Food Safety Market Blog

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

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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.

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.

Nunavut’s New Food Safety Guidelines

Nunavut’s New Food Safety Guidelines

Nunavut has set itself apart from Canada’s other provinces and territories by creating its own government-enforced set of food safety guidelines. The guidelines are unique in that they have been created with the intention to protect citizens who are ill or may have compromised immune systems. Here’s what you need to know about country food and Nunavut’s new food safety guidelines. 

Overcoming Language Barriers for Food Safety

Overcoming Language Barriers for Food Safety

In a recent CBC report on food safety citations that were handed out in Montreal, language barriers were cited as an obstacle by the head of Montreal’s food inspection department. 

In this article, language barriers are cited as a major reason why some food safety citations were handed out in Montreal.

"We have neighbourhoods where we have a challenge, sometimes caused by a language barrier, we have trouble getting our message across," she said, pointing to areas like Parc-Extension, Saint-Laurent, Notre-Dame-de-Grâce-Côte-des-Neiges, Chinatown and Verdun. But, in these neighbourhoods, we also have excellent restaurants, impeccable.”

-Myrta Mantzavrakos, head of Montreal food inspection department

Summer Food Safety: Keep Food Safe While Camping, Hiking and More

Summer Food Safety: Keep Food Safe While Camping, Hiking and More

Summer cookouts and snacks on day trips go hand-in-hand with the enjoyment of our short Canadian summers. But food can quickly become contaminated with bacteria which causes foodborne illness. The hotter it is, the more exponential the chances are that your hot dogs and hamburgers are ticking disease bombs instead of tasty treats. It is possible to enjoy summer treats safely - it just takes some prep work and extra consideration.

Get to Know Your Local Food Safety Program

Get to Know Your Local Food Safety Program

If you run a Canadian restaurant or other foodservice business, complying with the federal Food Retail and Food Services Code (FRFSC) can help you get most of the way to being in compliance with your local food safety regulations.

But it is more helpful to know what the actual requirements and regulations are in your area, since the FRFSC is only a policy guidance document that various provincial and municipal bodies use to form their own food safety and public health regulations.

Food Safety and Buffets in a Food Service Establishment

Food Safety and Buffets in a Food Service Establishment

While many things can make a food safety expert twitch, one thing that will do it every time is saying the word “buffet”. The additional food safety hazards that accompany buffet service are well worth paying attention to. Nobody wants to make guests sick, and disease-causing bacteria have a habit of multiplying exponentially at room temperature once they take root in food.

Food Safety Considerations for Food Truck Operators

Food Safety Considerations for Food Truck Operators

Summer is right around the corner, and for many areas this brings an army of food trucks rolling out to streets everywhere. It’s important to understand that food trucks must meet the same food safety regulations and expectations as restaurants – especially for food truck operators.

Operating a food truck presents some unique challenges - things like space considerations, cost, and hygiene.

Return on Investment of Food Safety Training in Canadian Companies

Return on Investment of Food Safety Training in Canadian Companies

There are many reasons that food safety training pays back companies that invest in it. A study undertaken by Safe Food Canada, ROI of Food Safety Training in Canadian Companies, had a look at some of the hard numbers to look at how food safety training was paying back to companies that invested in it across Canada. It was the first study of its kind in Canada, and was released in February of 2016.