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Stepping up food safety at home

2018-09-18 12:29 PM

Stepping up food safety at home

Canadians: You Need to Step Up Your Home Food Safety Game

Most Canadians are vigilant and aware of food safety processes when dining out, but multiple studies show that they are not nearly as aware of their own food safety practices in the home. A recent poll conducted by the federal government revealed that Canadians are actually becoming less aware of proper food handling and preparation guidelines, as well as the dangers associated with foodborne illnesses. The study revealed that even pregnant women and seniors responded that they do not feel more at risk for developing foodborne illness or food poisoning.
 
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Don't be a Victim of Food Fraud

2018-08-27 4:37 PM

Don't be a Victim of Food Fraud

How to Make Sure Your Foodservice Business Isn’t a Victim of Food Fraud

Your customers deserve the highest quality food and complete transparency about where that food originated from - this is complicated through widespread incidences of food fraud. Food fraud is the deliberate misrepresentation of food products offered through foodservice establishments and other food sale outlets for monetary gain. Often, many establishments are completely unaware that it has taken place as it can take place at any time in the supply chain. It’s important for foodservice professionals to understand how you can ensure that your business is not a victim of this shady practice in the future.
 
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New Ontario Food Premises Regulations Require Food Safety Training

New Ontario Food Premises Regulations Require Food Safety Training

As of July 1, 2018, Ontario food safety regulations have changed drastically for food service operators around the province. Food Premises regulations under Ontario’s Health Protection and Promotion Act will require restaurant and food service establishment operators to ensure the presence of at least one certified food handler through every shift. This regulatory update means big changes for Ontario restaurants, especially for small and midsize establishments. Here’s what you need to know about the new food premises regulations.
 
This has been a requirement of many municipalities in the past, but now smaller towns and cities without these regulations and food service businesses in rural Ontario are required to have a certified safe food handler onsite at all times.
 
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Food Safety & Weddings: Precautions for Caterers & DIY Weddings

Food Safety & Weddings: Precautions for Caterers & DIY Weddings

The summer wedding season is here. Weddings have a whole host of potential issues - one of the least talked about of which is food safety. DIY weddings are increasing in popularity, with the hosts trying to take on as much responsibility as possible in order to control costs. Whether you’re looking at choosing between a caterer or taking a DIY approach, or you’re a foodservice company working hard in wedding season, here are a few examples to show why you should always keep food safety in mind.
 
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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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