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Perhaps the documentary Poisoned is having a positive impact?

Bill Marler

Booker, DeLauro Introduce Bicameral Legislation to Better Protect Americans from Foodborne Illnesses Legislation enables improved monitoring of CAFOs during outbreaks or when there is a public health need SEPTEMBER 13, 2023 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) introduced the bicameral Expanded Food Safety Investigation Act (EFSIA) , legislation that would grant the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the authority to

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Viewpoint: How can technology help in food waste reduction?

Food Management

As operators face the financial and environmental consequences of wasting food, finding smart solutions has become a big priority and modern technology is becoming a valuable ally in this fight, bringing fresh and clever ideas to tackle the challenge head-on.

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French Gov Proposes Labelling Ban for Plant-Based Meat, Freight Farms to Go Public + More

Food + Tech Connect

Image Credit: IntraFish Every week we track the business, tech and investment trends in CPG, retail, restaurants, agriculture, cooking and health, so you don’t have to. Here are some of this week’s top headlines. In recent news, France’s Agriculture Ministry is making headlines with a bold proposal to ban the use of meat-related terms such as ‘Steak,’ ‘Ham,’ and ‘Grilled’ on plant-based products, alongside a stringent condition of vegan protein content.

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The drive-thru evolution

Restobiz

As takeout and off premise dining traffic remains high long after the pandemic, many QSRs are looking to improve their drive-thru service to decrease wait times and boost efficiency. 39 per cent of QSRs report bumper to bumper traffic in the drive-thru, causing longer lines and customer back-up. During the pandemic, when takeout was the […] The post The drive-thru evolution appeared first on Restobiz.

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Calgary Fueling Brains E. coli Outbreak hits 164, with 19 with Acute Kidney Failure

Bill Marler

Today the Alberta Health Services announced that it is “highly likely” that the source of an E. coli outbreak that has led to at least 164 cases in Calgary children is food that was distributed from a central kitchen shared between a number of Fueling Brains daycare sites in the city. “Based on the epidemiology of the cases we’ve seen to date, it is highly likely the source of this outbreak is food that was distributed from the central kitchen,” AHS said in a statement.

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Metz launches food waste prevention initiative

Food Management

Leanpath is helping Metz Culinary Management clients curtail waste in meal preparation and service by 30%.

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Legislation would give the FDA, and CDC power to collect samples from animal farms during outbreaks

Food Safety News

A senator and representative have introduced legislation that would give the FDA and CDC authority to enter and collect samples at feedlots during foodborne illness outbreaks. Federal agencies currently cannot collect samples from concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) unless the operators voluntarily give them access. This has impeded investigations into foodborne illness outbreaks, especially those associated with leafy greens grown next to CAFOs, according to Sen.

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Fueling Brains E. coli Outbreak – 231 sick with 37 hospitalized with 21 with HUS

Bill Marler

Alberta Health Services (AHS) has now reported that the Fueling Brains Day Care E. coli outbreak includes 231 lab-confirmed cases. On Monday, an AHS spokesperson confirmed 41 more cases had been linked to the outbreak in the past day. The provincial health authority said there are now 26 patients in hospital: 25 children and one adult. Since the outbreak was declared at the start of last week, 11 patients have been discharged from hospital. 21 children have been diagnosed with hemolytic uremic s

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Texas Hospital adds 24/7 automated option for staff, guests

Food Management

Methodist Hospital Atascosa’s new micro market from HHS fills the gap during main cafeteria off hours.

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How AI Technology Can Help Restaurants Stay Open

Modern Restaurant Management

In recent years, the restaurant industry has incurred staffing issues that have closed independent establishments and franchises nationwide. With two jobs open for every jobseeker , chances are slim that human workers will fill the demand. Fortunately, the latest advances in AI technology may keep the lights on for restaurants facing staffing shortages, while also helping these businesses run more efficiently and obtain more customers.

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How To Build and Use a Bar Inventory Template

Sculpture Hospitality

Running a successful bar requires careful management of inventory. Keeping track of all the beverages, mixers, garnishes, and other supplies can be a challenging task. That's where a well-organized bar inventory template can come to your rescue.

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“London Calling” – Global Crisis Management Conference

Bill Marler

I am about an hour out from the Seattle to London flight to speak this week at the Global Crisis Management Conference. I am interested in getting a perspective on how the insurance industry can help manage its risks from claims of foodborne illness. Short trip – I’ll be back in Seattle on Wednesday.

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5 tech things: Delaware North to open Just Walk Out store at NFL stadium in Jacksonville

Food Management

This and Grubhub mobile order/pickup adding its first military base are some of the tech-related developments you may have missed recently.

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Three Things Your POS Can’t Do if You Lose Internet

Modern Restaurant Management

Nearly every restaurant in the United States relies on a Point of Sale (POS) system for the majority of its front-of-house operations. That system needs access to the internet in order to keep functioning. But what happens when your restaurant suffers an internet outage, taking your POS system with it? Not only can that become frustrating for your guests, but it can also make in-house operations much more difficult.

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Beef packer recalls 29 tons of ground beef because of E. coli O103 contamination

Food Safety News

American Foods Group LLC, doing business as Green Bay Dressed Beef LCC, of Green Bay, WI, is recalling 58,281 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) O103, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today. There is concern that some consumers or businesses may have the implicated ground beef in their freezers.

