An ill food handler was the likely source of the Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak at Don Antonio’s, the popular West Los Angeles Mexican restaurant, that this past March 18-20 infected 23 diners, according to reports from the state and country public health departments. Alternatively referred to as “Restaurant A” by the county and Don Antonio’s in…

As operators of food establishments look towards controlling costs, sometimes the decisions they make directly impact food safety. When sales go south, so does health and sanitation. In my years in the food service industry, this is what I have observed: Reducing Labor Hours: Cutting staff has been a tactic used since the beginning…

Employees at an Indiana Subway restaurant went to work in January despite being sick with Norovirus, according to a health department investigation. During a Norovirus outbreak in Blackford County that sickened 90 residents from January 5 through January 8 of this year, workers at a Hartford City Subway continued to report to their jobs despite…

If you ask consumers what food safety means to them, many people stare at you like deer in the headlights. “Hmmm?  I’ve heard of healthy foods, but I never really thought about safe foods, but oh, yeah … I know, the ‘five second rule.’ “

Unfortunately, for many people the topic of food safety often …

Making restaurants pay for vaccinating their own employees against hepatitis A before they become food service workers would be a far cheaper alternative than running huge vaccination clinics after a food service worker becomes infected and exposes the public.

The city of Lubbock, TX is the latest community holding a vaccination clinic — at a …

And so why do you care that September is the 17th Annual Food Safety Education Month, with an aggressive information and training campaign targeted directly to food-service workers?

The numbers say it all.

According to a January 2010 article in Journal of Food Protection about food-safety practices of food-service workers, meals prepared outside of the…

Diners beware: some restaurant workers may not have a full grasp of what it takes to keep food safe from contamination.

That’s according to a recent study from the University of Illinois at Chicago, which posed a series of food safety questions to area food handlers and found that the average respondent was able to…

For 35,000 resident Americans and two million tourists from the states, leisurely dining out in Costa Rica is part of the “Pure Life.”

Restaurants in Costa Rica are regulated by the Health Ministry, which on May 12 began doing something unusual.  It began inspecting hundreds of restaurants in the country for health code violations and …

In a study of restaurant food handling and foodborne illness, about 12 percent of the servers and preparers interviewed told public health researchers they had worked while sick with vomiting and diarrhea.

The busier the restaurant, the more reluctant the employees were to call in sick, the study found.

Titled “Factors Associated with Food Workers …

In a move industry insiders say could mark the beginning of a national trend, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed new legislation requiring nearly all of the more than one million food handlers in the state of California to be certified in safe food handling procedures.

The new law, Senate Bill 602, was approved by lawmakers in …