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November 23, 2010

SafeFood© Thanksgiving

Turkey day is almost here! This is my favorite holiday with the focus on the right things – Family and Food. We will have twelve at our table – a few fit into At Risk populations. So the pressure is on to prepare food safely. Of course this is a challenge when number of dishes exceeds oven and refrigerator space. That is time to get creative and use the roaster or cooler. Do your part to be sure your guests are thankful for the wonderful spread on the table and make sure there are no regrets! There are lots of go to places if questions arise – ISUE has this web site www.iowafoodsafety.org and of course, Answer Line. Be Safe, not Sorry! Happy Thanksgiving to all,, and to all a good day..

November 08, 2010

SafeFood© Management

It is tough to run a foodservice business – whether it is a fundraising bake sale or a restaurant with many menu offerings. Most managers know correct food handling practices – but the challenge is making sure employees follow these. Just telling someone to do something once doesn’t mean it gets done that way every time. Think about recent outbreaks of foodborne illness and food recalls. It usually comes back to a lapse in procedures. Emerging research indicates the manager does indeed influence the food safety culture within an organization. If you are a manager - think about your own actions. You ARE a Role Model! We have plenty of regulations – let’s look inward and focus on how employee performance is monitored.