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Want to be a restaurant owner? Ghost Kitchen is the answer.

April 12th, 2021|

What is a Ghost Kitchen? Want to be a restaurant owner?  Ghost Kitchen is the answer. So you want to open a restaurant? Are you in love with the idea of owning a fast-food restaurant and passionate about the food industry? But what's stopping you from turning this dream into reality? Investment, experience, risks, kitchen nightmares, bureaucracy? Well, the advent of technology has made this simpler. Heard the buzz around Ghost Kitchens? Now is the time to open a restaurant virtually. The Rise of Food Delivery Business. Food delivery apps like Deliveroo, Uber Eats, Just Eat have welcomed [...]

The Pembroke Hotel

February 28th, 2021|

How Food Safe System is helping the Pembroke Hotel in Kilkenny The Pembroke Hotel, Kilkenny, Ireland During a major refit of the hotel, the Pembroke Hotel decided that it was a good time to look at taking all of its operations paperless, including the kitchen.  The hotel had put itself at the forefront of the adoption of cutting edge technologies to enhance customer comfort and staff efficiency. The kitchen team pointed to the procedural bottlenecks they encountered and in particular the increasing amount of time necessary to complete and document food safety related checks. After evaluating a number of [...]

Online food safety training

February 27th, 2021|

Stay up to date with all the latest Food Safety regulations with this free online food safety training offered by the FSA The Food Standards Agency UK has launched a range of free online food safety training courses. View Online food safety training as PDF(Opens in a new window) We have free online food safety courses available to help you and your business comply with food hygiene and food standards. Our e-learning courses include: Allergen training(Opens in a new window) Labelling training(Opens in a new window) Root cause analysis training(Opens in a new window) Traceability training(Opens in a new window) [...]

Safety First: A Restaurants Guide to Serving Food and Protecting People During Covid 19

February 13th, 2021|

The coronavirus pandemic has public health and safety as the main priority in everyone's mind, and in the restaurant industry in particular. We want to get back in the kitchen cooking, open our restaurants and serving customers, we need to in order to survive financially, but there are so many questions. What are the guidelines for serving food at events during the COVID-19 pandemic? What precautions should be taken for food safety during the COVID-19 outbreak? Can I get COVID-19 from a food worker handling my food? What are the guidelines for posting COVID-19 signs and messages for restaurants? What are the guidelines [...]

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Reopening checklist for food businesses during COVID-19

October 14th, 2020|

A checklist to support food businesses to reopen safely during COVID-19 after a period of inaction. Planning and preparation for start-up Site checks Equipment checks Ingredient and product checks Social distancing measures Reopening your food business after a period of closure will require some extra checks alongside your ‘normal’ daily opening checks. These will help to make sure that your business can restart safely. You will need to maintain your basic hygiene standards and recognise the areas where greater attention will be required. A review of your Food Safety Management System should be undertaken to identify risks. This should be recorded in your [...]

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Commercial Kitchen Cleaning Checklist

October 13th, 2020|

Having a commercial kitchen cleaning checklist is useful because it helps you stay organised and keep on top of food safety guidelines. When it comes to running a commercial kitchen, cleanliness is a top priority. Your customers not only appreciate a clean kitchen, but the law requires it. Whether you run a small restaurant, residential home, large hotel or global fast-food chains, all kitchens must follow food service and health regulations. So what's essential to keep your kitchen clean? From daily maintenance to annual checkups, the Food Safe System commercial kitchen cleaning checklist has listed tasks you need [...]

Food Safety is main consumer concern

July 17th, 2020|

Consumer concern over food safety highlights potential for digital assurance A recent study of consumers’ food safety concerns shows that there is a gap between consumers perceived food safety and the reality of food safety. It has been shown that companies who can demonstrate that they take food safety seriously can close the trust gap. The survey highlights: Food safety is the primary concern for consumers: 85% trust branded products, 80% non-packaged products and 69% packaged unbranded products. Consumers primarily want more information on food safety (55%) and health (53%). Trust in information from brands is high: 90% [...]

