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Jim Mann

Jim Mann

Jim Mann is the founder and Executive Director of the Handwashing For Life® Institute and The Handwashing Leadership Forum®. His work to reduce the risk of foodborne and person-to-person illness spans a career from deli and cafeteria experience to work as a product development chemist. He formulated leading brands in skin care, surface disinfection, pest control, foodservice and healthcare sanitizing systems. His work has been as global as the war on virus and bacteria, working on six continents while living in three. Jim’s latest addition to the industry’s Best Practices is the “Hands-On System”. This integrated process control for hand hygiene is enjoying documented success in foodservice, healthcare and schools across the USA, Canada, South Africa and the UK. Jim was honored as a recipient of NSF’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Patient experience drives health care food safety leadership

Contributed

Thirty leaders and experts gathered this week at the Crothall Healthcare Summit to develop strategies to decrease health care associated infections, including those acquired through food safety failures. Photo courtesy of the University of Pennsylvania.

This week Crothall Healthcare summoned a team of experts to collaborate by “mastering and integrating what you are good at” and challenged them to define new standards to light a path of continuous improvement in lowering health care acquired infections — starting with hand washing and food safety. The team of 30 included of a… Continue Reading

Complacency kills: Challenging the protectors of the status quo

Opinion

A company representative (above) discusses how the measurement of cleanliness is a reassuring reward to workers tasked with deep cleaning. After a simple spray and wipe procedure, workers can  swab surfaces and use the scanner to measure, document and report successful cleaning. The system uses  of each and a documented report of success. The system measures Relative Light Units using ATP, Adenosine TriPhosphate. (Photos by Jim Mann)

CHICAGO — Rob O’Neal, former Navy Seal and keynote speaker at the International Sanitary Supply Association meeting here this week, reminded the audience of food safety and away-from-home wellness professionals that “complacency kills,” a message that really hit home with those leading the charge to use new technologies in the war waged in the darkness of the… Continue Reading

Restaurant study group calls for back-to-basics approach

Opinion

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A record setting number of attendees for the National Restaurant Association’s Quality Assurance Study Group’s annual session filled the Millennium Conference Room at Loews Philadelphia Hotel this past week for a three-day introspection of the industry’s food safety policies and practices. Day 1 was headlined with a keynote address by Frank Yiannas, Wal-Mart’s vice president… Continue Reading

Conquering this enemy is increasingly a matter of choice

Opinion

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Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of three guest opinion columns by Jim Mann in recognition of September as National Food Safety Month. The more we learn about norovirus, the clearer the choices are in changing current behaviors. Foodservice operators know a lot about norovirus, especially in how to cope with an outbreak. What… Continue Reading

The flywheel of conventional hand-washing

Opinion

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(Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of three guest opinion columns by Jim Mann in recognition of September as National Food Safety Month.) Hand-wash tracking technologies have arrived on the restaurant scene, exposing the stark reality of compliance and noncompliance. The new tools are being ignored by many, who are serving as guardians of the… Continue Reading

The outbreak breakthrough of whole genome sequencing

Opinion

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Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of three guest opinion columns by Jim Mann in recognition of September as Food Safety Month. Whole genome sequencing, WGS, is a new motivator for enhanced hand washing in all locations where people are preparing and/or serving food. More broadly, it is a robust laboratory procedure for… Continue Reading

Follow the money: Reducing risk vs. increasing costs

Opinion

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Healthcare providers, caregivers, researchers and suppliers gathered at the 43rd annual meeting of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control & Epidemiology (APIC) in Charlotte, NC, June 11-13. The theme was “Inspiring Innovation in Infection Prevention” and attendees discussed how evidenced-based research can resolve the recurring riddle of risk versus budgets for both foodservice and… Continue Reading

UPDATED: Hand washing goes high tech during Vegas demo

Opinion

Steve Russak, COO of CloudClean, describes the capabilities of a new hand wash performance system with chefs from a variety of casino kitchens Tuesday. The system converts current handwash rules into a staff reminder and reporting program. The electronic network set up for handwash verification has a secondary use for tracking temperatures during food preparation and storage. (Photo by Jim Mann)

UPDATED: Coverage of Wednesday activities added The Norovirus Summit III picked up where last week’s Conference For Food Protection left off. Presentations and workshops took on the Norovirus challenge from beating back biofilms to data-driven hand washing systems. This workshop was part of the second annual combined meeting between the Nevada Foodservice  and the Nevada… Continue Reading

Food protection group agrees norovirus needs more attention

Opinion

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Editor’s note: The Conference for Food Protection is managed by an executive board that includes 23 voting members who represent: state food regulatory agencies from each of the FDA regions; local food regulatory agencies from each of the FDA regions; the FDA; USDA/FSIS; the CDC, the food industry; an academic institution; and consumers. BOISE, ID — On… Continue Reading

CFP’s sidebars drive food safety in ‘No Action’ atmosphere

Opinion

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Editor’s note: The Conference for Food Protection is managed by an executive board that includes 23 voting members who represent: state food regulatory agencies from each of the FDA regions; local food regulatory agencies from each of the FDA regions; the FDA; USDA/FSIS; the CDC, the food industry; an academic institution; and consumers. BOISE, ID —… Continue Reading