Tweet The primary focus of any food safety program, and rightly so, is on the temperature of your food product. Heating food to the proper temperature and storing it at the proper cold temperature are vital to preventing contamination. But allowing foreign objects like hair, metal, and insects or pests to contaminate food can be [...]
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Tweet You’ve probably seen the NSF and UL labels in your restaurant or commercial kitchen before. And you probably already have an idea what these organizations do and what that label means. But fully understanding what the NSF and UL do to make sure restaurant equipment and tools meet food and personal safety standards is [...]
Tweet Maintaining proper food temperature should be a constant process in your restaurant or commercial kitchen, from the time it arrives through your back door to the time it arrives on the customer’s plate. When the delivery truck arrives, immediately check food products for temperature. Reject food that arrives above 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Once you [...]
Tweet This is the first in a series of posts intended to give you a complete guide to HACCP principles. Every week I will post step by step information on each of the 7 HACCP principles. It is recommended that you also consult closely with your local board of health when implementing a HACCP program. [...]
Tweet Health inspections are a regular part of life in any food service business, but too often it’s easy for a restaurant or commercial kitchen to fall into the trap of just passing the inspection rather than regularly practicing good food safety procedures. This series is intended to help your business improve food safety practices, [...]
Tweet Is your restaurant participating? From the NFSEM site: “The National Restaurant Association encourages restaurant and foodservice operators to begin planning for the 15th annual National Food Safety Education Month. This month-long campaign is held every September and focuses on the importance of food safety education for the restaurant and foodservice industry, while raising the [...]
Tweet So now you have CCPs, Critical Limits, and monitoring procedures for your budding HACCP program. You know what you are going to control, where you are going to control it, and how to know your Critical Limits are being met. So what happens if a Critical Limit is not met? A story I heard [...]
Tweet The Food and Drug Administration has officially released an updated Food Code for the first time since 2005. The Food Code details procedures for implementing a food safety program in any food service environment, from grocery stores to fine dining restaurants. The agency updates the code every four years to accommodate new developments and [...]
Tweet The Center For Science In The Public Interest, an advocacy group that has tangled with the food service industry before over menu nutrition labeling, is pushing for letter grades of restaurant’s latest health inspections to be posted in the front window. The grade works on a 100-point scale and corresponds with a restaurant’s score: [...]
Tweet McDonald’s hasn’t grown into a multinational restaurant chain without doing a lot of things right. And whatever you think of their culinary achievements (or lack thereof), you can’t deny that they’ve built an empire in food service. If one lesson is clear from the rise of McDonald’s, it should be that you don’t build [...]
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