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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.


5 ways to improve a Food Safety Management System

September 16, 2019
Original content c/o: National Restaurant Association For week 3 of National Food Safety Month, we're offering free tools on how to improve your restaurant’s Food Safety Management System. As week three of National Food Safety Month begins, the National Restaurant Association continues to offer free, downloadable tools and information to restaurateurs on the importance of improving your restaurant’s Food Safety Management System (FSMS). Every September, the Association takes advantage of National Food Safety Month to help operators reinforce the importance of food safety with...

Where Food Safety is Concerned, Stay Vigilant Every Day

September 24, 2019
Original content c/o: National Restaurant Association Week 4 of National Food Safety Month focuses on reinforcing the importance of food safety with staff members. It will protect your guests and business. As National Food Safety Month ends, week 4 is focused on ways to keep employees engaged in maintaining their commitment to following and maintaining the highest food-safety standards. Download all four weeks of National Food Safety Month content free Each year, the National Restaurant Association uses National Food Safety Month to help operators reinforce the importance of food safety with...

National Restaurant Association's 2019 State of the Industry Report

September 19, 2019
Original content c/o: National Restaurant Association The latest industry trends — customers, industry segments, workforce, and more. What's the outlook for restaurants in 2019? The National Restaurant Association 's 2019 State of the Restaurant Industry report provides the details. From sales forecasts to projections for food costs, workforce opportunities, food trends, and technology advances, you'll get the overview here. Their State of the Industry report is available for purchase or as a complimentary download for members of the Association. Download the report!...Read more

National Food Safety Month Enters Week Two

September 9, 2019
Original content c/o: National Restaurant Association This week we’re sharing information on encouraging employees to provide input if improvements to a Food Safety Management System are needed. As National Food Safety Month continues, the National Restaurant Association is offering free, downloadable tools and information to help restaurateurs reinforce the importance of food safety with their team members. Each year, the Association provides this information in its effort to educate the industry in food safety best practices. This year’s theme is “Controlling Risk: The...

National Food Safety Month is Here

August 30, 2019
Original content c/o: National Restaurant Association Learn how a food-safety management system is the foundation for controlling and minimizing your operation’s risk. Making sure your employees know and understand food safety best practices is important to the health of your customers and the health of your business. Ensuring ongoing education and adherence to a food safety plan starts with a strong food-safety management system. The 2019 National Food Safety Month theme is “Controlling Risk: The Elements of a Food Safety Management System.” The campaign kicked off Sept. 1...

Where Does the Food Industry Stand On Romaine Lettuce?

April 15, 2019
SmartBrief // by Emily Crowe Romaine lettuce has proven to be a divisive product within the food industry in recent years. Following two major recalls in 2018 due to E. coli contamination, retailers and restaurants were left scrambling to get romaine off their shelves and tables while also finding replacement solutions. Growers were left in an even hairier predicament as consumers began to question the safety of not only romaine, but also other leafy greens. Three months after being given the all-clear by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the industry is dealing with the...

Produce Industry Groups Respond to Protect Consumers in Romaine Outbreak

November 20, 2018
Food Safety // Nov 20, 2018 In light of today’s announcement by government health agencies in the U.S. and Canada of an E. coli outbreak linked to romaine, a group of produce industry associations (listed below) is relying on producers and retail/restaurant customers to support the government health agency advisories and is urging an industry-wide voluntary withdrawal of all romaine currently in marketing channels and held in inventory. Food safety is our top priority. We must take swift action to protect consumers by stopping shipment of romaine lettuce and withdrawing any product that...

It’s National Food Safety Month. Here are 7 ways to stay safe

August 31, 2018
National Restaurant Association // News & Research Restaurant operations are always changing. As a result, managers and their employees must constantly update their compliance with new food safety rules and regulations. As we launch National Food Safety Month , our ServSafe team offers some key areas to focus on when updating your protocols: If you are in charge of food preparation , you must be trained and designated as a Certified Food Protection Manager, according to the 2017 FDA Food Code . You must always be on site whenever the facility is in operation. Take extra precautions when...

The Importance of Food Safety and Environmental Monitoring Solutions

April 20, 2018
FoodSafety Magazine | SIGNATURE SERIES | April 20, 2018 by Julian Hough Imagine if you had enough money to put 8.5 million people, at an average annual cost of $30K, through 4 years of private college. Or, at a sticker price of $23,810 each, you could buy a Prius for about 40 percent of all American families. That’s what $1.6 trillion would get you. That’s trillion–with a “T”. Twelve zeros! It’s also the figure that Americans spent in 2015 on food and beverages in grocery stores and eating out establishments (Canning, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA),...

What does the future of food safety look like?

January 29, 2018
National Restaurant Association - January 29, 2018 The use of new technology will help foodservice businesses respond more quickly and efficiently to foodborne illness outbreaks, according to food safety expert Beth Johnson. Johnson, CEO of Washington, D.C.-based Food Directions, recently addressed our Quality Assurance Executive Study Group (QA ESG) on the future of food safety. She observed that in the near future, “we’re likely going to see a change in the amount of data available,” and it “will allow us to understand better how foodborne illness happens, what makes...Read more

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