Last Week Tonight’s John Oliver Eye-Opening Look at the FDA

Last Week Tonight’s John Oliver Eye-Opening Look at the FDA

In a recent segment on his show, John Oliver took a humorous yet eye-opening look at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and its role in ensuring food safety in the United States. With his trademark wit and incisive commentary, Oliver shed light on the challenges and shortcomings of the FDA, particularly regarding overseeing food safety. In this blog, we’ll delve deeper into the issues raised by John Oliver and explore the state of food safety regulation in the country: how each year, over 46 million are sickened by foodborne illness, and of those, 128,000 are hospitalized, and sadly 3,000 die. 

A Diarrhea Dilemma

The segment kicks off by highlighting a gross experience of foodborne illnesses, especially the dreaded symptom—diarrhea. While Oliver uses humor to describe the discomfort, he underscores the seriousness of food safety issues that can lead to widespread illnesses.

Recalls and Public Interest

Oliver draws attention to frequent food recalls, emphasizing that such recalls are essential for public safety. These recalls often make headlines and remind us of the importance of monitoring the safety of our food supply. Oliver humorously remarks on the obviousness of some recalls, like Taco Bell products causing botulism concerns.

FDA’s Shortcomings

One of the key takeaways from this segment is the FDA’s significant shortcomings in ensuring food safety–highlighting the FDA’s sluggish response time in recalling dangerous food items, citing examples where it took an average of 57 days to remove contaminated products from the market.

Abbott’s Baby Formula Scandal

Oliver delves into the shocking case of Abbott, a significant baby formula manufacturer, that shut down its factory over serious safety violations. In this case, the FDA’s delayed response and insufficient oversight are highlighted, revealing glaring flaws in the regulatory system.

Decades of FDA Issues

John Oliver’s research shows that the FDA’s problems have been ongoing. It’s all fun and games, but the historical evidence he presents (including reports dating back to the 1960s) is not funny. Instead, it highlights the consistent issues with the FDA’s food safety regulation. The segment even includes a vintage clip featuring Walter Cronkite discussing the FDA’s problems.

FDA’s Misplaced Priorities

Oliver points out a critical issue—the FDA’s skewed priorities. While the agency oversees food and drugs, the attention and resources allocated to each category are far from equal. This misalignment can have severe consequences for food safety.

Complex Oversight and Division of Responsibilities

Oliver highlights the complexity of food oversight in the United States. He reveals that not all food is under the FDA’s purview, with the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service responsible for a significant portion. The division of responsibilities can be confusing, leading to potential gaps in food safety.

Underfunding and Staffing Issues

The FDA faces a significant challenge due to its limited funding and staffing, especially compared to the USDA’s resources. The segment underscores the disparity and the strain it places on the FDA, which is responsible for a broader range of food products and safety inspections.

Bureaucratic Hurdles

Oliver’s segment also critiques the FDA’s slow bureaucracy, exemplified by a seemingly trivial announcement about French dressing. The process highlights the agency’s inefficiency in making essential decisions promptly.

Leafy Greens and Contamination

Oliver discusses a critical issue—the contamination of leafy greens. Large industrial farms often have livestock and crops nearby, which can lead to pathogen distribution. The FDA’s limited resources and oversight are evident in this scenario, with the potential for widespread contamination.

Lack of Inspection for Produce

While meat can be made safer through cooking, produce like lettuce poses a different challenge. Oliver explains that the FDA’s underfunding and limited staff result in inadequate inspection of produce, making it a potential source of foodborne illnesses

The Need for Overhaul

John Oliver concludes that a massive overhaul of the FDA’s food safety regulation is necessary. Drawing comparisons to the USDA’s reforms following the Jack in the Box incident, he highlights the urgency of addressing the FDA’s shortcomings. However, he acknowledges that achieving such reform will be challenging and may require breaking up the FDA to create a dedicated food safety agency.


Last Week Tonight’s segment on the FDA and food safety shines a humorous yet critical light on the state of food regulation in the United States. While he laces his commentary with humor, the issues are undeniably severe. Food safety is a fundamental concern for public health, and addressing the FDA’s shortcomings is crucial to ensuring the safety of the nation’s food supply. Whether through better funding, improved oversight, or a complete overhaul, there’s no denying that reform is needed to protect consumers from the risk of foodborne illnesses.

