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Francine L. Shaw

Francine L. Shaw
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Francine L. Shaw is President of Food Safety Training Solutions, Inc., which offers a robust roster of services, including food safety training, food safety inspections, norovirus policies for employees, norovirus clean-up procedures, responsible alcohol service training, and more. The Food Safety Training Solutions team has more than 100 combined years of industry experience in restaurants, casinos, and convenience stores. The company has helped numerous clients, including McDonald’s, Subway, Marriott, Domino’s, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of America, Dairy Queen, and Omni Hotel and Resorts, prevent foodborne illnesses. Additionally, they work with restaurants of all sizes, schools, medical facilities, convenience stores, hotels and casinos. Shaw has been featured as a food safety expert in numerous media outlets, including the “Dr. Oz Show,” the Huffington Post and Food Management Magazine.

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Shared values are the foundation for a culture of food safety

Opinion

To create a food safety culture in any organization, there first must be understanding of what this means. I frequently discuss the importance of having a food safety culture with operators of a variety types of companies, and they all tell me the same thing: “my company has a great food safety culture.” But when I ask… Continue Reading

Food safety experts can help design kitchens to reduce risks

Contributed

When designing a commercial kitchen, many people consider how the space will look, when they should be primarily concerned with how it will function. The design should maximize efficiency and productivity, but it also must promote proper food safety protocols. Food service professionals should work closely with their designer and construction team, and it’s wise… Continue Reading

A Day in the Life of an Inspector: Is that a dead goat?

Contributed

I’ve been in the food service industry all of my life. As a child, I remember spending the warm summer days sitting on the front porch of my Grandma’s country store – a convenience store of yesteryear – in Harrisonville, PA. When I was a few years older, my parents owned a small grocery store… Continue Reading

Seven-layer dip to die for? Keep your Super Bowl buffet safe

The holidays have come and gone, and many of us have started the countdown to kickoff Sunday at NRG Stadium in Houston. Like so many Americans, I get pretty excited about the Super Bowl – especially if my home team, Pittsburgh, is playing. Now, I’m not going to profess tremendous knowledge about football, but I do… Continue Reading

Norovirus isn’t rocket science: Wash your freakin’ hands

Opinion

It’s estimated that the average person will get norovirus five times during their lifetime. Globally, there are 685 million cases of norovirus each year, with approximately 20 million of those cases occurring in the United States. Norovirus is the number one foodborne illness – and the leading cause of foodborne illness outbreaks – in the… Continue Reading