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Cargill to Label Products Containing Finely Textured Beef - Food Safety News (2013)

Cargill to Label Products Containing Finely Textured Beef - Food Safety News (2013) | Restaurant Success | Scoop.it

Cargill Beef will begin labeling products that contain finely textured beef (FTB), a product sometimes referred to as “pink slime”... The company plans to start using a label reading “Contains Finely Textured Beef” on its branded, U.S.-made ground beef before the 2014 grilling season...

 

FTB, is composed of fine bits of beef taken from the trimmings of higher-quality cuts, which is then treated with citric acid to eliminate bacteria... “Our research shows that consumers believe ground beef products containing Finely Textured Beef should be clearly labeled,” said Cargill Beef President... “We’ve listened to the public, as well as our customers, and that is why today we are declaring our commitment to labeling Finely Textured Beef.”

 

The company noted that, since 1993, it has been producing FTB, with the approval of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and believes that it plays an important role in affordably feeding Americans. USDA does not require beef products to be labeled if they contain less than 15 percent of lean finely textured beef but does allow voluntary labeling... 

 

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2013/11/cargill-beef-to-label-products-containing-finely-textured-beef/


Via Alexander J. Stein
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Alert! Finely Textured Beef = Pink Slime. Know what it is you are serving, and the potential risks before you serve it. 

 

What's wrong with pink slime? Gerald Zirnstein, a former microbiologist with USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, doesn’t "consider the stuff (pink slime) to be ground beef.” 

 

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/whats-wrong-with-pink-slime/

 

The article goes on to disclose that Ammonium hydroxide is injected into the beef to kill any potentially hazardous bacteria that may be present. It also says that Ammonium is naturally occurring and has been identified as safe by the FDA. 

 

However, you may want to find out more about Ammonium before you agree with the FDA.

 

"Commonly sold as window cleaner, floor cleaner, wood polish, and a source of food (slime), ammonium hydroxide is a serious threat to a person's health. The Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for ammonium hydroxide classifies the substance as very hazardous when in contact with skin. Ammonium hydroxide may produce tissue damage on mucous membranes. The human digestive system is basically one long mucous membrane from mouth to finish. Repeated or prolonged exposure to ammonium hydroxide can lead to health deterioration through accumulation within human organs. Although ammonium and ammonia are essential to proper kidney function and maintaining an acid-base balance within the body, chronic high levels of the chemical can ruin delicate blood vessels and cause harm on the cellular level."

According to Natural News

 

http://www.naturalnews.com/035517_pink_slime_ammonium_hydroxide_burgers.html##ixzz3FxJWZJap

 

For a more balanced view, you may want to visit this article from live science. 

 

http://www.livescience.com/36367-pink-slime-bad-health-beef.html

 

The most important thing is to know what you are serving to your guests and make an informed decision. 

 

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Join Hamilton County Public Health on a sample Kitchen Inspection! #CleanKitchen

Hamilton County Public Health sanitarian and supervisor, Tucker Stone, inspects a clean kitchen to show you what we look for on our inspections. HCPH is keep...
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What does it take to make sure your kitchen stays clean? Go behind the scenes with a Hamilton County Public Health inspection. Includes great tips and advice on how you can ensure your restaurant stays this way.

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How Do You Get E Coli?

What is E.coli? http://www.bioclad.com/ Escherichia coli, also known as E.coli is a bacterium commonly found in the gut. Several types of E.coli exist as par...
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How serious is E. coli? 5-10% of those who contract E. coli may develop H.U.S. (Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome), a kidney infection that could lead to renal failure. Watch this video from bioclad for more info  

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7 sick; E. coli linked to Quebec restaurant, but it's a secret - Barfblog (blog)

7 sick; E. coli linked to Quebec restaurant, but it's a secret - Barfblog (blog) | Restaurant Success | Scoop.it
Quebec's Health Ministry has reportedly confirmed one restaurant is behind seven recent cases of E. coli, but its name and the city it's in have yet to be released. Of the seven victims, only two a...
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E. coli victims tell their stories

Kelly Fortier is a vegetarian. The 20-year-old made the switch in January for humanitarian and health reasons. "I figured I would be safer because I wouldn't...
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Watch this video to see just how serious E. Coli and other foodborne illnesses are. According to the CDC, 1 in 6 Americans get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and over 3000 die every year from food poisoning.

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Single bacterial super-clone behind world epidemic of drug-resistant E. coli - UW Today

Single bacterial super-clone behind world epidemic of drug-resistant E. coli - UW Today | Restaurant Success | Scoop.it
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Single bacterial super-clone behind world epidemic of drug-resistant E. coli
UW Today
Virulent, drug-resistant forms of E.
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Super bug - coming to a restaurant near you... E. coli is now becoming drug-resistant. Even more reasons to implement and enforce food safety training with your employees.

