6 steps to promote staff, customer allergen awareness


Have a disclaimer up in your restaurant that lets customers know the efforts made to accommodate diners with special dietary needs.


Navigating the new food codes: Part 1

Operators need to know the 8 major allergens and the best practices surrounding the use of separate containers and preparation methods designed to prevent cross-contact.

Restaurant industry still in the gluten-free honeymoon phase

As Celiac Awareness Month approaches, one industry expert predicts the diet's growth will continue for the next few years.

Allergy training on continued education fast track

It is imperative to train managers, chefs, line cooks and servers about the importance of cross contamination and food preparation.

How state regulations could transform allergen awareness

Teach your staff how to identify and respond to a possible allergic reactions.

Why I hate foodservice gloves and you should, too

I worked in kitchens and managed kitchens throughout the 1970s and '80s. There was a generally good awareness of food safety, cross contamination and basic responsibility to the dining public.

The importance of food safety training

There have been an increased number of diners with food allergies and it's our job to ensure they're protected.

As gluten-free grows up, pizza operators realize ROI

There were more than 200 million gluten-free menu requests last year, but the option still hasn't reached critical mass.

Mythbusters: Asian cuisine as a gluten-free food

Soy sauce usually contains gluten and it's a big part of other sauces, such as Teriyaki, Hoisin and black bean.

Food Safety Forensics: New C.S.I. category

Now, blame for food litigation is at the executive level, and criminal charges are common.

Restaurant health inspection scores pushed into spotlight

While restaurant operators continue to maintain food safety practices, health inspection records are finding their way onto very public domains.

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AllergyEats conference planned for October in NYC

The 2014 AllergyEats Food Allergy Conference is set for Oct. 21 beginning at 8 a.m.

Flies twice as filthy as cockroaches, yet customers don't perceive threat

Restaurant patrons underestimate the health threats flies present, according to a new survey released by Orkin. Of the survey respondents, 61 percent would continue eating their meal after a fly touched and contaminated it, while just 3 percent of survey...

Papa John’s agrees to cover hepatitis A costs from corporate store

A North Carolina-based, company-owned Papa John’s location has been identified as the original source of a hepatitis A outbreak that happened in late March/early April. And, according to the Independent Tribune, Papa John’s International Inc.

Comprehensive Food Safety and Arnold Flakowitz Associates merge

Comprehensive Food Safety, a division of RK Environmental Services, announced today that it will merge with Arnold Flakowitz Associates. CFS and AFA provide consulting, auditing and training to food processors and distributors. "We will serve each client with integrity and the commitment to help obtain their goals quickly and efficiently.

California repeals requirement for glove use by restaurant workers

California lawmakers repealed a regulation requiring restaurant employees to use gloves or utensils to handle food going directly to diners, according to the Fresno Bee. The regulation would have gone into effect on July 1. The regulation was similar to...

DiningGrades launches website to report restaurant food poisoning

Restaurant patrons can now report a suspected restaurant food poisoning event on DiningGrades.com and provide information to restaurant management, health departments and diners. DiningGrades.com has developed the free solution that includes the following features: After selecting the restaurant, the user...

Culinary Software Services releases new version of ChefTec software

Culinary Software Services recently announced the release of ChefTec xt3 software. New features include additional functions, improved performance and updated user interface. According to a news release, the updated software has the ability to identify gluten-free recipes.

Kitchen Brains intros cloud-based food safety app

Kitchen Brains has announced the release of SCK Food Safety Manager, a cloud-based application for foodservice operators. According to a news release, the SCK Food Safety Manager aggregates data from static and handheld sensors along with data-collection devices to ensure...

NYPD Pizza launches gluten-free menu

Phoenix-based NYPD Pizza has introduced a full gluten-free menu featuring pizzas, appetizers, beverages and desserts. According to a news release, the 10-unit company has installed dedicated gluten-free ovens to support the new menu. "Individuals have special dietary needs and preferences,...

Boston Pizza's GlutenWise menu now available for takeout and delivery

Boston Pizza announced today that it is now offering its GlutenWise menu online for takeout and delivery, just in time for Celiac Awareness Month in May. To help drive awareness of Boston Pizza's move to offer their GlutenWise menu online,...

Mellow Mushroom, Uno Chicago among most allergy-friendly chains

AllergyEats today released its 2014 list of Most Allergy-Friendly Restaurant Chains nationwide, which included Uno Chicago Grill and, new this year, Mellow Mushroom. According to a news release, the chains were selected because they rank the highest on AllergyEats' website...

NRA names new SVP of ServSafe

The National Restaurant Association announced the appointment of Sherman Brown as senior vice president of business and financial strategy for its ServSafe Food Safety Program. Previously, Brown served as the NRA's vice president of finance and strategy where he was...

ParTech releases food safety checklist solution

ParTech Inc., a mobile-based, automated solution that provides checklist management for food safety programs and employee-assigned tasks, announced the release of PAR EverServ SureCheck V6, a food safety monitoring and intelligent checklist solution. Features of the EverServ SureCheck V6 include...

FARE expands foodservice allergy training with MenuTrinfo partnership

Food Allergy Research & Education has announced a partnership with MenuTrinfo, a provider of nutritional analysis and allergen training, to offer the company's AllerTrain program to foodservice operators and their teams. As part of FARE's new College Food Allergy Program,...

MenuTrinfo adds Amtrak to portfolio

MenuTrinfo has been named the nutritional partner for Amtrak, and will conduct menu nutritional services for the railway's food and beverage service. "MenuTrinfo is honored and thrilled to be the chosen nutritional partner for Amtrak. The vision and direction of...

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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.