If your business sells food and drink items, it’s critical that you meet a host of demanding and diverse food safety obligations.
The cost of failure here is clear; you could face steep fines, place your business in jeopardy, harm your customers, and put a heavy strain on your reputation. You’ve simply got to pull out all the stops to make sure that you meet your food safety obligations.
There are five key food safety rules that make it easier for you to sell delicious food that keeps your customers safe. The final rule is simple in principle; keep hot food hot and cold foods cold. But we all know that in a busy kitchen, that’s sometimes easier said than done.
In this post, we’re going to dive deeper into how you can meet your food safety obligations with a temperature monitor system.
Your customers trust you to deliver food that is fresh, delicious, and safe. You must respect that trust to protect and delight your diners.
Unfortunately, businesses don’t always achieve this. The Center for Disease Control estimates that in the US alone, 48 million people get sick each year from foodborne illnesses. An unfortunate 128,000 of those people are hospitalized while 3,000 will die from their foodborne illness.
That’s why there are a host of diverse food safety rules and regulations in the USA. Those rules are created and enacted by four regulatory bodies - the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).
The regulations outlined by those four bodies give businesses the guidance that they need to keep their food safe.
A big part of keeping your food safe is ensuring that it’s always at the appropriate temperature. This is where a food temperature monitor is essential.
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A high-quality probe thermometer is a must in any commercial kitchen. These tools are essentially thermometers that have a pointy metal stem to insert directly into food.
By inserting the temperature thermometer into the food, you can get an internal reading of the foods that you cook. This gives you a clear idea of how your food is progressing and whether or not it has reached or maintained the appropriate temperature.
Here are the 4 key benefits of a food temperature probe
1. Avoid the “Danger Zone”
If your food enters the danger zone, you’re in trouble. It’s critical that food is never left out of the refrigerator for over two hours, or one hour if the temperature is above 90 °F.
To keep your foods out of the danger zone, you have to make sure that your hot foods are kept at or above 140 °F. Likewise, cold food should be kept at or below 40 °F. This helps to stave off the build-up of harmful bacteria that could make your diners sick.
Food temperature probes help you to confirm that none of your foods have entered the danger zone.
2. Follow food safety guidelines
Food temperature probes make it a breeze for you to follow the latest food safety guidelines. Your team members can get accurate readings in a matter of seconds to keep your kitchen moving along.
The right probe can boost the output of your kitchen and encourage your team members to focus on what matters - preparing safe and delicious food.
3. Enjoy confidence with accurate readings
When it comes to food safety, precision is the name of the game. You can’t afford to make a guess or estimate when it comes to the temperature of your food - one mistake could mean that your food is unsafe.
Food temperature probes provide you with perfectly accurate readings that you can trust. With a quality probe in the hands of your kitchen staff, you can rest assured that your food is going to be safe.
4. Provide alerts
You may find that at times, your food hasn’t quite met the temperature that you are aiming for. In those instances, there are some probes that you can use to alert you when the food has hit the desired temperature.
As with any discipline, there are important pieces of best practice that you can follow to reach success quicker and achieve excellence.
Here’s a closer look at some of the food temperature advice you should follow
Use the USDA Food Safety Guidance
The USDA maintains a useful collection of advice on food safety. You can use this resource to learn more about how to shop for food, store it, thaw it, and more.
The resource also contains useful tables on how to maintain a range of foods, too. This resource can be very useful to keep in your kitchen so that your team members can refer to it when necessary.
Train your team
If you are going to maintain safe food temperatures in your kitchen, it’s going to be a team effort. It’s important that you make sure every member of your team is informed and given the training that they need.
You should keep detailed records on who has been trained and when, so that you never have a weak point in your team that could lead to a food safety issue.
Maintain high standards
Once you achieve your high standards, it’s important that you work very hard to keep them. You can’t run the risk of your team ever becoming complacent - it takes just one moment for a food safety issue to appear.
You should make sure to develop a keen strategy that keeps your team trained and updated at all times.
If you are looking for a complete food temperature monitoring system, you will want to choose Zip HACCP. Our double-barreled solution delivers an accurate solution that keeps food safe.
Here’s a look at those two distinct areas and the main reasons our probe is found in countless kitchens across the USA.
A Cutting-edge Food Probe
Zip HACCP works because at its core, there’s a high-quality probe that you can trust to get the results you’re looking for.
Quick and accurate temperature readings
Our probe is all about speed and accuracy. In just a few seconds, your team members can use the probe to get an accurate reading - our state-of-the-art technology takes care of the alerts and recording.
Our cutting-edge tool saves your team from having to make manual recordings in stressful environments. This keeps them happy and focused on the right tasks while our trusted technology tracks accurate recordings.
Easy to clean
If you’re going to get accurate results from your probe and maintain your high levels of food hygiene, it’s critical that you keep your probe clean. We placed a huge emphasis on making it as simple as possible for you to clean your probe and get it back into use.
Durable and long-lasting
The Zip HACCP probe was built for chefs, by chefs. As such, our food probe is built from the highest-quality materials to tackle all the challenges that a modern kitchen throws at you. Each material is durable, making our probe a faithful assistant for many years to come.
The probe is also splash-proof, protecting the sophisticated electronics inside from the challenging kitchen environment around it.
Simple to Use
When you’re in the kitchen and juggling countless things at once, you can’t afford to fumble around with complicated pieces of technology. That’s why we placed an emphasis on making our food temperature probe the simplest and most elegant solution out there.
The Bluetooth temperature probe is easy to use and it can also dispatch prompts so that your team members can make any necessary corrective action.
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Our probe is one half of our cutting-edge solution. Here’s a closer look at our easy-to-use task management app that helps you to secure HACCP compliance.
If you’re going to secure buy-in from your customers, you’ve got to drive employee accountability whenever you can. Our task management app makes it simple for you to assign employee checklists and tasks in a matter of seconds.
You can use that functionality to verify that your employees have completed their actions. This gives you the power to hold your staff accountable and make sure that they are reaching your high expectations.
Knowledge is power and our app gives you lots of it. Zip HACCP provides you with a range of insightful reports that you can access from a range of devices.
These apps make it easy for you to verify the health of your organization and keep tabs on the most important metrics in your business. You can track those over time, too, to make sure that you are always improving in key areas.
Perfect best practice
When it comes to food safety, it’s important that you are able to do things right and never deviate from what works. The Zip HACCP app makes it simple for you to add task explanations so that your employees know how and why everything is being done.
This helps you to ensure that your team never falls below your demanding operational standards. This keeps your food safe and your team motivated - two important factors that help to secure the health of your business.
If something goes wrong in your kitchen, you’ve got to respond immediately to mitigate the risk and protect your business. Our probe and app work together in perfect harmony to let you know when something has gone wrong in terms of temperature.
Our application can dispatch up-to-the-minute notifications directly to your chosen device. This gives you the power to act and manage the situation to circumvent any issues.
It is very important that you maintain accurate and detailed records of your probe tests. If there’s an issue with your food, you can use those records to evidence your diligence and show that everything was okay from your side.
The Zip HACCP app makes this a breeze. Our app automatically records and stores your readings, making them simple to organize and access at a moment’s notice. This is a very important functionality that keeps your business safe.
Ready to invest in the probe that will help to regulate the temperatures of your food and protect your kitchen? You’ll want to start your free Zip HACCP trail today.
Our solution can help you to achieve HACCP compliance while driving quality with real-time alerts, notifications, and valuable insights. If you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of our representatives today.