Why You Need Food4Thought In Your Life

Before you read, let us just clarify that this is not an article that pertains solely to businesses, business owners, or upper management. It applies to EVERYONE. From the owners, to the consumers. You. Your family. Your friends. Your children. Anyone who loves food, who loves dining out, who loves ordering food, who loves peace of mind that your children & elders are eating safely at their schools & caregiver facilities… it’s for those who care about the cleanliness & safety of what they’re consuming.

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Now, let us briefly explain who we are, what we do, and how we benefit everything & everyone we listed above…
We’re a food safety consulting company who will adequately prepare food establishments & services for the unplanned event that poses a real threat to the safety, health or environment of consumers, customers and employees. If a crisis, such as a food-borne illness or product recall occurs, our trained staff is available to assist with their “Readiness Program” (i.e. based on an existing plan that we customize for that business), to identify what caused the crisis, interfacing with regulatory agencies, public relations and referencing litigation support.

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We offer the highest quality of services on the market today. The concept of Food4Thought was developed in 2002. Since then, we have provided superior service to our customers by helping them to achieve their goals & provide the cleanest, safest food environments for their customers & consumers. Our experience and commitment to excellence, have earned us the reputation as one of the best consultative services in the state of Georgia. And even better… we come to their location so they don’t have to worry about making a trip or taking time out of their busy schedule to drive to us and meet.

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We specialize in helping these establishments with crisis recalls, food safety & staff training, food safety certifications, HACCP planning, staying up to date with health department food codes, food inspections & audits, health code assistance, food education training, FREE risk assessments, food plan reviews, restaurant & fast food establishment protocols & SOPs, and more.

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Food-related diseases affect tens of millions of people and kill thousands each year. Scary, but true!
Tracking single cases of food-borne illness and investigating outbreaks are critical public health functions in which CDC is deeply involved. And we help with all of this!

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FOR OUR FOOD SERVICE & ESTABLISHMENT OWNERS AND MANAGERS:
What are the Unique Benefits of doing Business with F4T?
•Protecting the customer and consumer, and in turn, protecting your main corporate asset, and the company’s name
•Assuring that all operations meet regulatory requirements
•Being able to address the growing litigious nature of today’s business climate
•Providing customers with consistent, satisfying products
•Developing a disciplined approach to change via continuous improvements of quality
•Cultivating quick, professional response to problems

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Recent studies have shown that food establishments who actively invest in a food safety program like Food4Thought, significantly minimize potential risks that may carry unrecoverable liability. Similar studies have shown a direct proportional relationship with improved health scores and increased sales.


AND FOR YOU! …
OUR EVERYDAY CONSUMERS WHO ENJOY FREQUENTING THEIR FAVORITE ESTABLISHMENTS & WHO ENJOY PEACE OF MIND KNOWING THAT THE ONES THEY LOVE ARE EATING IN THE SAFEST & CLEANEST ENVIRONMENTS:
The best thing you can do outside of reporting any foul practices would be to pass this information along to anyone you know who could benefit from it, and to anyone who you know that manages or owns a food service or establishment. Pass it along to your friends & family. Share it with your social networks. And share with your favorite eateries, local schools, etc.
Tell them about FOOD4THOUGHT! Share this article.
They can contact us anytime! F4TLLC.com/Contact – and let them know that we are also offering FREE RISK ASSESSMENTS right now. And don’t forget, we will come to THEM! So they can continue on with their busy schedules and not have to worry about scheduling time out of their day to make a trip over to us. Doesn’t matter where they’re located. Even though we are local to the state of Georgia, we do business all across the United States. Anywhere they are, we will come to them.

We care about what we eat and where we eat, and we know you do too.
And for that reason, this is why EVERYONE needs Food4Thought in their life.
It’s literally a matter of life or death in some cases.
And in all cases, it’s a matter of having peace of mind and the highest quality of care when it comes to the food we eat, and the manner in which that food is handled. WE THANK YOU FOR CARING!

Cheers to health & happy food experiences!
Food4Thought Management Team & Anthony Jackson, Food Safety Consultant
F4TLLC.com
(800) 461-4515
food4thought.jackson@gmail.com

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And Don’t Forget:
SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL FOOD SAFETY EDUCATION MONTH!
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America’s Shocking Top 10 Cleanest & Filthiest Fast Food Chains

Unfortunately we are a nation fueled by fast food &quick-fix convenience (i.e. greasy burgers and fries, tacos, fried chicken, etc.).  Millions on top of millions of these meals are sold every single day in this country, and a lot of us just assume it’s all clean and safe to consume for the most part. The recent incidents of Chipotle remind us otherwise, though, that this is just what it is… “Fast Food”:  it’s made fast, served fast, and you eat it fast – maybe too fast to even consider if what we are consuming is at all healthy and to say the least, whether or not the restaurant who has prepped this meal is a clean or dirty one.

