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Life, Liberty, and a Gluten-Free Meal

Colonial Williamsburg Restaurant sued under the ADA for not allowing child to consume his home-prepared gluten-free meal. The Governor’s Palace in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. A brick Colonial house with a courtyard, and former home of Thomas Jefferson. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was enacted in 1990 to prevent discrimination against individuals with disabilities in ...
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Avoiding a Foodborne Fiasco

Introduction The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 48 million people or 1 in 6 Americans experience a foodborne illness every year as a result of consuming contaminated food or drink and roughly 128,000 people in the US are hospitalized due to foodborne illness. There are many different pathogens or disease causing microbes ...
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Takeaways for the Hospitality Industry from FDA’s Draft Food Labeling Guidance

authored by: Barbara Rowland, Charles W. Spitz, and Abraham J. Rein The FDA has issued draft guidance regarding previously announced menu-labeling rules set to take effect on December 1, 2015. The scope of those rules, which require certain businesses to post nutrition information about food offered for sale, has raised questions for the hospitality industry. ...
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Listeria – Expert Fact Sheet

In this document, Food Safety Expert, Barry E. Parsons, FMP, CP-FS, CCFS provides introductory information on Listeria, including symptoms, notable outbreaks, and what food service establishments should be doing to prevent outbreaks. PREVALENCE  Approximately 1,600 illnesses and 260 deaths are attributed to listeriosis, from Listeria Monocytogenes (LM), in the United States each year. A large ...
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The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act’s Impact

FDA’s steadfast position against formally addressing “Natural” claims on food products may soon be forced to change if the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, which the House of Representatives passed on July 23, 2015, is enacted. The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act (“SAFLA”) serves largely to prohibit state and local governments from enacting ...
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Food Safety Insurance and The FDA’s Forthcoming Rule

A recent ruling by the California Supreme Court continues a national trend of decisions over the past several years denying coverage for potential contamination incidents under product contamination insurance (PCI) policies. The latest decision is rendered at a critical time for the food industry. By the end of summer, food companies face regulatory transformations not ...
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How Music Establishes Mood and Drives Restaurant Profits

Will Bridges, co-founder of Lamberts Downtown Barbecue in Austin, Texas, sees on a daily basis the impact music has on diners. “The interplay between music and dining is crucial,” he observes. “You really can’t separate the two. Lamberts wouldn’t be what it is today without the music component.” Indeed, whether a restaurant is seeking to ...
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Studies on Restaurant Food Handling and Food Safety Practices

Beef Grinding Logs Study Objective: To describe recordkeeping practices of beef grinding activities in retail establishments. Study Results: We surveyed 125 establishments and where available, reviewed grinding records. We found that less than half of establishments kept grinding records. Only 22% of records had all data needed for effective traceback (e.g., grind date and time, ...
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What’s on the Menu?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently released two final rules for menu and vending machine labeling. “Nutrition Labeling of Standard Menu Items in Restaurants and Similar Retail Food Establishments” significantly expands FDA’s regulatory reach into restaurants and beyond. The rule stems from the Affordable Care Act and the compliance date is Dec. 1. FaegreBD ...
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