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Crushing Pencil Whipping: Your Ultimate Playbook for a More Efficient Organization

Crushing Pencil Whipping: Your Ultimate Playbook for a More Efficient Organization

Pencil whipping, the practice of hastily filling out forms or checklists without carrying out the corresponding tasks or inspections, is a prevalent yet perilous issue within many organizations. Its consequences can be severe, including regulatory breaches, safety hazards, and a breach of trust among team members. This guide, leveraging the innovative task management features offered by PathSpot, is designed to assist you in detecting and preventing pencil whipping within your organization.

Understanding the Issue: What Exactly Is Pencil Whipping?

Pencil whipping refers to completing checklists or forms by employees or managers without executing the required tasks or inspections. Pencil whipping misconduct can lead to:

  • Compliance Dilemmas

Fabricating records can result in non-compliance with industry regulations and standards, exposing your organization to legal and operational risks.

  • Safety Perils

Neglecting critical safety checks can lead to accidents and injuries, compromising employee well-being and public trust.

  • Eroded Trust

Pencil whipping undermines trust within the team and can tarnish the organization’s reputation, eroding stakeholder confidence.

Spotting Pencil Whipping: Indicators and Warning Signs

Detecting instances of pencil whipping can be challenging, but there are several indicators and warning signs to be vigilant for:

  • Consistent Completion Times

If checklists consistently appear to be completed unusually quickly, it may suggest that tasks should be skipped or performed thoroughly.

  • Lack of Substantiating Evidence

Without photos, videos, or other supporting evidence, it may indicate potential pencil whipping, as legitimate tasks would naturally generate such evidence.

  • Discrepancies in Records

Inconsistent or contradictory records can raise suspicions of falsification, indicating a potential issue with pencil whipping.

Preventing Pencil Whipping: Harnessing PathSpot’s PowerTask

PathSpot’s PowerTask task management features provide a comprehensive solution for identifying and preventing pencil whipping:

Digitizing Paper Checklists

Transforming paper checklists into intelligent digital lists enables automated task management and real-time tracking of completion status, leaving no room for pencil whipping.

Automated Notifications

Implement notifications for overdue, out-of-range, and incomplete tasks to ensure nothing falls through the cracks, promoting accountability.

Integrated Temperature Monitoring

By incorporating touchless temperature capture, you can guarantee accuracy and deter falsification of temperature logs, which is crucial in safety and compliance efforts.

Real-Time Reporting

Access real-time reports to monitor crucial tasks employee performance, and maintain consistency throughout your organization, offering insights to address and prevent pencil whipping effectively.

Advantages of Utilizing PathSpot’s PowerTask Task Management Features

The implementation of PowerTask yields numerous benefits:

Elevated Task Completion Efficiency and Speed

Streamline workflows and provide clear guidelines, enhancing task completion efficiency and reducing the temptation for pencil whipping.

Strengthened Accountability

Associate employee names and timestamps with all completed tasks to bolster accountability, discouraging unethical practices.

Augmented Consumer Trust

Utilizing sanitation and safety checklists builds consumer confidence, assuring them that all protocols are meticulously followed, enhancing your brand’s reputation.

Success Stories: Organizations Can Thrive with PathSpot’s SafetySuite 

Several industries have successfully used PathSpot’s innovative solutions to identify and prevent pencil whipping, harnessing the power of automation. 

Hotels and other hospitality industries have leveraged PathSpot’s advanced hygiene solution to enhance compliance and safety standards. By automating HACCP log maintenance, these establishments can significantly reduce risk and ensure the safeguarding of their brand.

Food manufacturers who’ve embraced PathSpot’s hygiene system across its locations and commissaries can and have revolutionized its operations. PathSpot’s cooldown process probes and environmental temperature sensors can effectively replace traditional pen-and-paper HACCP forms. At the same time, the HandScanners have become a constant reminder to maintain proper hand hygiene practices.

