Sprouts Not Healthy Food for Everyone

Children, the elderly, and persons whose immune systems are not functioning well should not eat raw sprouts, because current treatments of seeds and sprouts cannot get rid of all bacteria present. Persons who are at high risk for complications from foodborne illness should probably not eat raw sprouts, according to an article in the current […]

Monitor Incoming Products in a Food Service Operation

How to monitor your incoming goods Every food business will have incoming goods and these will have a direct impact on how safe your finished product is. “You can’t make good product from bad ingredients”. A fair majority of compliance standards will require that you monitor your incoming goods. In this post, different methods of […]

Keep Customers with Food Allergies Safe

Introduction With a reported 50% of fatal food allergen episodes occurring outside the home, it’s no wonder that customers with severe food allergies are cautious of dining out. Currently, there is no legislation stating that your restaurant has to accommodate customers with food allergies. However, some states (Rhode Island and Massachusetts) have passed legislation requiring […]

Reduce Utility Costs in a Foodservice operation

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Maine Food Safety

Each retail food facility must have one certified food employee whose certificate issued by a nationally recognized program is current and unexpired. The certified food employee must be the “person in charge” when at the facility and accessible at all times during the facility’s hours of operation. This ServSafe Manager Certification class satisfies the Maine […]

Pecan-Crusted Pork with Pumpkin Butter

Ingredients: 4 servings 1 (14 ounce) can pumpkin puree 3/4 cup apple juice 3/4 cup sugar 1 pinch ground cloves 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 cup pecans 3/4 cup bread crumbs 4 (1/2 inch thick) boneless pork chops 1/4 cup oil for frying Directions: ready in 30 minutes 1. Whisk together […]

Wheat Allergy

Controlling a Wheat Allergy By Krisha McCoy, MS | Medically reviewed by Pat F. Bass III, MD, MPH Yes, you’ll need to read every food label. But having a wheat allergy does not mean you or your child can’t enjoy good foods. Most cases of wheat allergy affect children under the age of 3, but adults can have […]

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Food Safety at the Farmer’s Market

[jotform id=1] Shopping at a farmer’s market or a farm stand is a great way to get locally-grown, fresh fruit, vegetables, and other foods for you and your family. As the numbers of these markets have grown, there may be questions about the safety of the foods purchased there. Many state and local governments have […]

Beef and Bean Chimichangas

Ingredients: 8 servings 1 pound lean ground beef 3/4 cup chopped onion 3/4 cup diced green bell pepper 1 1/2 cups whole kernel corn 2 cups taco sauce 2 teaspoons chili powder 1 teaspoon garlic salt 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 (16 ounce) can refried beans 8 (12 inch) flour tortillas 1 (16 ounce) package […]

Why cooking oil testing is so important

As the world’s demand for fried food continues to expand, there has been a huge increase in manufacturers, restaurants, and cafes producing such foods. From chips and fried chicken to ice-cream and donuts, there is simply no limit to what can be tossed into deep fryer and served up to the public. The demand has […]

Baked Lemon Pepper Salmon

One of our favorite salmon recipies Ingredients – serves 6 6 teaspoons Dijon mustard cayenne pepper – to taste 6 (8 ounce) center-cut salmon fillets, boned, skin on sea salt to taste Try substituting Raye’s mustard for the Dijon. Raye’s is produced right here in Eastport Maine . You are in for a treat. Directions […]

Sanitizing Refrigeration and Ice-Making Equipment

Refrigerators and ice machines need more than a good cleaning every so often: they also need to be sanitized regularly. The temperatures in these machines are cold enough to slow the growth of bacteria, but they won’t kill them. Cleaning alone is not enough! There are many places where biological contamination can hide for a […]

Food Allergens

Reducing the Risks Food allergies can range from merely irritating to life- threatening. Approximately 30,000 Americans go to the emergency room each year to get treated for severe food allergies, according to the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN). It is estimated that 150 to 200 Americans die each year because of allergic reactions to […]