There’s a common misconception about cruise lines that has plagued the industry for years. “The cruise-ship virus” – or Norovirus, as it’s known on land – is most commonly associated with illness outbreaks on cruises. But what does all this have to do with restaurants? Don’t worry – we’re getting there…Read More
It’s no secret that Norovirus is a major issue facing the foodservice industry, due to its frequency and ability to spread quickly. Food safety protocols are an invaluable tool to keep guests safe from illness, but they’re only half the picture. You may be monitoring what’s coming in the back door in the way of supplies, but do you know what’s walking in the front door with your employees?Read More
Recent changes to the U.S. food codes call for the inclusion of a written plan to address body fluid spills. Yet, not all response plans are the same, making it important for you to have a proper plan for bodily fluid accident clean-up. The following response plan outlines a recommended defense against unplanned accidents and spills involving body fluids like vomit, blood and diarrhea.Read More
Every day, local health departments field calls from customers complaining about having the “24-Hour Flu” or “The Stomach Flu.” In truth, the cause of most of these cases is Norovirus. The person calling generally blames the last food they ate for making them sick. It usually isn’t the last meal eaten that made them sick, rather it is something they had within the past few days. The average incubation, or the time it takes for symptoms to manifest, is generally 24-72 hours.Read More
A quality assurance professional is a critical asset to a successful foodservice operation. This individual is responsible for ensuring established food safety processes and procedures are being followed and that quality requirements are being met. This means that you want a person with both experience and knowledge of FDA Food Code and the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in this role.Read More
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are more than 250 different types of foodborne illnesses. Yet, there is one that is the most common – norovirus. In fact, norovirus is responsible for 58% of domestically acquired foodborne illnesses, and nearly half of all foodborne disease outbreaks due to known agents.Read More
Food safety - it’s top of mind for all restaurant owners. But with numerous components of a strong food safety program to consider, it can be difficult for restaurant owners and operators to focus on all areas at all times.
We know that surface sanitizing and cleaning is a critical component of a solid and effective food safety program. However, with numerous options on the market today, it can be challenging to select the right surface sanitizing and cleaning product that not only meets the needs of the Food Code, but kills common foodborne pathogens, like Norovirus, and meets the needs of your restaurant’s workers and guests as well.Read More
We launched FoodSafeTruth.com in March of 2016 with the vision of sharing timely and relevant information, and also interacting and engaging with restaurant owners and operators. We wanted a place where the industry could share their thoughts, and perspective on industry trends and news.
One way we set out to accomplish this goal was by launching our blog Perspectives. Perspectives is designed to provide insights on topics ranging from foodborne illness outbreaks, to building a strong food safety program, to ways to enhance the guest experience.
Let’s take a look at the top 3 blog posts from the first quarter of this year.
It's hard to believe, but it has more than a year since FoodSafeTruth.com was launched. The site, which is sponsored by GOJO, was developed with the vision of being your go-to source for food safety information – delivering timely information on building, maintaining and enhancing your restaurant’s food safety program. From blog posts to bulletins on the state of the industry and norovirus prevention, we believe this vision has become a reality.Read More