Employee Health is Critical to Food Safety

In a recent study, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that one in five restaurant employees worked while experiencing vomiting or diarrhea in the previous year. Handling food while sick is one of the most common causes of outbreaks in restaurants. (Charles, 2017) Thus, preventing sick employees from working with or around…

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Food Safety Audits are Critical to Identifying Food Safety Risks

You have spent time and other valuable resources creating and implementing food safety standards and practices for your operation, but how well is your operation complying during busy meal periods or when balancing other priorities, such as service and revenues? Having an external auditor evaluate your operation’s current food safety system and compliance can be…

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Fake ID’s and Underage Drinking: What is Your Responsibility?

April is Alcohol Awareness Month The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) established April as Alcohol Awareness Month in 1987 to stimulate public outreach regarding alcohol awareness. This year’s theme, “Changing Attitudes: It’s not a ‘rite of passage’” focuses on underage drinking. According to the NCADD, underage drinking results in more than 4300…

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Allergens: An Integral Part of Food Safety

A food allergy is an immune system response to proteins in certain foods that some people are sensitive to. Sensitivity varies with individuals and may vary over time. When exposure to the allergen occurs, the body’s immune system attacks and produces one or more adverse health effects. Some effects, such as anaphylaxis, can be fatal….

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Tips on Preparing Foods Safely – Part 2: Be Healthy and Wash Hands Properly to Prevent Norovirus

Norovirus is in the news again. Our goal is to keep it out of your foodservice operation. Norovirus is the leading cause of disease outbreaks from contaminated food in the United States. Ways to Prevent Norovirus: Hand washing and being healthy are the most important steps in preventing Norovirus. Properly cleaning and sanitizing food contact…

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