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Rodent Poop, the Olympics and Food Safety Inspections that Work

Posted by Manik Suri on Nov 6, 2018 3:50:43 PM

 

 

What is your organization doing to make sure that every meal is safe?

Another day, another potentially brand damaging story—just ask Little Caesars. On February 7, the health department closed down an Indianapolis-based location because customers found some rodent feces on their pizza—it was clearly a food safety violation, and pretty disgusting. Meanwhile on the other side of the planet, athletes prepared their entire lives to compete in the Olympics. More than 100 people contracted Norovirus around the Olympic sites in Pyeongchang, where the athletes were in danger of getting a violent, contagious stomach illness that would derail their dreams and prohibit them from competing.

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Topics: food inspection, Food Safety

Why America's Food Safety Culture is Broken

Posted by Manik Suri on Sep 20, 2018 8:52:45 PM

 

WE MUST RETHINK ORGANIZATIONAL PRIORITIES STARTING AT THE C-SUITE. 

 

Over the past year, I have met more than 100 highly dedicated, thoughtful food safety leaders—and they are an anxious lot. You see, they know better than every executive, investor, regulator, and customer how broken the American food safety system is. But they can’t fix it.

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Topics: Food Safety, food safety technology

What Google Can Teach Restaurants

Posted by Manik Suri on Sep 19, 2017 7:37:46 AM

 

Most people don’t know what Google’s PageRank really means.  It’s not a ranking of website pages, it’s named for Google co-founder Larry Page because he devised the initial algorithm to rank a website’s importance.  While the formula is a closely guarded secret, it’s commonly understood that the genius of PageRank is how it uses the “wisdom of crowds” to distinguish the value of two search results.  Simply put, the more sites that link to you, the more likely you are to improve your PageRank.  The quantity and quality of links improves PageRank.  Better that The New York Times link to your most recent post than your mother’s chocolate chip cookie blog.

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Topics: best stores, featured, operational line checks, Operations, pen and paper, restaurant operations, Restaurants, wisdom of crowds

A Message from our Founder and CEO: MeWe is now CoInspect

Posted by Manik Suri on Sep 15, 2017 12:27:49 AM

I’m excited to announce that, beginning today, we are renaming our company CoInspect.

Many of you already know and use our CoInspect application regularly.  We’re excited to build on that experience and embrace the spirit of cooperation and collaboration that lies at our roots.

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Topics: coinspect, CoInspect Updates, mobile software, restaurant chains

How Fast Casual Saved the Restaurant Business from Being the Next Big Tobacco

Posted by Manik Suri on Sep 13, 2017 6:44:05 AM

 

In 1998, the American Government reached a Master Settlement with the tobacco industry which provided $500 million to The Truth to prevent young people from becoming cigarette smokers.  

A decade earlier, I was the beneficiary of youth anti-smoking marketing. In my high school staircases, the health department placed posters with the following prose:

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Topics: fast food, health and wellness, Restaurants, Brand Standards, featured, Operations, Technology, fast casual, Food Tech

MeWe Builds a Bridge Between Government and Business

Posted by Manik Suri on Jul 19, 2017 7:04:54 AM

We’re excited to announce that MeWe was recently featured in TechCrunch to highlight our work in the public and private sectors! A snippet of the piece is below along with a link to the full article on TechCrunch:

Manik Suri, a former D.E. Shaw hedge fund wunderkind, for years has been wrestling with how best to help government put compliance policy into practice.

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Topics: CoInspect Updates, featured, Government, Operations

How Mobile Checklists can Help Manage FSMA Compliance on Prevention Controls

Posted by Manik Suri on Nov 8, 2016 7:38:02 AM

The final rules on prevention controls in human and animal food were announced on August 31, 2016. While the dialog about the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) has been primarily focused on “What is going to be required by a company?”, it is quickly shifting to “How am I going to make sure we are compliant?” If you look at what being FSMA compliant means, it really comes down to defining gaps in your current food safety systems, updating your programs to fill those gaps, and implementing an ongoing program backed up by comprehensive program documentation and record keeping. This is where mobile checklists can help your organization tackle these compliance challenges effectively and efficiently.

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Topics: Brand Standards, featured, Food Safety, Operations, Quality Assurance

How Digital Audit Logs Reduce Food Safety Litigation Costs and Risks

Posted by Manik Suri on Oct 17, 2016 8:05:01 AM

 

Guest Post by: Rosalinda Cerna, MPH, CP-FS, EHS

Environmental Health and Safety Manager, Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services

It is estimated each year that one in six Americans (about 48 million people) gets sick of foodborne illnesses. Each year, 128,000 people end up hospitalized and the annual cost of foodborne illness is around $152 million. With recent events at Chipotle, Blue Bell, and Dole Foods amongst others, food safety has become a very high profile issue. The growing cost and risks around foodborne illness-related incidents has led the food industry to seek out more effective ways of approaching food safety.

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Topics: Compliance, Food Safety, Legal, Quality Assurance

Food with Integrity: The Top 5 Trends for Food Retailers

Posted by Manik Suri on Sep 20, 2016 7:21:47 AM

Guest Post by: Rosalinda Cerna, MPH, CP-FS, EHSFormer Environmental Health and Safety Manager, Whole Foods Market

In this era of “Farm to Table” retailers are asking themselves an important question: is it possible to efficiently scale a brand built around fresh, locally sourced food? Chipotle--a retailer that has been widely credited as one of the most influential trailblazers of the fast casual dining segment--has been struggling with this question in the midst of numerous foodborne illness outbreaks linked to their restaurants. Its “Food With Integrity” slogan has been under public scrutiny over the past year. This has placed a huge spotlight on all food retailers and their ability to meet consumer demand for fresh and local product with the safest possible product.

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Topics: Brand Standards, Food Safety, Operations, Quality Assurance

MeWe To Join Annual Civic Tech Showcase in Sacramento, CA

Posted by Manik Suri on Sep 19, 2016 10:50:38 AM

MeWe is delighted to announce that our CEO, Manik Suri, will be presenting at the 2nd Annual Civic & Gov Tech Showcase in Sacramento, CA on September 22, 2016, hosted by Innovate Your State. The Civic & Gov Tech Showcase is an opportunity to connect civic minded entrepreneurs, government leaders and potential investors to showcase innovation and encourage collaboration and support of new technologies to improve government.

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Topics: CoInspect Updates, Compliance, featured, Government