Tue.Nov 28, 2023

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Tech Update: Metz deploys AI-powered self-checkout at multiple sites

Food Management

Touches checkout means shorter lines and faster transactions in airports, healthcare facilities and other high-volume locations.

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Bill Marler calls on importers of Salmonella tainted Cantaloupe to pay medical bills of Outbreak Victims

Bill Marler

Bill Marler , food safety advocate and foodborne attorney since 1993, whose Seattle law firm, Marler Clark ’s work was recently profiled in the Netflix documentary “Poisoned,” The Dirty Truth about your Food, is calling on the importers of Salmonella-tainted cantaloupes to pay the medical bills of the victims of the outbreak in the United States and Canada.

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5 things: Ultraprocessed foods provide two-thirds of kids and teens calories, study finds

Food Management

This and a hospital cafeteria manager stealing over $100,000 are some of the stories you may have missed recently.

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Netflix’s Poisoned warned about Cantaloupe risks

Bill Marler

See the trailer and watch the documentary. The U.S. and Canadian Salmonella Cantaloupe Outbreaks : As of November 24, 99 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella have been reported from 32 states. Arkansas (1), Arizona (7), California (1), Colorado (2), Georgia (3), Iowa (5), Illinois (4), Indiana (2), Kentucky (5), Massachusetts (1), Maryland (1), Michigan (1), Minnesota (13), Missouri (9), Mississippi (1), North Carolina (2), Nebraska (4), New Jersey (1), Nevada (2), New York

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FSA issues chocolate warning after reports of illness

Food Safety News

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has warned people not to eat Caligold chocolate following reports of illness. The 70 percent dark chocolate bars were sold at Mansfield Market in Nottinghamshire, England. FSA and other authorities are trying to find out whether the product has a wider distribution. Police referred the incident to the FSA. A 63-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of administering a noxious substance and is assisting police with their inquiries.

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Important Update: Food Management + FoodService Director in 2024

Food Management

A letter from senior executive editor Tara Fitzpatrick

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Adoption of New Food Safety Standards at 46th Session of Codex Alimentarius Commission

Food Safety Magazine

The Codex Alimentarius Commission is meeting from November 27–December 2, 2023 to adopt new food safety and quality standards. As of November 28, some standards have already been adopted.

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FDA imposes extra import regulations on cantaloupe, coconut and seafood

Food Safety News

The Food and Drug Administration continues using import alerts to enforce U.S. food safety regulations for food from foreign countries. The agency updates and modifies the alerts as needed. Recent modifications to FDA’s import alerts, as posted by the agency, are listed below. Click here to go to the FDA page with links to details on specific alerts.

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Upgrade Your Dry Aging Game: Switch from Wire Shelving to Superior Camshelving

the CAMBRO blog

Few techniques have the power to elevate a simple piece of meat to a luxurious dining experience quite like dry aging. Dry aging meat is a time-honored practice that involves aging meat in controlled conditions to enhance its flavor, tenderness and overall quality. One crucial element in the dry aging process is the shelving system used to store and age the meat.

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There’s a break in leafy green outbreaks, but work to eliminate them forever continues

Food Safety News

Eight times since 2017, growers of leafy greens, especially those producing Romaine lettuce , have been rocked by outbreaks of E. coli O157:H7. The pathogen associated with the intestines of cows rode in on the greens, causing sicknesses, sending people to hospitals for treatment of kidney ailment, and, oh yes, killing seven who made the mistake of eating a salad.

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Airbnb’s 2024 travel predictions

Hospitality Net

As the world prepares to wrap up 2023, Airbnb has shaken the magic eight ball to unveil what travel in the New Year will look like. For the vacation planning geeks out there, our data reveals some of the top trending destinations and what factors are influencing how people are traveling. Travel next year has lots of surprises and emerging new trends in store, including adventures to Japan, celebrating Carnival and the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, as well as many people staying stateside to embrace

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Artificial Intelligence & Food Safety

ComplianceMate

Artificial intelligence seems to be everywhere these days. With so many claims about its ability to solve a wide variety of issues, it was inevitable that the technology would be considered for the purposes of maintaining food safety. Is this a realistic idea and, if so, how close are we to using AI in the food system?

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AC Hotel Honolulu - Where Business Meets Aloha - Opening Next Month

Hospitality Net

A new urban retreat is coming to Honolulu’s revitalized city center, AC Hotel by Marriott Honolulu, set to open December 12, 2023. The first AC hotel on the island of Oahu and one of the first business-traveler-driven concepts in the area, AC Hotel Honolulu is a 112-room boutique hotel located in the heart of Honolulu’s business district. Set near Oahu’s Chinatown, this new hotel has easy access to the vibrant nightlife, art, and a budding restaurant scene.

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Food Hubs: Redefining How Institutions Feed Students and Strengthen Regional Food Systems

Bon Appetit Management Company

Aggregating produce is just one thing food hubs do to build capacity for regional food systems. Depending on the season, produce like multicolored heirloom tomatoes from Ward’s Berry Farm, vertically grown lettuces from Gotham Greens, boxes of shiitakes from RI Mushroom Co, or vibrant root vegetables fill the loading dock of Farm Fresh Rhode Island’s (FFRI) Market Mobile hub every Tuesday.

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Early 2024 Opening for new Four Seasons Hotel in Rabat, Morocco

Hospitality Net

Ushering in a new chapter in the storied history of a landmark location in the heart of Morocco’s "City of Lights," the new Four Seasons Hotel Rabat at Kasr Al Bahr is now confirming reservations ahead of its grand opening early next year.

