Food Safety Expert Offers Tips to Mitigate COVID-19 Risks and Keep Guests Safe

By Francine L. Shaw COVID-19 (coronavirus) has changed the way businesses operate. Now, all food service businesses (restaurants, hotels, grocery/convenience stores, etc.) must implement new COVID-19 policies while also following other food safety protocols (cooking foods to proper temperatures, avoiding…
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,…
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…
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…
Someplace Special Wins Top Local Restaurant Award, FSM 22000

Putnam-based restaurant Someplace Special becomes first in area to be awarded the prestigious FSM 22000 quality food award Putnam, CT  (RestaurantNews.com)  When it comes to restaurants being recognized for food quality and safety, FSM 22000 is the gold standard ahead…
Fino Wall Street Ristorante Earns 5-Stars From FSM 22000 Food Auditors

One of the finest restaurants in New York City recognized for its impeccable food safety practices, quality Italian food and exceptional service Manhattan, NY  (RestaurantNews.com)  Fino Ristorante Italiano (http://www.finonewyork.com), one of NYC’s finest restaurant’s and a landmark on Wall Street…
Both Z-One and Z-Two Restaurants Achieve FSM 22000 Food Safety Certification

Two Staten Island restaurants recognized for meeting the highest standards in food safety, quality and service set forth by ISO/FSM 22000 Staten Island, NY  (RestaurantNews.com)  G-PMC Registrars, a quality management certification body announced today it approved two more establishments for…
FSM 22000 Answers Growing Food Safety Issues In New York City Restaurants

City restaurants are becoming FSM 22000 food safety certified to further protect patrons with guidance from city certified auditors Manhattan, NYC  (RestaurantNews.com)  FSM 22000, the most robust food safety management standard in the United States designed to help recognize restaurants…
ServSafe Program Now Offering eCertificates

Washington, DC  (RestaurantNews.com)  The National Restaurant Association today announced that it is now offering complimentary eCertificates for the ServSafe suite of training products, including ServSafe Manager, Food Handler, Allergens and Alcohol. The eCertificates will continue to fulfill American National Standards…
1 in 5 restaurant employees work with norovirus symptoms

Norovirus, the USA’s leading cause of foodborne illness, has become known as the “cruise ship virus” for causing mass outbreaks of food poisoning – and misery – on the high seas. Yet only about 1% of all reported norovirus outbreaks…
Optimiert Consulting Introduces Instructor Led Food Safety Certification

The food manager certification course prepares industry professionals for the mandated food safety certification exam. (RestaurantNews.com)  Optimiert Consulting a hospitality consulting company, is now offering the nationally recognized ServSafe® training program in a one day course that prepares industry professionals…

In the days since Hurricane Sandy shut off the lights and flooded restaurants across New York City, the reaction has been rapid and often heroic: kitchens drained, supply lines improvised, staffs reassembled, doors reopened and beleaguered diners fed. But for…

Cincinnati, OH  (RestaurantNews.com)  In honor of National Safety Month, the Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ:CTAS) today issued five tips to help facility managers prevent and treat injuries. Each year, nearly 4 million employees suffer from a workplace injury and employers spend more…