Food Safety

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  • Keep pests off the menu this winter

    December 6, 2017
    By Alice Sinia, Ph.D. As the weather cools, winter months can force unwanted pests inside to stay warm or to overwinter. Food, shelter and water attract pests, and your restaurant offers these resources. As these dirty, nuisance and destructive invaders seek relief from the cold, it’s important that you create a defense and prepare your restaurant ...
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  • Keep pests away from your restaurant’s waste

    May 25, 2017
    By Alice Sinia, Ph.D. Nothing ruins a lunch quite like a cockroach scuttling across the table. Unfortunately, by offering an unlimited supply of food, water and shelter, restaurants can be an oasis for common pests like cockroaches and flies. What many restauranteurs fail to realize, however, is that a pest problem inside oftentimes originates from the outside ...
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  • Food allergies: New survey shines spotlight on shared responsibility

    May 18, 2017
    By Food Allergy Canada Food allergy is one of the leading causes of potentially life-threatening allergic reactions. As a very small amount of a food allergen, when ingested, can cause a serious allergic reaction, avoidance is key to staying safe. Currently, there is no cure for food allergy. With more than 2.5 million Canadians impacted by food ...
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  • Taking the guesswork out of food safety

    May 1, 2017
    By Matt Bradford Smart equipment. Connected apps. Cloud-based checklists and online training. It takes just one peek behind the counter to see how cutting-edge technologies are making commercial kitchens more productive, efficient, and attuned to food safety issues. And it all goes back to connectivity. More and more, kitchens are relying on equipment with advanced sensors and ...
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  • Dining out with food allergies

    April 24, 2017
    By Beatrice Povolo Deciding where to dine out is a common debate in our household. As a family of five, everyone has their favourite place and sometimes it’s a challenge to get everyone to agree. However, one thing we all agree on is that whichever restaurant we select, it must have safe meal options for my ...
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  • Ensuring a quality draught beer experience with clean taps

    April 17, 2017
    By Roger Mittag I’m going to start this discussion with a simple premise: The consumer should be at the heart of every draught beer decision you ever make. It takes seven seconds to make a first impression, and we all know how important that is. So, a properly poured and served draught beer leaves a quality image ...
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  • Keep the dirtiest pests out of your restaurant with Integrated Pest Management

    March 22, 2017
    By Alice Sinia, Ph.D. Pests are a year-round threat to restaurants, which provide an endless supply of food, water and shelter. But they aren’t the only ones keeping foodservice establishments top of mind – local news outlets often report poor health inspection scores; diners can easily share pest sightings on social media and many restaurant health ...
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  • Food allergies and restaurants: It is a public health issue

    February 7, 2017
    By Laurie Harada and Carla Da Silva The arrest of a waiter at a Sherbrooke, Que. restaurant earlier this year, prompted by a customer’s severe allergic reaction, has triggered a spirited public discussion into where responsibility lies in protecting Canadians with food allergies. For individuals with food allergies and their families, stories like this hit home. Having ...
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  • Five reasons to prioritize food allergy risk reduction

    December 28, 2016
    By Andrea Lobel Shainblum When Katrina Guy took the first bite of her meal at a popular Toronto restaurant, she immediately knew that something was very wrong. She’d told her server about her fish and shellfish allergies, and was reassured that her meal hadn’t been fried with her allergens, but despite that, her lips and cheeks ...
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  • Keeping pests out of your hotel restaurant

    December 5, 2016
    Pests can be a real pain anywhere, and hotels are no exception. Hotels may try to diversify themselves in different ways, and one common option is to add a restaurant. Managers may aspire to develop a five-star restaurant, but this establishment will have no stars if pests are crawling through it. Consider these tips to ...
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  • The latest trends in restaurant refrigeration equipment

    November 3, 2016
    Canadian Restaurant & Foodservice News recently asked leading refrigeration equipment managers about buying tips, cost savings and the latest developments in refrigeration. Read on to find out what they had to say. . . . Participants: Phil Beauvais, Market Manager, Hobart Canada Greg Hotta, Distributed Product Manager, Garland Canada, Manitowoc Foodservice Lina Muasher, Igloo Food Equipment Co. What are some ...
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  • The recipe for a pest-free restaurant is Integrated Pest Management

    October 27, 2016
    By Dr. Alice Sinia There are many factors that make a restaurant a success. The obvious include good food, service, location and reputation, but there are other factors that aren’t as evident. Take pest control, for example. It might not be top of mind, but failing to establish an effective pest management program can lead to ...
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  • Staff training is key for the safe handling of food allergies

    October 24, 2016
    By Kevin Freeborn Allergies are coming back into the picture in a big way. In 2015, one of the largest surveys conducted on the subject revealed that one in 13 Canadians has a serious food allergy – 7.5 per cent of children and adults. Conscientious restaurateurs, foodservice operators and chains already have some systems in place ...
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  • Leveraging UV light for a healthier and safer space

    September 20, 2016
    By Merilee Kern Ultraviolet lamps safeguard every home, restaurant, retail store, business office, school and any other location where people share air and touch the same spaces The dreadful multistate E. coli outbreak at Chipotle, which hospitalized 21 and prompted JP Morgan analysts to forecast the company will have lost three years of earnings between fiscal years 2014 ...
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  • How pest management can advance your food safety efforts

    August 17, 2016
    By Alice Sinia As a restaurant operator, you know how challenging it can be to keep a culture of cleanliness in your kitchen. With staff coming and going, good routines and habits can be hard to reinforce. Errors in kitchen sanitation can lead to bigger issues, such as contaminated food, botched health inspections or worse. Foodborne illnesses, ...
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