How Safe is the Food Served in our Schools?

We all want our children and grandchildren to be safe when they attend school.

But news headlines cause concern: “Workers blamed for food poisoning at Waipahu Elementary School”, “Questions Remain over Hollister High School Illness Outbreak”, “Food Poisoning Outbreak at Stanford — Norovirus Suspected”, ”Investigation Continues into what Sidelined 58 Teachers in Catered Luncheon.

For school administrators, teachers, parents and grandparents the headlines raise doubt.

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What is the frequency of these outbreaks?

In a 2016 CDC report there were nine outbreaks in 2014.

In the most recent CDC report August 2017 there were 16 food borne illness school outbreaks with 622 illnesses. While the reports are based on data that is two years old this is an increase from the previous year’s report.

What are deeper root causes?

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Why is an A+ Important as a Restaurant Food Safety Letter Grade?

For the first time ever, the dining public will now be able to choose a restaurant using a 36 month history of health department food safety scores, converted to a cumulative letter grade. As diners walk the streets in eleven major metro areas this week, they will see window decals honoring those restaurants that have achieved an enviable level of excellence.

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Protecting a Brand’s Food Safety Image: Responding to Alleged Poisonings

It’s going to happen!
Someone you know will get food borne illness from eating at a restaurant this year.

If you are in restaurant management, some of your customers will get food borne illness from eating at your restaurant this year.

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