Sodium under new federal regulation microscope

The New York City Department of Health is leading this charge and proposed in early June that all chain restaurants with 15 or more locations add a symbol next to menu items that contain more than 2,300 mg of salt.

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.

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.

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