FDA Food Safety Compliance and Zip HACCP | What You Need to Know
Welcome back to our series on our app, Zip HACCP. For this article, we'll be discussing something a bit different; namely, the relationship between the app and the FDA food safety compliance rules, especially as it relates to the type of software being used. The Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, is the governing body responsible for the rules and regulations of the food and beverage industry, as well as medical and other related fields. As such, they hold the final say-so in the ability of a food service business to meet the necessary FDA food safety requirements for compliance.
As you'd imagine, one the of the major concerns for Hubworks, then, in developing Zip HACCP was to make sure that the app met the FDA requirements and would enable the clients that use it to remain compliant as well. A great deal of time and energy was devoted to this, so, now we're going to take some time to discuss in depth the reasons you should consider the app as a means to meet these FDA food safety regulations.
Why Zip HACCP?
Before we dive further into this discussion, let's go over some of the very basic needs your business has that will be met through the app. This doesn't necessarily have to do with the how the functions of the app work, so much as what those functions offer to you and your business.
1. Zip HACCP Is Intuitive and Easy to Use
This may not seem to have a deeper meaning at first, but consider this - an app or program that is overly complicated, difficult to navigate, or prone to crashing will decrease your likelihood of using it because instead of improving productivity and workflow for your business, it slows it down. Make sense?
It follows, then, that the single easiest way to ensure FDA food safety rules are followed in your business is to select software, like Zip HACCP, that makes following those rules more efficient, not less. We'll take some time in the next section to analyze just how Zip HACCP accomplishes this, and how this relates to compliance with the FDA food safety regulations.
2. Zip HACCP Can Help With Brand Protection
Chances are, at some point in the life of your business, you will encounter a situation where the reputation of your company is at risk, be it because of a customer service issue, quality control problem, or food safety concern. Especially with the latter, the damage can be unparalleled. Being able to keep track of such a situation is vital, but preventing it from happening in the first place should be the primary goal. Doing so will save you a headache later, and will also help to guarantee that the FDA food safety regulations are being appropriately adhered to.
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How Does Zip HACCP Help Meet FDA Guidelines?
Now that we have taken a tour of the two major benefits of Zip HACCP, it's time to discuss how those benefits relate directly back to the adherence to FDA food safety regulations and the technical rules that govern those. On the FDA website, there is not necessarily a list that states, here's what food safety software must do to be FDA approved (even though, that would most certainly make our jobs much easier). What there is, though, is a detailed breakdown of the use of HACCP principles in food service, which directly relate back to the ways that our app can assist in meeting said goals.
1. Let's take the benefit of Zip HACCP being easy to use and intuitive, for example. One of the major things that put off a business' administrative staff from employing new technology is the fear of too steep a learning curve for members of the staff. It's a reasonable concern, to be sure, which is why Zip HACCP has tried to eliminate the learning curve altogether. The checklists are easy to set up, the Bluetooth thermometers sync with ease, and the interface is designed with this sort of intuitive technological sense in mind. Like we mentioned previously, half the battle with implementing food safety technology is dealing with apprehension about its ability to be used and used effectively. For that reason, creating such an easy system means the staff will likely find it a joy to use and won't mind the process at all.
2. The ease of use also presents new opportunities for your business. Since Zip HACCP will almost certainly be used effectively, it will present you with the most accurate version of a project and routine activity progress you'll have experienced yet. Being able to observe tasks accurately means when something is not completed and checked off one of the in-app lists, you can determine with more certainty than ever before whether this is a result of a staff member forgetting to check it off, or simply neglecting to complete it at all. This opens the door to honest communication and, in some cases, the unpleasant but necessary process of vetting employees who pose a risk to your business' ability to maintain the standards of FDA food safety that you seek.
3. Lastly, as previously mentioned, a major benefit is brand protection. We touched on this earlier, but the point is driven home when considered in the context of FDA and HACCP regulations. Employees that are unwilling to complete the tasks that ensure proper compliance are, of course, employees that pose a threat to your business' longevity. Beyond this, though, lies the issue of being able to spot food safety risks that aren't specifically related to employee negligence. These include problems with ordering, scheduling, storage, or even preparation that can only be uncovered through a more intense analysis than most administrators have time to complete manually. Zip HACCP handles these core components of risk management internally, producing reports that are easy to read and conveniently located within the app itself, allowing them to be read from any compatible device. The result is the ability for administrators to assess any potential risks based on actual data and trends within their business and put a stop to them before they become wholly dangerous to the brand's image and reputation.
That wraps up the main points on the topic of Zip HACCP as it relates to FDA food safety compliance. Hopefully, the information presented here has been useful in helping you assess your own needs for such a food safety and management app, and how it might just be the thing that saves your business from any conflicts with the FDA regulations.
While you're here, have a look at The Definitive Guide to HACCP and Food Safety | 7 HACCP Principles article on our blog to gain even more insight into how upgrading your tech can improve your restaurant's food service quality.