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Owner of DC's historic soul food restaurant dies at 73 - W*USA 9

Owner of DC's historic soul food restaurant dies at 73 - W*USA 9 | Restaurant Success | Scoop.it
The owner of the District's historic soul food restaurant, Henry's Carry-out and Delicatessen died Friday at the age of 73.
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It is said that President Obama's favorite Sweet Potato Pie came from Henry's. Henry Smith, owner of Henry's Soul Cafe was loved by the community and will be missed. 

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CHARLESTON GOOD! ...: Carolina Clean Watershed Restaurant ...

CHARLESTON GOOD! ...: Carolina Clean Watershed Restaurant ... | Restaurant Success | Scoop.it
Simple steps in the workplace can make a big difference in keeping our water clean for today and future generations of Lowcountry residents. Through participation in the Carolina Clean Watershed Restaurant program, ...
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It is important for businesses to be aware that our actions impact more than just ours and our employee's lives. We can have a direct impact on the health and wellness of our diners as well as the greater community. 

 

The city of Charleston has provided an excellent checklist for restaurants to ensure community is positive.

 

http://www.clemson.edu/public/carolinaclear/consortiums/acsec_home/ccw_restaurant/restaurantworkbook.pdf

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How restaurants can leverage cause marketing | Aspen content from Restaurant Hospitality

How restaurants can leverage cause marketing | Aspen content from Restaurant Hospitality | Restaurant Success | Scoop.it
The Cheesecake Factory’s David Gordon and others discuss partnering with charities
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"Developing the right partnerships with suitable organizations can help keep restaurant employees enthusiastic and improve sales, as well as help people in need."


Not only will you strengthen your local community, you will help foster goodwill and teamwork in your staff, as well as your customer base.

 

However, it is important to remember that your time is finite. The key is to identify which organizations you should support, and those organizations that aren't quite right for your business. Some key questions to ask: Will supporting this cause inspire my staff? Do the demographics of this organization line up with that of your restaurant? What is the time/ financial commitment required? In what ways will my restaurant's support be communicated to the community? Are there additional marketing I could do in conjunction with this event to help directly boost sales?

 

This article shows how The Cheesecake factory works with an organization that inspires their staff, as well as how they use this promotion to drive brand awareness.  

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Survivor wants every kid to be a 'Food Safety Superstar' - The Packer

Survivor wants every kid to be a 'Food Safety Superstar' - The Packer | Restaurant Success | Scoop.it
A North Carolina 16-year-old caught a bit of the food safety spotlight shining on Washington D.C. Sept. 19, even though she wasn’t directly involved in the release of the revisions to the Food and Drug Administration’s proposed produce rule.
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It's great to have Dana setting such a great example. Almost being one of the more than 3000 killed by foodborne illness each year clearly had a significant impact in her life. Hopefully, she can help young people make a systemic change in our food handling habits. 

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#foodsafety: Diners post food safety violations to Instagram, Twitter

#foodsafety: Diners post food safety violations to Instagram, Twitter | Restaurant Success | Scoop.it
Usually when someone pulls out their phone to snap a picture at a restaurant, it’s to document a particularly delicious or showstopping meal.

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Careful, your restaurant patrons aren't turning a blind eye to dirty, unsanitary habits anymore. With today's reaction = share society, one bad experience with a dirty bathroom, rodent, or other pest can have a huge impact. It used to be that a disgruntled patron would tell 10 people about their bad experience. Now they have the power to tell thousands - or even hundreds of thousands if it goes viral - with the snap of a camera and the click of a send button. The impact of keeping a dirty restaurant can be lethal to your business.

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Consumer Reports Finds Most Pork Contaminated With Yersinia | Food Safety News

Consumer Reports Finds Most Pork Contaminated With Yersinia | Food Safety News | Restaurant Success | Scoop.it

November 27, 2012 Food Safety News:

In a new study of raw pork chops and ground pork, Consumer Reports found 69 percent of samples were contaminated with Yersinia enterocolitica, according to a report published by Consumer Reports.  The group points to the widespread use of antibiotics in agriculture as a key contributor to the resistance problem.Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY), a vocal critic of agriculture’s use of antibiotics, reacted to the study on Tuesday calling the results “simply terrifying.”