Concluding with Safety and Efficiency First

With PathSpot’s revolutionary technology, you can ensure that tasks are completed accurately and ethically, enhancing compliance, safety, and overall performance. Schedule a free consultation with PathSpot today to explore how their task management solutions can revolutionize your organization’s approach to task management and end pencil whipping. Trust in PathSpot to safeguard your organization’s integrity and reputation–building a food safety culture–where cleanliness and safety are the new ambiance.

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Streamlining Food Safety Compliance: Reducing Time Wasted on SOP Tasks

Streamlining Food Safety Compliance: Reducing Time Wasted on SOP Tasks

In food production and preparation, adhering to food safety standards is paramount. Ensuring that the food we consume is safe for consumption is not only a legal requirement but also a moral obligation. However, the bureaucratic and often tedious side of maintaining compliance with food safety standards can be a significant time sink for businesses. In this blog, we’ll explore the time wasted on filling out forms, labeling food, and other Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) tasks and discuss how streamlining these processes can improve efficiency without compromising safety – saving time and resources. It’s a win-win.

The Burden of Paperwork

One of the most time-consuming aspects of maintaining compliance with food safety standards is the relentless paperwork. From recording temperature logs to documenting cleaning schedules, businesses must meticulously document every step of their food production process. While this documentation is essential for tracking and ensuring food safety, it can often feel burdensome.

Consider the time spent on filling out forms alone. Employees need to jot down details, double-check entries, and ensure accuracy. This can lead to hours of lost productivity every week, which could be better spent on core tasks like food preparation and customer service.

Food Labeling: A Necessary but Time-Consuming Task

Another critical SOP task in food safety compliance is ingredient and prepped food labeling. Properly labeling food products with information like expiration dates, ingredients, and nutritional facts is essential to prevent health hazards and comply with regulations. However, this process can also take up valuable time.

Labeling often involves manually printing and affixing labels to each item, which is labor-intensive and prone to human error. There’s also the cost of labeling materials and equipment maintenance.

Streamlining the Process

So, how can businesses maintain food safety compliance without wasting excessive time on SOP tasks? Here are just a few opportunities to reduce time and labor, while better ensuring food safety compliance.

Digitize Documentation

Consider transitioning from paper-based documentation to digital record-keeping systems. This can significantly reduce the time spent on manual data entry and make it easier to search for and retrieve information when needed. It can also prevent falsified, or pencil-whipping, documentation. 


Invest in automation tools for routine tasks. Temperature monitoring systems, for instance, can automatically record and store temperature data, eliminating the need for manual logging. Automated labeling machines can streamline the labeling process, reducing both time and the chance of errors.

Training and Education:

Ensure your staff is well-trained in food safety protocols. Properly trained employees are more likely to efficiently carry out SOP tasks, reducing the chances of errors and time wasted on redoing tasks.

Regular Audits and Inspections: 

Conduct regular internal audits and inspections to identify inefficiencies in food safety compliance processes. Addressing these issues proactively can lead to significant time savings in the long run.


Consider outsourcing specific compliance-related tasks to third-party experts who specialize in food safety. This can save time and ensure your business stays up-to-date with the latest regulations and best practices.

The Benefits of Efficiency

Efficiency in food safety compliance is not just about saving time; it also enhances overall safety and reduces the risk of foodborne illnesses or other safety violations. By streamlining SOP tasks, businesses can focus more on the quality of their products and customer satisfaction, ultimately leading to better financial outcomes.

In conclusion, the time spent on filling out forms, labeling food, and other SOP tasks can significantly drain resources in the food industry. However, with the right approach, businesses can maintain compliance with food safety standards while improving efficiency. Embracing digital solutions, automation, training, and outsourcing can all contribute to a smoother and more streamlined process. By doing so, businesses can ensure that the food they serve is safe and prepared with efficiency and care.

The PathSpot Advantage

The food industry must proactively streamline food safety compliance and save time on SOP tasks. PathSpot SafetySuite offers an efficient solution while ensuring customer and employee safety. With our innovative technology and commitment to food safety, businesses can achieve compliance and efficiency simultaneously. Embracing these tools benefits businesses, consumers, and the industry by ensuring safe and quality food while saving time and resources. It’s a win-win.

