AIB International will introduce a new food safety training tool at the International Baking Industry Exposition.

AIB’s VirtualInspector is an immersive training simulation that prepares users to look for food safety issues throughout a plant setting and document their findings with corrective actions that provide resolution.

In the first scenario, users are guided through the process. Subsequent scenarios then test user knowledge and skills with a more independent inspection. Each interactive lesson has built-in instruction, videos, and quizzes to test knowledge throughout the course.

“Thousands of products are recalled each year due to undetected food safety issues. Facilities need a well-trained self-inspection team that can identify and resolve food safety issues,” says Katie Mayes, vice president of marketing and product development. “We invite IBIE attendees to drop by our booth and demo VirtualInspector. Companies looking to optimize eLearning with an engaging and measurable training platform will find that VirtualInspector provides convenience, calibration and efficiency for employers and participants.”

Although entertaining in nature, this format effectively bridges the gap between theory and practice, Mayes says. Self-inspection team members can practice identifying GMP violations that can’t be easily replicated without wasting raw materials or compromising food safety. In the simulation, users can see around them 360 degrees, with audio and visual cues drawing attention to important hotspots.