'National Food Safety Month' highlights industry best practices

September is the National Restaurant Association's National Food Safety Month. This year's theme is "Let it Flow."

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US House blocks mandatory GMO labeling

On July 23, the U.S. House of Representatives took a measured and bold move to block any mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically engineered crops. The house voted and passed HR 1599, which created the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act.

Egg shortage 2015: How is your restaurant coping?

Due to the egg shortage, local and national restaurants have had to improvise when it comes to providing eggs to their customers. Some have had to limit egg offerings, cut back on breakfast hours, embrace egg substitutes and charge more for egg-based products.

Receiving 101: Control and Safety

Whoever is in charge of receiving should follow a standard set of rules in order to maintain the safety of food and ensure you protect your bottom line.

Bird Flu: What restaurants can do to overcome its impact

While financials for publicly traded restaurants remain positive remain positive overall, helped by lower cheese and wheat costs, many operators must still contend the impact of Avian Influenza.

Catering to success with menu labeling

Menu labeling goes beyond in-store menu boards to include catering programs as well as banquet dishes.

Gluten-free beer finds its way

I can't tell you how many photos from friends I receive of restaurant bar menus that feature gluten-free beer. The photos are sent out of enthusiasm for the gluten-free movement making its way to the beer menus across the country...

How to make sure your dishes are properly sanitized

Ideally, one person should clean the dishes and the other person sanitize and handle the clean ones. If this isn’t possible, strict procedures must be followed to disinfect hands between loads.

The impact of employee behaviors and habits on food safety

Kevin Roberts is an expert in food safety research and training and focuses specifically on overcoming employee barriers to food safety implementation in the commercial foodservice setting.

Industry trends: Consumers will spend more for transparency, authenticity, safety

Watch for menu trends at airport bars and lounges, Hollywood and convenience stores.

Allergen awareness: Why American brands should be watching the EU

The focus on establishments that serve food items will become more prevalent as the number of people born with allergens continues to increase.

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NEWS


Supply-chain study: Consumers demand sustainable food products

Technomic and Deloitte Advisory research assesses what's next in supply-chain logistics.

Compass Group adopts Five Freedoms for animal welfare

Compass Group joins Wal-Mart and General Mills in embracing Five Freedom’s procurement practices.

Pizza Nova intros hormone-, antibiotic-free pepperoni

The improved healthier pepperoni follows Pizza Nova's own recipe with Canadian-raised beef and pork, which are vegetable and grain-fed

Alliance for Hispanic Health supports FDA trans fats busting

The National Alliance for Hispanic Health issued a statement this week on the FDA move to eliminate artificial trans fats from foodservice industry products over the next three years.

Restaurant chains pledge reduction in antibiotics to Obama admin

Critics argue that antibiotics are still a problem in agriculture.

Wisconsin governor declares state of emergency for bird flu outbreak

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker declared on Monday a state of emergency after discovering three flocks of poultry in the state contracted a lethal case of bird flu.

NRA reaches 6M food safety certifications

The NRA's ServSafe program provides educational materials to the restaurant industry.

Beef patties recalled due to possible Listeria

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and Kenosha Beef International have received no reports of illness.

PAR announces rollout of SureCheck Advantage device

Users can perform checklists and access unlimited compliance data and reports using the SureCheck Advantage.

SafetyChain providing ROI calculation to promote food safety platform

SafetyChain Software announced it is offering a complimentary Return on Investment calculator report for food and beverage companies looking to build a business case to implement food safety and quality assurance automation solutions in 2015. According to a news release,...

San Diego County adds NRA's ServSafe training course

The National Restaurant Association's ServSafe Food Handler online training course has been approved by San Diego County in California. The training program is geared toward restaurant operators and their employees, who have the opportunity to earn the San Diego Food Handler card.

Hungry Howie’s flavored crusts now available as gluten-free

Hungry Howie’s Pizza has added a new gluten-free pizza crust to its menu. Guests have the option to choose from the brand’s original wheat-based crusts or its new gluten-free crust that is made with rice flour, rice starch, potato starch,...

Insureon launches microsite for small foodservice businesses

The educational site is designed to help caterers, food trucks and other operators manage risk exposure.

SCS Global Services and SafetyChain Software partner for training and automation

SCS Global Services has partnered with SafetyChain Software to provide services for training, certification to third-party food safety schemes, and food safety and quality assurance automation.

Papa Murphy’s adds gluten-free option

Papa Murphy's and Boulder Brands, the makers of Udi's Gluten Free branded products, today announced a partnership to bring Udi's Gluten Free pizza crust to Papa Murphy's locations. Papa Murphy’s stores will begin offering the gluten-free option this month and...

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Consumer awareness of food safety is growing as government regulations tighten. Restaurant operators must also stay aware of food safety issues and provide training to employees. Check out this research center for the latest news and best practices.