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Francine L. Shaw is President/CEO of Savvy Food Safety Inc., which offers services including consulting, auditing, expert writing/updating and implementation of HACCP plans, food safety education, food safety inspections, curriculum development, and more. Shaw’s background includes more than 20 years in the foodservice industry, beginning as an hourly employee and eventually an operating partner. She continued her career as a food safety subject matter expert, working in academia as well as private sector.


The Fourth of July is a popular holiday for entertaining.  Whether you’re hosting a cookout, beach picnic, or poolside fiesta, follow proper food safety precautions to keep the foods – and your guests – safer.  With warm summer temperatures, outdoor entertaining, a buffet style feeding frenzy, and the chaos
Continue Reading Don’t skyrocket to the bathroom or hospital this Independence Day


Day after day, I watch the list of foodborne illness casualties accumulate.  As a food safety expert, I receive a ridiculous number of recall alerts and foodborne illness outbreak notices daily.  And I watch in amazement as the food service industry continues to be in denial about our country’s
Continue Reading Will the foodservice industry ever knock down it’s brick wall of denial?


It seems like edible cannabis is available everywhere these days. Dispensaries are popping up around the country, and people can easily purchase edible marijuana online, including on popular e-retail sites like Etsy and Amazon. It’s available in a variety of forms, including capsules, lollipops, gummy bears, cookies, chocolate bars
Continue Reading Is the edible marijuana industry doomed to become a pot full o’ pathogens?

It’s estimated that the average person will get norovirus five times during their lifetime. Globally, there are 685 million cases of norovirus each year, with approximately 20 million of those cases occurring in the United States. Norovirus is the number one foodborne illness – and the leading cause of foodborne
Continue Reading Norovirus isn’t rocket science: Wash your freakin’ hands