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When it comes to food safety, local is global.

It’s more important than ever that food safety solutions be able to scale with your organization.

Every food service operation in the world and around 15 million food service facilities worldwide face the same food safety issues. Just as food is a universal need, food safety is a global concern. Unfortunately, the international commercial food industry loses upwards of $750 billion annually due to spoilage, and food poisoning affects millions of people.

And increasingly, food issues that arise an ocean away impact restaurants here at home.

The U.S., for example, imports $50 billion worth of food from Canada, Mexico, China, and India alone. Altogether, 90% of seafood, 50% of fresh fruits, and 20% of fresh vegetables are imported. That food moves through a long international supply chain; and if it’s not stored, handled, and prepared properly at every step, it can have serious health consequences. For example, TheHill.com reports on several outbreaks related to imported foods: 47 people stricken with Salmonella linked to Mexican papayas, hepatitis A linked to Egyptian strawberries sickening 143 people in the Virginia area, etc.

Yet monitoring programs in food safety are lacking pretty much everywhere.

The World Health Organization estimates that in industrialized countries, less than 10% of food-borne illness cases are reported. It’s less than 1% in developing countries. Weaving together a food safety program that can catch issues when they happen (AND stretch within and across borders AND deal with increasing supply chain complexity) depends on effective use of scalable food safety technology.

At heart, it’s key to maintain safe temperatures throughout the supply chain.

With only a narrow range of safety temperatures, it’s easy for unsafe bacteria and pathogens to grow and spread in food product when temperatures fall out of spec. But how can personnel act if they don’t realize there’s a problem? In a world in which local is global, it may not be enough to simply throw some temperature sensors into the cooler. To meet the needs of operations that can cross borders, any food safety technology needs to be (1) adaptable and fully customizable to a variety of needs – a full system rather than a piece of hardware; (2) able to make real-time information about all the different moving parts of an operation easy to access and use; and (3) streamlined through automation and easy-to-use tools. In short, the system must be able to handle as much equipment, as much information, and as many situations as possible.

If local is global, food safety solutions must be growable. Are yours?

The ComplianceMate system addresses a critical need for proactive food safety initiatives at growing restaurant chains. Through a combination of wireless temperature sensors, mobile technologies, and easy-to-use tools built for the modern kitchen, ComplianceMate gives you total control over food safety and compliance at your stores. For more information, contact ComplianceMate.