Why a smartphone app is not so smart in a kitchen
December 13th , 2019 by Monika Australia & Asia Pacific
If you’re looking at different digital food safety systems, and you’ve considered an app-based product for smartphones, you may want to think again.
Various studies have proven that mobile devices are one of the most unhygienic items on the planet. And is it any wonder, given that the average person touches their smartphone 2,617 times a day? And let’s be real, for some people, that includes while they are on the toilet.
If your staff are like most people these days – smartphone addicted – then no amount of hand washing is going to stop the spread of bacteria from their phone to your customers’ food. Smartphones simply don’t belong in food preparation areas.
Here’s a small sample of the types of nasty bacteria that have been found lurking on mobile phones:
- Staphylococcus aureus
- Clostridium difficile
One study took swabs of people’s smartphones and found a total of 7,000 different types of bacteria from 51 samples. And 82% of the most common bacteria present on participants’ fingers were also found on their phones.
Another study of 200 healthcare workers found 94.5% of phones were contaminated with different types of bacteria.
A video by Mashable even claims that the concentration of bacteria on a smartphone is higher than a toilet seat, kitchen counter, pet food dish or doorknob!
The best devices for managing food safety tasks
Hygiene should be a key consideration when choosing the right devices for managing food safety tasks.
Personal smartphones and tablets just don’t cut it. Instead, look for a digital food safety system that comes with a dedicated, anti-bacterial coated touchscreen device. Being configured exclusively with food safety software, you can be confident that it will only ever be used in the environment for which it was intended.
If you choose Monika, your system comes with the Monika Smart PA, which has Biocote anti-microbial protection. It is your dedicated device for managing all food safety tasks in your kitchen.