“It’s getting harder and harder for the food processing industry and the FDA to ignore the fact that the overuse of antibiotics in animals is threatening public health,” said the congresswoman in a statement. “Their half-measures and voluntary guidelines are no longer enough – we must act swiftly to reverse this public health crisis.”.. http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/11/consumer-reports-finds-most-pork-positive-for-yersinia/

 

American pork contains antibiotic resistant pathogens: report - Los Angeles Times http://www.latimes.com/health/boostershots/la-heb-consumer-reports-analysis-american-pork-majority-contaminated-20121127,0,1259462.story

 

Toxic botulism in Animals Linked to Monsanto's RoundUp Herbicide | Wake Up World http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/988798809/toxic-botulism-in-animals-linked-to-monsanto-s-roundup-herbicide-wake-up-world

 

Antibiotic Use In Farm Animals Still Broadly Unaddressed Despite 'Fanfare' For FDA Move http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/961126741/antibiotic-use-in-farm-animals-still-broadly-unaddressed-despite-fanfare-for-fda-move

 

Could Eating Less Meat Help Save The Planet and Avoid an Ecological Disaster? http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/3304266960/could-eating-less-meat-help-save-the-planet-and-avoid-an-ecological-disaster

 

Corporate Industrial Factory Farming Treats Our Animals Like Objects on an Auto Production Line: http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/2841587423/corporate-industrial-factory-farming-treats-our-animals-like-objects-on-an-auto-production-line-you-are-what-you-eat

 

WHERE DOES IT STOP? VIDEO Genetically-Modified Animals Could be Coming to Your Dinner Plate VIDEO http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/3199607957/where-does-it-stop-genetically-modified-animals-could-be-coming-to-your-dinner-plate-video

 


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It is more critical than ever that pork is cooked properly. This new study shows that nearly 70% of pork is contaminated with Yersinia.

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Killer Outbreaks- E. Coli 0157

Catch Killer Outbreaks Fridays @ 9pm E/P | For more, visit http://animal.discovery.com/tv/killer-outbreaks/#mkcpgn=ytapl1 | E. Coli 0157 is a rare strain of ...
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How dangerous is E. coli, "the burger bug?" You could be in a life or death situation before you even realize it, killing 61 people each year. It also causes paralysis, blindness and strokes, and is always evolving. Watch this 3 minute video from Animal Planet. 

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Michigan man nearly dies after eating burger with E. coli

Kevin McDermed ate a hamburger almost died and was sick for two weeks after eating a hamburger with E.coli. More from CNN at http://www.cnn.com/ To license t...
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One man's nearly died when he ate a hamburger from the more than 2 million pounds of ground beef that were recalled this May. Is your restaurant doing all it can to reduce cross contamination to your customers?

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Can you wash E. coli off produce? | MNN - Mother Nature Network

With what feels like an increase in E.coli produce recalls, how effectively can you wash or treat spinach and lettuce greens at home?
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Good information on how to improve food safety on produce in general. However, I found the fact that E. coli generally will won't be removed because it penetrates deep into the fruit and vegetables disconcerting. 

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McDonald's Japan forecasts big 2014 loss after food safety scare - Fortune

McDonald's Japan forecasts big 2014 loss after food safety scare - Fortune | Restaurant Success | Scoop.it
Company had seen a $50 million profit but now expects to lose $157 million after scandal at Shanghai-based supplier decimates customer numbers.
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How can one food safety incident affect your restaurant? You may not go from $50 million in profit to a $157 million loss like McDonalds Japan. However, the impact to your business could be just as severe. Your restaurant may not be able to survive the consequences of not implementing proper food handling procedures prior to an incident.

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The restaurant where you're greeted with a gun - and shots of vodka - BBC News

The restaurant where you're greeted with a gun - and shots of vodka - BBC News | Restaurant Success | Scoop.it
As the conflict in eastern Ukraine rumbles on, hundreds of miles away in the west of the country, a restaurant is using past and present wars to attract diners.
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Kryjivka takes themed restaurants to a whole new level. I especially enjoyed the Putin toilet paper you can pick up in the gift shop.

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Swiss Restaurant Penalizes Diners Who Don't Lick Buffet Plates Clean

Swiss Restaurant Penalizes Diners Who Don't Lick Buffet Plates Clean | Restaurant Success | Scoop.it
Starting this week, the all-you-can-eat lunch buffet at Patrizietta in Losone, Switzerland, comes with an optional add-on: a punitive 5-franc fine ($5.65) if you don't want to eat everything you plopped on your plate.
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Here's a surefire way to reduce food costs in your buffet restaurant. Fine your patrons for not cleaning their plates. Not exactly sure this won't encourage them to never come back to your restaurant again... only time will tell.

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10 More Restaurant Marketing Lemons | Summers

10 More Restaurant Marketing Lemons | Summers | Restaurant Success | Scoop.it
10 More Restaurant Marketing Lemons http://t.co/09pmMWoL6F http://t.co/tCLT4wckxY
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Effective marketing should be organic. Stop hitting your customers over the head with your latest promotion. Instead, add value to your customers. Present common interests that showcase your restaurant's expertise and culinary perspective. Once you have connected with your audience, and created friends and fans, they are much more receptive to listen to your marketing message. However, pitch quickly and softly. 

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A Food Handler's Guide to Serving Safe Food - Part 5: Safe Food

Part 5: Safe Food Learn about the food and restaurant industry standards for food handling safety and preventing food borne illness in this easy to follow se...
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Nice video on handling food safely

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