Why your Environmental Health Officer wants you to go digital

October 31st, 2019|

Why your Environmental Health Officer wants you to go digital As a good business, under European legislation, you are legally required to have in place a documented food safety, or HACCP policy.While the vast majority of establishments just print off and use the standard pages from the Food Standards Agency website, it is entirely up to the business itself as to what method they use as long as they can show a completed and reliable record of food safety checks when asked, usually during their regular EHO Inspection.A distinct advantage digital records have over paper based records is that each entry is [...]

Your freezer has failed, now what?

October 21st, 2019|

For commercial kitchens a freezer breakdown can have severe consequences affecting both customer service and profits. Stock contained within the broken freezer must be assessed for safety and disposed of if unsafe to eat. But how can you tell what should be thrown away, and what can be reused? If you know that the refrigeration has only just failed,  eg: a loss of power or you are onsite at the time of failure, you can follow these steps to help prevent stock loss: Keep the door to the refrigeration unit closed Food in a freezer can remain frozen for [...]

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What is HACCP

March 25th, 2019|

Hazard analysis and critical control points, or HACCP (/ˈhæsʌp/), is a systematic preventive approach to food safety from biological, chemical, and physical hazards in production processes that can cause the finished product to be unsafe and designs measures to reduce these risks to a safe level. Simply, HACCP is a way of managing food safety hazards. Food safety management procedures should be based on HACCP principles. HACCP involves looking closely at what you do in your business what could go wrong and what risks there are to food safety identifying any critical control points the areas a business needs [...]

Restaurants can improve profits with a better food safety system

December 13th, 2018|

What is HACCP As a specialist in Food Safety legislation compliance, we are committed to showing how Food Safety compliance can provide commercial kitchens with additional financial benefits and consumer satisfaction. When it comes to restaurants and cafes, there are many factors that determine just how successful they will be. Great food, good customer service, a convenient location and a relaxed atmosphere are all important, but those factors aren’t necessarily plain to see for potential first-time customers. As the number of options increases, people are becoming more and more reliant on rankings and statistics when making their dining [...]

Are your staff washing their hands?

November 30th, 2018|

Are your staff washing their hands? Your food business staff need to be washing their hands properly and frequently to maintain a healthy kitchen! Washing is important to help prevent harmful bacteria from spreading from peoples’ hands. All staff that work with food must wash their hands: when in the kitchen or preparation area before preparing food after touching raw food after handling food waste or emptying a bin after cleaning after blowing their nose after touching phones, light switches, door handles and cash registers After a toilet break After sneezing, coughing After touching hair After changing any [...]

Acrylamide and Food Safety

October 25th, 2018|

What is HACCP Acrylamide is a chemical that naturally forms in starchy food products during high-temperature cooking, including frying, baking, roasting and also industrial processing, at +120°C and low moisture. The main chemical process that causes this is known as the Maillard Reaction; it is the same reaction that ‘browns’ food and affects its taste. Acrylamide forms from sugars and amino acids (mainly one called asparagine) that are naturally present in many foods. Acrylamide is found in products such as potato crisps, French fries, bread, biscuits and coffee. It was first detected in foods in April 2002 although it [...]

Food Safe System is Launching

August 27th, 2018|

Get your ticket here Fancy an out of hours visit to the Belfast Apple store, exclusively for the Hospitality Industry? Belfast and Newry based Company, Food Safe System are launching their digital HACCP App at an exclusive event at Victoria Square’s Apple Store in Belfast City Centre on Monday, 8th October. Food Safe System was set up and created by local, award winning chef and restauranteur, Neil Bradley, who developed the platform when he became frustrated with the current paper based solutions and the lack of usable, affordable alternatives. “I started in kitchens when I was 16 and have been lucky to [...]

