Food Safety

  • 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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  • Nineteen food safety numbers that can improve your health and business

    October 1, 2014
    By Kevin Freeborn October 1, 2014 Everyone wants to make sure their customers eat safely. While we can’t control what happens when a customer prepares food in their own home, restaurant operators should always do their best to apply what we know about important food safety numbers in order to help reduce the likelihood of someone getting ...
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  • Five surprising attributes that can boost results of your food safety campaign

    July 7, 2014
    By Kevin Freeborn July 7, 2014 It’s difficult to dispute the fact that pop star Miley Cyrus’s appearance last August on the MTV Video Music Awards attracted worldwide attention. People who already knew her as a sweet Disney child star now perceived her in a new way as grownup sex symbol, and people who had never heard ...
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  • Three food protection trends

    June 27, 2013
    By Kevin Freeborn June 27, 2013 Helping operators prepare food safely Keeping pace with trends in safe food preparation helps us update and improve the ways in which we educate food handlers. Organizations such as the International Association of Food Protection and their peer-reviewed publications provide great insights into this area, and operators benefit from finding innovative ...
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  • How to cater to customers with food allergies

    June 12, 2013
    By Beatrice Povolo June 12, 2013 With food allergies on the rise, more and more consumers are looking for safer options when dining out. In Canada today, there are over 2.5 million*people who report having at least one food allergy. That’s about one in every 14 Canadians. Since there is currently no cure for food allergies, these ...
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