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Restaurant menu labeling took effect Dec. 1, and then it did not

New restaurant menu labeling requirements took effect Dec. 1 or maybe not. Forty-eight hours ahead of that date, the Food and Drug Administration issued a notice “clarifying ” that Dec. 1 is now the “compliance” date for the regulations, not May 5, 2017, as was set by FDA in May 2016. In no time, FDA… Continue Reading

Restaurant study group calls for back-to-basics approach


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

Retail-host restaurant trend is not without food safety concerns

Forget the food trucks or military posts or even college and university campuses. If you want to know which is among the fastest growing segments for restaurant food, it is a category the National Restaurant Association calls “retail-host restaurants.” It is a label that captures all those in-store restaurants that are popping up in grocery… Continue Reading

Do the math: Manage food waste with measurements

Reducing food waste could boil down to a mathematical equation as software developers decipher details to help food producers, retailers and foodservice operators solve the problem with data. The scope of the problem is clear, with Americans tossing out the equivalent of $165 billion in food every year, according to a report by the Natural Resources Defense… Continue Reading

Restaurant association acquires food safety certification entity

The National Restaurant Association bought  a food safety certification body — the National Registry of Food Safety Professionals — earlier this week. The Orlando-based National Registry of Food Safety Professionals (NRFSP) formed 18 years ago to offer training and food safety certification for personnel in the restaurant, hotel and quick service industries. The Washington D.C…. Continue Reading

California May Soon Require Paid Sick Time for Restaurant Workers and Others

California is poised to become the second state in the country to require paid sick leave for workers, an issue that has serious food safety implications for the restaurant industry. Under the just-passed legislation, which is awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature (and he has already expressed support), California workers as of July 1, 2015, would… Continue Reading

NRA Works on Food Safety Training in China

National Restaurant Association (NRA) representatives traveled to China last month to promote food safety, according a recent update by the association. A recent update by NRA said the trip was as an opportunity to “further discuss the importance of food safety training” with both industry and government. “We are pleased to continue to develop our… Continue Reading

Restaurant Chains Promise Healthier Kid Meals

Nineteen restaurant chains, including Burger King, Denny’s, IHOP and Outback Steakhouse, have signed on to a National Restaurant Association initiative to offer children healthy menu items. Called “Kids LiveWell,” the program promises to offer and promote a selection of foods based on recommendations from a number of nutrition studies, including the 2010 USDA Dietary Guidelines. … Continue Reading