Prevent Hep A in Your Restaurant

By Francine L. Shaw  In early May, a Tampa Bay, FL news station reported that more than 20 local restaurants were being investigated for Hep A incidents and outbreaks.  Around the same time, restaurant employees in Sarasota, FL, Caribou, ME…
Kick off Summer Safely: Food Safety Tips for Memorial Day & Beyond

By Francine L. Shaw Memorial Day weekend is the official summer kick-off, with parties, al fresco meals, barbeques and other warm weather celebrations.  As you prepare for your busy summer season – hosting guests and holding special summer events –…
Top 5 Risk Factors Responsible for Foodborne Illness Outbreaks

By Francine L. Shaw Food safety is a grave public health concern, causing an estimated 48 million illnesses, 128,000 hospitalizations, and 3,000 deaths each year in the U.S. Foodborne illnesses are 100% preventable. But, unfortunately, foodborne illnesses continue to occur…
7 Tips for Preventing Norovirus

By Francine L. Shaw Typically, we hear more about norovirus between the months of September and April but that doesn’t mean it goes away during the spring and summer months.  Norovirus is the leading cause of foodborne illness outbreaks in…
How to Create a Food Safety Culture

Foodborne illness incidents are 100% preventable, and could be avoided if food businesses adopted a food safety culture, providing ongoing education/training and implementing proper food safety protocols. Foodborne illness is a widespread, serious problem, sickening 48 million people, hospitalizing 5,000,…
Savvy Food Safety Moves to New Location in Hagerstown, MD

Food Safety Experts Offer a Robust Roster of Services, Including Training, Inspections, Crisis Management, Curriculum Development, & More Hagerstown, MD  (RestaurantNews.com)  Savvy Food Safety, Inc., a best-in-class food safety company, has just moved to a new state-of-the-art office in Hagerstown,…
What Google Can Teach Restaurants

By Aaron Cohen, Co-Founder and VP of Business Development, CoInspect Most people don’t know what Google’s PageRank really means.  It’s not a ranking of website pages. It’s named for Google co-founder Larry Page because he devised the initial algorithm to…
Do Daily Restaurant Inspections Have to Suck?

By Aaron Cohen Over the past year, I’ve met with nearly 50 chain restaurant companies that vary in size from 10 to 10,000 units.  I’ve had conversations with Safety, Operations, Supply Chain, and Facility executives in and out of C-suites.…
Would Your Team Know How to Handle a Crisis?

By Francine L. Shaw, President Food Safety Training Solutions, Inc. Sadly, there have been a variety of tragic food safety crises in the restaurant industry. In 1993, an E. coli outbreak at Jack in the Box infected 732 people. Four…
What Would You Do in a Food Safety Crisis?

By Francine L. Shaw, President Food Safety Training Solutions, Inc. What if your restaurant inadvertently served salads made with tainted lettuce, which sickened dozens of guests?  Or one of your servers accidentally served pesto to a guest with a nut…
Many Television Chefs are Cooking up Foodborne Illnesses

By Francine L. Shaw, President Food Safety Training Solutions, Inc. Part of my morning routine is watching a national morning television show or cooking show while I’m getting ready for work.  Often, the on-air personalities make blatant food safety errors…
Cocina Verify Enhances Consumer Confidence and Experiences When Dining Abroad

Unique New Resource Verifies Restaurants that Follow Stringent Food Safety Protocols Tuscon, AZ  (RestaurantNews.com)  Millions of people worldwide get sick each year from improperly handled food and contaminated water. In fact, one of the most pressing concerns among international travelers…
Case Count at 260 in Outbreak Tied to Restaurant in Upstate NY

A restaurant in a suburb of Rochester, NY, that was closed by health officials the day after Thanksgiving because of reports of illnesses is now thought to have sickened more than 260 people on the holiday. Golden Ponds Restaurant in…
National Food Safety Month Spotlights Foodborne Illness Detection and Protection

Washington, DC  (RestaurantNews.com)  In its ongoing commitment to food safety, the National Restaurant Association today announced this year’s National Food Safety Month (NFSM) theme: “Notorious Virus”- how to protect against the leading causes of foodborne illness. “Food safety and security…
Joe Food Safety Opens Its Doors and Offers “FREE” Job Postings

Joe Produce Extends Job Marketing Services for Food Safety and Quality Assurance Granite Bay, CA  (RestaurantNews.com)  Food Safety and Quality professionals across food and beverage now have a friend in the job business — Joe. More specifically – Joe Food…
Pizza Ranch Linked to E. coli Outbreak in Nine States

Pizza Ranch desserts have been linked to E. coli food poisonings in nine states, federal officials say. The outbreak started in December, mainly among people who had eaten at the Iowa-based chain’s restaurants, according to Brittany Behm, a spokeswoman for…
Chipotle Faces No-Win Scenario as Crisis Taints Its Every Move

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. responded quickly when four of its workers called in sick last week with suspected cases of norovirus. The Boston-area restaurant was shuttered for cleaning, and no customers got ill. The company’s management considers that a successful…
Chipotle Served With New Subpoena as Criminal Probe Expands

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. received a subpoena expanding the scope of a federal criminal probe into a norovirus outbreak in California, renewing concerns that its food-safety crisis isn’t over. The subpoena was served by the U.S. Attorney’s office for the…
Why Shake Shack’s CEO still eats Chipotle burritos

Shake Shack’s CEO, Randy Garutti, tells CNNMoney’s Cristina Alesci why Chipotle’s troubles are a great reminder about food safety, and why millennials are willing to pay more for quality.
Chipotle Outbreak Leads to Federal Subpoena

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc (CMG.N), under scrutiny for months over outbreaks of foodborne illness across several U.S. states, said on Wednesday it was served with a subpoena in a federal criminal probe linked to a norovirus case in California last…
Chipotle Stock Plunges Again on New E. Coli Fears

Wall Street is very very worried that those long lines at Chipotle around lunchtime may be a thing of the past following reports of more E. coli cases tied to the popular Mexican food chain. Shares of Chipotle (CMG) fell…
Chipotle Founder Steve Ells Addresses Series Of Outbreaks

Steve Ells, Chipotle’s founder and co-CEO, joins TODAY to talk to Matt Lauer about the restaurant chain’s recent scourge of health scares from norovirus to E. coli, and he says that the company is taking steps to be “the safest…