The AmbaSense team consists of experts in the software and hardware development plus 2 Chartered Environmental Health Officers. We have considerable experience in food safety and see how businesses operate on a daily basis.
Quite often, when a food business thinks of proving due diligence they often think of burdensome records they have to keep to ensure inspectors are happy, as such businesses often feel their records need to be a 100% perfect 100% of the time despite a real business never being 100% perfect a 100% of the time.
Efforts to ensure that due diligence records protect a business in the event of a problem often distract businesses from their true purpose of producing food and making a profit. Checks and records are a tool to help a business continually improve their operation so it is essential they are accurate and honest. There are well documented cases where records have been falsified, resulting in litigation.
In 2005 an outbreak of E.coli occurred in Wales which tragically resulted in the death of 5 year old Mason Jones. The source of the contamination and outbreak was William Tudor Meats. The public inquiry found that substandard hygiene practices had been the norm at Tudor’s, and that the inspections undertaken by environmental health inspectors were made less effective by William Tudor’s dishonesty. In other words, records had been falsified. William Tudor was given a 12-month custodial sentence.
In December 2012 Della Callagher, 46, died after eating at the Railway Hotel in Hornchurch, east London. Chef Mehmet Kaya and Ann-Marie McSweeney were found guilty of perverting the course of justice and jailed at Snaresbrook Crown Court for 12 and 18 months respectively. They had fabricated food safety records relating to the cooking of turkey meat. The court was told food safety records had not been filled in so McSweeney, who had worked at the hotel for 24 years, concocted a plan for her and Kaya to falsify them.
Honest and accurate record allow a business to review what issues have arisen and implement corrective actions. Team members completing paper due diligence records can inadvertently hide problems and not rectify issues as they go.
Using automated temperature monitoring and the AmbaSense dashboard ensures team members record both the issues encountered and the necessary corrective action taken. Using an electronic system allows businesses to drive standards upwards and demonstrate a robust due diligence system.
John MCIEH CEnvH
For further information about automated monitoring please contact a member of the AmbaSense team
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