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Foodservice Employees Should Note Massive Flour Recall

March 13, 2019

The Pillsbury Co. has issued a voluntary recall for around 12,185 cases of flour, totaling more than 10 million pounds of product due to the risk of salmonella.

Pillsbury issued the recall after a random inspection revealed traces of the bacteria. The potentially infected bags of flour were shipped to distributors and retailers throughout the U.S., The New York Times reports.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is monitoring the situation to determine the source of the salmonella. So far, no reports of illness have been linked to the flour.

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Safe Laundry Storage Solutions

Tips for facility service providers working in caregiving sites

March 13, 2019

As part of its Packets Up! campaign to promote preventative safety measures around the use of laundry packets and detergent, the American Cleaning Institute has issued the following tips for facility service providers responsible for laundry service:

  • Keep laundry packets out of sight. Always keep liquid laundry packets tightly secured in their original packaging, which is designed to be difficult for children to access. Never display packets in a glass jar or vase, where they could attract the attention of curious children.
  • Secure them up high and out of reach. Store liquid laundry packets in an overhead cabinet secured with a child safety lock. If you don’t have a cabinet available, place them (in the original packaging) into a larger bin with other laundry and household products and put it up high where those at risk won’t be able to see it.
  • Apply these safety protocols to all facilities servicing at-risk populations. This includes early-childhood facilities and schools; health care and long-term care facilities; and hotels.

For more safety tips, particularly facilities serving in a caregiver capacity, visit www.cleaninginstitute.org/caregiver-tips.

 

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FM Alert: Measles on the Rise

March 13, 2019

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed at least 228 cases of measles nationwide since January 1, 2019, with 22 cases reported in the past week.

For comparison, 372 cases of measles were reported in all of 2018, which was the second highest total for annual cases in the past 20 years. An outbreak in New York that began in 2018 has been linked to 250 cases so far, with 11 new cases reported in the last week. An ongoing outbreak in Washington state has been linked to 75 cases since the start of the year, CNN reports.

Custodial teams in these areas should take extra cleaning and disinfection precautions, particularly when dealing with high-traffic facilities or high-touch areas.

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Cintas Launches Canada's Best Restroom Contest

March 13, 2019

Cintas Corp. is accepting nominations for its 10th-annual Canada’s Best Restroom Contest.

The contest is open to any nonresidential restroom in Canada that is accessible to the general public. Entries will be judged on cleanliness, visual appeal, innovation, functionality, and unique design elements. The deadline for nominations is June 14.

Cintas will announce up to five finalists in July, at which time public online voting for the winning restroom will commence on the company’s website. The winner and runner-up will be revealed in the fall, and the most popular nominees will be enshrined in Cintas’ Canada’s Best Restroom Contest Hall of Fame. The grand prize winner will also receive CAN$2,500 worth of products and services from Cintas.

To learn more, visit www.bestrestroom.com/canada.

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