ducating food-service employees with regard to cross contamination and proper cooking temperatures are the best measures to prevent foodborne illnesses, according to a recent report by the Institute of Food Technologists. As the report noted, the young average age and high turnover rate of food-service employees often make it challenging to train workers adequately on the job. Too often, consumers make themselves sick through improper food storage, cooking and handling at home. In its report, "Bacteria Associated with Foodborne Diseases," IFT suggested the annual rate of 76 million foodborne illness cases in the United States could be curtailed through improved consumer education and increased regulatory control of food-service businesses. Several leading supermarket chains host extensive, consumer-oriented food safety sections on their Web sites.
MARLTON, N.J. -- A ShopRite here is slated to be the first store in the chain to open a full-service Starbucks cafe inside, according to a spokeswoman for Wakefern, the Elizabeth, N.J.-based ShopRite cooperative. The store, operated by Supermarkets of Cherry Hill (N.J.), is seeking to open the licensed location by Thanksgiving. It will feature limited seating, along with a full array of Starbucks products, including CDs and pastries. Another Starbucks is planned for a ShopRite in Berlin, N.J., the spokeswoman said.