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Boot Cleanability & Hygiene

March 8,2016 | by Paul Barnhill

Personnel Hygiene, Uncategorized

Protection, comfort, and durability, are usually the main considerations when evaluating a footwear solution for your production facility, but many companies forget to consider boot design as a factor in food safety and cleanability.

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How safe are your suppliers?

November 3,2015 | by Paul Barnhill

Personnel Hygiene, Uncategorized

Are they helping to protect your brand?

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Food Safety News May 2015

May 3,2015 | by Paul Barnhill

Uncategorized

Avian flu outbreak worst in years; Officials try to contain virus as outbreak continues

The current outbreak of H5N2 avian flu is massive - the worst since the 1980's. Over 100 farms have been hit, and officials are scrambling to stop the virus' spread to millions more at-risk birds and thousands of US poultry farms. Read Article Here

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Food Safety News March 2015

March 3,2015 | by Paul Barnhill

Uncategorized

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

Uncategorized

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

December 19,2014 | by Paul Barnhill

Uncategorized

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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Living Healthy: Hand Washing Tips

October 7,2014 | by Paul Barnhill

Uncategorized

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

Uncategorized

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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