What is The New Era of Food Safety? (Part 2 of 5)
Welcome back! In the last blog post, we set the stage for what the New Era of Smarter Food Safety is (new approach to protecting public health) and why it is a needed journey to reduce food related illness through modernization. It’s time to explore some of the specific activities FDA is planning to achieve the goal of a Smarter Food Safety system. I have decided to begin with  Read more
What is The New Era of Food Safety? (Part 1 of 5)
I have been asked this question several times in recent weeks by friends, co-workers as well as some industry counterparts. My immediate reply, how much time do you have? The normal reply is to be provided an overview, which I respond with the New Era of Smarter Food Safety is the FDA's plan to modernize the food agriculture, manufacturing, distribution, and service industry. In this 5-part blog series we are going to pretend that you said you have some time and want a more in-depth perspective to understand how it might impact your   Read More
Reliable Food Safety Resources for Retail and Foodservice
Google it! The answers to just about everything are at all our fingertips all the time, however there is also a great deal of misleading information out there on the wire. A perfect example is the amount of information generated recently on SARSCoV-2/COVID-19. Disclaimer alert; the global food supply continues to be...  Read More
Helpful Ventilation Recommendations for the Food Safety Professional:
Over the past weeks and months there has a plethora of information provided on mitigation strategies to help limit the spread of and exposure to SARS-CoV2/COVID-19. Some of this information (albeit vague) has been on airflow, and how bringing in more outside air into a facility can be useful. The most widespread examples are to increase ventilation or open windows and doors  Read More
Cleaning, Sanitizing and Disinfection Basics
For the food industry, standard practices for cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting are more important than ever, and are increasing for businesses in foodservice, grocery/retail and more. With these efforts prevailing, here are some important basics to keep in mind:   Read More
Employee Hygiene in Foodservice and Retail
In the current environment of global pandemic, hygiene and cleanliness procedures are more essential than ever for the food industry. With the Covid-19 pandemic affecting the way foodservice establishments operate, integrating additional steps and preventative measures related to sanitation and hygiene are critical to food production during this time. To assist, we have pulled together some of the most important reminders related to employee hygiene for food businesses...   Read More
Why so called ‘cheap’ thermometers are costing you more than you think
Since a food thermometer is such an important tool during various steps of food preparation, it has become essential that accurate and reliable thermometers be readily accessible. With so many cheap, poorly manufactured thermometers available, many businesses are tempted to purchase a lower quality product. This is understandable to an extent; if the person responsible for sourcing the company's equipment is looking through a brochure or website, it can be hard to differentiate between models when it comes to things like accuracy, toughness and build quality. If all the options look the same, I might as well buy the cheap one, right? In the short term, perhaps this is the case...   Read More!
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