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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

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

Opinion

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

Publisher’s Platform: A Salmonella Outbreak to Forget — Chili’s Vernon Hills 2003

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On June 30, 2003, Lake County Health Department (LCHD) received a report from Lake Forest Hospital indicating that a patient was ill with a Salmonella infection. The LCHD immediately contacted the patient and interviewed him, using a questionnaire that is standard for the epidemiological investigation of foodborne illness outbreaks.One of the first things learned by… 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

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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

3 steps to cleaner hands, safer food: Learn, develop, implement

Opinion

Attendees at the Council III meeting Sunday at the Conference for Food Protection bi-annual meeting discussed hand washing guidelines and policy. (Photo by Jim Mann)

Editor’s note: The outbreak referenced in this meeting coverage was linked to a Chipotle Mexican Grill in Simi Valley, CA, and sickened an estimated 230 to 1,500 people, according to public health officials. Council meetings at the bi-annual Conference for Food Protection meeting turned to hand washing and norovirus this past weekend as a 2015 outbreak became a… Continue Reading

Tech talk dominates Conference for Food Protection

Opinion

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BOISE, ID — Advances in technology were merged into a day which ranged from fear to a science-based confidence at the bi-annual Conference for Food Protection this weekend. Deep dives into the realities of produce farming and the recurring global challenge of bird flu, lighted paths for needed research at the farm level. Risks at the… Continue Reading

Beach Beat: Cheers to West Virginia’s Bureau of Public Health

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There’s good news out of West Virginia in the wake of a state delegate’s illegal distribution of raw milk in the halls of the Mountain State’s Capitol. As I mentioned in this space in late March, I was disgusted by both Delegate Scott Cadle’s public flouting of state law and the failure of West Virginia… Continue Reading

Beach Beat: The big picture is bleak for unsafe food companies

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Federal Judge W. Louis Sands drew some harsh comments from Food Safety News readers in recent days for his ruling that corporate executives would not have to pay restitution to victims of a deadly Salmonella outbreak traced to peanut butter and related products. I confess, my initial reaction was similar to those readers who wondered why the judge was… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Get Poisoned before its a movie

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UPDATE:  We went through over 100 since I posted this on Saturday.  You still can get them at Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Poisoned-Deadly-Outbreak-Changed-Americans/dp/098495435X – sorry. So, who plays me from 1993? Last year I offered to give a book to each new person who subscribed to Food Safety News – I have 100 paperback books left.  So,… Continue Reading