Allergen awareness: Why American brands should be watching the EU

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The focus on establishments that serve food items will become more prevalent as the number of people born with allergens continues to increase.

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6 steps to promote staff, customer allergen awareness

Have a disclaimer up in your restaurant that lets customers know the efforts made to accommodate diners with special dietary needs.

Navigating the new food codes: Part 1

Operators need to know the 8 major allergens and the best practices surrounding the use of separate containers and preparation methods designed to prevent cross-contact.

Gluten-free's honeymoon phase not expected to end anytime soon

When the FDA came out with an official definition of the diet, it went from a fad to a foodservice trend.

Technology plays a big part in the fight for food safety

Automating the HACCP temperature recording process with remote monitors maintains food and storage temps at all times.

Gluten-free suppliers find the missing flavor piece

After jumping the availability, affordability and flavor hurdles, gluten-free adopters now just need to figure out the safety component.

Commentary: 4 tips for designing seasonal menus

Restaurants must feature menus that display what Mother Nature has to offer all year long.

Heartland Systems' SmartLink unveils Food Safety Monitoring platform

Heartland Payments' SmartLink unveiled a new food safety monitoring system at the National Restaurant Association Show last month. The system monitors cooler temperatures and alerts operators of any temperature discrepancies or compliance issues. It helps prevent food loss and streamline operations, according to Jim Ealy.  

Yum! Brands social responsibility report focuses on nutrition, sustainability

The company is currently working to synchronize its animal welfare program and policies throughout all of its global markets.

Time for restaurants to 'Get REAL'

REAL, which stands for Responsible Epicurean and Agricultural Leadership, uses a flexible points-based system similar to LEED to recognize restaurants that serve healthy, sustainable food.

Yum! Brands: 'We underestimated China chicken supply investigation'

Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and KFC's U.S. sales all finished the year on an upswing; Taco Bell will launch Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos in March.

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NEWS


NRA releases safe food handling training guide for food banks

The National Restaurant Association has released "ServSafe Food Handler Guide for Food Banking," its food-handling training guide for Feeding America's broad network of food bank employees, agency staff and volunteers.

National Food Safety Month marks 20 years

As part of its strong commitment to food safety, the National Restaurant Association announced this year's National Food Safety Month (NFSM) will mark its 20-year anniversary by featuring the top 20 food safety tips from the past 20 years.

RMD Technologies teams with Verizon for new 'smart' temperature monitoring technology

RMD Technologies, LCC recently launched the D-Mometer and TAM Network, a "machine-to-machine" (M2M) solution that provides businesses and consumers real-time information on the time and temperature exposure of meats, produce and other perishable items.

Shanghai asking restaurants, others to post product source info

The city of Shanghai has asked several major restaurant chains to post information about product sources in the wake of a supplier scandal.

ChefTec adds Lot Tracking to ChefTec xt3

Culinary Software Services announced the availability of Lot Tracking as an add-on feature in the recently released ChefTec xt3. "The ChefTec Lot Tracking Module allows the operators to quickly establish the source and movement of the affected food items and...

New KFC, McDonald's chicken supply chain scandal surfaces in China

Yum! Brands and McDonald’s have halted orders from a meat supplier in Shanghai, China, after a TV station investigated sales of expired products. The Xinhua News Agency’s report showed workers at the Husi Food Co.

AllergyEats conference planned for October in NYC

The 2014 AllergyEats Food Allergy Conference is set for Oct. 21 beginning at 8 a.m.

Flies twice as filthy as cockroaches, yet customers don't perceive threat

Restaurant patrons underestimate the health threats flies present, according to a new survey released by Orkin. Of the survey respondents, 61 percent would continue eating their meal after a fly touched and contaminated it, while just 3 percent of survey...

Comprehensive Food Safety and Arnold Flakowitz Associates merge

Comprehensive Food Safety, a division of RK Environmental Services, announced today that it will merge with Arnold Flakowitz Associates. CFS and AFA provide consulting, auditing and training to food processors and distributors. "We will serve each client with integrity and the commitment to help obtain their goals quickly and efficiently.

California repeals requirement for glove use by restaurant workers

California lawmakers repealed a regulation requiring restaurant employees to use gloves or utensils to handle food going directly to diners, according to the Fresno Bee. The regulation would have gone into effect on July 1. The regulation was similar to...

DiningGrades launches website to report restaurant food poisoning

Restaurant patrons can now report a suspected restaurant food poisoning event on DiningGrades.com and provide information to restaurant management, health departments and diners. DiningGrades.com has developed the free solution that includes the following features: After selecting the restaurant, the user...

Culinary Software Services releases new version of ChefTec software

Culinary Software Services recently announced the release of ChefTec xt3 software. New features include additional functions, improved performance and updated user interface. According to a news release, the updated software has the ability to identify gluten-free recipes.

Kitchen Brains intros cloud-based food safety app

Kitchen Brains has announced the release of SCK Food Safety Manager, a cloud-based application for foodservice operators. According to a news release, the SCK Food Safety Manager aggregates data from static and handheld sensors along with data-collection devices to ensure...

Mellow Mushroom, Uno Chicago among most allergy-friendly chains

AllergyEats today released its 2014 list of Most Allergy-Friendly Restaurant Chains nationwide, which included Uno Chicago Grill and, new this year, Mellow Mushroom. According to a news release, the chains were selected because they rank the highest on AllergyEats' website...

NRA names new SVP of ServSafe

The National Restaurant Association announced the appointment of Sherman Brown as senior vice president of business and financial strategy for its ServSafe Food Safety Program. Previously, Brown served as the NRA's vice president of finance and strategy where he was...

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Consumer awareness of food safety is growing as government regulations tighten. Restaurant operators must also stay aware of food safety issues and provide training to employees. Check out this research center for the latest news and best practices.