May 3, 2012
-- Cindy Rice, RS, CPFS, President of Eastern Food Safety, recently spoke on issues facing health regulators and industry professionals at the Nevada Food Safety Task Force Annual Conference held at the Luxor in Las Vegas.
Rice presented “Glimpses of the Other Side” designed to open up the lines of communication between health inspectors and industry managers in the food industry. The presentation offered information from both sides demonstrating how groups could work together toward their common goal of keeping food safe.
Rice holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Bates College, and a Master of Science Degree in Epidemiology from the University of Massachusetts School of Public Health, Amherst. In addition to her work with Eastern Food Safety in the areas of teaching, writing and public speaking, she is a food safety expert for Ecolab Food Safety Specialties and is a national resource for food safety expertise. She has also launched a series of books aimed at educating parents, and children ages 3-10 in the all-important topic of food safety. “Green Apple Tales” is based on USDA and FDA guidelines for safe and healthy eating.
Rice’s previous work experience includes Epidemiologist/
instructor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester. Prior to founding Eastern Food Safety, she founded International Brownie Inc., and successfully owned and operated corporate cafes which she sold in 2002.
Rice holds numerous certifications, including Certified Professional in Food Safety; Registered Sanitarian; Certified Environmental Health Technician; Certified ServSafe Instructor; and Certified HACCP Manager.
“Education and communication is the key to a strong food safety program in the restaurant industry,” said Rice. “People are more willing to comply with health and safety regulations if they understand the reasons behind certain food safety practices. When inspectors understand the challenges facing food workers, and seize teachable moments during their inspections, then our industry workforce better understands the reason behind specific regulations and is more likely to raise their levels of safe food handling, whether hand washing or taking food temperatures . It’s in everyone’s best interest to find better ways of working together.”
About Eastern Food Safety
Eastern Food Safety is a national leader in food safety education. The company offers a new series of online courses and videos for food handlers and managers that reinforce industry standards for food safety and sanitation. The company offers several print publications, Pocket Guide to Food Safety, the PIC Manual – What Every Person in Charge Needs to Know and Don’t Pick off the Croutons- Allergy guide for foodservice. In addition they offer Green Apple Tales, a series of children’s books that teach about safe and healthy eating. The company also provides private classes on site, consultations and workshops across the county. Eastern Food Safety maintains offices in Braintree, MA. For additional information, call (781) 356-1467. To learn more about the company, please visit www.easternfoodsafety.com.