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Food Safety Audits & Next Steps

March 6,2015 | by Paul Barnhill

Hygiene in Food Processing

Food Safety Audits - What To Do Next?

When an internal food safety audit reveals holes in your safety and sanitation processes, take heart. Considering the frequency of foodborne illness outbreaks, product recalls and food poisoning lawsuits, identifying potential problems before they occur is a good thing. Fixing small issues prevents them from ballooning into major incidents involving alienated vendors and customers, damaged brand reputation, and regulatory violations.

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Food Safety News March 2015

March 3,2015 | by Paul Barnhill

Hygiene in Food Processing

3 Deaths from Listeria contaminated ice cream from Blue Bell

The deaths of 3 people who developed a foodborne illness linked to Listeria in Blue Bell ice cream products have prompted the first product recall in the company's 108-year history. 5 people developed listeriosis after eating contaminated ice cream. Read Article Here

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Food Safety News February 2015

February 2,2015 | by Paul Barnhill

Hygiene in Food Processing

Foodborne Illness Can Become a Lifelong Battle

Rarely do we hear or see the long-term effects foodborne illnesses can have on a person's body, but there are some serious complications that can become a lifelong battle... Read Article Here

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Tips to Fend-Off Germs of Coughing Coworkers in the Office

January 20,2015 | by Paul Barnhill

Hand Hygiene, Hygiene in Public Spaces

It’s the height of flu season, and just trying to avoid coughing co-workers in the office or plant facility may not be enough to stave off a case of the flu. Bad bugs can spread very quickly through the workplace.

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Cruise Ship Hygiene – Don’t Be the Next Big News Story

December 19,2014 | by Paul Barnhill

Hand Hygiene, Hygiene on Cruise Ships

According to the American Association of Port Authorities and the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association, cruises are a $37.85 billion industry in the United States, with the annual number of cruise passengers averaging well over 20 million. That’s a lot of people willing to be isolated with their new closest friends on a boat in the middle of the ocean. With all of these bodies in one relatively small space for days at a time, the chances for spreading germs around are high. The spread of norovirus is typically associated with cruise ships because the close living quarters increases the amount of group contact. Most of us have heard of the recent virus outbreaks on cruise lines, so how can you prevent being the next big news story involving wide-spread illness on a cruise ship? Other than choosing not to cruise, take a look at these cruise ship hygiene tips, including cruise ship hand washing and ways cruise lines can improve their VSP scores.

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Convenient Isn't Always Effective

December 4,2014 | by Paul Barnhill

Hand Hygiene, Hygiene in Healthcare

The Unhealthy Habit

There are few items more ubiquitous than the little bottle of hand sanitizer clipped to a purse or student backpack, the big jug of it in the workplace or classroom, and even dispensers in medical offices or supermarkets. However, the dangers of hand sanitizers are not well known, even to the people who depend on them to help stop transmission of some of the most dangerous pathogens known to the medical profession.

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The History of Hand Washing Compliance

November 26,2014 | by Paul Barnhill

Hand Hygiene

Hands and History

The definition of hygiene would be different in each century you go back to over the course of human history. For a Roman of the first century, cleanliness meant soaking for hours in baths of various temperatures, scraping the body with a metal scraping blade, and applying olive oil to the skin.

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Responsible Management and Keeping Your Team Safe

October 16,2014 | by Paul Barnhill

Hygiene in Food Processing

With the explosive growth in the spread of Norovirus and other pathogens, the role of the team lead or manager in the food chain supply and logistics field has expanded to cover personnel hygiene. From the plant operations manager to the manager at the corner market or sandwich shop, keeping your team healthy by training them in hygienic practices not only protects your team from foodborne illness, but also protects the general public, too.

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Living Healthy: Hand Washing Tips

October 7,2014 | by Paul Barnhill

Hand Hygiene

We all remember what we learned in elementary school: Wash your hands before eating and after using the bathroom. It's as adults that we let important lessons slide or take short cuts, but as cold and flu season approaches, it's time to revisit this very basic topic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization, washing your hands with soap and water is the most important and most effective step in preventing the spread of contagious diseases, both inside and outside of clinical settings. At home, at work or anywhere in your day, it's a good idea to keep your hands clean. Simple hand washing tips can help keep you and everyone around you from exposure to such pathogens as Norovirus, MRSA and even the H1N1 influenza virus that cannot be eradicated as thoroughly with hand sanitizer as with soap, water and proper hand washing.  It is important to note that gel hand sanitizers should only be used when soap and water is not available.

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The Cleaning System Revolution

September 30,2014 | by Paul Barnhill

The Power of Automation, Hand Hygiene

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2 million people each year become infected with pathogens that are resistant to antibiotics and antimicrobial agents. Preventing the spread of these pathogens is of paramount concern in many industries, such as food supply chain industries, health care and even among school campuses and colleges with an interest in protecting their workers, students and the general public. Among the pathogens generating the most concern are the following:

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