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Food Safety

Handling the food that others will eat is a big responsibility. Ensure the good health of your patrons, your staff – and your business – and be proactive about implementing and adhering to the highest food safety standards.  RAMW seeks to increase food and alcohol safety/security in the restaurant industry through training and certification.

RAMW is a staunch advocate for food and alcohol safety and security in the regional restaurant industry. The Association offers several training courses that give your staff the required certification to become licensed food safety managers and will educate you or your staff about food safety and the prevention of food borne illnesses. We will also work to keep you informed of any changes in the licensing process, as well as new laws and regulations introduced by regulatory agencies in Virginia, DC and Maryland.


IMPORTANT Restaurant Coronavirus Updates

March 3, 2020
A Note from the Desk of RAMW's President & CEO, Kathy E. Hollinger As of March 2, there have been no confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Washington, DC or the metro region. We are in constant conversation with relevant government agencies, lodging and hospitality partners and the National Restaurant Association to ensure we have the most up to date information, to then share a plan of action with our members and the restaurant community. What You Should Focus On Right Now Our goal is to provide you with information and tools that might assist with your planning and...

If the Coronavirus Spreads in America, Food Delivery Companies Could See a Surge in Demand — Are They Ready?

March 2, 2020
Original content c/o: MarketWatch People who isolate themselves with ‘social distancing measures’ would still need food From movie chains to luxury retailers, the coronavirus could cut into earnings for many consumer-facing companies if the virus that’s infected more than 82,000 people worldwide escalates in America and forces consumers to stay home. Chinese workers in February carrying a cart of vegetables meant as groceries for nearby residents. Photo Credit: GREG BAKER/AFP via Getty Images Yet bottom lines could go in the opposite direction for companies with food...

How Restaurants Can Prepare for a Coronavirus Pandemic

February 28, 2020
Original content c/o: Restaurant Business Magazine As virus fears grip the country, experts stress planning and good food safety practices to reduce risk. As coronavirus fears gripped the world this week, more attention has focused on challenges restaurants often face in keeping sick workers home — and how that could exacerbate the spread of a virus many experts believe is destined to become a global pandemic. Photo credit: Shutterstock As of Friday, there were 82,294 confirmed cases of coronavirus, or COVID-19, worldwide, the vast majority of them in China, according to the World...

The Global Food Safety Initiative Raises the Bar for Food Safety, Releases All-new GFSI Benchmarking Requirements

February 26, 2020
Version 2020 marks the beginning of a new generation of benchmarking, recognition and transparency SEATTLE, Feb. 26, 2020 / PRNewswire / -- During the opening plenary of its annual conference , a gathering of more than 1,000 food distributors, manufacturers and safety professionals, the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) announced the newest edition of its Benchmarking Requirements . GFSI has long set the "global standard" for those in the industry, yet the newest edition of the GFSI Benchmarking Requirements is more than an update — it's a complete rethink, representing...Read more

Public Health Matters: Understanding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

February 13, 2020
Original content c/o: ECOLAB WHAT IS IT? Coronaviruses are RNA enveloped viruses than can infect animals and humans. So far, there are six known human coronaviruses. Four of these coronaviruses are less pathogenic, generally causing only minor respiratory symptoms like the common cold. Two other coronaviruses — Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (SARS CoV) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS CoV) — can cause serious respiratory diseases. A new strain of Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has emerged, is causing illnesses globally and is different from other...

National Restaurant Association Airs Guide for Combating Coronavirus

February 3, 2020
Published by: Restaurant Business Magazine (online) The recommendations closely follow the best practices for containing norovirus. The National Restaurant Association has issued recommendations for helping restaurant operators protect customers and employees from coronavirus , the potentially lethal infection that has spread from China to the United States. Photograph: Shutterstock Among the best practices cited in the one-page list of recommendations are sending home any employees who sport flu-like symptoms and providing extra tissues and napkins for customers to use for coughs or sneezes...Read more

Take Active Control of Food Safety

January 31, 2020
Original content c/o: National Restaurant Association National Restaurant Association webinar explains how an Active Managerial Control (AMC) system can help you improve food safety and reduce inspection violations. Restaurants with good food safety management systems had half as many risk factors and out-of-compliance food safety practices as those without such systems in place. In a webinar hosted by the National Restaurant Association, Charles S. Otto III, independent consultant, EAS Consulting Group LLC, Alexandria, Va., looked at the concept of Active Managerial Control programs, why...

Romaine Lettuce Implicated in E. coli Outbreak in 16 States

November 23, 2019
Original content c/o: Nation's Restaurant News The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns restaurant operators not to serve lettuce from Salinas, CA The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday urged restaurants not to sell or serve any romaine lettuce from Salinas, Calif. following a multistate outbreak of E. coli 0157:H7. A total of 40 people have fallen ill in 16 states, and among them 28 have been hospitalized, including five that have developed kidney failure. No deaths had been reported. The CDC had not identified a specific grower, supplier or distributor as...Read more

One Foodborne Illness Can Cost Your Operation Millions

November 13, 2019
Original content c/o: National Restaurant Association Cost of food safety training is a bargain in comparison. Wonder how much a foodborne illness outbreak could cost your restaurant? The amount you spend could range from thousands to literally millions of dollars, especially when lawsuits and reputational damage are in the mix. Here’s where some of the money goes if an outbreak is traced to your operation: Business lost closing your restaurant to clean and sanitize it. Business lost waiting for the health department to approve reopening. Throwing out all potentially contaminated food...

Top 5 Foodborne Illness Causes Spotlighted at Food Safety Conference

October 24, 2019
Original content c/o: National Restaurant Association Food-safety professionals shared training and tips on how to respond to incidents in a way that protects guests, employees and the business. Food-safety professionals, gathered for the Food Safety & Quality Assurance Executive Study Group conference in Orlando, Fla., shared their best food-safety training tips, effective food safety practices in the millennial era, and how to respond to an incident in a way that protects the guests, employees and the business. At this year's conference, Hal King shared insights on how to reduce...

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