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Game-Changing Tools for Food Safety Management

Game-Changing Tools for Food Safety Management

Ensure Compliance with Revolutionary Technology

Managing food safety in a global food business requires strict adherence to industry guidelines like HACCP, BRC, IFS, and the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). These guidelines demand consistent reporting practices across all locations, making the food safety audit process a critical challenge. Digital solutions are designed to automate tasks, ensure compliance and, streamline operations, protect customers while leveraging operational efficiency.

The Crucial Role of Consistency in Food Safety Reporting

International food safety standards and audits are designed to safeguard customer health. However, global food businesses encounter unique challenges when managing food safety across various countries and their criteria. International HACCP guidelines provide a detailed plan for ensuring food safety, but accurate data recording is paramount for success.

Manual recording methods can be error-prone, leading to financial losses due to spoiled food and an increased risk of foodborne illnesses. Implementing a Software as a Service (SaaS) solution offers a unified approach to food safety management.

Unveiling HACCP International Guidelines

Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) guidelines are globally recognized as the primary standard for food safety management. They empower food businesses to ensure food safety and quality by preventing and controlling various physical, chemical, and biological hazards from food production to consumption. HACCP comprises seven fundamental principles:

  1. Hazard Analysis: Identify and address food safety hazards.
  2. Critical Control Points (CCPs): Identify control points to manage hazards.
  3. Establishing Critical Limits: Set upper and lower limits for control measures.
  4. Monitoring CCPs: Regularly verify CCPs to ensure they stay within specified limits.
  5. Corrective Actions: Develop procedures to address deviations from critical limits.
  6. Verification Procedures: Incorporate activities to validate hazard analysis and operational compliance.
  7. Record-Keeping and Documentation: Maintain comprehensive records for auditing and compliance.

PathSpot’s SafetySuite: Elevating Food Safety Practices

PathSpot’s SafetySuite is a complete health and safety operating system (comprised of hardware and software), that assists global food businesses in maintaining safety standards, certifications, and requirements. Here are its standout features:

Automated Temperature Monitoring

  • Real-time temperature monitoring 24/7, even during power outages, using wireless sensors.
  • Elimination of missed or fraudulent temperature recordings.

Instant Alerts

  • Automatic alerts for temperature deviations sent via text, call, or email.
  • Swift implementation of corrective actions to ensure food safety.

Digital Checklists

  • Efficient, accurate, and rapid daily checks performed by employees.
  • Automatic time-stamping of completed checks and digital logging of corrective actions.

Central Dashboard

  • Centralized storage of checklist data, alerts, and temperature monitoring results, food expiration dates, etc.
  • Easy access to specific data requested by auditors, providing robust evidence of compliance.

Real-Life Success: SafetySuite in Action

PathSpot’s HandScanner Featured in Paramount’s Bar Rescue

With PathSpot’s flagship product, the HandScanner, designed to protect against the threat of illness, we formed a partnership with Taffer’s Tavern, which made its national debut in Atlanta in 2020 as a new restaurant concept from Jon Taffer, award-winning hospitality expert and host of Paramount Network’s Bar Rescue. PathSpot HandScanner hygiene systems have also been installed in numerous other eateries across the country including Taco Bell, Arby’s, Starbucks and Chopt Creative Salad Company.

These installations underscore the importance of comprehensive food safety plans and preparedness for food safety audits.

A Holistic Solution for Global Food Businesses

Global expansion in the food industry brings the responsibility of ensuring the health and safety of countless customers. PathSpot SafetySuite, consisting of a temperature monitoring system with instant, customizable alerts, task management SOP checklists, and a centralized, powerful dashboard (web-based and mobile app), empowers international chains to maintain impeccable food safety standards across the globe. Temperature sensors offer global coverage, allowing swift action to prevent food safety issues.

PathSpot SafetySuite technology saves time and money and provides insights for continual improvement and adherence to good manufacturing practices. Customized demonstrations are available to showcase the power of our food safety solution at your location.

Your path to enhanced food safety begins with PathSpot.

