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4 Leading Causes of Foodborne Illness
Not cooking food to proper internal temperatures
Holding, cooling or storing foods at improper temperatures
Cross-contamination from improper cleaning and sanitizing of workspaces and utens...more
The following four pathogens are most associated with food-borne illness.
E.coli 0157:H7
Blast Chillers Aid in Food Safety
Because of increased regulations and concerns, food safety is a major issue for the operator. 56% of foodborne illness is caused by improper cooling. Blast chillers are designed to combat this problem...more
Burn Treatment
The objective of first aid for burns is to relieve pain, prevent contamination, and treat for shock. Usually, medical treatment is not required.
First Degree Burn
Indications: Redness or di...more
Cold . . . It Does Your Milk Good!
There are two major issues when looking for a milk cooler: Safety and Product Quality. Our goal when formulating a milk cooler is to have milk served to our kids at the proper temperature. Milk li...more
Cross contamination occurs when pathogens in one food are transferred to other foods that are not cooked or will not be cooked. The most common carriers are:
Raw foods to ready-to-eat foods
Cross-Contamination Guidelines
Cross-contamination is one of the leading causes of foodborne illness, but is also one of the easier problems to correct.
Dedicate specific cutting boards, utensils and containers to each food ty...more
Easy Food Safety Tips
1. Store cooked and ready-to- eat foods above raw food 3. Replace or sanitize buffet utensils every 1/2 hour
4. Never thaw at room temperature
5. Use pro...more
First Aid for Cuts
Cuts without severe bleeding that do not involve tissues deeper than the skin should be cleansed thoroughly. There will be some contamination which should be removed before the injury is dressed and b...more
FoodHandler Presents: The Eleven Commandments of Food Safety at Your Restaurant
1. Train every employee about proper handwashing. Hands should be washed for 20 seconds, using a soft nailbrush to clean fingertips. Document the process and make sure employees know why handwashin...more
Food Holding and Sanitation Temperature Guide
Food Preparation and Storage Equipment
The equipment in your kitchen should meet industry and regulatory standards. The following are some standard NSF requirements for food prep and storage equipment.
Food contact and food-splash su...more
Food Safety in Your Operation
Practicing and monitoring food safety must occur in all of the following areas of your operation.
Inspect deliveries. Product should be in good condition and received at the prope...more
Food Safety Training Tips
Food safety begins with your staff. Implement some of the following tips in your operation's training program.
Make food safety part of the company culture
Relate food safety practices to ev...more
Hazard Analysis of Critical Control Points (HACCP), a food safety assurance evaluation group, has been setting standards for methods assuring that all foods produced and consumed are free of bacterial...more
Meat and Poultry Hotline
Seafood Hotline
National Restaurant Assoc. Food Safety Council
How Often Do Errors Occur
Mistakes made at home are likely to be repeated at work. The following survey information from Audits International illustrates the need for ongoing employee training. 106 households in 81 cities were...more
Is Sanitation Training Really Necessary?
As food service professionals, or more specifically school food and nutrition professionals, we never want to read or hear: School District Found at Fault For E. Coli Outbreak; E. Coli Outbreak Hits...more
Key Operator Issues-Part 1: Food Safety
Technomic Inc., a leading foodservice industry research firm, did a recent study on key issues impacting Foodservice Operators. We will cover the 4 areas that Operators expressed as their top concerns...more
Measures to prevent food-borne illness caused by E. coli bacteria
Wash your hands
Cook meats to minimum internal temperature of 155F
Cook meats until juices run clear and there is no pink color visible
Ensure that raw meats do not touch other foods th...more
Measuring Product Temperatures
By heating food to the proper temperature all pathogens can be eliminated in preparation. Properly using the correct thermometer is crucial.
Never use color as an indication of the doneness of ...more
Minimum Safe Internal Cooking Temperatures
NSF Refrigerator/Freezer Regulation
NSF has revised the equipment standard for the construction and performance of commercial refrigerators and freezers. The revision of Standard 7 affects all buffet and preparation equipment. These ty...more
Part 1: What to Do Before an Inspector Visits
This is part one in a series on Health Inspector Visits. We will cover What to Do During the Inspection and What to Do After the Inspection in subsequent newsletters. Watch for more!
Without ...more
Part 2: What to do During an Inspection
This is part two in a series on Health Inspector Visits. Last month we covered What to Do Before an Inspector Visits and next month we will conclude with What to Do After the Inspection. Watch for mo...more
Part 3: What You Can Do if You Are Cited
This is part three in a series on Health Inspector Visits. In the last two months we have covered What to Do Before an Inspector Visits and What to do During an Inspection. Call us for more informat...more
Pocket Thermometers
It's a good idea to require managers to carry a test thermometer in their pockets. Not only will they have it readily available, it will also keep your local health department happy.
Proper Hand Washing
Hand washing is an important and simple defense against the spread of dangerous bacteria and foodborne illness. Use as hot a water temperature as you can stand; lather hands and wrists with soap for 2...more
Safeguards Against Slip Ups
Kitchen accidents such as slips and falls are often the result of an unsafe environment. Floor surfaces attract water, grease, dirt, and other objects making them hazardous. Besides cleaning and maint...more
Safe Temperatures for Cold Food
According to the FDA's 1997 Model Food Code, Refrigeration temperatures should be lower than 41F to ensure that food reaches 41F.
The Cost of Foodborne Illness
Why should foodservice operators protect customers from foodborne illness? Besides the obvious moral responsibility to public health, protecting customers protects your bottom line.
The cost of ...more
The Importance of Safety Prevention
Safety is one of the most important issues for the foodservice operator. Standards must be set to ensure that employees, patrons, and your business reputation are protected. Preventive safety measure...more
The Right Way to Prepare Fruits and Vegetables
Whether they're the main attraction or serving as decorative accents, fruits and vegetables add freshness, flavor and color to any meal being served. But produce requires special safety handling by e...more
A good thermometer is one of the most useful tools for ensuring food safety. There is a wide variety of thermometers available for specific applications such as espresso, grills, refrigerators and pro...more
Things to Consider When Buying Floormats
Be sure to first measure the area the mats will be used in. Will you use the mat in a wet or dry area? Do you need anti-fatigue or grease proof styles? Ask us! We can help you determine which mats wil...more
What is Microban and how does it affect food safety?
Recently, manufacturers have a released a variety of industrial and consumer products featuring Microban. Microban is a safe, durable and effective antibacterial protection that inhibits the growth of...more