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Should You Wash Your Fruit and Vegetables?

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We’re not suggesting that your fruits and veggies should be soaked for hours, but it’s a great idea to give them a quick scrub before eating! While studies vary about the necessity and method of washing produce, health experts and scientists do agree that produce, grown either conventionally or organically, is safe to eat and we should be consuming more of these in an

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Bring a Dish to Pass…but please make it a safe dish to eat!

Holiday food safety tips #festfoods

We’re often called on to make and take food to a variety of events during the holidays so now is the perfect time to brush up on food safety tips to ensure that your celebrations don’t go awry.

The first thing to keep in mind is that some people are at greater risk of serious illness or

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Is Outdated Food Still Edible?

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Did you see the recent news story about the grocery store in Boston that is selling only outdated products? Yes, it’s true. Doug Rauch, the man behind the very successful Trader Joe’s retail chain is opening new stores that will sell “outdated products” at a much lower price. How can he do this? Simple- the dates on most foods are just suggestions because the food doesn’t

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Food Safety Tips for Outdoor Cooking

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A recent survey shows that three out of four households in the United States own some form of outdoor grill or smoker. Cooking and eating outside is always fun but eating outdoors in warm weather presents a food safety challenge. Bacteria in food multiply faster at temperatures between 40°F and 140°F, so summer heat makes the basics of food safety especially important.

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Focus on Food Safety

Focus on Food Safety

Many of you are familiar with Dick Peppard, our Food Safety and Sanitation Supervisor for the past ten years. Dick was instrumental in the development of our very stringent food safety policies. Dick has an essential part of the team, ensuring our food prep and handling processes are clean and safe for our guests. We wish Dick good luck in his retirement

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Keep your hands clean; Keep your family healthy!

Clean hands are one of the most important keys to preventing foodborne illnesses. Studies have shown time and again that hand washing is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs and keep you and your family healthy!

Remember that simply rinsing your hands under running water won’t cut it! Proper hand washing technique only takes 20 seconds and requires

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Keeping Your Food Safe When the Lights Go Out

A couple weeks ago I got home from work to find that all of my clocks were flashing… and we all know what that means! Luckily my power wasn’t out for long, but it did make me think about what would happen if I were without electricity for a few hours instead of minutes. The only thing I would really be concerned about right away is how to keep the food cold in my refrigerator

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I Eat Sushi….but This is a Good Reminder

About two weeks ago the news media noted concerns with a Salmonella outbreak in sushi grade tuna. Approximately 190 people, in 19 states had reported an illness that appeared to be related to tuna and sushi.

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Is Your Food Safe?

When I tell people that I am the Food Safety Supervisor for Festival Foods, they usually want to know what it is all about. Why should the store be concerned about food safety? Isn’t that up to the manufacturer or supplier?

Yes, in some cases it is up to the supplier but we cannot rely completely on others, at Festival we prefer to be proactive and make every effort to ensure the food you are

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Is Your Seafood Safe to Eat?

Most of us know that proper handling and cooking of beef, pork, and poultry is important so that we don’t get sick but did you know seafood can also cause problems if not treated correctly?

We recently received a customer complaint indicating he found a parasite in some seafood. Normally, precautions in animal feeds, deep freezing pork or seafood and cooking to the required temperature eliminate any parasite concerns.

We take all complaints very seriously

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