COVID-19 We are living in challenging times and with the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic much of the world is in quarantine to stop the spread and flatten the curve. Countries all over the world are working to ensure their populations are safe and provided with the necessary public health advice. COVID-19 also known as […]
Salmonella can occur in many food however the most commonly associated foods are chicken, eggs, sprouts and other vegetables, pork, fruits, and processed foods like chicken nuggets and nut butters. The most common occurrences have been linked to chicken. Salmonella can also be spread from people to people and from animals to people. Proper handwashing […]
What is Salmonella?
Salmonella is one of the most common causes of foodborne illness. The two species of Salmonella are Salmonella bongori and Salmonella enteri. The bacteria was first discovered by American scientist Dr. Smith and in 1900 named after Dr. Salmon, the actual illness is called salmonellosis. Salmonella can be naturally occurring and found in the intestines […]
Ontario Food Premises Regulation 493/17
The new Food Premises Regulation 493/17 came into force on July 1, 2018 and is the result of much consultation. Some of the major changes include: The move towards more outcomes-based requirements as opposed to prescriptive requirements. Terminology has been updated to align with the Food Retail and Food Services Code. Definitions have been included […]
Food Handler Certification: Food Hygiene Part 2
Test yourself to see how good your knowledge of food hygiene is. 1.The bacteria most associated with chicken is: a. The flu b. The common cold c. Salmonella d. Hepatitis A 2. Washing our hands is important to: a. Prevent cross-contamination b. Ensure that clients or customers do not become ill. c. Prevent the transmission […]
School Lunches: A balance of nutrition and food safety
School Lunches: A balance of nutrition and food safety It is the time of year when students are returning to school and the questions loom. What do I pack for lunch and how can I pack their lunches safely? Firstly, you want to pack lunches that are a balance of good nutrition and enjoyable enough […]
When in doubt, throw it out!
People often hesitate to throw out items that have passed their expiration dates or still look edible. It is important to remember that when you have any doubt about an item it should be discarded. Checking for signs of contamination: Are there visible signs of deterioration? Has the colour changed and is the […]
Food Trends in 2017
New year and new trends in eating great food safely. The year 2017 has seen many new food trends and many old ones come around again. Avocado: The avocado is everywhere this year. Regaled for its many healthful properties and portability. The avocado has seen a rise in popularity as a breakfast food, smoothie staple […]