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Thawing & Defrosting Food Safely

2019-05-21 10:19 AM

Thawing & Defrosting Food Safely

Thawing and Defrosting Food Safely

Freezing food is a great way to preserve large quantities of perishable foods like meat and bread, as well as leftovers. Not only is does it allow you to extend the lifespan of certain foods, but it also allows for increased convenience. Before pulling your next meal out of the freezer, it’s important that you know how to properly thaw and defrost food to reduce the chances of harmful bacteria multiplying while in the “temperature danger zone”, where germs thrive, doubling in numbers in just 20 minutes. Remember to never thaw food at room temperature, as it can make your food unsafe and lead to foodborne illness. Only the following methods of thawing and defrosting are recommended by food safety experts.
 
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Dangerous Food Mistakes

2019-05-14 10:25 AM

Dangerous Food Mistakes

Stop Making These Dangerous Food Safety Mistakes

It’s all too easy to get careless or overconfident in the kitchen, but even making a simple mistake can have serious long-term consequences, especially for foodservice workers or those cooking for large groups of people. No matter how experienced you feel you are in the kitchen, it’s important to be aware of common food safety guidelines - it could help you avoid contracting or spreading serious foodborne illnesses. Here are some of the most commonly made food safety mistakes in the kitchen.
 
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Ontario's Food Premises Regulations

What are the Key Changes to Ontario's Food Premises Regulations and How Do They Affect Foodservice Operators?

Ontario’s new Food Premises Regulation (O. Reg. 493/17), under the Health Protection and Promotion Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. H.7 came into effect on July 1, 2018, bringing with it some important changes for foodservice businesses across the province. Though the Regulation has been in effect since July, the transition to compliance with the new requirements is still ongoing for many establishments. The modernized Regulation has taken the place of the Food Premises Regulation (O. Reg. 562), which dated all the way back to 1967, and tackles issues like food handler training, energy conservation, and more.
 
We recently had the opportunity to speak with Tony Amalfa, a nationally certified public health inspector and the CEO of Advance Public Health Consulting, about what foodservice operators in Ontario should be aware of to be compliant, and how they can more effectively make the necessary transitions. Tony served as the Manager of Environmental Health Policy and Programs at the Ontario Public Service with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for more than 10 years, where he led the efforts to modernize Ontario’s Food Premises Regulation. Tony has also held positions with two of Ontario’s public health units, and launched Advance Public Health Consulting, a public health consultancy and training provider for certified public health inspectors, in July 2018.
 
 
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New Ontario Regulation 493/17

2019-04-23 10:01 AM

New Ontario Regulation 493/17

Working with Ontario's Public Health Units to Support the Implementation of the New Ontario Regulation 493/17 Regulation

O. Reg. 493/17, the new Ontario Food Premises Regulation, came into effect on July 1, 2018, modernizing the previous regulation which dated back to 1967. The Food Premises Regulation has removed outdated and redundant food premises requirements that no longer apply to modern foodservice establishments, offering foodservice operators more flexibility in areas like safe food preparation procedures, food handling, and cleaning and sanitizing procedures. The Regulation has also made it mandatory that at least one trained food handler be on premises for every working hour that the establishment is open for in order to minimize the risks of food poisoning and poor food safety practices.
 
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Guidelines for Dry Food Storage

2018-12-11 11:10 AM

Guidelines for Dry Food Storage

Proper Dry Food Storage Guidelines for Foodservice Businesses

One of the first lines of defense in the fight against foodborne illness is your establishment’s storage facilities. Dry food storage is where shelf-stable foods will be stored until they’re ready to be prepared and served to your customers. Having improper storage practices can lead to decreased quality of food, and sometimes even leading to the growth of foodborne bacteria. It’s extremely important that foodservice professionals enforce proper food storage procedures and guidelines at all times in order to avoid spoiled and degraded dry food items.
 
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