Restaurant Food Safety Apps for Up-To-Date Information
Author: Maggie Moulatsiotis
Staying informed about food recalls in your area is important to providing safe, fresh and consistently great menu items for your customers. To help food service professionals stay up-to-date, federal food safety agencies have adopted user-friendly methods of outreach such as computer desktop alerts, daily email messages and smart phone apps to keep food service professionals up-to-date on safe food distribution.
Here is a list of the agencies and applications for prompt food safety and recall information:
FSIS: Food Safety and Inspection Services
The USDA created this agency to ensure “the nation’s commercial supply of meat, poultry, and egg products is safe, wholesome and correctly labeled and packaged." (Source)
Food service professionals can stay connected to all USDA information through a daily FSIS email that covers a variety of categories including news and events, food recalls and regulations and policies.
Sign up for a daily feed here.
FDA: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration
The FDA is an over-arching agency that encompasses food, tobacco and medical products. This agency also oversees global regulatory operations, policy and operations.
The FDA’s Office of Foods provides a wealth of information on topics such as food defense and emergency response, food ingredients and packaging, food recalls, labeling and nutrition and food safety.
Get your daily dose by subscribing to the FDA email feed.
CDC: The Center for Disease Control and Prevention
This government agency investigates and researches public health threats. The CDC is an informative source for restaurants to follow as it announces food contamination outbreaks such as E. coli and Salmonella in tainted food products.
Keep informed with your choice of daily CDC RSS feeds to your computer or smart phone.
This is a comprehensive website of the three above mentioned agencies; the FSIS, FDA and CDC.
Sign up for smart phone, desktop or email alerts on food safety and recall information from all three agencies, here.
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