Originally published in the 11-20-17 edition of Food Safety News. Republished with permission.
Pathogens met their Waterloo as more than 400 culinary professionals staged a two day pursuit of the latest advances in nutrition and food safety. The annual campaign is sponsored by Martin Brothers, a regional distributor focused on the culinary needs of hospitals and nursing homes.Read more about Handwashing for Life Olympics: Battle at Waterloo
Collaborative handwashing assessment
Sixty-two healthcare culinary professionals volunteered to share their opinion of handwashing at their establishment, a kitchen in either a hospital or nursing home in the Midwest.Read more about Handwashing: Frequency vs. Quality
Thanksgiving, the eater's favorite holiday. Ours always starts on Wednesday with a little pre-prep and gathering last minute supplies.
As joyous the occasion, it’s also a special feast day for bacteria and virus, particularly for salmonella and norovirus – the poster children for holiday pain. Staying well can make the difference between a memory of magic or misery. Good hand hygiene can do more for protecting holiday health than an over-cooked Turkey.Read more about Thanksgiving’s Top 10 Tips For Healthy Hands & Wellness
Data-driven continuous improvement for restaurants and hospitals
New concept positions handwashing as a brand-builder
Crushed Red’s founder, Chris LaRocca, understood just how important handwashing was in preparing a ready-to-eat menu. He identified a new technology company that worked along side him as his new concept developed.Read more about Handwashing On The Balance Sheet
The "Readily Available" principle
Immersion into the topic of hand hygiene to reduce operational risk has surfaced yet another incentive to improve handwashing process control. Operators know their handwashing rates are low and now they may be open to a charge of negligence should an outbreak be identified.Read more about A New Potential Legal Risk For Poor Handwashing
Behavior verification motivates compliance
The 5 steps of the HandsOn System are converted to action with a process that opens with collaborative Risk Assessment and closes with Decision Verification.Read more about Engaging Culture to Change Handwashing Behavior
Peppermill Casino Chooses Handwashing For Life’s New Pledge & Verify Framework
Handwashing and temperature control are the two mega-pillars of food safety both at home and away-from-home. At the Peppermill Casino in Reno Nevada, temperature control is on display 24/7 with the latest in Sous Vide cooking. It is the poster child for process control.
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Electronic monitoring fills the gap of complacency
The diligent foodservice operators are the majority but their years of collectively working without handwashing standards has left a scar of complacency.Read more about Handwashing's Corrective Action Shortfall
Data challenges the status quo
Years of unchecked failures in handwashing compliance have quietly morphed into an unwritten operational culture within many foodservice organizations. The truth is now exposed as risks rise and the costs of electronic monitoring fall. Operators are checking their assumptions by installing the new electronic hand hygiene monitoring technologies. Data documents the reality of the gap between the operation’s Mission Statement and the culture identified by the handwashing reality.Read more about Conventional Handwashing. Unconventional Penalties
Data plus leadership records sustainable gains in handwashing behaviors.
Culture change is often cited as a requirement where hand washing rates need to be doubled to reach a safe level. The Atrio Restaurant in Carmel, Indiana, lead by Chef Peter Fulgenzi, took on that task, challenging his staff to accept their professional role in serving safe food and giving them a measurement tool to verify handwashing without filling in tedious logs.Read more about A Successful Culture Change Doubles Handwashing Rates
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