restaurant safety


Restaurant Food Safety – Protect Your Customers & Yourself

food-safety   As a business owner, your number one concern should be the health of your customers and your workers.  Being careless in food safety can cost you more than just profits, it could mean losing your business if someone gets sick or worse dies from food poisoning from your restaurant.  These days with the Ebola virus threatening a worldwide pandemic people are more concerned than ever about getting sick and restaurant that have reputations as being unsanitary or not following health and safety regulations will lose business.

Restaurants in China and Japan like McDonalds have reported heavy losses due to food poisoning due to unscrupulous suppliers selling meat that didn’t follow food safety standards. This is why it is important to know your suppliers and make sure they are following food safety regulations. One of the advantages of buying your food locally is you know where the food is coming from. You can inspect the source of your food or make sure the local health inspector ensures that they are following food safety regulations. Also the less distance your food has to travel from the source to your restaurant the greater chance that it will be more fresh and uncontaminated. When food like meat, dairy and fish have to travel long distances there is an increased change for bacteria or viruses to grow and spread especially if the food has not been properly refrigerated or kept at the correct temperature throughout the journey from the farm to your business. The is also a greater chance of contamination since typically when food is traveling long distances more people are handling the food. (more…)

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Make Your Restaurant Food Allergy Friendly

As a restaurant owner, educating yourself and your staff about food allergies is essential.

Although the number of adults and children with food allergies is relatively small, restaurant owners should be more aware of this unique group of customers. Allergic reactions can result in death in the worst case scenario. Restaurant owners have a responsibility to educate staff about food allergies and to communicate to patrons about potentially problematic menu items.

While restaurant owners are now under a certain obligation to address the issue of food allergies for reasons of social responsibility and legal protection, some restaurants have taken their handling of the issue to another level.

Many local restaurants and popular nationwide chain restaurants, such as Red Robin and California Pizza Kitchen, have instituted special menus for customers suffering from allergies. Being an allergy friendly restaurant can help you win people suffering from allergic reactions and their families as new patrons. The following is some key information on food allergies that can help restaurateurs better and more responsibly serve this community.

In the United States, approximately 6% of all American children under the age of three and about 1.5% of all adults suffer from food allergies. There are eight foods that cause allergies and the FDA has mandated that warnings must be placed on the labels of products containing them. The food allergies which are considered the most common include the following:

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Restaurant Furniture Safety Tips

Many restaurant owners overlook the topic of restaurant safety when it comes to providing a safe customer experience to all those who choose to eat or drink at their establishment. As a business owner you will want to avoid any possible liabilities involving your customers or employees. When it comes to the safety of your restaurant, it should be taken just as seriously as sanitary food practices.


Imagine a bar stool that has an uneven leg which will make it unstable. When a customer sits down on the stool they will likely not be expecting it and may possibly fall and injure themselves within the first couple minutes of being in your bar or restaurant. A loose seat on a bar stool can have the same effect. A customer will certainly not enjoy falling off one of your stools and will be even less thrilled with you if they manage to get injured in the process. Tall tables with a pedestal leg can also suffer from a similar problem if one of their legs is missing the tip that it rests on. A person putting a little bit of weight on the table by doing something as simple as leaning on it can result in the whole table flipping and spilling the food and drinks all over the customers and the floor.


Another restaurant furniture that you want to keep an eye on are the chairs. The legs of every chair should be checked on a regular basis to make sure that they are not loose or tip when sat in. Failure to check your chairs’ legs and backs can result in a customer falling off the chair and potentially suffering a back injury. Be sure to tighten any screws that connect the base of the seat to the seat backs to try to avoid this as much as possible.


Not only do you have to worry about restaurant furniture having legs that are uneven and loose screws, you also need to be sure that the material the chair is made out of doesn’t start to splinter. Wood chairs will of course be the most common material of chair to have this problem, however plastic chairs can degrade and get splinters as well, which will tend to just pinch your customers when they sit in them. Remember that a customer running into problems with your restaurant furniture will just be a reason that may cause them to go somewhere else next time.

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