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Corporate Food Safety Failures and the Future

Posted: 04/05/2024
In a recent opinion piece from, the author Detwiler outlines some of the most recent major food safety failures from corporations -- such as the 1993 Jack in the Box outbreak of E coli, and the 2015/2018 multiple outbreaks from Chipotle -- as well as the financial and business repurcussions from them. While the fines for company negligence....

Microbes and the Future of Cheese

Posted: 03/22/2024
Blue cheese like Roquefort and certain soft cheeses like Camembert and Brie rely on microorganisms to successfully become the delicious cheeses they are. Earlier this year, studies were released detailing that the genetic diversity of these fungal strains are at great risk of dying out – humans have domesticated them for consistency, but in the process there is a serious....

FDA approves medication for food allergies

Posted: 02/23/2024
There’s a new allergen medication that was just approved by the FDA to assist in reducing the symptoms of allergic reactions. Xolair has been approved as treatment for over 20 years for people with persistent allergic asthma, and it was just approved for treatment of certain food allergies as well. “Repeated use of the medication can help reduce....

FDA and Improving Food Safety

Posted: 10/31/2023
The FDA has been working to have a larger focus on creating a more “modernized, effective foods program at the US Food and Drug Administration focused on preventing food-borne illness outbreaks and other food safety risks.” Since about 80% of all food consumed in the US falls under FDA regulation, the push for policy education, improving transparency, and....

How one New England grocery chain is combatting food waste

Posted: 02/10/2023
As members of the food and beverage industry, food waste is always a big concern – and not just because our food costs go through the roof when we have to compost or throw it away. It also important to remember our role in they physical results of this if we’re not composting. Landfills are filling up quickly, and....

2022 FDA Food Code

Posted: 01/06/2023
The 2022 Food Code was released at the end of December 2022, and with it come a number of changes to the previous iteration (2017 Food Code). These changes are the current recommendation as of January 2023, but any changes to the ServSafeŽ curriculum and exam have yet to be announced. Major updates have a lot to do with terminology....

Third Party Delivery Services and Food Safety

Posted: 12/14/2022
Ordering food for third party delivery is a continually growing part of the modern food industry. Utilization of Uber Eats, DoorDash, GrubHub, private delivery services, not to mention the massive rise of ghost kitchens solely for food delivery, there are infinite options available for our customers. While we are all making sure food is kept safe in our kitchens by....

Traceability under the Food Safety Modernization Act

Posted: 11/18/2022
On Tuesday November 15th, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the “additional traceability recordkeeping requirements” that had been finalized “for those that manufacture, process, pack, or hold certain foods, including fresh leafy greens, nut butter, fresh-cut fruits and vegetables, and ready-to-eat deli salads.” By working with entities that produce, harvest, store, and ship the above items....

The Struggle to Reduce Food Waste

Posted: 11/04/2022
"In the United States, the single largest volume of material sent to landfills and incinerators comes from food waste." Why is there so much? It's a multi-layered question, with even more layers when we try and answer it, and the New York Times recently dove in trying to lay out the data and global efforts being taken....

Food Boards: Boom or Bust

Posted: 10/20/2022
Food boards, while having their moment on social media, are not a new invention. We’ve had charcuterie boards for centuries, and whether it’s a simple set up for two or a giant grazing table for hundreds, serving food this way allows us to socialize as we enjoy it – this is one of the key points to their....
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