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David Walpuck

Preventive Equipment Maintenance: A Food Safety Priority

Opinion

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

Temperature Control: A Critical Food Safety Element

A critical element of food safety is maintaining proper temperatures from the field to the fork. In practical terms, this means keeping produce cold enough to inhibit pathogen growth or spoilage from the time it leaves the farm or orchard until it’s in the customer’s possession. It also means cooking certain foods at high enough temperatures for long… Continue Reading

Ice: The Overlooked Product

Opinion

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

Opinion

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

Opinion

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

Opinion

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