Every year, an estimated 48 million people in the United States come down with food poisoning. Nearly 130,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die, according to the CDC.1 At least some of those incidents result from poor restaurant food safety, and many could have been prevented by automated temperature monitoring.
Every restauranteur knows the basic precautions—eliminate cross-contamination, monitor allergens, exterminate pests, and practice good hygiene. They also know that temperature control tops the list of food safety priorities, and that precise temperature monitoring is the only way to eliminate breeding grounds for bacteria.
Unfortunately, that’s easier said than done. Between busy managers, tired employees, complicated checklists, and misplaced clipboards, accurate temperature control can often seem elusive.
In order to minimize error and reduce risk, restaurants are turning to automated food temperature monitoring enabled by state-of-the-art technology. Here are five ways a cutting-edge, HACCP-compliant temperature system takes food safety to the next level.
Access reliable data anytime, anywhere.
The days of manual checks are over. These days, you can place wireless sensors inside key areas such as refrigerators and freezers. The sensors automatically monitor the temperature and generate a digital food temperature log. Since the data is stored in the cloud, responsible parties can access it anytime they want, from anywhere in the world, just by glancing at their smartphones or tablets.
No more waiting for temperature readings.
You don’t have to wait until an employee does a run-through to get the latest data. Whether you’re in the back room or on vacation in Bermuda, a smart monitoring system lets you keep track of all temperatures in real-time, so you can be sure of your facility’s safety protocols.
Receive instant alerts so you can nip any problems in the bud.
The automated temperature monitoring system also sends real-time warnings if the temperature falls outside a certain specified range. Receive your alerts by email, text message, or phone. You’ll know the moment the temperature drops too low or rises too high. That allows you to correct the problem instantly before heat or frost destroy your perishables.
Skip the human error factor.
Employees are fallible. They may misread temperatures, make typos, miss an inspection, or even fudge data. When you automate the process, you reduce the odds that human error will lead to a food disaster. That means you get reliable numbers all the time, rather than some of the time.
Ensure more robust compliance at every step.
Restauranteurs don’t have it easy. They must maintain HACCP compliance at every step of the process, from delivery to storage, from preparation to serving. Armed with real-time monitoring capabilities, instant alerts, human-proof reporting, and time-stamped data, business owners and managers can ensure that they never stray from strict regulations and safety standards.
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