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FDA Takes Steps to Protect Public Health

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today that it is taking three steps to protect public health and promote the judicious use of medically important antibiotics in food-producing animals.Antimicrobial resistance occurs when bacteria or other microbes develop the ability to resist the effects of a drug.

NRA Announces Finalists of Operator Innovations Awards

An independent panel of judges has selected the finalists for the National Restaurant Association’s inaugural Operator Innovations Awards. Three finalists in each of five categories–Sustainability, Technology, Food Safety, Health & Nutrition, and Menu Development–will be brought to Chicago for the Association’s 2012 Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show this May.

Taking Local to the Next Level

If customers at Rex 1516 in Philadelphia are curious about where their produce comes from, they need only step into the restaurant’s backyard.Executive chef Regis Jansen planted a garden in the back and filled it with seeds “to grow my own heirloom tomatoes and a lot of spring vegetables that I want to utilize in small portions for specials,” he says.

Cintas Releases Top Tips for Safe Work Environment

In recognition of National Public Health Week (April 2-8, 2012), Cintas Corporation, the leader in first aid and safety products and services, today announced top tips for maintaining a safe work environment.

White House Garden Gets Spuds

First Lady Michelle Obama welcomed children from five schools across the country to join her yesterday for the fourth annual spring planting of the White House Kitchen Garden. During the day, the kids planted five varieties of seed potatoes: Sangre, Purple Sion, Mountain Rose, Red Thumb, and Canola Russet.

Brown Rice Great Option For Healthy Children's Meals

Kids meals take center stage as menus become healthier across commercial and non-commercial foodservice segments. The growing popularity of nutrient-rich foods like whole grain brown rice enable chefs and K-12 menu planners to provide flavorful and nutritious meals children enjoy.

NRA Teams Up with USDA

The National Restaurant Association is teaming up with USDA to promote “What’s on My Plate?” Day, March 8, 2012, designed to heighten public awareness of the importance of choosing foods for a healthy meal.

Healthy Dining Rolls Out New Initiative

In its continuing efforts to contribute to a healthier America, Healthy Dining today announced the rollout of a groundbreaking research-based initiative, the “Healthy Dining School Wellness Rewards Program,” designed to contribute to the health and wellbeing of America’s children and families.

With Ethnic Food on Rise, Diners Seek Authenticity

Ethnic food preparation and consumption has been on the rise over the past several years and according to Mintel’s latest research, it will continue its growth.What’s most important to consumers when it comes to their favorite ethnic fare? Authenticity.

Hooters Hosts 2012 Half Marathon

The 2012 Hooters Half Marathon, Presented by the OMNI Club, is set to take place on March 4, 2012, at 7 a.m.This is the fifth consecutive year that Hooters Restaurants and The Fort Myers Track Club have teamed up to organize this race for the fight against cancer.

Where Healthy Options Stay on the Table

In January, consumer research brand Mintel reported that 80 percent of family restaurant-goers are eating out less due to budgetary reasons. When they do go out, they’re looking for healthy options, menu items they like, and fresh food.

Frozen Food Foundation Sponsors 5K

The Frozen Food Foundation will highlight how frozen foods help youth and adults maintain a healthy, active and balanced lifestyle at the 5K Fun Run & Walk presented by Green Giant on Feb.

Michelle Obama Announces New Chefs Move to Schools Website

First Lady Michelle Obama today unveiled new efforts to expand the Chefs Move to Schools program, which helps chefs and schools team up to educate children about healthy food choices.Joined by renowned chef Tom Colicchio, six “Top Chef” chef’testants and members of the Dallas Cowboys at Kleberg/Rylie Recreation Center in Dallas, Mrs.

Calif. Restaurant Association Incorporates ServSafe Practices

Red Book Solutions announces a partnership with the California Restaurant Association (CRA) to provide daily playbooks that positively support managers’ performance to drive profitability.The Manager’s Red Book – CRA Edition andThe Heart of the House Yellow Book – CRA Edition (coming soon) incorporate the California Food Handler Program and ServSafe compliance practices.