FDA demands that 2-years’ worth of records be on hand during an inspection. Instead of sifting through copious piles and file drawers of paper, the information can be pulled directly from the database and presented to the inspectors.
Food-related companies owe it to themselves to be proactive and ditch the old days of manually tracking and recording temperature data. Utilizing this type of technology ensures consistency, transparency, and quality. Not to mention the increase in efficiency and savings over time.
Also, I’m not suggesting you buy this technology to store data regarding special dates in your personal life – but it might help repair your relationship with Mom.