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WTF – Poisoning babies with lead in applesauce

Bill Marler

There are now almost two dozen children with reported adverse effects linked to applesauce pouches that have high levels of lead. The 22 children impacted live across 14 states with the state of residence for one of them being unknown. There are recalls for four products related to the illnesses: Realled WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches Recalled Schnucks-brand cinnamon-flavored applesauce pouches and variety pack Recalled Weis-brand cinnamon applesauce pouches The WanaBana product

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Aladdin brings New Orleans inspired restaurant brands to community college

Food Management

PJ’s Coffee and WOW American Eats added to Pearl River Community College dining mix by Aladdin Campus Dining

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Are podcasts the next marketing tool for restaurants?

Restobiz

Restaurant marketing has evolved over the last few years to rely heavily on social media, with foodies making their presence most known on Instagram and TikTok. With the rapid pace of the restaurant industry, sometimes it can be a challenge to stay on top pf the latest trends. These days, marketers are flocking to podcasts […] The post Are podcasts the next marketing tool for restaurants?

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How to Prepare and Protect Restaurants for Drinksgiving

Modern Restaurant Management

The cultural phenomenon of Drinksgiving (or Blackout Wednesday) continues to grow in popularity for the restaurant industry, especially as sales continue to rebound from the pandemic. Data shows that alcohol sales typically increase between 270-658 percent on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, compared to weekdays prior. Higher alcohol sales typically connect to higher volume of alcohol consumption, which unfortunately leads to higher risk of harmful consumer behavior after leaving the restauran

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Six Babies sickened by Salmonella tainted Dog Food

Bill Marler

Of 7 sickened, 6 are under the age of 1. As of November 1, 2023, seven people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella have been reported from seven states. Illnesses started on dates ranging from January 14, 2023, to August 19, 2023. One person was hospitalized, and no deaths have been reported. State and local public health officials are interviewing people or their family about pets or pet food that the sick person may have come into contact with before they got sick.

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Cura offers 24/7 grab and go to hospitals

Food Management

Cura Hospitality Lunch Box automated solution provides freshly prepared meals while the café is closed.

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MRM EXCLUSIVE: Marketing Your Virtual Restaurant – Tips for Success

Modern Restaurant Management

The restaurant industry is changing quickly, and technology plays a big role. This means that restaurants and franchises must focus on efficiency and lean operations. One way to do this is to open a virtual restaurant. A virtual restaurant is a restaurant that doesn't have a physical location. It only exists online; customers can order food through a delivery app.

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Cinnamon likely source of lead in recalled Applesauce

Bill Marler

The lead level detected in the FDA sample of WanaBana apple cinnamon puree is 2.18 parts per million (ppm), which, for context, is more than 200 times greater than the action level the FDA has proposed in draft guidance for fruit purees and similar products intended for babies and young children. Key Facts: Total Adverse Events: 34 Report Date Ranges: October 17, 2023 – November 15, 2023 States with Adverse Illness Events: AL (1), AR (1), CA (1), CT (1), FL (1), IL (1), LA (3), MD (2), MI (1)

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From a cafeteria to an elegant, restaurant-like dining destination

Food Management

During a major renovation, Army Residence Community temporarily relocated their dining services and navigated a complicated project with an ultimate goal of bringing residents more sophisticated dining services and expanded venue options.

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STELAR Enters New Phase: Piloting Activities Kick Off for Project Building a Novel Data Management System

Agroknow

STELAR , the 3-year Horizon Europe project developing a data management system fit for today’s agrifood needs, is entering a new and exciting stage of the project lifetime cycle. After a first year filled with fruitful collaboration and efforts from the project’s consortium to set the stage for the Pilots, STELAR is ready to kick off Piloting activities revolving around topics of risk prevention in food supply lines , early crop growth predictions , and timely precision farming interventions.

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Restaurants and Bars Should Consider Text Message Surveys for Gathering Customer Feedback

Modern Restaurant Management

In the competitive restaurant and bar industry, customer feedback is vital for success. With the prevalence of online reviews, it's crucial to actively seek and utilize feedback. Text message surveys offer a convenient and real-time method to gather this valuable input, and in this guide, we'll explore their importance and implementation for improved operations.

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Outbreak Database – Decades of Cantaloupe Outbreaks – Chemicals, Campylobacter, Salmonella, E. coli, Norovirus and Listeria

Bill Marler

1985 Multistate/Multiprovince Outbreak of Chemical Poisoning Linked to Melons In July, persons in the US and Canada (Alberta; British Columbia) developed symptoms of poisoning with a cholinesterase-inhibitor. The most severe signs and symptoms included seizures, loss of consciousness, cardiac arrhythmia, hypotension, dehydration, and anaphylaxis. Oregon officials identified aldicarb sulfoxide (ASO) in several watermelons consumed by persons who had been ill.

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5 things: Aramark launches video series to promote K-8 nutrition

Food Management

This and Everytable fresh meals service debuting at a Bronx hospital are some of the stories you may have missed recently.

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Licensing vs Franchising: What's the Difference?

Sculpture Hospitality

Are you an entrepreneur in the hospitality industry? If so, you may be considering opening a business via an established brand and have come across the terms “licensing” and “franchising.

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Dozens of additional pet food products now under recall for Salmonella contamination

Food Safety News

TFP Nutrition has expanded a recall of its pet food to include 37 more products because of the possibility of Salmonella contamination. The company first announced a recall of other pet food on Oct. 20. The new recall includes all dry dog food, all dry cat food and catfish formulas produced in the company’s Nacogdoches, TX, facility. For a list of the recalled products, click here.