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The information provided was taken several years ago from a Dateline coverage.  At the time, it was the first of its kind to go undercover and report on the cleanliness of our nations top Fast Food chain operations. They performed a national survey looking at the cleanliness of 1,000 fast food restaurants, spanning over 38 states.  What they found may do more than surprise you, it may give you some Food4Thought… before entering your next restaurant.

In a Chicago Wendy’s, inspectors found a dead rodent decomposing on a rat trap. At a California Taco Bell, someone bit into a taco, only to find chewing gum. Food inspectors in Texas found a worm in a Wendy’s salad. At a Hardee’s in Florida, a customer was handed a cup of soda with blood dripping from it and there was blood on her change as well.  The list goes on… A cockroach in someone’s soda, a sharp metal object in a man’s sandwich. But as disgusting as those things are, they are rare. We here at f4tllc.com want you to be aware of the fact that the things you can’t see, can be even more hazardous to your health than what you can see.

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Critical violations are a benchmark for judging a restaurant’s cleanliness. Most food regulations mandate they be corrected immediately, they include things like handling ready-to-eat food with bare hands or unwashed hands, under-cooked meat, improper food holding temperatures, sick employees preparing food, and a host of other potentially hazardous problems.  What is shocking in this report, is that more than 60% of all fast food restaurants in the survey had at least one or more critical violations.  It is important to note, critical violations suggest a higher risk and probability for a food-borne illness.

The order of the survey is as follows, from worst to less worse offenders.
Keep in mind that this is definitely a list where no fast food restaurant wants to come in at #1.

  1. BURGER KING
    • 241 total critical violations. (employees not washing their hands, uncovered food in the fridge, grime and debris found on the ice chute, and on the drink machine at the drive-thru window)
  2. ARBY’S
    • 210 critical violations. (improper hand-washing and employees handling ready-to-eat foods with their bare hands) Note: 30% of all food-borne illnesses are caused by improper hand washing

  3. WENDY’S
    • 206 critical violations. (repeated problems with food holding temperatures, mice droppings on the shelves, bare hand food contact, and one food-borne illness complaint)
  4. HARDEES
    • 206 critical violations. (inspectors cited the presence of insects and rodents)
  5. DAIRY QUEEN
    • 184 total critical violations. (critical violations for grime, debris, and inaccurate thermometers)
  6. JACK IN THE BOX
    • 164 critical violations. (had several customer complaints of food-borne illness – in 1993, this operation had one of the nations largest E. coli outbreaks)
  7. SUBWAY
    • 160 critical violations. (recurring problems with improper food holding temperatures)
  8. KFC
    • 157 critical violations. (salmonella poisoning is the biggest culprit at this establishment)
  9. MCDONALD’S
    • 136 critical violations. (some restaurants didn’t have a certified food safety manager on-site)   – NOTE: Food4Thought uses nationally accredited food safety programs to certify ALL food handlers.
  10. TACO BELL
    • 91 critical violations. (recurring violations included dirty food preparation counters and rodent droppings)

So what’s the big picture in an industry that serves millions of meals everyday?
Accidents are forgivable; negligence is unacceptable. Operations & establishments are only as good as the last meal they serve. Food Safety Management Programs must be updated frequently with continuing education programs and supported by all personnel. Operations which utilize Third Party Audit Services, bring balance and added support to their operating system.

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How Third Party Service Providers Keep your Restaurant in the Balance

Third-party audits provide an invaluable component to the safety of the U.S. food supply system. Multiple independent companies like Food4Thought (F4T LLC Services) and audit programs provide literally thousands of independent checks and balances to the food supply system with no direct cost to taxpayers.  

They are best described as professional service; a consultation activity that the facility can take advantage of the recommendations in full, in part, or not at all. The deficiencies observed in the audit report can be resolved to the satisfaction of the facility or the buyer of product from the facility through pre-arranged agreements or program enhancements. Examples would include announced or unannounced visits; reports to all interested parties; and follow up to resolve deficiencies through a variety of reporting methods.

These audits are voluntary tools of the food manufacturer and are not meant to replace regulatory inspections. Usually, audits do not include microbiological sampling; however, a representative review of microbiological test records is part of the program evaluation. As a voluntary activity with no legal status, the audits depend on openness and disclosure to accomplish their full function. They are not meant to uncover deceit or fraud.

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The food industry utilizes audits in a number of ways to supplement food safety programs as a manufacturer of food, the distribution of input or output, or a purchase of an ingredient, packaging suppliers or finished products.

The standards and the experience of the entire organization is part of the transmission of best practices to each and every facility involved. Third party audits can provide a new set of eyes to view the operation, without the natural familiarity that occurs over time with regular staff in the day-to-day routine.  Additionally, third party audits also provide an opportunity to recalibrate a facility’s own self-inspection, part of a standard food safety program requirement. The over-all message is amplified in the saying ” an ounce of prevention is worth avoiding a pound of pain”… i.e. to your business, to your establishment and most certainly to your customer.

Live happier… live healthier… and live safer.
Food4Thought, LLC ~ http://www.f4tllc.com
Anthony H. Jackson III
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food4thought.jackson@gmail.com
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