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iCertainty and Zebra Technologies Corporation have announced a new mobile food safety solution that can be licensed by hospitality establishments worldwide. Leveraging Walt Disney Parks and Resorts’ safety technology and practices, the Disney CHEFS is ideal for restaurant chains seeking to improve food safety and eliminate paper-based processes.

By using wireless temperature probes and Zebra’s MC40 mobile computers, the automated Disney CHEFS, powered by iCertainty software system, can provide real-time information on food safety performance – eliminating manual paper records for food safety audits and regulatory compliance.

The solution follows the Hazards Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) system’s international guidelines that identify the precautions that companies should take to keep food safe – and outlines controls and processes that should be followed to make sure these precautions are taken. Its software system can electronically monitor aspects of preparation, from hand-washing to cooking and storage temperatures.

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts has deployed Disney CHEFS solution in more than 700 food and beverage locations throughout its US domestic parks and resorts, Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland and Shanghai Disney Resort and is continuing its implementation with the Disney Cruise Line.

The MC40 provides one-touch access to all the HACCP checklists and procedures that employees are required to follow to maintain food safety. The Disney CHEFS solution can also alert employees if food is not at an acceptable temperature or when critical measurements have not been recorded, helping avoid potential problems before they become an issue.

“Safety should always be an organisation’s main focus. We believe it is our responsibility to share our safety technologies and best practices to increase the safety awareness of companies and agencies around the world,” said Greg Hale, chief safety officer and vice president, worldwide safety, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.

Ted Woodings, CEO, iCertainty, commented, “Through our relationship with Disney, iCertainty has brought easy-to-use technology solutions to food service operators worldwide. Our ‘safe made certain’ mobile solutions improve food safety, quality and operational performance.”

Pat Glennon, vice president, North America retail and hospitality, Zebra Technologies, expressed, “New food safety regulations are requiring restaurants to document the safe handling of food more accurately and on a timely basis. In the hands of food service workers, enterprise-class mobile computers like the MC40 can increase efficiency and improve the customer experience.”

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