A Focus on Safety & Sanitation Tools Suite Update SFSPac Food Service Sanitation Systems, a division of PortionPac Chemical Corp., recently debuted a suite of new tools to help K-12 foodservice departments keep their kitchens safe and efficient. In preparation for the OSHA HazCom regulation changes expected in June 2015, the company introduced modern updates to its K-12 Food Safety and Sanitation System. Safer, OSHA-compliant formulations mean no pictograms, hazards or precautionary statements to learn. Its One Pac® brand pouch system is as simple as ever: one per bottle, bucket or sink. Instructional posters and a new procedure & reference guide, with color-coded mixing instruction sheets, round out the new materials. Go to www.portionpaccorp.com or call (312) 226-0400 to learn more. Healthy Hands Hand hygiene is essential for school kitchens and serving lines, but it’s also critical in preventing the spread of colds and the flu, which are responsible for more than 144 million lost school days every year. GOJO Industries, Inc.’s Hand Hygiene Program for Schools makes promoting hand hygiene among staff and students easy with three steps: PURELL®, an instant hand sanitizer; GOJO® foam soap with a soft feel that encourages use by kids; and GOJO innovative educational materials, which include games and fun exercises to make wellness an everyday lesson. To learn more, call (800) 321-9647 or visit www.gojo.com/united-states/market/k-12. Hot in Here Comark offers help in ensuring that foods are kept at safe temperatures with its extensive line of food thermometers. Products include the FoodPro Plus, an infrared thermometer for taking measurements of individual items and recipes, and the UTL80 Stick & Stay Thermometer, made for securing inside a refrigerator or freezer. Many of the company’s thermometers are also guaranteed dishwasher safe. For its full line of temperature-taking instruments, visit www.comarkUSA.com or call (800) 555-6658. Allergen Awareness Hubert Company now offers multiple kits and tools in its Allergen Safe line to help operators responsible for food prep avoid cross-contamination that could harm allergy-sensitive students. All products are colored purple, for easy identification, and items include a Purple Allergen Baking Kit, Purple Allergen Cooking Kit and an All- Purpose Allergen Awareness Kit. Additional tools, such as knives, cutting boards, pans and thermometers, are also available. Go to www.hubert.com or call (800) 543-7374 for more information. Make a Mark Avery Dennison’s FreshMarx® food safety labeling system is a simple and effective way to help school nutrition staff be more efficient when maintaining food stock rotation. The color-coded labels (you can use a different color for each day of the week) provide reliability—just peel and stick. They also promote better organization and quick recognition. FreshMarx labels are easily removed—some styles are completely dissolvable in water. Freezer-ready styles are also available. For details, call (877) 774-6829 or visit www.monarch.averydennison.com. Serve Friendly Foods Training classes available from MenuTrinfo are designed to provide the knowledge and confidence your school nutrition team needs to offer gluten-free and allergyfriendly menu items. Delivered in person or online, each AllerTrain™ food allergy training class is supported by comprehensive materials, including a workbook that can be used as a resource to keep on track with your food safety efforts. MenuTrinfo also offers menu nutritional analyses, certified gluten-free menus, kitchen audits, policy development and nutritional counseling. For more information, visit www.menutrinfo or call (888) 767-MENU (6368). Safety at Your Fingertips To eliminate a common frustration with temperature record-keeping that requires a server or hardware or software installation, SensoScientific, Inc., has created a completely Wireless Temperature Monitoring System. The wireless system can be easily accessed by a mobile or Internet-ready device, tracking current temperature readings, generating daily, weekly or monthly reports, as well as providing an alert and corrective action history. With this independent device, stay focused on the goal of reducing risk to students, as well as eliminating health violations and fines for sloppy records. To learn more, visit www.refrigerationtemperaturemonitoring.com or call (855) 463-6473. Action-Packed For an all-inclusive resource for food safety, the National Coalition for Food-Safe Schools now has a Food-Safe Schools Action Guide website. This comprehensive online resource features helpful tips for foodservice staff, as well as for families and students. Look for the How-to Guide for Creating Food-Safe Schools, which lists the common concerns and issues with foodborne illness and offers recommendations for how your cafeteria can get started in addressing and solving potential problem areas. Visit www.foodsafeschools.org for more information. Banishing Bacteria The Partnership for Food Safety Education works to help foodservice professionals learn more about keeping food safe from bacteria through the longstanding Fight Bac! campaign. Its website contains a wealth of practical information you can use in training activities, ranging from safe food handling procedures to foodborne illness information and a food safety glossary. There are also different games and activities for kids to help them learn how they can fight bacteria, too. Go to www.fightbac.org for more information. Life’s a Garden Schools all over the nation have taken to the new trend of cultivating gardens to use fresh, studentgrown produce in the cafeteria, but foodhandling procedures for these items are a concern. Life Lab, a nonprofit organization specializing in research surrounding students and garden-based learning, offers a website that features resources to help facilitate safe harvests from school gardens. Check out the Policy and Protocols page that gives sample policies from successful programs, as well as Safe Produce Handling Resources straight from the USDA and National Food Service Management Institute. Check out www.lifelab.org/for-educators to learn more. Scour Power Keeping food clean is only part of the battle in many kitchens. With the help of Ecolab, you can now make sure all of your surfaces and tools are also contamination-free. Ecolab provides tools that range from everyday scrubber sponges to a Hi-Temp Cleaning Tools Starter Kit. For more information on what to use to keep your kitchen safe and sanitary, go to www.ecolab.com/application/food-safety, or call (800) 321-3687.
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