Introduction to Food Safety and the ServSafe® Program

We are at a point in our society where food safety concerns are ever increasing. It seems like almost monthly there is another recall, regarding food safety issues. When it comes to food safety in the workplace, we need to be extra diligent, to ensure we are serving the safest food possible.

Midwest Juice makes it easy for you to bring food safety into your operation. With the most comprehensive training program on the market, Midwest Juice will come to your location for training, testing and certification.

How do we accomplish this?
Through the ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification. This program is nationally recognized, and accredited. To date, more than 3 million ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certifications have been awarded. The ServSafe program delivers high-quality training options for every manager.

What is ServSafe?
ServSafe leads the way in providing the restaurant and food service industry with an up-to-date, comprehensive food safety and certification program. You can feel safe knowing that ServSafe food safety training and certification is recognized by more jurisdictions than any other program on the market.

Why the ServSafe program?
ServSafe brings together current best practices in food safety, as well as current best practices for instruction to meet our industry's changing needs. Students can stay engaged, retain information better and understand how to apply it. The result is training that students can apply on the job helping to better protect the general public from food borne illness.

Who can benefit from this program?
All operations serving food to customers, especially those serving food to high-risk customers. A high-risk customer is one whose immune systems have been compromised due to certain factors. Examples would be Nursing Homes, Schools, Hospitals, and Day Care Communities. If you or your company is looking for the most up-to-date and comprehensive training program on the market, contact us, so that we can help you serve safer food. With groups of ten or more people, we will come to your location for training. This program is not just for managers. It can highly benefit those working the floor, prepping food, cooking food and even dishwashers.
 

Contact Midwest Juice today, to see how we can help your business serve safer food.

Food safety is constantly making headlines...
Study Reveals Increased Food Safety Awareness
The results of a Michigan State University survey recently revealed American attitudes on food safety. Telephone interviews were conducted with over 1,000 adults in the U.S., asking them their opinions and concerns about food safety and food borne illness. This study is one of the most recent, which looks at consumer attitudes on food borne illness. Below are some interesting highlights from the survey:

  • Only 10 percent of Americans reported that they got food borne illness in the past year however, current published statistics indicate that over 25 percent of Americans suffer from food borne illness.
     
  • Ninety-six percent of Americans feel they trust themselves to ensure the food they prepare at home is safe. However, when asked if they trust others to handle their food, their confidence rate dropped to 62 percent.
  • While 96 percent of the respondents trust themselves over others to prepare food safely, only 58 percent say they know a lot or quite a bit about food safety.
  • Sixty-three percent of Americans say they are very or fairly concerned about the safety of the food they eat.
  • Fifty-four percent reported that they "think" about food safety when grocery shopping, while 46 percent "think" about food safety when eating out at a restaurant.
  • Many respondents stated that they are willing to pay more for less. That is, 84 percent of those surveyed, would add $270 a year to their food bill (5 percent more) if food borne disease could be reduced by 50 percent.
  • The federal government (specifically the FDA and USDA) was the most identified group expected to keep food safe and 88 percent believe they are capable of keeping food safe. Unfortunately, only 49 percent believe the government has the resources to do the job properly.
     

Source: Michigan State University
Food Safety Policy Center
 

ServSafe is a registered trademark of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, and used under license by National Restaurant Association Solutions, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of the National Restaurant Association.

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