CoInspect Collaborative Excellence Blog

Will You Make the Grade?

Posted by Aaron Cohen on Dec 14, 2017 9:27:26 AM

 

 

Consider two restaurants. Both serve the same kind of food, both have friendly staff and are in an excellent location. But one is full of customers and the other nearly always empty. Why? The answer to this riddle is their letter grade: one has an A, and the other a B.  

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Topics: restaurant grading, restaurant letter grades, Restaurants, Brand Standards, foodborne illness, Operations, restaurant inspection, Compliance, Food Safety

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

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

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

Quality Assurance with Mobile Technology

Posted by Manik Suri on Mar 4, 2016 9:33:19 AM

This article was originally posted in Food Quality & Safety magazine. You can read the full article here: http://www.foodqualityandsafety.com/article/quality-assurance-with-mobile-technology 

The term “food safety generally refers to practices used in food handling, storage, and preparation that preserve the quality of food while preventing contamination and spread of foodborne disease. People at every stage of the food supply chain work hard to prevent food from becoming affected, but this can still happen in many ways. Some food products may already contain parasites or bacteria, while others get contaminated during the packaging process. All types of food can become contaminated, but red meat, eggs, poultry, cheese, dairy products, raw sprouts, fish, and shellfish pose a higher risk.

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

Using Mobile Software: Food Safety in the Palm of Your Hand

Posted by Manik Suri on Jan 22, 2016 10:16:46 AM

This article was originally posted in Food Manufacturing magazine. You can read the full article here: http://www.foodmanufacturing.com/article/2016/01/using-mobile-software-food-safety-palm-your-hand

News about food safety seems to be everywhere lately. Every day, there’s a story about a salmonella outbreak or a company having to recall products due to possible contamination. In 2015, there were 420 recalls, market withdrawals and safety alerts for food products according to the FDA. Why is this the case?

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

The Digital Revolution in Food Safety

Posted by Manik Suri on Dec 11, 2015 5:12:48 PM

The following article was written by MeWe CEO Manik Suri and appeared in Food Safety Tech Magazine on December 7, 2015.

Summary: Food companies should use technology to improve their food safety operations, helping keep customers safe and satisfied.

News concerning the safety of food seems to be everywhere these days. Why is this the case?

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

Let’s Get Back to Making Dip

Posted by Manik Suri on Oct 1, 2014 8:15:06 PM

 

I’ve been buying the fresh spinach dip at Trader Joe’s for years.

I love it — along with almost everything else at my local TJ’s in Cambridge, MA. Recently, I learned more about the history of this amazing spread. It’s made by a local food manufacturing company called Bombay Duck — a small 10-person operation based in Acton, a suburb 30 minutes outside Boston. They also make the fresh veggie wraps and falafel sandwiches sold at TJ stores around the area.

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Topics: Brand Standards, CoInspect Updates, Compliance, Food Safety, Operations, Quality Assurance