Category: Food Smarts

For Real … What Is ‘Sous Vide’ Cooking?

When conducting our Food Service Manager classes, we touch on the subject of sous vide cooking, the variance, and the HACCP required to obtain the variance.  Even though sous vide has become a more fashionable method of cooking, a lot of students don’t know what it means or entails. First, HACCP is an acronym that […]

You Can Eat Raw Beef … For Real

Last month, we talked about the popularity of sushi and how people can eat raw fish if bought from an approved supplier, farm raised or previously frozen. I would like to add a correction and clarification here in regard to raw fish consumption. In an interview conducted with Joseph J. Lasprogata, vice president of product […]

Parasites in Our Salmon and What to Do … For Real

Sushi, it seems, has become more and more fashionable here in the U.S.  When we say sushi grade fish, most people presume it is fresh, raw fish. This is probably one of the best misconceptions in the sushi world. The fish you are eating raw is not fresh and has been previously frozen. U.S. law […]

100’s Suffer from Foodborne Illness at 2014 Food Safety Summit … for real

I have been to the Food Safety Summit in Baltimore twice now. Last year I did not attend. In a certain way, I am relieved that I didn’t because there was a foodborne illness outbreak from food served at the Food Safety Summit. Ironic snickering aside, this was real. You can’t make this up. The […]

Ice Baby, Do You Take Ice Seriously? … For Real

We always think of food being the cause of foodborne illness … but have you ever considered that your ice could make people sick? One food safety source stated once 48 percent of ice after being tested contained fecal matter. Gross! We have to stick to the basics on ice “food safety” obviously and always […]

Back to Basics … Temperature Danger Zone … For Real

Sometimes, we have to go back to basics to get things right. This is true with food safety as well. Although, it is not the most exciting subject, we must always strive to keep food safe from contamination, whether it be biological, chemical or physical. In regards to biological contamination, the best thing we can […]

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