Food Safety Market Blog

A blog with articles related to food handler certification and education on food safety related issues.

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Choosing the right thermometer

Choosing the right thermometer

The Complete Guide to Thermometer Food Safety

Food thermometers are an essential tool for use in any kitchen, whether it be at a food service establishment or at home. They are critical for use in the preparation of meat and poultry products to ensure that food is not under-cooked and that food products reach safe internal temperatures, reducing the likelihood of foodborne illness, and helping to avoid overcooking and achieve the highest possible food quality. There are many styles and variations of food thermometers, each of which have different uses and limitations.

Takeout and Delivery Food Safety

Takeout and Delivery Food Safety

Food Safety for Takeout and Meal Delivery

In the age of smartphones, Netflix, and Uber, convenience and speed are qualities that everybody wants, especially when it comes to spending a night in with some delicious food. The rise of convenient and inexpensive food delivery apps has made takeout and home meal delivery apps such as Skip the Dishes even more popular than they were in the past. Many people simply don’t have the time to cook a full meal after a full day of work. In this new age of convenience and speed, it’s unfortunately all too easy to overlook one of the biggest issues plaguing the delivery sector: food safety. Here’s what food service establishments, delivery staff, and consumers need to know in order to make every meal delivery a safe one.

Can you serve raw meat?

Can you serve raw meat?

Can Raw Meat Dishes Be Prepared Safely?

Dishes containing raw meat products like beef and fish have, and continue to be, a popular choice among Canadians - some of the reasons cited by foodies include taste and tenderness of raw meat dishes. With the popularity of dishes made from raw meat, it’s clear that too few people actually stop and consider the major risks involved with eating raw meat dishes.   Public Health Ontario recently conducted a study  on the subject of raw meat dishes, bringing information to light about the consequences of consuming raw meat and the existing regulations in place to protect consumers.

Stepping up food safety at home

Stepping up food safety at home

Canadians: You Need to Step Up Your Home Food Safety Game

Most Canadians are vigilant and aware of food safety processes when dining out, but multiple studies show that they are not nearly as aware of their own food safety practices in the home.   A recent poll conducted by the federal government  revealed that Canadians are actually becoming less aware of proper food handling and preparation guidelines, as well as the dangers associated with foodborne illnesses. The study revealed that even pregnant women and seniors responded that they do not feel more at risk for developing foodborne illness or food poisoning.

Hepatitis A and Foodservice Workers

Hepatitis A and Foodservice Workers

Customer exposures to Hepatitis A have seen a major increase throughout the first half of the year, with cases appearing in the US in Arkansas, Indiana, and California as well as other states, resulting in a multi-state outbreak of around 1,200 patients which led to the deaths of at least 40 people. Governing bodies are urging all North American food service workers to ensure that they are vaccinated against the easily transmittable Hepatitis A virus - especially in communities near the infected areas or workers who travel often. Here’s what food service workers and restaurant owners need to know about the relationship between Hepatitis A and the food service industry.

Robotics: The Exciting Future of Food Safety

Robotics: The Exciting Future of Food Safety
Science fiction has been predicting the inevitable entry of robots into the workplace for decades, bringing with them increased potential for efficiency and safety, as well as freeing people up for more important workplace duties that cannot be easily automated. These ideas were once considered unrealistic or far flung, but the emergence of robotics in the food industry is very real. Several attempts have been made to automate processes in the foodservice sector, ranging from the preparation of food to its delivery right to your doorstep. The potential held by the introduction of robotics into the food industry is nearly endless, especially when it comes to food safety benefits.

Why Health Inspections Are Good for Business

Why Health Inspections Are Good for Business

A recent three-part investigation held by Global News discovered that many restaurants in Nova Scotia go up to six years without being inspected by a public health official - including those deemed as being high-risk for foodborne illnesses. The food safety inspection gap in Nova Scotia comes as a surprise to many Canadians, as the benefits of food service establishments undergoing regular health inspections are innumerable for both customers and businesses themselves. 

Food Safety Superhero Teaches Cancer Patients How to Prepare Food Properly

Food Safety Superhero Teaches Cancer Patients How to Prepare Food Properly

Robyn Goorevitch has been one of our food safety trainers for a number of years. In addition to her work with us, Robyn also runs her own food safety classes for various organizations. In July 2016, Robyn received a cancer diagnosis and was told by her oncologist that all she had to do to ensure that her food was safe was to avoid sushi. She was shocked by this misinformation, since she educates people every day on the food safety steps that have to be taken for high-risk groups - which includes cancer patients. She decided to do something about it by offering food safety classes through Wellspring, a nonprofit organization which exists to help cancer patients and their caregivers, even while battling the disease herself.