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Malichita Cantaloupe linked to Salmonella Outbreak in United States and Canada

Bill Marler

SOFIA PRODUCE, LLC, of Nogales, Arizona which does business under the name “Trufresh” (“Trufresh”) has expanded its recall of all sizes of fresh cantaloupes packaged in cardboard containers labeled with the “Malichita” label, to include the following additional sales order numbers distributed between October 16, 2023 and October 23, 2023 because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

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5 things: Aramark’s U.S. food/support services unit sees 17% revenue gain in fiscal 2023

Food Management

This and Portland Schools continuing to offer free meals during a teachers strike are some of the stories you may have missed recently.

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Biting the Hand that Feeds: Processing Fees That Prey on Merchants

Modern Restaurant Management

As point-of-sale (POS) platforms exit the startup stage and developers begin looking for ways to generate increased revenue, many are turning toward processing fees for using their software. These processing fees go all the way up to.99 cents, and are added to orders that exceed a minimum cost. For restaurateurs and businesses across the nation, these fees come as a shock – and an unwelcome one at that.

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Egg firm warned over Salmonella, flies, rodents and more

Food Safety News

As part of its enforcement activities, the Food and Drug Administration sends warning letters to entities under its jurisdiction. Some letters are not posted for public view until weeks or months after they are sent. Business owners have 15 days to respond to FDA warning letters. Warning letters often are not issued until a company has been given months to years to correct problems.

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Cultivating Healthy School Food Leaders Through Apprenticeship

Chef Ann Foundation

This National Apprenticeship Week, learn how our Healthy School Food Pathway Apprentices are transforming school meals across California!

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5 tech things: Sodexo plans healthcare robot patient support pilot for 2024

Food Management

This and a study on college student app use and payment habits are some of the tech-related developments you may have missed recently.

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The Complete Guide to Increase Your Restaurant Profit Margins

Lavu

Improving your restaurant profit and profit margins are critical factors that directly impact the financial health and overall success of your restaurant. It’s not just about numbers; it’s about understanding the pulse of your business. By staying on top of profit margins, you can make informed decisions about pricing, portion sizes, and operational costs, thereby improving your profit margins.

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Children in 14 states are now impacted by elevated levels of lead in applesauce

Food Safety News

There are now almost two dozen children with reported adverse effects linked to applesauce pouches that have high levels of lead. The 22 children impacted live across 14 states, with the state of residence for one of them being unknown. There are recalls for four products related to the illnesses: Recalled WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches Recalled Schnucks-brand cinnamon-flavored applesauce pouches and variety pack Recalled Weis-brand cinnamon applesauce pouches The WanaBana product

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How Consumers Engage with QSRs

Modern Restaurant Management

A return to work in offices and higher grocery prices due to continued inflation pressures are among the factors leading to nearly one in four U.S. households eating out or ordering food more frequently, according to a TransUnion report that details consumer attitudes and behaviors when engaging with QSRs. Heading into the end of 2023, two-thirds of consumer households (64 percent) planned to spend at the same levels with restaurants as they did over the second and third quarters of the year.

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Walk Thru Bru outlets brew increased beer sales for Aramark at NFL stadiums

Food Management

Self-serve markets producing increased transactions and reduced wait times at the four sites where they have been deployed.

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MilliporeSigma: Protecting Your Food—Detecting Cronobacter and Ensuring Food Safety

Food Safety Magazine

In this bonus episode of Food Safety Matters , we speak with two food safety experts from MilliporeSigma—Justyce Jedlicka, Food and Beverage Regulatory Liaison in North America, and Andrew Lienau, Food Regulatory and Validation Expert—to discuss the threat that Cronobacter poses to food safety and public health, and how testing for this complex pathogen is crucial to controlling its impact.

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Almost 3 dozen children now included in lead poisoning outbreak traced to applesauce

Food Safety News

According to the Food and Drug Administration, the number of children sickened by lead in imported applesauce products has grown from 22 to 34 in the past four days. The implicated Apple Cinnamon Fruit Puree pouches were manufactured in Ecuador and sold under the WanaBana, Weis, and Schnucks brands. All three products have been recalled. The recall impacts markets outside of the United States.

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Seven Tips to Help Prevent Pipe Bursting this Winter

Modern Restaurant Management

Many parts of the country are no stranger to arctic air masses this time of year. This type of weather system brings both bitter cold and wind chills that create dangerous conditions for those in its path, affecting not only people, roads, and vehicles, but building infrastructure, too. Frozen pipes can be a concern in buildings during the cold months, which, if left unaddressed, can burst and cause further structural damage.

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School menus mirror diverse student body

Food Management

Culinary staff at Lowell Public Schools partners with high school history class to bring students a taste of home.

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KWC Management Closes Acquisition of Montage Kapalua Bay

Hospitality Net

KWC Management, LLC, the hospitality investment management company of Kemmons Wilson Companies, today announced its acquisition of the storied Montage Kapalua Bay, following an engagement that began in the early spring. Montage Kapalua Bay has consistently been ranked among the top resorts on Maui and throughout the state of Hawaii.

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Company posts expanded recall of pet food traced to outbreak of Salmonella in humans

Food Safety News

Mid America Pet Food of Mount Pleasant, TX, is expanding its Oct. 30 recall to include additional pet food products with best-by dates before Oct 31, 2024, because of Salmonella contamination. The company’s products are linked to an outbreak of Salmonella infections in people. As of Nov. 1 seven people reported Salmonella Kiambu infections. Six of the patients are infants, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

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