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Check your labels — romaine lettuce linked to E.Coli outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), alongside the Food and Drug Administration and other public health and regulatory officials are investigating a multistate outbreak of E. coli O157:H7

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September is National Food Safety Education Month

To get you started celebrating September as National Food Safety Education Month (NFSEM), here are four sources of food safety information with varying ways to change food safety behaviors and

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Nine of the most important food code revisions you need to know about

The state Department of Health (DOH) has released their proposed draft revisions to update the Washington State Retail Food Code. This announcement continues the work that has taken place over

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Draft Food Code public presentations in July, dates announced

The state Department of Health (DOH) has released their proposed draft revisions to update the Washington State Retail Food Code. This announcement continues the work that has taken place over

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Menu Labeling Deadline (May 7)

By Paul Schlienz Menu labeling is here, and the FDA is firm that there will be no more delays. In general, the rule covers restaurants and similar retail food establishments

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King County’s New Restaurant Grading System

Since 2014, the Seattle & King County Health Department has been looking to implement a new restaurant grading system that will incorporate placards. Stakeholders, including our government affairs team and

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Seattle & King Co. Health Dept. Needs Your Input

The Washington Hospitality Association and Seattle Restaurant Alliance’s government affairs team recently participated in the quarterly Seattle & King County Health Department Restaurant Grading Taskforce meeting. Since 2014, stakeholders (including

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It’s National Food Safety Month! Prevent foodborne illness outbreaks

The National Restaurant Association is promoting best practices throughout National Food Safety Month to help restaurants understand and combat foodborne illness.

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Training DVD’s available for in house safety meetings

The National Restaurant Association has released three DVDs that offer best practices in dealing with harassment and discrimination, customer service training, and the first of its kind video guide on

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UK restaurant owner guilty of manslaughter in allergy death

LONDON (AP) MAY 23 2016 — A British man has been convicted of manslaughter after a customer at his Indian restaurant died because of a peanut allergy. Restaurant owner Mohammed

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Be proactive with restaurant pest management

Maintaining a clean, pest-free environment is an ongoing task for restaurant owners and operators. Chris Del Rossi, founder of Food and Drug and the Bug integrated pest management company and a speaker at the National Restaurant Association’s 2015 Quality Assurance Executive Study Group meeting, says, “Pests act as paintbrushes.

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Prepping produce? Try our 5 safety tips

As National Food Safety Month continues, we’re focusing on safe food preparation, with particular emphasis on fresh fruit and vegetables.

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8 tips to properly thaw and hold food

In recognition of National Food Safety Month, we’re offering tips to maintain food quality and limit the potential for pathogen growth.

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Allergy-friendly practices to protect guests and increase your business

Accommodating customers with food allergies is no small task. More than 250 food allergens have been identified, and 15 million Americans diagnosed with food allergies look to dine where they feel safe.

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7 tips for working with health inspectors

Restaurant operators and health inspectors aren’t adversaries. Think of a food inspector as a partner as you work together to achieve shared goals of preventing food-borne illness and protecting guests’ health.