Food safety is a premier concern for both the FDA and restaurateurs and for good reason. Food safety and sanitation is the cornerstone of public confidence in the food service industry, and a lack of it would certainly spell disaster. It should come as no surprise that people enjoy being able to go out, eat a meal, and be certain that the food they’re eating will not make them sick. As such, the burden is on restaurants to guarantee proper handling of food and sanitation.
This burden can admittedly be a lot of work, but it should be, especially considering the amount of impact it can have on business. However, the importance of this issue does not negate the fact that, for some restaurants, food hygiene and sanitation is another challenge to be constantly on top of while simultaneously worrying about things like ordering and staffing. This is where restaurant management apps come in. These apps present an opportunity to keep major facets of your business centrally located and easily accessible for administration and staff to see. This connective aspect makes it so that everyone can be on the same page about the work that has been done, is being done currently, and still needs to be. The apps can also produce reports and analysis to inform owners, managers, supervisors, etc. about work trends, such as low points and weak spots.
Since food safety and sanitation is one of the biggest areas of contention for a lot of restaurant owners, it only makes sense for us to spend some time discussing these issues and how they can be effectively managed by a restaurant management app, like Zip HACCP. For this post, we’ll be using the example of Zip HACCP, an app we at Hubworks designed to function specifically with these aspects of your business in mind. All that said, let’s get into the meat of the discussion (pun intended).
Before we jump into the role of Zip HACCP in improving your restaurant’s ability to meet food safety and sanitation criteria, let’s first look at a couple of common issues that arise with these topics.
The most obvious issue is contamination. Contamination can occur in the form of cross-contamination, from food and other kitchen bacteria, and outside contamination. Preventing contamination is the strict responsibility of employees. All food items are to be appropriately kept, contained, and maintained.
2. Food Storage
Another major safety and sanitation issue when it comes to food is storage. With storage, things become a bit more nuanced, since what kind of conditions exist in the freezers and storage containers when nobody is present on site is an aspect that is not 100% in the control of the employees and staff. However, these are things that can be controlled remotely thanks to apps like Zip HACCP.
3. Cleaning and Maintenance
Other food safety and sanitation issues come in the form of basic cleaning and maintenance, something every employee should consider a priority for the good of the restaurant. It is everyone’s responsibility to monitor the state of the business, even if it isn’t necessarily his or her responsibility to clean it.
Now that we’ve gotten some of the basics out of the way, it’s time to examine how a restaurant management app, in this case, Zip HACCP, can aid administrators in ensuring the utmost quality of sanitation and safety in their restaurants.
1. One of the most prominent features of Zip HACCP is its list-making ability. Templates and assorted stock lists are available within the app to allow for the utmost user freedom when it comes to establishing what needs to be done within your business. These lists can cover everything from ordering food or supplies, to determining whose turn it is to clean the bathrooms. As such, they are a vital component of the app’s functionality and a vital contribution to your business.
One of the best uses for these lists is to determine which cleaning and sanitation tasks need to be completed. Since the lists aren’t on paper or stuck in someone’s office, they can very easily be seen and accessed by anyone at any time. This leads to a sure-fire boost in motivation and accountability, while also assisting in determining which employees are pulling their weight and which aren’t. Sometimes, firing a bad employee isn’t an option, in which case your backup plan should be to leverage the good employees and make the most out of them.
2. Zip HACCP can also be used as a means of monitoring temperatures, be it for storage or preparation, thanks to its integration with Bluetooth thermometers. These thermometers and their readouts can be monitored remotely through the Zip HACCP app.
For example, if nobody is on site when one of the freezers malfunctions, you will be able to tell immediately, allowing you plenty of time to transfer the food to a different freezer and save it, as opposed to finding out the next morning and having to trash it all. This feature may seem like a little thing, but it has the potential to not only save you a lot of valuable time and energy but also, a lot of money.
That’s it for our look at how restaurant management apps, such as Zip HACCP, can be used to help with your business’ food safety and sanitation. We hope that you’ve come away from this blog post better informed and, hopefully, better prepared to tackle this issue and begin making these improvements in your business!