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Hepatitis A and Foodservice Workers

Customer exposures to Hepatitis A have seen a major increase throughout the first half of the year, with cases appearing in the US in Arkansas, Indiana, and California as well as other states, resulting in a multi-state outbreak of around 1,200 patients which led to the deaths of at least 40 people. Governing bodies are urging all North American food service workers to ensure that they are vaccinated against the easily transmittable Hepatitis A virus - especially in communities near the infected areas or workers who travel often. Here’s what food service workers and restaurant owners need to know about the relationship between Hepatitis A and the food service industry.
 
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BBQ Food Safety Tips for Your Summer Grilling

BBQ Food Safety Tips for Your Summer Grilling

Although some Canadians enjoy their barbecues all year round, the hot summer season is when most people choose to fire up their grills and invite their friends and family for an enjoyable time in the sun. As with any type of cooking, there are a variety of food safety considerations to take into account this summer to avoid foodborne illness and ensure that your grilling season goes according to plan.
 
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Dangers of Food Recalls

2018-05-23 12:49 PM

Dangers of Food Recalls

Canadians and the Dangers of Food Recalls

A recent study conducted by researchers at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia revealed shocking revelations about Canadians and their relationship with food recalls. The study, lead by Dean of Management Sylvain Charlebois, revealed that Canadians regularly underestimate the severity of food contamination and food recalls, instead putting their trust into a system which many experts believe is not properly communicating the hazards of recalled food with the public.
 

Study conducted at Dalhousie University

The Dalhousie University study revealed that many Canadians had been unaware of many of the major food recalls that had taken place in the previous years. More than 1,000 Canadians were surveyed about recalls issued by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency - including the 2017 flour recall caused by an E. coli outbreak and the 2016 listeria-related frozen foods recall - with only 37% and 40% of those surveyed respectively responding that they had been aware of these major recalls.
 
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Robotics: The Exciting Future of Food Safety

Science fiction has been predicting the inevitable entry of robots into the workplace for decades, bringing with them increased potential for efficiency and safety, as well as freeing people up for more important workplace duties that cannot be easily automated. These ideas were once considered unrealistic or far flung, but the emergence of robotics in the food industry is very real. Several attempts have been made to automate processes in the foodservice sector, ranging from the preparation of food to its delivery right to your doorstep. The potential held by the introduction of robotics into the food industry is nearly endless, especially when it comes to food safety benefits.
 

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How the “Grocerant” is Eating the Canadian Restaurant Business’ Lunch

The Canadian restaurant and dining industry is seeing the rise of a major competitor in the form of “grocerants”, which are popping up in our favourite supermarkets all around the country. The grocerant is a unique twist on the modern dine-in experience, giving customers many of the same healthy, high quality food options that they would have at a traditional restaurant. As with the rise of any new food trend, the grocerant brings with it a variety of food safety concerns.

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