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Sysco Seals Deal with Edward Don

Foodservice Equipment Reports

Sysco Corp. completed its anticipated acquisition of Edward Don, the company shared in a Monday, Nov. 27 post. “[Edward Don] will now operate as a standalone specialty division within Sysco led by Steve Don, complementing our Supplies on the Fly business and creating a specialty equipment and supplies platform that will enhance our assortment and service to customers,” Sysco’s statement reads.

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Shaping Luxury Hospitality

Hospitality Net

In this engaging episode of The Unfamiliar Shift, Ariela Kiradjian dives deep into the world of boutique hospitality with the illustrious Arnaud Zannier, the Founder of Zannier Hotels. Known for their unique luxury hotel experiences worldwide, from Cambodia to Namibia, Zannier Hotels stand out with their emphasis on simplicity, authenticity, and respect for local heritage.

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Nanoparticle-Based LFIA for Rapid Detection of E. Coli O157:H7

Food Safety Tech

Researchers have developed a dual-readout aggregation-induced emission nanoparticle-based lateral flow immunoassay (LFIA) for rapid qualitative and quantitative detection of E. coli O157:H7 in food. For the study , published in ACS Nano (November 27, 2023), Gan Zhang, et al, designed an aggregation-induced emission luminogen—2,3-Bis(4-(bis(4-( tert -butyl)phenyl)amino)phenyl)fumaronitrile (BAPF).

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Level 5: a&o Venice is the first hostel in Europe to achieve the maximum GreenSign sustainability standard

Hospitality Net

For the first time, a hostel in Europe has achieved the maximum GreenSign Level 5 standard a&o Venice thus one of only 19 top-rated hostels in Europe In addition: a&o Vienna Central Station and a&o Vienna Stadthalle achieve Level 4 a&o is the only hostel chain in Europe to report individual CO2 values This has never happened before: the a&o Venice is the first hostel in Europe to achieve GreenSign level 5.

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Food Labeling Requirements for Natural Flavors

Food Safety Tech

Natural flavors are ubiquitous in foods today, and chances are, at least one of the products that your company manufactures contains them. But what are they, and how should they be identified on your packaging? Natural flavors are defined at 21 CFR 101.22(a)(3) as “the essential oil, oleoresin, essence or extractive, protein hydrolysate, distillate, or any product of roasting, heating or enzymolysis, which contains the flavoring constituents derived from a spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable

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Connecting Travelers and Local Communities Through Hotel Design

Hospitality Net

The travel industry has seen a sharp increase in bookings both abroad and domestically. With more travelers planning trips, jet setters are looking less for "touristy" experiences and more for authentic stays that focus on the local culture.

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Metz turns to cashierless checkout to speed up transaction times

FoodService Director

The foodservice provider is rolling out self-checkout at airports, healthcare facilities and some of its other high volume locations.

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Shatterproof Honors Mark Hoplamazian, President And CEO Of Hyatt

Hospitality Net

Shatterproof, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to reversing the addiction crisis in the U.S., will host its seventh annual Hospitality Heroes Reception at the Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS) on January 23, 2024, from 6:30 - 7:45 p.m. at the J.W. Marriott in Los Angeles.

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Creating Lifetime Customer Value: A Fireside Chat with H&R Block Canada

Fast Casual

Is your brand doing what it takes to retain customers? Tax experts, H&R Block Canada, dive into how reviews, surveys, and customer insights keep their customers coming back. Watch the on-demand webinar to learn more.

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Sustainable hotel group KONCEPT HOTELS appoints Apaleo to supercharge automation

Hospitality Net

paleo, the open property management platform for hospitality, has been appointed by Koncept Hotels to hardwire automation into its guest journey and operations.Established in 2017, the holistically sustainable hotel group is at the forefront of the hotel industry’s transformation, offering a digitised, self-service hotel concept with a focus on sustainable business practices.

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Summary of EFSA Microbiological Risk Assessment Network Activities During 2023

Food Safety Magazine

The European Food Standards Agency (EFSA) has published its annual report for the Scientific Network on Microbiological Risk Assessment, summarizing the network’s activities throughout 2023. The network facilitates scientific cooperation between 25 EU Member States, Switzerland, and Norway.

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Labor shortage in the cruise industry - How to attract the millenials

Hospitality Net

In the wake of the Covid 19 pandemic, labor shortage and talent management challenges have been propelled to the top of the agenda in many industries. However, the cruise industry has been particularly hard hit. While more than 1.8 million people were employed in the cruise industry in 2019, by 2022 that number had dropped by almost 40%. When business picked up faster than expected, filling open positions became the number one priority.

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Mandatory Food Hygiene Rating Display Has Driven Drastic Improvement Among Welsh Businesses

Food Safety Magazine

On the tenth anniversary of mandatory food hygiene rating display in Wales, the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) reports a 44 percent increase in the number of Welsh food businesses that have a top hygiene rating of five.

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Student experience: From the classroom to regenerative hospitality

Hospitality Net

In April 2023, Kelly Ching and Eileen Lim, final year students at EHL Hospitality Business School, embarked on a transformative journey by enrolling in the Sustainability Hospitality Challenge. Their dedication and hard work, along with coaching sessions from Romane Petit (EHL Research Assistant), propelled them to secure a spot in the competition’s top 10 during the semi-finals held in Amsterdam.

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Federal bill would increase reimbursement rate for after-school meals served through CACFP

FoodService Director

The Child Care Nutrition Act would increase the reimbursement rates for all CACFP-eligible meals and snacks served by 10 cents.

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Google: What are the free and paid digital solutions for your hotel?

Hospitality Net

70% of travelers buy more online today than they did before the Covid crisis in 2020. Knowing which action levers are relevant to promoting your hotel on the Internet, and how to activate them, has become a bigger challenge than ever before.

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