Council turns to tech to transform food safety

Cambridge city Council has given its backing to an innovative new technology-focused food safety initiative.

The council has partnered with automated solutions provider Checkit in a flagship initiative to develop a next generation cloud-based food safety management system, which the partners say will revolutionise food safety compliance.

The system, which builds upon the Food Standards Agency’s Safer Food Better Business, enables all food businesses, whether a single restaurant or a UK-wide chain, hospital or even a school, to replace their paper-based system with interactive digital checklists and automated cloud-based monitoring, to give improved compliance, control and visibility.

Through the Primary Authority Partnership, Cambridge City Council has approved the use of the Checkit solution as a food safety management system, clearing the way for widespread adoption of the new technology.
In a workplace where paper-based records are easily damaged, lost, or simply not available, a digital system which is always ready for use, makes record-keeping easy, accurate and fast, thereby saving the time and money throughout the system.

Aiding legal compliance

Food businesses, including restaurants, supermarkets, schools and hospitals, are rated under the government’s Food Hygiene Rating Scheme which publicly displays the current ratings of qualifying food businesses. The maintenance of a complete and accurate food safety management system is essential for legal compliance, and to achieve a good food hygiene rating; Checkit allows the business to achieve this, enabling checklists to be created and monitored around processes including food storage procedures and cleanliness.

Councillor Peter Roberts, executive councillor for environment and waste at Cambridge City Council said: “This Primary Authority Partnership shows that Cambridge City Council is committed to working with local business, and recognises the national benefit that good partnership working can achieve. This partnership, which aims to develop and improve food safety, both in the local area and further afield, is an excellent example of innovative work.”

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