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How Digital Temperature Monitoring Elevates Hotel Kitchens Food Safety

How Digital Temperature Monitoring Elevates Hotel Kitchens Food Safety

Ensure Precision and Revolutionize Food Safety in Hotel Kitchens for a Safe and Exceptional Culinary Experience

In the kitchen, precision is critical. Every dish you create must meet the highest taste, presentation, and, most importantly, safety standards. This is where temperature monitoring is critical, ensuring that your culinary creations are not only delicious but also adhere to strict food safety guidelines and regulations. However, in many hotels, this essential task is still executed manually, and there are several downsides to this approach that we need to address and change.

  1. Human Error:

One of the most significant drawbacks of conducting temperature monitoring by hand is the potential for human error. While your kitchen staff may be highly skilled and diligent, they are still susceptible to mistakes. A momentary attention lapse or a simple thermometer misreading can lead to inaccurate temperature recordings. In an industry where food safety is non-negotiable, relying solely on manual monitoring can be risky.

  1. Labor Costs:

Another concern is the cost associated with manual temperature monitoring. Consider the time and effort it takes for your staff to move around the kitchen, checking temperatures and meticulously recording them. This is not only time-consuming but also increases labor costs. In a time where hotel budgets are often stretched thin, the expense of additional labor hours for temperature monitoring is an issue worth considering.

  1. Scarce and Expensive Training:

Furthermore, the hospitality industry faces unique challenges in finding and retaining skilled staff. Training individuals to work efficiently and effectively in a hotel kitchen is an investment that requires both time and resources. With work in the hospitality sector often being scarce and the cost of training being high, it’s crucial to find ways to streamline operations without compromising on quality.

How have other industries moved to digitizing for accuracy?

Other industries, namely the automotive and food manufacturing sectors both have adopted and embraced automation and digitization to enhance efficiency, consistency, and accuracy. In these industries, machines have replaced certain manual tasks, significantly reducing the margin for error and increasing overall productivity. 

The hotel industry, particularly hotel kitchens, can take a similar path 

Imagine having a solution that automates temperature control in your kitchen, just like robots assemble cars or machines to ensure food is processed safely and efficiently in factories. This could revolutionize the way hotel chefs operate. Automated, digitized temperature monitoring systems can provide real-time data, reduce the risk of human error, and free up your skilled kitchen staff to focus on what they do best – creating culinary masterpieces.

How does seamless integration with Digital Temperature Monitoring improve food safety?

Digitizing temperature control not only increases accuracy but also saves on labor costs and minimizes the need for extensive training. It’s a win-win for both your bottom line and your guests’ safety and satisfaction.

PathSpot’s PowerTemp: Game-Changing Hotel Food Safety

Pathspot is leading the way in food safety technology and has collaborated with chefs from top hotel brands to address the pain points we hear from hotels, resulting in groundbreaking solutions.

Pathspot’s innovative system is designed to address these challenges – leveraging advanced technology to automate temperature control, digitize monitoring, offering real-time data, reducing the risk of human error, and cutting labor costs, all while ensuring the highest food safety standards.

We invite you to take the next step in revolutionizing your hotel kitchen operations. You can book a demo with Pathspot and see how this state-of-the-art solution can transform your kitchen, making it safer, more efficient, and, ultimately, more satisfying for your guests and your culinary team.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to be a part of the future of hospitality, where automation and innovation come together to create extraordinary dining experiences. Reach out to Pathspot today and take that exciting first step toward a safer, more efficient, and more cost-effective kitchen.

Alongside PowerTemp, PathSpot provides a suite of additional tools, including PowerLabels, PowerTasks, and the SafetySuit Hub, to further optimize your operations. By integrating these tools with PowerTemp, you can establish a cohesive digital solution that supports every aspect of your hotel food service and ensure the highest standard in food safety. 

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Digital Labeling Revolutionizes Food Safety

Digital Labeling Revolutionizes Food Safety

Labeling plays a critical role in the food industry, encompassing retail, restaurants, and manufacturing plants. However, the manual labeling process can be tedious and prone to errors. Fortunately, digital labeling has emerged as a game-changing solution, revolutionizing the food labeling process with its innovative approach. By offering increased speed, accuracy, customization and cost saving, companies are now moving towards digital labeling in the food industry.

