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By: Kevin Ellison on May 5th, 2016

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Avoiding Recalls: What Every Food Services Company Needs To Do

Compliance and Safety | Reporting | Project Monitoring | Food Service | Food Safety


The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), announced a precautionary recall on May, 2 regarding CRF Foods of Pasco, Washington.

The voluntary recall of frozen organic and traditional fruits and vegetables have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytones. The organism can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail, or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. While healthy individuals may escape the long-term effects of Listeria, high fever, headaches, nausea, and diarrhea can overwhelm an individual with severe short-term symptoms. Listeria infections are known to cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The expanded recall of frozen vegetables includes all of the frozen organic and traditional fruit and vegetable products manufactured or processed in CRF Frozen Foods’ Pasco facility since May 1, 2014. The recall encompasses 358 consumer products sold under 42 separate brands ranging from lima beans to strawberries, including products sold at Costco, Walmart, and Trader Joe’s.

As of Monday morning, April 25, 2016, Pasco suspended operations at its Pasco, Washington facility to conduct a thorough review. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) notified CRF Frozen Foods that the government has identified seven people from three states who became ill and were hospitalized due to Listeria.  The CDC has confirmed that two of these individuals later died.


Zerion and Food Safety Compliance

Zerion is dedicated to perfecting food safety compliance from farm to table. Using Zerion on mobile devices, Food Safety Compliance is faster, less expensive, and more efficient than ever. Through Zerion's collaboration with industry leading food safety firms, we’ve identified a 7-step process to ensure the food you enjoy is safe for consumption. 

Step 1:  Identify a Workflow

Failure to comply with strict health codes can have disastrous consequences for enterprise food processors and their consumers. Implementing a mobile workflow connects workstations, appliances, and utensils with relevant mobile forms to create a trackable, streamlined process.  

Step 2:  Inspect Food Deliveries

Metadata, such as time, date, and location, is automatically captured with Zerion for efficient monitoring of expiration dates, proper storage, and document quality insurance.

Step 3:  Monitor Food Temperatures

Binders and clipboards monitoring food temperatures at particular times are inaccurate and often performed improperly. Zerion Smart Controls and BlueTherm Temperature Probe auto populates iForm with temperature, employee information, and a time and date stamp for easy reporting.

Step 4:  Manage Inventory

Zerion’s suite of Food Safety widgets seamlessly monitors inventory through barcode scanning, time and date confirmation, employee signature capture, photo capture, and smart table search.

Step 5:  Escalate Reports in Real Time

Using Zerion, an employee can immediately notify a manager of an emergency. Real-time picture and video conferencing in Zerion allow both the employee and manager to work together from remote locations to resolve the emergency.

Step 6:  Track Routine Facility Cleanings

Management teams receive timely notification when cleanings are due to be performed. Upon completion, management can digitally validated the cleaning inspection and maintain employee accountability through Zerion.

Step 7:  Make Data Analysis Easier

Once good, robust data is collected, users have the ability to export and analyze the data in a wide variety of formats.  

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About Kevin Ellison

Kevin Ellison is an Account Manager at Zerion. He spends his time exploring the backcountry of America and playing golf. Kevin enjoys building solutions around his customer's needs and can't wait to work with you!

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