September 26, 2023

National Food Safety Month in review

Take time to review everything covered this last month to reflect on what building a strong food safety culture means.
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Food safety training goes beyond theoretical understanding. It's about cultivating a companywide culture.

Training your teams on the critically important controls that help them prepare foods safely is not a one-and-done, or even a one-month-and-done exercise but an ongoing discussion. Use the myriad ebooks, blogs, posters, exercises and other great training tools the ServSafe team developed to promote the guidance of National Food Safety Month 2023. 

The effects of time and temperature on food 

From the time you check in a new food delivery until the moment a dish is served, your staff should be trained to carefully control the temperatures of food (in cold storage, ambient holding, while thawing and when cooking) and monitor the amount of time food spends outside safe temperatures. 

Being aware of the most common “time and temperature control for safety” foods, or TCS foods, and the temperature danger zone (sitting between 41°F and 135°F, and especially between 70°F and 125°F for more than two hours) is critical for serving safe food. 

How personal hygiene affects food safety 

The leading cause of foodborne illness outbreaks in restaurants is poor personal hygiene practices among food handlers, especially poor handwashing. Maintaining good personal hygiene and knowing when, where, how, and why to wash hands makes the difference between serving up safe meals and spreading potentially life-threatening diseases.

Breaking down health inspections and health code violations

Many restaurant managers dread health inspections because they have misconceptions about the process. Each region in the U.S. has its own health inspection process and health code violation rules, both of which are derived from the FDA Food Code. Learn the basics and why the health department’s goal is to educate, not “catch” violations.

Understanding your food safety regulations

Most food safety regulations are local, and it’s smart for operators to build relationships with their local health department reps to find out what the local regs are, why they matter, and how they affect restaurant operations. 

Building a culture of food safety

Through new regulations, scientific breakthroughs, advances in technology, and shifting consumer preferences, one aspect of successful restaurant operations remains the same: the continual need for food safety training. But today, food safety training goes beyond theoretical understanding; it is about cultivating a companywide food safety culture.

Be sure to bookmark and ServSafe for even more food safety tips, updates, and resources. And check out the latest food safety legislation review here.

This last week of September is your last chance to save 20% on select ServSafe certifications and trainings, including ServSafe Manager, ServSafe Food Handler, and ServSafe Allergens certification courses. 
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