Companies are finding that efficient food label printing is essential to ensure proper product information, adherence to regulations, and ultimately, the safety of consumers. 

With digital labeling, companies can have seamless integration with printers, users can experience a range of benefits that simplify the food label printing process and contribute to improved food safety. 

How does seamless integration with printers and simplified food label printing through digital labeling improve food safety?

Enhanced Food Safety

Proper labeling and management of food products are crucial for ensuring consumer safety. Digital labeling plays a vital role in preventing illnesses associated with improperly labeled and managed food. By providing accurate and up-to-date information on labels, such as allergen declarations, ingredient lists, and nutritional facts, digitizing labeling helps consumers make informed choices and avoid potential health risks.

Time and Cost Savings

By automating the inclusion of timestamps and expiration dates, digital labeling saves valuable time and reduces the risk of manual errors. The system automatically generates accurate timestamps and expiration dates based on customizable parameters, eliminating the need for manual entry or labeling discrepancies. This saves time and prevents costly mistakes that may result in product recalls or regulatory non-compliance.

Custom Designs Made Easy

Digital labeling empowers users to configure custom label designs according to their specific requirements. Whether it’s incorporating brand logos, allergen warnings, nutritional information, or any other essential details, the system allows for easy customization. This feature ensures that each label meets your unique branding and information needs, providing a professional and cohesive appearance across your food products.

Furthermore, the integration of automatic timestamps and expiration dates assists in managing food freshness and reducing the risk of selling expired products. This proactive approach to food safety enhances your reputation as a responsible food provider and minimizes the likelihood of foodborne illnesses or legal issues.

With PathSpot new PowerLabels, you can seamlessly integrate with printers, simplify the food label printing process, configure custom designs, save time and costs with automatic timestamps and expiration dates, and improve food safety. Embrace this innovative solution and experience the benefits of streamlined food label printing in your operations today with PathSpot’s digital PowerLabels. Request a demo today to explore how digital PowerLabels can benefit your business.

PathSpot also offers a range of additional tools that further streamline operations, including PowerTemps, PowerTasks, and PathSpot’s SafetySuit Hub. By integrating these tools with our digital PowerLabels, you can establish a comprehensive digital solution that supports every aspect of your food business.

In conclusion, harnessing and leveraging the benefits of PathSpot.

To leverage the benefits of digital labeling, consider adopting PathSpot’s digital PowerLabels. With seamless printer integration, simplified printing processes, customizable designs, and automated timestamps and expiration dates, PathSpot offers a comprehensive solution to streamline your food label printing and enhance food safety in your operations.

Alongside PowerLabels, PathSpot provides a suite of additional tools, including PowerTemps, PowerTasks, and the SafetySuit Hub, to further optimize your operations. By integrating these tools with PowerLabels, you can establish a cohesive digital solution that supports every aspect of your food business.

Discover the power of digital labeling today by requesting a demo from PathSpot and witness the transformative impact on your food labeling process, efficiency, accuracy, and most importantly, food safety.

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How to Enhance Efficiency and Safety?

How to Enhance Efficiency and Safety?

How can you streamline efficiency and food safety? Try Optimizing Your Task Management Processes with Digital Checklists & Forms

Current and Upcoming Employee Safety Regulations in the United States

Efficiency is a critical factor in today’s fast-paced business world, particularly when it comes to routine processes and workflows that prioritize time, accuracy, and food safety. If your company still relies on traditional paper checklists or spreadsheets, it’s time to consider embracing digital solutions. Companies have found that digital task management forms streamline your processes and offer many benefits.

Four Ways to Increase Efficiency and Improve Food Safety

First: Automate Your Task Management

A standout feature of digital forms is automated task management. With real-time assignments, tracking, and updates, you leave no room for oversight. Automated notifications for overdue, out-of-range, or incomplete tasks ensure that critical processes are consistently completed within designated timelines.