Why going digital will help your restaurant

April 2nd, 2018|

Going digital brings massive opportunities for boosting the efficiency of your food business and can really help take your business to the next level. Technology is revolutionising businesses, and the hospitality sector is no exception. The rise of artificial intelligence, data analytics, the Internet of Things and blockchain all have huge implications for supply chain management, business-to-business transactions and even marketing programmes. There may be a tendency to fear technological change; media headlines are will tout of fears over robots taking all the jobs. However, the digital transformation needs to be considered a huge opportunity, especially when it [...]

The best software for your restaurant

March 27th, 2018|

Are your staff washing their hands? Since the beginning of my new career within the tech industry, while still using my 25 years experience in the restaurant industry, I kept hearing about the 'technology stacks' companies were using or being asked which 'technology stack' was I using? After I figured it out (which software products we used) I realised nobody asks that question in the Hospitality industry, so I have put together what I feel are some of the best tech solutions for todays' modern restaurants, most are either free or really good value. If there are any [...]

The New Food Safe System App

February 19th, 2018|

New Food Safe System App We have listened, We have improved, We have updated. Food Safety Sorted. A plug and play system that monitors your kitchen automatically. Automatic Temperature Monitoring. Plug wireless sensors into your kitchen and get real-time feedback about the performance of your fridges and freezers on  the food Safe System app. Focus on the menu not reporting. Chefs find our app saves them at least 30 minutes a day. Saving a £100 per week Fully EHO and HACPP Compliant. Reports are fully compliant with European Legislation requirements. Multi-Kitchen support. Monitor all your kitchens from one location. Start monitoring [...]

Food hygiene, a guide for businesses

February 11th, 2018|

Food hygiene, a guide for businesses Good food hygiene is essential for you to make or sell food that is safe to eat. It is very important for you and your staff to understand what good food hygiene is. Please note: Even though there might not be a specific legal requirement behind each tip below, it is very important to follow the advice in this section. The advice on this page, and much more, is also available as a PDF booklet. The booklet, which can be found via the 'PDF' link at the bottom of  this page, is [...]

Are you starting a food business?

October 19th, 2017|

It's exciting times ahead for your food business.  You have the perfect location, menus are being developed and you have a great team, now time for the part everyone dreads. Time to get in touch with your local authority! Contact your local authority regarding your food business Before opening, get in touch with your local authority. They will be able to help you: determine whether you need to register your food business, or apply for approval to plan your business organise waste and recycling collection get appropriate training and tools Register your food business Registration applies to most types [...]

Restaurant Tech Live

September 1st, 2017|

At the end of this month Food Safe System will be showcasing it’s latest products at Restaurant Tech Live on the 26th & 27th September.  Restaurant Tech Live is Europe's largest exhibition dedicated to the emerging technology and services that are forming the future of the restaurant business. It will be interesting to see how the food service industry is taking on digital transformation. There is still plenty of room for growth in terms of digital transformation for the foodservice industry, but it is primed to take the next step in incorporating more emerging technologies into its business processes.  As of now, most of the [...]

V2.0 of Food Safe System has launched

August 10th, 2017|

We've been working hard to make Food Safe System even better! We have updated the Food Safe System app to make your HACCP compliance so much easier, now you can use our optional wireless temperature sensors to automatically monitor and record cooling unit conditions, providing up to date, reliable records as well as saving you time. What's New in Version 2.0 • New design • New sync system • Now supports Bluetooth Temperature Probe for instant, accurate measurements • Now supports Wireless Temperature Sensors for content monitoring and recording storage temperatures. You can download the Food Safe System app here: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1156804204 With Food Safe System [...]

Licensed and Catering News

February 6th, 2016|

Food Safe System - A new App to ease burden of HACCP compliance A chef from Newry has developed an innovative new app that brings an affordable, cloud-based solution to food hygiene paperwork within the reach of smaller hospitality operators for the first time… Among the various issues which hospitality operators often cite as hampering them in the day-to-day running of their businesses, the scourge of red tape must rank highly among those most often singled out. The burden of understanding and complying with a huge raft of varied legislative requirements can be a frustrating distraction from the practical aspects of managing a successful [...]

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