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Are Pests on the Menu?

Date: 28 Apr 2014 /
Posted by: Steven Sklare /
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The physical presence of vermin is the single greatest cause of the closing of a foodservice facility by Public Health Officials. Whether you are an exam administrator, a Food Safety Trainer or a Certified Food Safety Manager you need to remember and understand that statement. The degree to which a pest infestation may contribute to […]


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Squashing Salmonella Before It Strikes (with a Personal Chef)

Date: 21 Apr 2014 /
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Unfortunate events have made the word salmonella a common term in households across America. National media has met the challenge to promptly provide information about potential hazards in our food chain. Troubling is the fact that these type stories are appearing more and more often. As consumers, we place faith in our local grocery outlet […]


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Protect Your Restaurant Against Norovirus

Date: 14 Apr 2014 /
Posted by: Steven Sklare /
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Norovirus is the most common cause of acute nonbacterial gastroenteritis in the U.S. The winter months, or as some people call it, the cold and flu season, is a time of year to be especially aware of this potential threat to your customers and your business. According to the FDA Food Code, your employees are […]


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What in the World is Melamine?

Date: 07 Apr 2014 /
Posted by: Rich Linton /
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In the last few months, there has been a series of national recalls associated with pet food products that contain a substance known as “melamine.” In mid March, pet food recalls started with Menu Foods and other recalls followed with Nestlé Purina PetCare, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, and Del Monte Pet Products. In the course of […]


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The Conference for Food Protection Offers Venue for Addressing Retail Food Safety Issues

Date: 31 Mar 2014 /
Posted by: Dave McSwane /
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The Conference for Food Protection (CFP) is a non-profit organization that brings together representatives from the food industry, food regulatory agencies, academia, and consumer organizations to identify and address food safety issues in America. The CFP promotes food safety and consumer protection by 1) Identifying and addressing problems in the production, processing, packaging, distribution, sale, […]


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Food Defense is Key

Date: 24 Mar 2014 /
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Food adulteration, whether intentional or unintentional, has been around for centuries. Socrates was sentenced to death by the Greek government in 399 BC and forced to drink a beverage laced with poison from the hemlock plant. Hieronyma Spara, an Italian witch, who was ultimately hanged by the Catholic Church, taught young Roman women how to […]


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Larry Lynch to speak at Certification Marketing Summit

Date: 20 Mar 2014 /
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The Certification Institute is holding the Certification Marketing Summit in Denver, Colorado, from March 31 through April 1, 2014. This intensive, two-day event will focus on understanding how changing market demographics affect certification and will help participants rethink their organization’s brand and target their messages to a diverse and different market. Larry Lynch, president and […]


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Controversy Over Sale of Raw Milk for Human Consumption Heats Up

Date: 17 Mar 2014 /
Posted by: Dave McSwane /
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The controversy over the sale of raw milk for human consumption is heating up in many states across the country. Raw milk advocates claim that unpasteurized milk is more nutritious and tastes better. They claim heat pasteurization destroys nutrients, enzymes, and beneficial bacteria, and they believe pasteurized milk is associated more with allergies, arthritis, and […]


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Illinois Food Handlers Have a New Online Option for Getting Certificates

Date: 13 Mar 2014 /
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The Illinois Food Handling Regulation Enforcement Act that was passed into law in August 2013 established new food handler training requirements. According to this new law, all food handlers employed by restaurants will be required to receive or obtain training accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) in basic safe food handling principles within […]


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Eat More Fruit and Vegetables – But Make Sure They Are Safe

Date: 10 Mar 2014 /
Posted by: Rich Linton /
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Ever since we were kids, it seems like somebody was always telling us to eat more fruits and vegetables. This is for good reason. Fruit and vegetables are healthy, nutritious, and have been linked to prevention for several different types of diseases, including cancer. Consumers are eating more fresh produce today than ever before. As […]


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