This article looks at the role food safety regulations and rules have played in the development of Zip HACCP, and how the app seeks to ensure proper adherence to those rules.
Previously we outlined the most basic components of Zip HACCP as an app, and how it can benefit food service businesses. As promised, this article will examine a major component of the app in more depth, specifically the things the app will offer to food service professionals in regards to food safety regulations. This post will also discuss how these offerings relate back to the business' ability to comply with the HACCP and FDA regulations for food safety. This is an essential part of understanding the true relevance and potential of Zip HACCP as a tool for the foodservice industry.
Let's begin with a discussion of what Zip HACCP offers to clients. This is an important thing to understand before we get into the ways this relates back to ensuring that the HACCP regulations are followed to the letter.
As mentioned in a previous article, one of the important things to keep in mind is that Zip HACCP retains nearly all of the list-making functions as Zip Checklists. In that way, it acts almost like an expansion of that previous Hubworks app rather than something wholly unique. However, the new features that accompany Zip HACCP are certainly more than worthwhile enough to justify selecting it over the previous one (so long as your business actually needs these new features, that is).
So what are some of these new features? Let's visit the top 3
1. Zip HACCP helps to monitor not just the productivity of a business, but also important food safety regulation details such as freezer temperatures. This, in particular, is essential to meeting the HACCP food safety regulations, something we'll touch on further in a bit. These temperatures are monitored through the use of Bluetooth thermometers that are synced up to the app, allowing a notification to be sent if the temperature varies too far from the acceptable range. A highly useful feature, to be sure.
2. Zip HACCP is flexible and customizable. It is designed to be accessible to a wide range of devices, including computers, tablets, and even smartphones. This allows administrative staff to check on progress reports, status updates, and, as mentioned previously, even freezer temperatures in real time, wherever they may be. Not only is this a solid way to ensure that everyone is constantly held accountable, but it also helps to ensure that errors are caught by the administration before they can be caught by the public, helping to save the company's reputation and image in the process.
3. Zip HACCP displays task completion and assignment reports. These are a vital component of truly efficient functioning for any business, especially one in the foodservice industry. They allow for administration to keep tabs on the progress of important tasks, as well as who the task was assigned to. This helps them to make future decisions about those tasks, they ways in which their execution can be improved, and who gets assigned which of those tasks.
Now that we've discussed some off the main features of Zip HACCP, it's time to look at how they relate back to the FDA and HACCP food safety regulations that are the primary concern of many in the foodservice industry.
One of the features we previously mentioned is the app's capability to register and monitor freezer temperatures through the use of Bluetooth thermometers. One of the major, and here we do mean major, regulations that food service businesses are faced with is the safe, sanitary storage of their food. In particular, we see this most often when it comes to meat products since rancid meat can be far more toxic (and sometimes harder to spot) than spoiled vegetables or fruit. Being able to monitor these temperatures, and be notified as soon as they vary too far from the acceptable range, allows not only a greater degree of safety in the form of rapid response but also a greater degree of freedom regarding where administrative staff can go and remain in the loop.
Another way in which the app helps to ensure food safety regulations are followed is through its use of task lists and completion reports. While these tasks can naturally be for any regularly recurring activity, one of their most important uses is to ensure that basic safety maintenance is upheld at all times. This kind of maintenance can include things like making sure food is being stored properly (i.e., no raw meat near something that will be consumed raw such as spinach), or something more complex like making sure that everything is cleaned properly to avoid cross-contamination. Whatever the task, these all play a role in the food safety regulations of the FDA and HACCP and are essential to proper, compliant functioning by food service businesses.
This final bit of relation relies heavily on ideas presented in this fantastic article. There is a section in this post that deals specifically with using technology to leverage productivity. Concerning food safety, as well as Zip HACCP, this becomes especially relevant. You see, with productivity management, you are essentially looking at not just basic housekeeping and service, but also things like stocking, checking for expired food and ordering new supplies. Ensuring that all of your restaurant's food is fresh, as well as properly stored and prepared, can go a long way in ensuring full compliance with the food safety guidelines of the FDA and HACCP.
So that's the brief overview of how Zip HACCP relates back to the FDA and HACCP food safety regulations and guidelines. As with many technical subjects, there is a lot more that can be said about it, and we look forward to delving more into some of the other components of this app and its relation to food safety concerns in future pieces. As always, if you have any questions, be sure to reach out to us here at Hubworks.