Second: Embrace the Digital Transformation

Shifting from paper-based checklists or spreadsheets to digital forms can be accomplished swiftly, yet the impact is substantial. Digital checklists and forms enhance efficiency, simplify management, and minimize the risks associated with lost information, errors, and discrepancies commonly encountered with traditional methods.

Third: Focus on Handling Corrective Actions EfficientlyDigital task management forms enable prompt and efficient handling of corrective actions. When a staff member flags a task as incomplete or out-of-range, the system automatically assigns corrective actions to address the issue. This ensures timely resolution of problems while relieving management of manual monitoring and issue resolution burden.

Fourth: Improve Your Staff/Shift Communications

Effective communication is another area where digital forms excel. Through text and email notifications, team members can effectively communicate and keep each other updated on task statuses, fostering shared understanding. This boosts overall efficiency and cultivates a culture of accountability and transparency within the team.

PathSpot’s SafetySuite Promises to Increase Efficiency and Improve Food Safety

In today’s digital world, businesses must leverage technology to maintain a competitive edge. PathSpot’s PowerTask is your solution to digital task management forms that serve as a game-changing tool for streamlining processes, enhancing communication, and ensuring consistency and accuracy in operations for food safety. Request a demo today to explore how digital PowerTasks forms can benefit your business.

PathSpot SafetySuite also offers a range of additional hardware and software tools that further streamline operations which include: PowerTemp, PowerLabels, and HandScanner with a robust data hub to provide 24-7 access to your analytics. By integrating these tools with our digital PowerTasks, you can establish a comprehensive digital solution that supports every aspect of your food business.

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2021 Employee Safety Regulations in the United States

2021 Employee Safety Regulations in the United States

State of the Industry: 2021 Employee Safety Regulations in the United States

Current and Upcoming Employee Safety Regulations in the United States

Note: This blog post was last updated on February 11th 2020. Regulations and guidelines continue to evolve and we will continue to update this post as they come out. 

A Call for Stringent Employee Safety Regulations

Adjusting to new guidelines and regulations is challenging. At the start of the pandemic, individuals didn’t know how to protect themselves, nonetheless their own staff and customers. However, as we learn more and more about COVID-19, protection measures become clearer. With the onset of 2021 and the new administration, employee protection under COVID-19 is top of mind. In fact, in one of his first days of office, President Biden signed an Executive Order (EO) that called on OSHA to release clear guidance for employers on how to keep their employees safe from COVID-19 exposure. Our goal with this blog post is to centralize all information, regulations and guidelines around employee safety in the foodservice workplace. 


Following Biden’s EO, OSHA released a new set of guidelines on January 29, 2021, called “Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace.” This set of guidelines calls for implementing a coronavirus prevention program which includes elements such as adopting non-punitive policies for employee absences, ensuring policies and procedures are communicated to both English and non-english speaking workers, and implementing protections for workers who raise COVID-19 related concerns. 

Among the guidelines, OSHA advises employers to provide the supplies necessary for good hygiene including providing workers with time for handwashing and posting visual cues within the workplace to promote hand hygiene. 

Provide workers with time to wash their hands often with soap and water (for at least 20 seconds) or to use hand sanitizer. Inform workers that if their hands are visibly dirty, soap and water is preferable to hand sanitizer. Key times for workers to clean their hands include:

  • Before and after work shifts
  • Before and after work breaks
  • After blowing their nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After using the restroom
  • Before and after eating or preparing food
  • After putting on, touching, or removing PPE or face coverings
  • After coming into contact with surfaces touched by other people

There are also restaurant and food specific guidelines which encourage social distancing, contactless ordering, and more. 

However, these guidelines are recommendations and do not have any enforceable legal obligations. In fact, these guidelines are considered a first step and could be followed by an emergency temporary standard which could be enforceable.


Prior to national legislation, state-specific legislation has set the precedent to include stricter guidelines around employee safety and handwashing. 

New Jersey: Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey signed an Executive Order establishing new health and safety requirements for employers with employees who are physically present in the workplace, which includes a callout around handwashing. 

  • “Employers must ensure that employees regularly wash their hands, which may include providing additional break time or rearranging the workplace to facilitate better access to handwashing facilities.”

