Allison Smathers

IFT Poster Presentation: Evaluation of facilities and food safety practices in the North Carolina farmers market sector

Information on Poster Presentation Session Title: Quality Assurance Division Poster Session – FOOD SAFETY & DEFENSE TRACK Session Time: 6/12/2011 12:00 PM- 2:00 PM Presentation Title: Evaluation of facilities and food safety practices in the North Carolina farmers’ market sector Presentation Number: 042-01 Abstract The association between produce and ready-to-eat foods with foodborne illness prompts […]

Infosheet:Over 30 ill with Clostridium perfringens at parent-teacher conference in Evanston Ill.

Food Safety Infosheet Highlights: -Outbreak traced to  catered BBQ that was held at incorrect temperatures -Food was reportedly delivered by caterer and BBQ dishes sat out at room temperature throughout the afternoon and evening. – Have the proper tools available, such as chafing dishes with a heat source, to keep the food above 135°F. Food […]

Barf wars series at North Regional Library (session 3)

Titled: Return of the E. coli Topics include in-home food safety practices, storage and handling. We answer the question “What is the best way to thaw a turkey?” To download the PowerPoint, click the link below: Return of the E. coli

Infosheet: Temperature abuse a factor in 2008 Salmonella outbreak

Food Safety Infosheet Highlights: -Peppers were prime cause of 2008 Salmonella outbreak linked to over 1,500 illnesses -Pepper and tomato-containing dishes sitting at room temperature may have made the outbreak larger. -Refrigerate tomato dishes below 41°F. Click here to download this food safety infosheet.

Barf wars series at North Regional Library (session 2)

Titled: The Salmonella strikes back: shopping for food locally and safely Topics include farmers’ market food safety and things to think about when it comes to local foods. We answer the question: “Is food less safe than it was 20 years ago?” To download the PowerPoint, click the link below: The Salmonella strikes back: shopping […]

Barf wars series at North Regional Library (session 1)

Titled: Food safety in the 21st century Topics include recent foodborne illness outbreaks, the burden of foodborne illness, what do inspection scores really mean. We answer the question “Was it really the last thing that you ate that led to food poisoning”? To download the PowerPoint, click the link below: Barf wars: Food safety in […]

Farmers market managers workshop food safety talk

Titled: Food Safety at the Market A presentation about the importance of safe food handling at the farmers market to protect a market’s reputation, vendors, and patrons. To download the PowerPoint, click the link below: Food Safety at the Market