CHICAGO – Promoting and enhancing the safety of the nation’s food supply chain is a top priority for the National Restaurant Association. During National Food Safety Month (NFSM), the Association will focus on “Controlling Risk: The Elements of a Food Safety Management System.”  
 
A Food Safety Management System (FSMS) is a systematic approach to controlling food safety hazards and ensuring that food is safe to eat. It also is a practical tool that restaurants can choose to combine with existing mandated programs to ensure employees understand and follow safe food handling practices. 
 
“The Food and Drug Administration Risk Factor Study indicates having the presence of a well-developed food safety management system is the strongest predictor of having lower occurrences of food safety issues,” said Sherman L. Brown, Executive Vice President, Training & Certification, National Restaurant Association. “This year we’re emphasizing the importance of having a solid food safety management system as a framework for keeping guests, employees, and the business safe.”
 
The 2019 NFSM campaign also aims to reinforce the key role employees play in making sure the food safety management system works the way it should. To help managers drive home FSFM concepts, new training tools and resources will be available each week, including free downloadable activities, posters, and infographics on these themes:
 
  • Week 1: Understanding the FSMS Process
  • Week 2: Providing Input
  • Week 3: Refining the Process
  • Week 4: Maintaining Commitment
This year’s NFSM campaign is sponsored by Tork, an Essity brand.
 
NFSM, held annually in September, was created in 1994 by the National Restaurant Association to heighten awareness about the importance of food safety education. As part of its campaign, the Association offers free resources for foodservice industry professionals. 
 
To join the conversation, follow @ServSafe on Twitter and use the hashtag #NFSM19. For more information and resources on NFSM, visit FoodSafetyFocus.com.
 
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About the National Restaurant Association
Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the leading business association for the restaurant industry, which comprises 1 million restaurant and foodservice outlets and a workforce of more than 15.3 million employees. We represent the industry in Washington, D.C., and advocate on its behalf.  We operate the industry's largest trade show (NRA Show May 16-19, 2020, in Chicago); leading food safety training and certification program (ServSafe); unique career-building high school program (the NRAEF's ProStart). For more information, visit Restaurant.org and find us on Twitter @WeRRestaurants, Facebook and YouTube
 
About Tork 
The Tork brand offers professional hygiene products and services to customers ranging from restaurants and healthcare facilities to offices, schools and industries. Products include dispensers, paper towels, toilet tissue, soap, napkins, and industrial and kitchen wipers. Through expertise in hygiene, functional design and sustainability, Tork has become a market leader. Tork is a global brand of Essity, and a committed partner to customers in over 90 countries. To keep up with the latest Tork news and innovations, please visit: www.torkusa.com
 
About Essity 
Essity is a leading global hygiene and health company dedicated to improving well-being through products and solutions, essentials for everyday life. The name Essity stems from the words ‘essentials’ and ‘necessities’. Our sustainable business model creates value for people and nature. Sales are conducted in approximately 150 countries under the leading global brands TENA and Tork, and other strong brands, such as JOBST, Leukoplast, Libero, Libresse, Lotus, Nosotras, Saba, Tempo, Vinda and Zewa. Essity has about 47,000 employees and net sales in 2018 amounted to approximately $13.7 billion. The headquarters is located in Stockholm, Sweden, and the company is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm. More information at www.essity.com

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