Food Safety

  • Keeping pesky pests out of your restaurant

    September 7, 2023
    By Brandon Thorsell As restaurants maintain safety standards and practices by checking temperatures, cleaning up spills, and sanitizing stations, there may be weak spots in your building that allow pests to enter and nest as they look for accessible food sources. Without a grasp on how and why these animals enter your commercial kitchen, you could be ...
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  • How automated temperature monitoring can help improve efficiency

    June 6, 2023
    If you’re doing spring or summer cleaning to improve your restaurant operations, you may want to take a look at automated temperature monitoring and whether it’s a tool that could boost your efficiency. With only five per cent of restaurants currently using an automated temperature system, this might be an opportunity to pull away from ...
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  • The importance of workplace safety in hospitality

    September 28, 2022
    By Yasmine Mustafa The hospitality industry can be very lucrative for people at all levels of the business. However, many companies in the industry struggle to comply with the workplace safety and health standards required of them, something that has taken on increased importance against the pandemic backdrop. Ultimately, lack of compliance can lead to a ...
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  • Is your restaurant allergen-friendly?

    September 19, 2022
    By Adrian Johansen When you’re operating a restaurant, you have a lot on your plate — both literally and figuratively. You have to assemble and manage your crew. You have to oversee the financials. You have to ensure that your business is being promoted and marketed effectively. Above all, you have to provide your guests with ...
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  • How to prepare your restaurant for fall pests

    August 19, 2022
    By Alice Sinia Although pests present a potential problem all year long, changing seasons often bring changes in pest populations. To best protect your business throughout the year, it is important to know how changes in weather will affect these unwanted guests’ habits. As temperatures drop, restaurants are especially vulnerable to fall pests looking for food ...
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  • 4 reasons to consider electric detection technology for kitchen fire protection

    July 20, 2022
    By Adam Walker Whether a result of the global pandemic, supply chain shortages, inflation, or simply competitive pressures, restaurants are facing challenges never before seen in the industry. Many owners and operators have been forced to change how their businesses are run and to look for new efficiencies to stay afloat. One area that is often ...
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  • 5 technologies that will help make the food system carbon-neutral

    May 20, 2022
    By Rene Van Acker, Evan Fraser, and Lenore Newman Globally, about one-third of all greenhouse gas emissions come from agriculture and the food system. The carbon footprint of food systems includes all the emissions from its growing, processing, transportation, and waste. Agriculture is also vulnerable to the effects of climate change and, as the conflict in Ukraine ...
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  • Climate change is now on the menu at seafood restaurants

    May 17, 2022
    By William W. L. Cheung Restaurant menus across the West Coast of Canada will soon see an influx of squid and sardine dishes, while the popular sockeye salmon makes a slow exit. As it turns out, climate change may have something to do with this. Restaurants update their menus all the time and this often goes unnoticed ...
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  • Food waste equals wasted opportunity for Canada’s food sector

    April 13, 2022
    A new report from food rescue organization Second Harvest has illustrated the severity of Canada’s food waste problem and suggested some core solutions that the food industry can implement to resolve the issue. Second Harvest’s findings show that Canada’s food system wastes almost all of the surplus edible food it produces, when it could instead be ...
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  • The delicate balance between grocery store profit & food security

    April 12, 2022
    By Janet Music & Sylvain Charlebois Food prices in Canada continue to soar in the face of labour shortages, the rising cost of goods and supply chain disruptions. Statistics Canada recently reported that the food inflation rate in the country has reached 7.4 per cent and that it will most likely rise again in the coming ...
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  • Seafood companies call for higher traceability standards

    March 24, 2022
    Seafood companies in Canada are calling on the federal government to bolster the standards around the traceability of seafood products across the country. A group of 26 grocery chains, seafood industry stakeholders, and experts want the government to commit to a timeline and plan to fulfil its mandate to implement boat-to-plate traceability for seafood. The House ...
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  • Canadian Food Innovation Network programs proving popular

    November 10, 2021
    The Canadian Food Innovation Network (CFIN) launched new Food Innovation Challenge and Innovation Booster funding programs in recent weeks, and they’re being met with great enthusiasm. The inaugural programs are connecting with food innovators across Canada and helping food sector leaders find ways to invigorate their businesses through innovation. “As a new organization launching programs amidst both a pandemic and an election, ...
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  • Testing high-touch surfaces in grocery stores for COVID-19

    October 6, 2021
    By Maleeka Singh, Lawrence Goodridge, Maria G. Corradini, Robert Hanner, and Steven Newmaster As the COVID-19 pandemic wears on, and the virus continues to circulate, the transmission risks of everyday interactions may become an ongoing concern. A recent study at the University of Guelph looked at the risk of COVID-19 exposure from high-touch surfaces within grocery stores ...
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  • 3 ways restaurant staff & customers can communicate to prevent food allergy reactions

    September 24, 2021
    By Timothy Wingate, Joshua Bourdage, Malika Khakhar, and Samantha Jones Public health researchers have called food allergy reactions “a growing public health epidemic in Canada” affecting around one in 13 Canadians and one in five Canadian households. Dining out can be risky and stressful for people with allergies, in part because many restaurant employees lack the ...
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  • How carpet cleanliness affects consumer confidence

    August 18, 2021
    Impressions about cleanliness in restaurants start from the ground up, and carpet cleanliness is a key factor in creating confidence in consumers. In the wake of the pandemic, assuring visitors of a facility’s commitment to cleanliness is paramount. New research from Whittaker conducted online by The Harris Poll from Aug. 5-9, 2021, among 2,056 U.S. adults found ...
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