California: California passed Assembly Bill No. 1867 with mandatory handwashing requirements for food sector workers, mandating that employees, “shall be permitted to wash their hands every 30 minutes and additionally as needed.”

Your State’s Regulations and Requirements

For your state plan, use this free tool by OSHA to help you understand what regulations you must comply with. Keep in mind that this resource may be updated in March. For COVID-19 specific requirements, leverage this free guide from our partners at Opus Training. 

Moving Forward in Safety Regulation Compliance

As we become more knowledgeable of the implications of COVID-19, and more aware of the ways we can protect ourselves and our community from its exposure, adhering to new regulations becomes of utmost importance. Even if current guidelines don’t impact your business, it will be less disruptive and possibly less costly to prepare for any future regulation rollouts that can affect how you regulate the safety of your workplace. As more regulations come out, we will continue our efforts to update you here. In the meantime, consider leveraging technology to enhance your business’ SOPs and to comply with safety standards. Integrations worth looking into include packaging, delivery, and sanitation technology.

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A Smarter Approach to Food Safety

A Smarter Approach to Food Safety

Even before the outbreak of COVID-19, the food industry was evolving. However, the pandemic has demonstrated the need for a more real-time, data-driven approach to food safety, so everyone can stay safe during a crisis. To address the many challenges that the food industry is currently facing, the FDA released the New Era of Smarter Food Safety Blueprint, which represents a new approach to food safety that leverages technology for more effective and modern processes.

The blueprint is founded on four core principles.

  1. Tech-enabled Traceability: Work towards leveraging new technology that can identify outbreaks and trace the origin of contaminated food quickly.

  2. Smarter Tools and Approaches for Prevention and Outbreak Response: Use tools to identify when and where contamination might occur and prevent contaminated products from entering the food supply.

  3. New Business Models and Retail Modernization: Prepare for emerging business models that support new ways to produce and distribute food.

  4. Food Safety Culture: Improve the way businesses address food safety.

Of course, as a food safety tool that can detect contamination and provide data about hand hygiene, we’re excited by the FDA’s New Era of Smarter Food Safety. It emphasizes the need for new, technology-driven tools that prioritize public health and safety. If you’d like to explore how PathSpot can help you track and measure your handwashing, just click the button below.

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Five Ways to Reduce the Spread of COVID-19

Five Ways to Reduce the Spread of COVID-19

As restaurants and bars resume operations across the United States, it’s essential that their operators implement strategies to mitigate risk and keep their employees and customers safe. Though this can evolve into a layered approach, start by encouraging behavior that reduces the spread of COVID-19 in addition to complying with any state or local regulations.

Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 by following the below steps:
  1. Stay Home When Feeling SickTrain your team on when they should stay home and when they can return to work. This includes encouraging those who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in close contact with another person who has the virus to stay home and monitor their health.
  2. Hand Hygiene: Our favorite of the list! Require your team to wash their hands for a full 20 seconds with soap and water. This is also a good time to make sure your handwashing sinks are accessible and fully functional. Proper hand hygiene is going to be crucial in gaining the trust of your customers. Make sure you’re meeting their demands by tracking and measuring your team’s handwashing habits.

  3. Supplies: Support healthy hygiene behaviors by ensuring you have all necessary supplies such as soap, hand sanitizer, paper towels, tissues, disinfectant wipes, and no touch trash cans.

  4. Face Coverings & Social Distancing: Require your staff to wear necessary face coverings and consider using physical markers, such as tape or partitions, to encourage a 6-foot distance between people at all times. Face coverings are most important when physical distancing is difficult.

  5. Signage: Post signs in visible locations to remind your team and customers of protective measures that stop the spread of germs. Download this sign to remind your customers and team of handwashing instructions, commonly missed hotspots while also signaling a safe and inclusive workplace.

For more suggestions on how to handle this uncharted territory, check out these CDC guidelines and this FDA checklist. By implementing practices that minimize risk, you’re not only protecting your customers, but also your employees. If you’re interested in learning about how you can increase the frequency and effectiveness of your team’s handwashing, just click the button below.

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