Food Safety Implications of Raw Food and Juice Bars

One very recent trend in the Midwest is the opening of juice bars and raw food restaurants that have dotted the coasts for a while now. This move to purchase high-end drinks, salads and raw food bowls is frequently (if not exclusively) marketed as a push towards helping people look and feel better.  The use of more exotic ingredients and the removal of preservatives, fats, oils and processed sugars is heavily marketed for these establishments. I applaud this dietary push, but it also makes me very concerned for the general safety of my community as well as food safety nationally.

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HACCP And Restaurants Part 2

Because restaurants respond aggressively to trends, as high income consumers have increased their desire for food without chemical additives and with little to no cooking, restaurants are giving consumers those options, even if they don’t fully understand the need for a change in their safety program. Most restaurants are operating as if the system in which almost everything is cooked is acceptable, even if they are serving primarily uncooked food.

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HACCP and Restaurants

Let’s take a look at what HACCP is, and start to think about how restaurants approach building a program. Restaurants very greatly in their size and capital requirements, and there is a tremendous range in Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) based food safety programs for restaurants.

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