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Prevent Hep A in Your Restaurant

Prevent Hep A in Your Restaurant

By Francine L. Shaw  In early May, a Tampa Bay, FL news station reported that more than 20 local restaurants were being investigated for Hep A incidents and outbreaks.  Around the same time, restaurant employees in Sarasota, FL, Caribou, ME and Rockport, MA were found to have the Hep A […]

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Kick off Summer Safely: Food Safety Tips for Memorial Day & Beyond

Kick off Summer Safely: Food Safety Tips for Memorial Day & Beyond

By Francine L. Shaw Francine L. Shaw, President Savvy Food Safety, Inc. Memorial Day weekend is the official summer kick-off, with parties, al fresco meals, barbeques and other warm weather celebrations.  As you prepare for your busy summer season – hosting guests and holding special summer events – it’s critical […]

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Top 5 Risk Factors Responsible for Foodborne Illness Outbreaks

Top 5 Risk Factors Responsible for Foodborne Illness Outbreaks

By Francine L. Shaw Francine L. Shaw, President Savvy Food Safety, Inc. Food safety is a grave public health concern, causing an estimated 48 million illnesses, 128,000 hospitalizations, and 3,000 deaths each year in the U.S. Foodborne illnesses are 100% preventable. But, unfortunately, foodborne illnesses continue to occur because people […]

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7 Tips for Preventing Norovirus

7 Tips for Preventing Norovirus

By Francine L. Shaw Francine L. Shaw, President Savvy Food Safety, Inc. Typically, we hear more about norovirus between the months of September and April but that doesn’t mean it goes away during the spring and summer months.  Norovirus is the leading cause of foodborne illness outbreaks in the United […]

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Food Safety and Denial: a Huge Problem within the Food Service Industry

Food Safety and Denial: a Huge Problem within the Food Service Industry

By Francine L. Shaw The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently issued a food safety alert, warning consumers not to eat romaine lettuce due to another E.coli outbreak.  This fall’s outbreak does not appear to be linked to the romaine outbreak last spring, which impacted lettuce grown in Yuma, AZ. […]

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How to Create a Food Safety Culture

How to Create a Food Safety Culture

Foodborne illness incidents are 100% preventable, and could be avoided if food businesses adopted a food safety culture, providing ongoing education/training and implementing proper food safety protocols. Foodborne illness is a widespread, serious problem, sickening 48 million people, hospitalizing 5,000, and killing 3,000 in the U.S. annually. Francine Shaw, President […]

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Savvy Food Safety Moves to New Location in Hagerstown, MD

Savvy Food Safety Moves to New Location in Hagerstown, MD

Food Safety Experts Offer a Robust Roster of Services, Including Training, Inspections, Crisis Management, Curriculum Development, & More Savvy Food Safety, Inc., a best-in-class food safety company, has just moved to a new state-of-the-art office in Hagerstown, MD. The new office offers: A state-of-the-art education/training facility Innovative technology A testing […]

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Would Your Team Know How to Handle a Crisis?

Would Your Team Know How to Handle a Crisis?

By Francine L. Shaw, President Food Safety Training Solutions, Inc. Sadly, there have been a variety of tragic food safety crises in the restaurant industry. In 1993, an E. coli outbreak at Jack in the Box infected 732 people. Four children died and 178 other victims were left with permanent […]

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What Would You Do in a Food Safety Crisis?

What Would You Do in a Food Safety Crisis?

By Francine L. Shaw, President Food Safety Training Solutions, Inc. What if your restaurant inadvertently served salads made with tainted lettuce, which sickened dozens of guests?  Or one of your servers accidentally served pesto to a guest with a nut allergy, who had a severe allergic reaction as a result? […]

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Many Lucky They Didn't Get Foodborne Illness After Eating at Trump's Mar-A-Lago

Many Lucky They Didn’t Get Foodborne Illness After Eating at Trump’s Mar-A-Lago

By Francine L. Shaw, President Food Safety Training Solutions, Inc. It seems Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate could be serving more than its guests’ favorite meals. According to recent Florida Food Service Inspection Reports, inspectors found 13 violations at Donald Trump’s private Palm Beach club. This is a record for a […]

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The Collaboration of Food Safety and Design: It's Not Just About Cool Colors and Kitchen Aesthetics

The Collaboration of Food Safety and Design: It’s Not Just About Cool Colors and Kitchen Aesthetics

By Francine L. Shaw, President Food Safety Training Solutions, Inc. Recently, I happened to sit next to an interior designer on a plane, and we chatted throughout the entire flight.  She was telling me about her job as an interior designer, and I was telling her about mine as a […]

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Many Television Chefs are Cooking up Foodborne Illnesses

Many Television Chefs are Cooking up Foodborne Illnesses

By Francine L. Shaw, President Food Safety Training Solutions, Inc. Part of my morning routine is watching a national morning television show or cooking show while I’m getting ready for work.  Often, the on-air personalities make blatant food safety errors on national TV – which make their viewers think it’s […]

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