With Checkit, a new digital food safety management system, Howe & Co Fish and Chips franchisee Richard Ackland has been able to ditch food safety paperwork and safeguard hygiene in an easy to use, cost-effective way
Warwickshire Howe & Co Fish and Chips franchisee Richard Ackland knew that food safety was a priority, particularly given the poor reputation of some mobile catering vans. But he needed a way of making it easy to carry out food safety checks in a busy, small van, ensuring that every order meets the highest standards of quality.
“As a new business, tackling food safety was potentially daunting,” Richard remarks. “While there is plenty of support from people such as the Food Standards Agency, turning their advice into action looked like a big job – and involved a lot of paperwork.
“When I got my pack through from NCASS with all the food safety paperwork and checklists, I thought being a van with limited space, having this cumbersome thing was going to be quite difficult. Plus, it would get covered in grease and be a hygiene disaster in itself.
“Checkit is a handheld device that reminds me of all the checks for the day and saves me time when I’m serving. It has all the checks we need to follow pre-loaded on the unit and simply flashes up when they are due, you do it then and there – job done. It shows we’re serious about food safety and customers love the extra reassurance it gives them. It works out of the box and is easy to use and cheaper than a smartphone.”
Automatically created food safety reports
Checkit gets rid of food safety paperwork and checklists, which are time-consuming to complete, check and file. It includes the handheld Checkit Memo pre-loaded with food inspector approved checklists based on the Food Standards Agency’s ‘Safer Food Better Business’ (SFBB) procedures, a smart wireless temperature probe, real-time alerts and secure online storage for food safety records.
When food hygiene tasks are due, they are automatically flagged on the Checkit Memo – and if they are missed you are immediately alerted. Food safety records are stored on the handset and when it next finds a WiFi signal it automatically sends them to the cloud and those records can’t be changed. So if an EHO wants to see them during an inspection, you know you have secure, accurate, up-to-date records accessible from anywhere through a smartphone, PC or tablet.