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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....

Food Waste and Sustainability


Posted: 10/05/2022
In today’s blog, I wanted to highlight an article about food sustainability and creativity. The future of food and food production is a topic that affects all of us in the industry, as well as how we’ll tackle the problems associated with it. At the end of September, WIRED.com released an article highlighting the ethos and ingenuity....

A Focus on Allergen and Alcohol Safety


Posted: 09/28/2022
The final week of National Food Safety Month highlights two major food safety categories: food allergen awareness and responsible alcohol service. Food allergens are an important part of the Food Protection Manager class; we talk about the major allergens, as well as how to safely prepare and serve food to our customers with allergies! Responsible alcohol service is....

"Don't Cook Chicken in NyQuil" -- FDA, 9/15/22


Posted: 09/21/2022
Back in August we posted on our Facebook page about Pink Sauce, a condiment promoted and sold on Tik Tok with no FDA oversight. Once again, the FDA has had to issue warnings over a major food safety concern: people cooking chicken in NyQuil, and promoting what they call "sleepy chicken" on Tik Tok and other social media platforms....

Utilizing our Food Safety Management Systems


Posted: 09/14/2022
Week 3 of National Food Safety Month is designed with multi-unit managers in mind. When running and operating multiple sites, a manager's job increases tenfold - lots of training, food safety, daily logistics, and balancing the needs of all employees. However, even if you're managing a single site, the food safety management systems discussed in this week'....

September means “Back to School”


Posted: 09/09/2022
          After Labor Day, the weather here in the northeast changes – the humidity drops, the rain (usually) picks up a bit, and everything starts to cool down. It’s also the sign that school is back in session! While many of us are long finished with heading to a classroom every day, it doesn&rsquo....

A Manager's Role in Food Safety


Posted: 09/07/2022
Today's blog is highlighting Week 2 of National Food Safety Month: it's all about managers and their role in actively controlling risks and monitoring food safety practices. One of the best ways managers can help keep their facilities safe is through education about foodborne illness -- for example, taking the ServSafe® Food Protection Manager class. And even after....

Happy National Food Safety Education Month!


Posted: 09/02/2022
Welcome to the HRFoodSafe blog! We've taken a few months hiatus and knew that September was the perfect time to re-invigorate this platform because…September is National Food Safety Education Month! Throughout the month, this blog, our social media platforms, and our weekly newsletters will be highlighting different ways that food safety education can help you and your....
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