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Introducing our Newest Advisory Board Members

Chef Ann Foundation

We're excited to welcome seven new changemakers, committed to healthy school food, to The Chef Ann Foundation’s Advisory Board.

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Aramark expands NFL service window to brunch and late-night

Food Management

Game Time culinary program provides fans with classic brunch favorites for earlier kickoffs and late-night fare for evening games.

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What Families Want from Kid-Friendly Restaurants

Modern Restaurant Management

The fast casual restaurant segment has seen tremendous success and growth in recent years. According to Circana, Inc./CREST®, while overall restaurant traffic was down four percent in 2022 compared to 2019, fast casual traffic was up nine percent. But there’s one area in which it can improve: with young families. Why should fast casuals work on improving with young families?

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Company recalls pepperoni sticks because of Listeria

Food Safety News

Springwater Packers is recalling its mild pepperonistix because of Listeria contamination. The contamination was found during testing, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The implicated product was distributed in Ontario. Consumers can identify the recalled product by looking for the following label information: Brand – Springwater Packers Size – approximately 454 grams UPC number – none Packed on date – 21-06-23 Consumers are warned not to eat the recalled product.

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Spoilage Bacteria Pseudomonas Able to Grow on Meat After Heat Treatment, in Vacuum-Sealed Packaging, Study Shows

Food Safety Magazine

Spoilage bacteria Pseudomonas are able to survive thermal processing methods commonly used in meat production and can grow in refrigerated, vacuum-sealed packaging with little to no oxygen, according to a recent study.

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5 things: Philadelphia Schools cafeteria workers authorize strike option

Food Management

This and a hospital cafeteria offering a meal plan for older adults are some of the stories you may have missed recently.

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MRM EXCLUSIVE: New Research Reveals Restaurant Managers Are Key Ingredient in the Recipe for Staff Retention

Modern Restaurant Management

Restaurant employees play an integral role in the dining experience, representing the building blocks of delightful guest experiences, ultimately creating loyal patrons who come back for more. However, in today's economic environment, restaurant staffing is being put to the test, posing a bigger challenge today than ever before. Restaurants not only face a labor shortage , but employee wages have been rising , and worker productivity across industries has plunged to a historical depth.

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Half of the Victims in the Salmonella outbreak hospitalized; Chicago taqueria closed

Food Safety News

At least 20 people are sick with Salmonella infections after eating food from a Chicago taqueria. Ten people have been hospitalized. The Chicago Department of Public Health and the Illinois Department of Public Health are investigating the outbreak. The agencies reported today that Carniceria Guanajuato voluntarily closed the taqueria on Sept. 8, 2023.

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Sterling Launches Resort within Gujarat’s Largest Theme Park at Vadodara

Hospitality Net

Sterling Holiday Resorts, India’s leading leisure hospitality brand, announced the opening of its new resort Sterling Aatapi Wonderland, Vadodara located within Gujarat’s largest theme park.

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5 things: Morrison engages local celebrity chef Doug Katz to elevate foodservice at Cleveland Clinic

Food Management

This and Cal Poly Pomona launching its own branded ice cream are some of the stories you may have missed recently.

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Who’s Winning Chicken War 2.0? How Generations, Regions, and Households Pick Their Favorites

Modern Restaurant Management

Just when you thought the chicken sandwich war was over, QSRs reignited the battle with new product launches. In late August, Chick-fil-A launched its first-ever chicken sandwich variation. The inventor of the chicken sandwich wasn’t the first to change it up. This year brought new entries from most of the QSR chicken contenders. With clucking back in the news, Revenue Management Solutions (RMS) asked more than 3,000 US consumers how the chicken sandwiches, nuggets and buckets (bone-in chi

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More than 2 dozen people sick after eating at steak house; rice blamed

Food Safety News

According to numerous press reports, several 911 calls were made around late Saturday afternoon alerting first responders to illnesses occurring at Kumo Japanese Steakhouse in Stony Brook, NY. A Suffolk County spokesperson said a total of 28 people reported getting sick. Twelve of them were rushed to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment and were discharged.

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Andaz Macau Opens Doors as Largest Property within Andaz Brand Portfolio

Hospitality Net

Offering 700 uniquely appointed rooms and suites, the new property immerses guests into the center of Macau’s art and culture at the award-winning integrated Galaxy Macau™ resort.

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County hospital improves night intakes with house-made packaged meals

Food Management

The kitchen stocks refrigerators in nurses’ stations daily with fresh-made sandwiches, salads, parfaits and more.

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Elevating Guest Experience: Mastering Phone Etiquette for Restaurant Staff

Modern Restaurant Management

Surprisingly, phone calls are often the lifeblood of every restaurant, regardless of size or cuisine; the hospitality industry is, after all, all about human interaction. Potential customers will want to know what today’s special is, if there are vegan options, what time you open, if they can make a reservation for catering, and so much more. Even though many of these answers can easily be found online, on your app, or through an automated phone service, your staff will still have to take

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FAO and WHO release full report on hazards in produce

Food Safety News

FAO and WHO have published the full report of an analysis looking at reducing the risk of microbiological hazards in fresh fruits and vegetables. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Health Organization (WHO) document covers leafy vegetables and herbs, berries and tropical fruits, melons and tree fruits, and seeded and root vegetables.