Person-in-Charge and Food Safety

The person-in-charge is the owner of the business, or a designated person – such as a chef, kitchen manager, or employee – who is always present at the work site and has direct authority and supervision over employees who engage in the safe storage, preparation, display, and service of food.

Proper Handwashing and Food Safety

Global Handwashing Day is observed annually October 15th. Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.
Hand washing is essential in preventing contamination of food by food handlers. The spread of germs from the hands of food handling and service workers to food is an important cause of foodborne illness outbreaks in restaurants.

Food Safety Tips for Farmers Markets

National Farmer’s Day is observed annually on October 12th as a day to pay tribute to all farmers throughout American history who put food in the grocery stores and on our tables every day. Support your local farmer by shopping at a farmers market.
Food safety rules for farmers markets and vendors widely differ from state and local governments. To ensure food safety, there are basic guidelines that you should follow to ensure that – not only farm-fresh food – but all the food you buy is safe.

Food Contamination Limits Allowed by Law

It is understandable that in the production of our food – some unwanted additions are to be expected. But, the minimum amount of “defects” allowed in food by the FDA might surprise you.
The Food Defect Action Levels Handbook by the FDA details the acceptable levels of food contamination from sources such as maggots, thrips, insect fragments, “foreign matter”, mold, rodent hairs, and insect and mammalian feces.

Food Safety for Young Children

Children under the age of five are at an increased risk for foodborne illness and related health complications. Food safety for young children depends on the behaviors of their parents and caregivers.

National Taco Day Food Safety and Deals

National Taco Day is October 4th and if you plan on having your own fiesta and making your world famous tacos – it’s a good time to brush up on the proper food safety procedures for preparing and serving your tacos.
Also, use the hashtag #NationalTacoDay on social media to find the best National Taco Day deals.

Food Safety for Breast Cancer Patients

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Food safety is important for people living with cancer because it is easier for them to become ill. Cancer treatments weaken the body’s immune system that protects against disease and germs.

Mercury Exposure Guidelines for Eating Fish

Learn more how federal, state and local governments issue fish consumption advisories for people to avoid eating certain kinds or certain amounts of fish.
Some fish may contain mercury or other harmful chemicals. The FDA and EPA have recently revised their fish consumption guidance for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers and young children.

Food Safety for National Pizza Month

The time has come to celebrate America’s favorite food – covered with warm gooey cheese and your favorite toppings – encased in a sturdy crust. That’s right – October is National Pizza Month!
It is also a perfect time to practice safe food principles when it comes to leftovers – because by leaving your pizza out at room temperature too long – increases your risk of a foodborne illness.
Use the hashtag #NationalPizzaMonth all month on social media – to find pizza deals!

National Seafood Month and Seafood Safety

October is National Seafood Month! A great time to highlight smart seafood choices, sustainable fisheries, and following basic food safety tips for buying, preparing, and storing fish and shellfish – to reduce the risk of foodborne illness.