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Handwashing for Life Olympics: Battle at Waterloo

Opinion

Pathogens met their Waterloo as more than 400 culinary professionals staged a two day pursuit of the latest advances in nutrition and food safety. The annual campaign is sponsored by Martin Brothers, a regional distributor focused on the culinary needs of hospitals and nursing homes. The location was the Waterloo Convention Center, celebrating the famous… Continue Reading

Restaurant study group calls for back-to-basics approach

Opinion

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

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

(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

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

One look at the enemy and you’ll get serious about food safety

What could be more frightening than an unseen enemy — one so stealthy and powerful that it can send you to the hospital or even kill you? And what if that enemy is so small that you can’t see it, don’t even know that it’s there. Maybe right there on some food you’re about to… Continue Reading

UPDATED: Hand washing goes high tech during Vegas demo

Opinion

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

Better hand washing is possible and necessary

One of the best tools to prevent foodborne illnesses — effective hand washing — is frequently rendered ineffective because of poor execution. New methods of monitoring and improving employees’ hand washing are available, however, and are on the agenda for the Norovirus Summit III Workshop at the Nevada Food Safety Task Force conference later this… Continue Reading