Evaluating Food Safety


One of the suggestions I made in the last blog was to assess the food safety culture in your organization by observing the food handling techniques of workers. Let’s explore that some more. You can do an overall assessment or you can hone in on specific areas of the operation, such as production or cleaning practices. Remember, when the environmental health inspector visits your operation, he/she just gets a snapshot of what is going on in your operation on that particular day at that specific time. You are there nearly every day, so you have a much better understanding on what really happens in your operation.

Evaluating Food Safety2018-09-01T00:21:10+00:00

Produce Safety: Special Considerations


In our last blog, I talked about general produce safety. Today, I want to talk about some special products—melons, tomatoes, leafy greens, and sprouts. These are all foods that have a history of bacterial contamination leading to foodborne illness. I also want to discuss salad bars because they have some special risks.

Produce Safety: Special Considerations2018-08-24T17:22:46+00:00

Fresh and Tasty Produce, but are there Food Safety Concerns?


One of the best things about the middle of summer is the wonderful variety of tasty fresh produce that is available. I hope you are enjoying the fruits of the harvest because it has great flavor and provides us with a variety of important vitamins, minerals, and fiber needed to maintain good health.

Fresh and Tasty Produce, but are there Food Safety Concerns?2021-08-04T20:03:22+00:00

SafeBites Time and Temperature Control: Why & When


Hi Everyone – Cathy here. Having written the SafeFood Blog for Iowa State University for over ten years, I am happy to have the opportunity to work with FoodHandler in my retirement. Jeannie and I share with FoodHandler a passion for making sure food served is safe.

SafeBites Time and Temperature Control: Why & When2021-08-04T20:05:27+00:00

Cross Out Cross Contamination


Cross contamination is a major risk factor contributing to foodborne illness, but there are steps that you can take in your foodservice operation to mitigate the risk.  In this blog, we cover the basics of cross contamination, the risks that result, and sources of cross-contamination so that you can understand the serious risk it presents. In the next blog, strategies to lower this risk will be covered.

Cross Out Cross Contamination2018-06-06T13:03:08+00:00


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