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Food Alert- Burnt Toast Beware!

* FOOD ALERT-Stay Away From Burnt Toast *

Recent studies by food scientists in  Great Britain advise not to eat burnt toast! According to the Food Standards Agency, starchy foods should never turn more than golden brown in coloring. These foods run the risk of producing a dangerous amount of acrylamide, which has shown to cause cancer in animals. Here’s the catch, no studies have proven this is true in humans. While acrylamide may pose no harm, scientists advise better safe than sorry. To lean more about acrylamide, as well as how to prevent the chemical production, visit the BBC News website.

Potential tapeworm risk in US salmon

Food Alert- Tapeworm Found in US Salmon


As consumers, we receive warning about the risks involved with eating raw and uncooked seafood in every restaurant. Now, in addition, food scientists declare that US salmon caught in the Pacific Coast could now contain Japanese tapeworm. Restaurants and customers must stay aware these risks,  as attentiveness to the situation will keep the dangers to a minimum. Staying aware will also ensure that those who fall ill will know the necessary treatment. Safely consuming salmon is a customers best option. However, if contracted, treatment is possible. To read about the risks of this parasite, as well as the treatments, click here.

Michigan Restaurants May Allow Dogs

Next summer, Michigan’s restaurants could host a multitude of new guests. These guests however, will not order off of any menu as dogs cannot eat what the restaurant prepares. A new bill passed under Michigan’s State Senate will allow dogs to accompany guests on Michigan’s restaurant patios. Outside of service dogs, Michigan restaurants do not allow dogs in any area of the restaurant, patios included.

The Senate passed Bill 0727 passed on September 7th, but still needs to win over the House before making the bill law.  If passed, customers have to wait until summer 2017 to enjoy this new amenity as many restaurants and eateries close their patios for the season. While many dog parents would love to bring their pups along for dinner, rules and regulations limit the dog’s freedom.

Rules and Regulations

Customers must read the stipulations of the bill if they intend to bring their dogs along to dinner. In fact, the restaurant may not allow the dog at all. The bill states that local governments and restaurants reserve the right to ban or limit dogs allowed at their eatery. This could restrict dogs of a certain size and breed, or refusing dogs at all. Restaurants also reserve the right to limit the amount of patio space designated for doggy use. No matter the restaurant, all dogs must be leashed and accompanied by a person 18 years or older.

A large section of the new law also states the clean-up and sanitation regulations. Employees must clean and disinfect frequently and effectively in the areas of the patio that allow. Most notably, “dog accidents” receive immediate attention. If an employee pets a dog they must immediately wash their hands, regardless of if they ever handle food. No leftovers for the dogs either. Dogs cannot touch tables, counters or reusable tableware. These rules, along with many others are all in place to protect the health of the customers.

The State House has yet to review the bill, so residents have yet to know if they can bring dogs to dinner. If approved, the bill will go into effect 90 days after passing the legislature. If passed, customers have to check with the restaurant to know if they can bring a dog. To learn more about Senate Bill 0727, please read the article put forth by the Michigan Legislature regarding this bill.


Van Eerden Fall Food Show 2016

Every year, Van Eerden hosts an assortment of food shows across the state. This year’s Fall Food Show brought in hundreds of customers as a last hurrah of the food show season. We held this year’s food show at Soaring Eagle Casino on October 11th and featured new items, promotions and a Holiday Party the night prior. A total of 179 vendors in took the booths and hundreds of customers attended. With so much action the casino walls buzzed with excitement during the entire the two-day event.

Food Safety and Quality Assurance

“At core of the Food Safety Modernization Act is the requirement to control hazards through preventive means. However, who or where in the supply chain those controls are implemented can have substantial implications, especially on distributors, that even FDA hadn’t anticipated. I’m referring to 21 C.F.R. 117.136, a section of FDA’s Hazard Analysis and Preventive Controls rule that provides a manufacturer the ability to rely on their customers, such as distributors, to obtain and maintain certain records regarding preventive controls not implemented by the manufacturer.”