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Mobile device use in food safety and HACCP inspection increasing

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article image The paperless food safety application should also be tailored towards food safety inspectors who need to perform their tasks using easy-to-use screens
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The advent of smartphones and tablets has led to the transformation of mobile devices from toys and gadgets to everyday productivity tools deployed by organisations to improve workforce productivity.

Everyone in the food chain, from farmer through consumer, has a responsibility to keep the food supply safe and comply with general provisions of the Food Standards Code, HACCP and ISO 22000.

Automation has become an important aspect of food safety inspections with many companies moving to record their food safety inspection results on tablets and smart phones. While delivering information that already exists on paper forms, mobile devices are also able to improve the safety inspector’s ability to access and utilise the data in the field. 

Paperless food safety inspection applications make current and past information accessible to the user. For instance, if a food safety inspector is required to fill out a report identifying food hazards and the necessary risk control measures, the mobile device paperless application should fulfil the same function. The field user can pick from a list of possible choices and/or write or type in information, or use the speech to text capabilities according to HACCP or organisational requirements. 

The paperless food safety application should also be tailored towards food safety inspectors who need to perform their tasks using easy-to-use screens and delivering functionalities such as: List all information required by the general provisions of the Food Standards Code particularly the Food Safety Requirements, HACCP, ISO 22000 and any other relevant legislative code; Provide easy to use navigation capabilities and quick access to information; Allow inspector to enter as much (or as little) information as needed using speech to text, or the mobile device keyboard; Include validations that allow or disallow data entry; Enable the food inspector to identify the food safety Critical Control Points (CCPs); Provide the inspector with historical information; Record recommendations and plan corrective action when critical limits are exceeded; Use the mobile device camera to take photos of non-conform items; and, Produce reports as required using portable printers.

The food safety inspection application should go beyond the mobile device to be able to collect information and transfer information to and from a database seamlessly. The desktop/server application should provide a variety of operational and management functions including scheduling, tracking, reporting, and analysis tools.

Techs4Biz Australia offers Pervidi products, which combine service management, asset management, maintenance management and inspection management functionalities to improve operational efficiencies and reduce costs.

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