Food Safety Is Not An Afterthought

Food Safety Is Not An Afterthought

All of us have to eat.

We too often take it for granted.  We get up in the morning and have breakfast of our choice, followed later by a midday lunch and capped in the early evening by dinner, sometimes with a cocktail. Unless we’re hosting a dinner party or a weekend BBQ we tend not to apply too much conscious thought to the daily process of eating. (Foodie’s excepted of course!)

Assumptions Can Be Dangerous

This lack of conscious thought can be dangerous because it leads our subconscious to make a lot of assumptions. When we go out to eat at various restaurants we assume our food is of high quality and not riddled with potentially deadly food bacteria.  We assume when we purchase food at the market that it is free of bacteria and viruses that cause food borne illnesses.  But of late, it seems like we are hearing more and more about food safety issues with recalls due to salmonella, e-coli and other bacteria.

The Elderly Are Particularly Susceptible to Food Borne Illness

In my position I am very cognizant of the fact that the elderly are much more susceptible to food borne illness than the general population, mostly because of compromised immune systems.  Our industry is heavily regulated and one of the main areas of regulation is food safety.  All of our staff are trained in basic food safety.  Our kitchens are inspected frequently by City and State Environmental Health agencies.  Proudly, in our five years of operations, we have not received any violations regarding kitchen/food safety at either of our locations.  This is a tremendous accomplishment given the frequency and depth of our kitchen inspections.  It is also yet another testament to the amazing job the staff at both locations are doing.

Food Safety Is Of The Utmost Importance

Knowing how susceptible our residents are to food borne illness, we pay particular attention to our kitchen practices. While not required to do so, we took an extra step and sent our chef and kitchen personnel to the nationally recognized ServeSafe Program for Managers and Food Handlers.  ServeSafe is a well known and respected National Restaurant Association program.
Our staff are trained on:

  • The Importance of Food Safety
  • Good Personal Hygiene
  • Time and Temperature Control
  • Preventing Cross-Contamination
  • Cleaning and Sanitizing
  • Safe Food Preparation
  • Receiving and Storing Food
  • Methods of Thawing, Cooking, Cooling and Reheating Food
  • HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points)
  • Food Safety Regulations
  • And more…
Chef ThereseCongratulations to Chef Therese for passing the ServeSafe Manager certification program!
CarolCongratulations to Carol for passing the ServeSafe Food Handler certification program!
glazed chicken and cauliflowerGlazed Chicken and Cauliflower
Salmon and GnocchiSalmon and Gnocchi

Also many congratulations to Margaret for passing the ServeSafe Food Handler certification program last year!

As you can see from the photo’s Chef Therese’s magnificent culinary concoctions are not only absolutely delicious, but prepared in full compliance with industry established food safety practices. Well done Chef Therese, Carol and Margaret for doing A Love For Life™ so proud!

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