Food Safety

Quat Binding – Why this Can Have a Disastrous Impact on Your Sanitation Program.

2023-07-14T02:02:57+00:00

In June, I had the opportunity to represent FoodHandler and speak on food safety behavior for customers of Martin Bros. Distributing in Waterloo, Iowa.  One of the questions that was asked caught me a little off guard. The question was about quat binding.  It caught me off guard not because it was a bad question, but only because it was not something I had previously been asked nor had not yet been exposed to the phenomenon. However, I soon learned that in certain jurisdictions, it is resulting in changes to how sanitizing cloths are to be stored in sanitizing buckets (or not) in the foodservice industry. When I returned home from the trip, I had to dig into it to learn about what quat binding is and how it might impact foodservice operations.

Quat Binding – Why this Can Have a Disastrous Impact on Your Sanitation Program.2023-07-14T02:02:57+00:00

Are Grades for Foodservice Inspections a Good Idea?

2023-06-05T19:49:12+00:00

I generally try to stay away from controversial topics in my blog, but this is one I thought it might be interesting to discuss. Occasionally on my travels, I will come across a state or a local jurisdiction that requires foodservice inspection scores be posted in the window of the establishment.  The idea is to allow would-be customers the ability to see how the foodservice operation in which they are about to eat scored on their latest health inspection.

Are Grades for Foodservice Inspections a Good Idea?2023-06-05T19:49:12+00:00

Neglected Safety: CDC Report Casts Doubts on the Ability of the Foodservice Industry to Ensure Ill Workers Stay at Home

2023-06-05T19:52:32+00:00

Early in June, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report outlining foodborne illness outbreaks in retail foodservice establishments.  The report outlined outbreaks from 25 state and local health departments from 2017 through 2019.

Neglected Safety: CDC Report Casts Doubts on the Ability of the Foodservice Industry to Ensure Ill Workers Stay at Home2023-06-05T19:52:32+00:00

Keeping Food Safe While Serving Outdoors

2023-05-11T17:17:26+00:00

This afternoon I met some friends for lunch and as I drove through our beautiful downtown area in Manhattan, KS, I noticed that many people were taking advantage of the gorgeous weather and dining outside with friends. For our local community - outdoor dining is one of the remnants of COVID that we actually have come to enjoy on beautiful days. With spring in full swing and summer just around the corner, many foodservice operations are taking advantage of the warm weather by offering outdoor dining options.

Keeping Food Safe While Serving Outdoors2023-05-11T17:17:26+00:00

The Importance of Air Gaps in Providing Safe Food to All

2023-05-11T17:07:48+00:00

Late last month, I was exploring job tasks that are important for entry-level foodservice managers to understand related to food safety.  The usual items that you would suspect were on the list were certainly included – foodborne outbreaks; temperature danger zone; physical, biological, and chemical contamination; personal hygiene and proper glove use; HACCP systems, etc. But one thing I noticed was missing that really is integral to protecting the food supply in any foodservice operation is air gaps.

The Importance of Air Gaps in Providing Safe Food to All2023-05-11T17:07:48+00:00

Flour Safety: Don’t Let E. coli become the Secret Ingredient in your Cake.

2023-04-19T14:20:41+00:00

Earlier this month, we started to see information coming out about a foodborne illness outbreak from an unlikely source – flour. As of early-April, 12 people had fallen ill, and three people had been hospitalized as a result of flour contaminated with Salmonella. While the outbreak is still in its early stages, no individuals have died because of their illness. A specific source has not yet been identified in the outbreak, but all who have fallen ill have reported eating raw batter or dough due before developing symptoms – and flour has been identified as the only common ingredient in these batters and doughs.

Flour Safety: Don’t Let E. coli become the Secret Ingredient in your Cake.2023-04-19T14:20:41+00:00

Be Proactive and Don’t End Up in Food Safety Jail!

2023-04-12T15:26:18+00:00

Ok, I admit – there really is no food safety jail. But there is jail and, while it is uncommon, you can be sent there for not practicing food safety. Just the other day, I ran across a news report about two individuals in Wales who were sent to jail (albeit a suspended sentence) for “failing to take action to protect food from the risk of contamination; placing unsafe food on the market; failing to comply with a Remedial Action Notice and operating the business without approval after permission to supply seafood was suspended.”

Be Proactive and Don’t End Up in Food Safety Jail!2023-04-12T15:26:18+00:00

Was that last 24 Hour “Bug” You Had Really a Foodborne Illness in Disguise?

2023-04-12T15:22:54+00:00

Within this blog, I have discussed many foodborne pathogens: E. coli, Hepatitis, Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes, and Campylobacter.  But we’ve somehow managed to omit Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus).

Was that last 24 Hour “Bug” You Had Really a Foodborne Illness in Disguise?2023-04-12T15:22:54+00:00

Hot off the Press: The 2022 Model Food Code has been Released! Part Two.

2023-01-09T22:00:16+00:00

Earlier in the month, we started a discussion about the changes to the 2022 Food Code.  If you missed that post, late in December 2022, the Food and Drug Administration released the 2022 Food Code and I wanted to highlight a few of the changes that have been made to the code.

Hot off the Press: The 2022 Model Food Code has been Released! Part Two.2023-01-09T22:00:16+00:00

Hot off the Press: The 2022 Model Food Code has been Released! Part One.

2023-01-09T21:57:28+00:00

It has finally arrived!  Yes, the new year has arrived – but I was not referring to it.  I was referring to the new 2022 Model Food Code (10th edition) that has been released by the Food and Drug Administration. I thought I might take this blog and the next blog to discuss some of the changes that have been made to the Food Code that you might see coming your way in the next few years.

Hot off the Press: The 2022 Model Food Code has been Released! Part One.2023-01-09T21:57:28+00:00

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