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David Walpuck

David Walpuck

David Walpuck is a native of Tarrytown, NY. He is a certified professional in food safety (CP-FS) from The National Environmental Health Association, an administrator for The National Registry of Food Safety Professionals and has twenty years’ experience in operations, auditing, consulting and teaching. He is also the author of the book “Contaminated: Negligence in Food Safety” and has a new book, “What Consumers Should Know About Food Safety” scheduled to publish May 2, 2016.


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Teach, train, test, repeat — food safety refreshers a must


Knowing the correct answer for a food safety certification question about proper food temperatures is not the same as knowing how to properly use a food thermometer. On-site follow-up training ensures that classroom learning is retained and implemented.

It’s just human nature … people forget. Consequently, unless food handlers receive proper followup reviews and reinforcement, retention of food safety protocols and procedures is unlikely. To ensure that classroom content becomes part of their daily routine, employers must monitor, document and refresh the training messages. Food handlers need to understand there is sense of… Continue Reading

Don’t let birds of any feather flock together in your food facility



Birds are a beautiful thing of nature and should be respected and admired. However, they do not belong inside foodservice operations or any other food facilities. Their search for food and a comfortable harborage area, especially now during the colder months, encourages birds to seek entry to the great indoors. The possibility of contamination from… Continue Reading

Preventive Equipment Maintenance: A Food Safety Priority



Most everything these days is so after-the-fact and, in some circumstances, a fire drill. Proper communicating, planning and budgeting are necessary when it comes to equipment maintenance, replacement or purchasing. Everything from small wares, such as a simple vegetable peeler, to larger pieces of processing equipment, like a meat grinder, often get neglected or forgotten… Continue Reading

Ice: The Overlooked Product



Ice is food. Some food service operators and their employees take that fact for granted. They don’t take proper precautionary measures to handle the product properly or the necessary preventive maintenance measures to ensure that the ice machine is clean, sanitary and operating safely. Listed below are some best practices and questions to ask. Some… Continue Reading

Proper Communication: A Food Safety Priority



It’s all about the “buy in.” People need to believe in what they are doing, what makes it important, and have the knowledge to move forward in a positive direction. Here are some basic suggestions to get the food safety message across: A simple “please” and “thank you” goes a long way. That may sound… Continue Reading

Temperature Logs: A Misunderstood Liability



Log documentation involving temperature is a necessary tool in any food processing environment. Whether it is cold holding, hot holding, cooking, cooling, refrigeration, freezer or time controlled, temperature logs not only shed a light on whether an employee understands the process, but are also a strong indicator of potential liability. If left unchecked, no matter… Continue Reading

Here Comes the Cold Weather — and Mus Musculus



For much of the country, as the temperatures drop, there is increased activity of mice to find a harborage area. For any food operation, or homeowner, for that matter, this means an increased potential of infestation if some proactive measures are not taken to eliminate entry. Here are a few suggestions: 1. Think like a… Continue Reading

Condensation: The Liquid Enemy



Whether it is dripping from a refrigeration fan unit, beading on the interior packaging of an improperly cooled ready-to-eat food, causing rust on metal food contact surfaces of equipment or directly on frozen raw shrimp, condensation is a food safety concern and must be dealt with accordingly by anyone producing food. Excessive moisture from condensation… Continue Reading