New Safety Standards for California Cantaloupes

Posted by Admin | Posted in Food Safety, Foodborne Illness, FYI, In the News, Listeria, Salmonella | Posted on 25-06-2013

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Cantaloupes

It’s that time of year, and with shifting tan lines and holiday line-ups comes my favorite summer change—it’s melon season. Bye-bye, oranges, and hello, cantaloupe. But the cantaloupe seasons of the last couple years have brought more than affordable deliciousness; unfortunately, deadly outbreaks of foodborne illness (in these cases, Listeria and Salmonella poisoning) were linked to cantaloupe in both 2011 and 2012, sickening more than 400 people and claiming thirty-six lives altogether.

News isn’t all bad, though: the California Cantaloupe Advisory Board (CCAB), which “produces 75 percent of all cantaloupes sold in the United States” according to the Western Farm Press, has adopted a new mandatory food safety program. Steve Patricio, the chairman of the CCAB, reveals that this new program “requires government audits of all cantaloupe production activities…including growing, harvesting, packing and cooling” of the melons. The CCAB hopes to ensure that consumers can buy California cantaloupes with confidence and security.

But don’t take my word for it. Visit the CCAB’s new website, which allows the public to view all of the organization’s new safety standards. The website also includes helpful features such as nutrition facts and recommendations for safe selection, storage, and preparation of cantaloupe by consumers. (Who knew that tapping is unnecessary to determine the quality of a cantaloupe? Myths my mother taught me….)

Katie Heil

 

Sources: foodpoisoningbulletin.com, westernfarmpress.comcaliforniacantaloupes.com

To Know or Not To Know: When It Comes to Food, That is the Question

Posted by Admin | Posted in Be Healthy, Food Safety, FYI, In the News, Science and Technology | Posted on 15-10-2012

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Food Label

Ever been told to put something into your mouth, without actually knowing what it is?  Well, if so, you probably know that it can be quite an uncomfortable and adventurous experience. But have you ever considered the fact that, sometimes, you might only think you know what you are eating, when in all actuality you are just as oblivious as when you eat that “mystery food” someone hands you? Knowledge when it comes to food consumption is a hot debate in California right now. Proposition 37 is a controversial bill in the upcoming November election. Basically, it calls for a mandate that all companies provide clear labels on their foods to let consumers know whether or not they have been genetically engineered (GE) in any way.

Genetically Engineered Tomato

The proposition has received quite an outpouring of support, having been signed by 1 million Californians. In addition, several notable celebrities have joined the cause and rallied to get support for the bill. “What makes you think you have the right to know?” asked Danny DeVito sarcastically when discussing the issue. Jillian Michaels, a fitness expert, commented on the issue, saying “The ability to make an informed choice about what you feed your family is a right no American should be denied.”

Interestingly, not everyone is “on board” with this new proposition. Gregory Conko and Henry I. Miller, of Forbes magazine, write “[The proposition] might sound reasonable and seem to reflect how our choice-driven marketplace works, but there are several problems with it. For starters, GE foods are not in any way a meaningful ‘category,’ which makes any choice of what to include wholly arbitrary. Nor are they unsafe or any less ‘natural’ than thousands of other common foods.”  This idea of food being safe or unsafe due to genetic engineering seems to be quite debatable for the public right now. In addition to Conko and Miller, many food and pesticide companies seem to be against the proposition, as they would be required to divulge information about genetically engineered foods with the public.

Rebecca Spector, director of the Center for Food Safety West Coast said “Food labeling empowers Americans to take control of what we eat, but 90 percent of Americans who want to know if their food is produced using genetic engineering are denied this freedom because these products are not required to be labeled in the U.S….Prop 37 is a reasonable response to government inaction to label GE foods.”

Remember, knowledge is power. Being informed about what you are eating is always a plus, and as it is quite a hot topic right now, it’s good to “know your stuff” so you can have a voice in food safety, no matter what your opinion on the matter might be. You can find the full articles at:

Angela Bond

StateFoodSafety.com CA Food Handler Card PROMO Code: BESTCOURSE2011

Posted by jwade | Posted in Company News, Food Safety, In the News, Promotions | Posted on 31-10-2011

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StateFoodSafety.com™ released a promo code for the California food handler course! If you need California food handlers card/certificate and don’t want to waste your time with other courses that may not be approved, look no further. We are your the answer to your food safety training needs. This coupon code is for the California Food Handler course but not valid in San Bernardino, San Diego, & Riverside. If you need your California food handler card and want the course that comes as close to free as possible follow the steps below to redeem the coupon code.

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California Passes Online Food Handler Training Bill

Posted by Emilee | Posted in In the News | Posted on 29-09-2011

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A few weeks ago, we let you know that StateFoodSafety.com had received accreditation from the American National Standards Institute, as a certificate provider for Food Handler Card training. Now, we have even more to celebrate as Governor Brown has signed Senate Bill 303 into law. SB 303, also known as the revised California Food Handler Law, became official on September 6, 2011. This law requires that all California Food Handlers receive Food Handler Training from an ANSI accredited program. The bill, more than nine months in the making, helps ensure that all California Food Handlers will receive consistent, instructionally sound training when procuring their California Food Handler Card.

We were privileged to be involved in the crafting of this bill and we would like to congratulate Senator Padilla, the bill’s author, as well as the entire California State Legislature for taking this important step toward ensuring the continued success of the California food service industry.

Online Food Handler Training is a great way for California’s food handlers to learn to do their jobs safely and prevent foodborne illness. StateFoodSafety.com is proud to offer a quality online food handler training experience to food handlers throughout the state. Our course has been recognized for its instructionally sound presentation, so much so that StateFoodSafety.com was recently awarded an exclusive contract to administer the food handler training program in San Bernardino County.

California Food Handler Card Program Receives Accreditation

Posted by Emilee | Posted in Company News | Posted on 28-06-2011

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SB 303, known as the California Food Handler Law, requires certain food workers to receive California food handler training and a California food handler card from an approved provider.  The California food handler card is received after completing the required training and passing a 40-question assessment.

Food handler training is not a new thing.  For years, or even decades, some state or local regulations have required food handler training for all their food workers.  California is a little different.  In most areas, training programs are scrupulously reviewed and approved by state or local health officials.  This ensures the training content is accurate, according to the adopted version of the FDA food code.  In California, food handlers can receive a California food handler card only from an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited body.  ANSI accredits the California food handler training program according to standards as set forth in SB 303 as well as ensures that appropriate business practices are being used. StateFoodSafety.com was the first training program to receive this ANSI certification and is currently the only ANSI-accredited program offering Food Handler Card training to Californians.

StateFoodSafety.com is pleased to present its high-quality and interactive Food Handler Card training to Californians seeking certification.  StateFoodSafety.com is a trusted training provider nationwide, having trained hundreds of thousands of food handlers across the country.

 

Christian Pieper