Food Safety Market Blog

A blog with articles related to food handler certification and education on food safety related issues.

New Ontario Regulation 493/17

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Kevin Freeborn 23-Apr-2019 4:16:00 PM
New Ontario Regulation 493/17

Working with Ontario's Public Health Units to Support the Implementation of the New Ontario Regulation 493/17 

O. Reg. 493/17, the new Ontario Food Premises Regulation, came into effect on July 1, 2018, modernizing the previous regulation which dated back to 1967. The Food Premises Regulation has removed outdated and redundant food premises requirements that no longer apply to modern foodservice establishments, offering foodservice operators more flexibility in areas like safe food preparation procedures, food handling, and cleaning and sanitizing procedures. The Regulation has also made it mandatory that at least one trained food handler be on premises for every working hour that the establishment is open for in order to minimize the risks of food poisoning and poor food safety practices.

Choosing the right thermometer

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Kevin Freeborn 6-Dec-2018 3:19:00 PM
Choosing the right thermometer

The Complete Guide to Thermometer Food Safety

Food thermometers are an essential tool for use in any kitchen, whether it be at a food service establishment or at home. They are critical for use in the preparation of meat and poultry products to ensure that food is not under-cooked and that food products reach safe internal temperatures, reducing the likelihood of foodborne illness, and helping to avoid overcooking and achieve the highest possible food quality. There are many styles and variations of food thermometers, each of which have different uses and limitations.

Takeout and Delivery Food Safety

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Kevin Freeborn 29-Nov-2018 3:25:00 PM
Takeout and Delivery Food Safety

Food Safety for Takeout and Meal Delivery

In the age of smartphones, Netflix, and Uber, convenience and speed are qualities that everybody wants, especially when it comes to spending a night in with some delicious food. The rise of convenient and inexpensive food delivery apps has made takeout and home meal delivery apps such as Skip the Dishes even more popular than they were in the past. Many people simply don’t have the time to cook a full meal after a full day of work. In this new age of convenience and speed, it’s unfortunately all too easy to overlook one of the biggest issues plaguing the delivery sector: food safety. Here’s what food service establishments, delivery staff, and consumers need to know in order to make every meal delivery a safe one.

Combat Negative Reviews Online

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Kevin Freeborn 25-Oct-2018 3:31:00 PM
Combat Negative Reviews Online

How to Combat Negative Online Reviews For Your Foodservice Business

Customer feedback can help shape any business and better recognize meet the expectations and needs of customers - this is especially true for foodservice establishments. Earning a negative review can cost you revenue and less your organization’s reputation, making it extremely important for foodservice professionals to take these reviews seriously and find a way to combat them or make them right. Here’s what you need to know about how your restaurant or foodservice business can combat negative reviews online.

Stepping up food safety at home

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Kevin Freeborn 18-Sep-2018 3:33:00 PM
Stepping up food safety at home

Canadians: You Need to Step Up Your Home Food Safety Game

Most Canadians are vigilant and aware of food safety processes when dining out, but multiple studies show that they are not nearly as aware of their own food safety practices in the home.   A recent poll conducted by the federal government  revealed that Canadians are actually becoming less aware of proper food handling and preparation guidelines, as well as the dangers associated with foodborne illnesses. The study revealed that even pregnant women and seniors responded that they do not feel more at risk for developing foodborne illness or food poisoning.

Don't be a Victim of Food Fraud

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Kevin Freeborn 27-Aug-2018 3:35:00 PM
Don't be a Victim of Food Fraud

How to Make Sure Your Foodservice Business Isn’t a Victim of Food Fraud

Your customers deserve the highest quality food and complete transparency about where that food originated from - this is complicated through widespread incidences of food fraud. Food fraud is the deliberate misrepresentation of food products offered through foodservice establishments and other food sale outlets for monetary gain. Often, many establishments are completely unaware that it has taken place as it can take place at any time in the supply chain. It’s important for foodservice professionals to understand how you can ensure that your business is not a victim of this shady practice in the future.

Food Safety & Weddings: Precautions for Caterers & DIY Weddings

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Kevin Freeborn 31-Jul-2018 12:10:00 PM
Food Safety & Weddings: Precautions for Caterers & DIY Weddings
The summer wedding season is here. Weddings have a whole host of potential issues - one of the least talked about of which is food safety. DIY weddings are increasing in popularity, with the hosts trying to take on as much responsibility as possible in order to control costs. Whether you’re looking at choosing between a caterer or taking a DIY approach, or you’re a foodservice company working hard in wedding season, here are a few examples to show why you should always keep food safety in mind.

BBQ Food Safety Tips for Your Summer Grilling

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Kevin Freeborn 18-Jun-2018 12:29:00 PM
BBQ Food Safety Tips for Your Summer Grilling
Although some Canadians enjoy their barbecues all year round, the hot summer season is when most people choose to fire up their grills and invite their friends and family for an enjoyable time in the sun. As with any type of cooking, there are a variety of food safety considerations to take into account this summer to avoid foodborne illness and ensure that your grilling season goes according to plan.

Dangers of Food Recalls

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Kevin Freeborn 23-May-2018 12:47:00 PM
Dangers of Food Recalls
A recent study conducted by researchers at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia revealed   shocking revelations about Canadians and their relationship with food recalls. The study, lead by Dean of Management Sylvain Charlebois, revealed that Canadians regularly underestimate the severity of food contamination and food recalls, instead putting their trust into a system which many experts believe is not properly communicating the hazards of recalled food with the public.