Food Safety

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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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  • How to seal out seasonal pests

    May 31, 2016
    By Dr. Alice Sinia, Ph.D. Each season brings different challenges when it comes to pest prevention. Some pests that bug you during the spring and summer months are not likely the same pests that will bother you in the fall and winter. For this reason, regardless of the season, it’s important to take a customized approach ...
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  • 10 tips to keep safe food handling top of mind with your team

    April 20, 2016
    By Kevin Freeborn When customers visit your restaurant, they notice several things — the taste and presentation of the food, the quality of the service and the ambience created by the lighting and décor. But one thing that may not immediately be apparent is the safety of the food they are about to eat. For any ...
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  • Taking a step toward a greener establishment with Integrated Pest Management

    April 8, 2016
    By Alice Sinia For the second consecutive year, Canada has ranked as a top country for LEED® green buildings. LEED is the internationally recognized mark of excellence for green building. Canada’s high ranking could be in response to growing consumer interest in protecting the environment. Food service establishments have followed the overall consumer interest trend of ...
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  • Allergies 101: Taking steps toward a safer dining experience

    November 24, 2015
    By Joni Huang November 24, 2015 Anaphylaxis, the most serious type of allergic reaction, is a growing public health concern. With an estimated two per cent of Canadians – approximately 700,000 people – at risk of anaphylaxis from food and insect stings1, the restaurant industry faces an increasing number of requests to accommodate food-allergic diners. You can ...
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  • How colour-coding can help prevent cross-contamination

    November 2, 2015
    How colour coding can help prevent cross-contamination By Mike Brown November 2, 2015 Wouldn’t it be great if there was an easy way to alert staff to the potential of cross-contamination? One that could also help cut down on the possibility of allergic reactions in your customers? It turns out that there is – and it has to ...
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  • How to get your staff to understand the importance of food safety

    June 10, 2015
    How to get your staff to understand the importance of food safety By Kevin Freeborn June 10, 2015 Getting all of your staff on board with food safety plans can be difficult. A study from the University of Guelph looked into why employees may not do what they are supposed to when it comes to implementation. While the ...
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