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Steven Burton

Founder of Icicle, the HACCP Food Safety Solution

Steven Burton, the creator of Icicle, is a software architect who has worked projects both domestically and abroad. He started his career in architecture and moved into construction before establishing a successful manufacturing business in the '90s.

Steven moved to the software sector in the late '90s, specializing in the development of high-performance web-based software application. He established Burton Software in 1999.

His latest project is the Icicle Food Safety Platform, which helps food manufacturers ensure their products are safe.
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Something is Fishy at Costco

Most Canadians would be surprised to learn that many small and medium-sized food companies do not have a functional food safety program in place. Many don't know how to create a food safety program. Far too many can't identify the top three hazards they must contend with or how these hazards should be controlled.
03/17/2015 06:33 EDT
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Be Street Smart When Eating from Food Trucks

Food trucks offer unique and tasty culinary experiences and have become a part of the cultural heritage in the cities they serve. Market trends have clearly established that the food truck phenomenon is here to stay. Eating from a street vendor can be a satisfying and a delicious experience... provided you're street smart enough to choose the right truck.
01/28/2015 01:01 EST
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B.C. Teachers' Strike Is Epic Struggle Of Dinosaurs

Millions of years ago, a triceratops and a Tyrannosaurus rex fought it out as the Cretaceous period came to a end. Neither realized their struggle was futile since they were both about to become extinct. The B.C. teachers' strike is another epic struggle of dinosaurs as the Ministry of Education and teachers' union are locked in bitter dispute over issues that have little significance since the market for education has fundamentally changed.
09/15/2014 07:09 EDT
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Halal Meat May Be Processed Differently, But Is it Safer?

Food processed in concordance with Muslim dietary laws is called Halal. Today, halal meat is largely produced in commercial slaughterhouses staffed by specially trained Muslim workers who conduct the actual slaughter and supervise the subsequent processing. But the focus of halal is on ensuring spiritual purity rather than science-based cleanliness, so buying halal food does not guarantee your food will be safe.
08/26/2014 05:40 EDT
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It's Safer To Shop In a Supermarket Than a Farmer's Market

The conventional wisdom is that the risk increases from farm to fork, with farmers posing the least risk, followed by processors, then restaurants, and finally the consumers who often cause themselves to be become ill by failing to protect themselves with good hygienic practices and by throwing out foods that have expired. This is true when considering the total number of illnesses but breaks down when considering fatalities. Consumers often sicken themselves but don't generally kill themselves. So what's wrong with the system?
07/09/2014 08:43 EDT
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The Risks of Going Gluten-Free

A gluten-free diet is critical for people with celiac disease, gluten intolerance, and wheat allergies but when manufacturers ditch the gluten, they need to replace it with something else. What are they using instead of gluten? Could these substances be harmful?
07/07/2014 12:43 EDT
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Don't Say No to GMO Before You Hear Both Sides

Many people are deeply concerned about GMO food and hold strong beliefs that make assumptions about whether or not GMO is actually safe. Our global food supply may not be sustainable without GMO since our population is growing. With more mouths to feed, we need more food, and GMO can satisfy this need by increasing yields and allowing crops to be grown in areas that could not be farmed otherwise.
06/25/2014 12:52 EDT
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How Safe Is Organic Food Really?

While catastrophic food-borne outbreaks have also occurred with conventional products over the years, this case raises the question: Is organic food safe? Contamination in organic foods is a concern since organic practices revolve around cycling nutrients.
06/20/2014 01:04 EDT
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Spirituality vs Science: Is Kosher Food Safer?

Kosher standards and modern science-based food safety are concerned with preventing the adulteration of food but for fundamentally different reasons. Both involve products, ingredients, and processes. Yet, there are vast differences in intent and focus. Despite the fact that most kosher standards are based on religious beliefs, many have a practical basis in science.
06/12/2014 05:42 EDT
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Would You Feel Safer With a Robot Behind the Fast Food Counter?

Robots may soon be preparing and serving food at fast food restaurants. Increased pressure to raise employee wages has prompted chains to rethink their business model and replace these workers with machines. This technology will begin arriving soon but will the food still taste good and be safe to eat?
06/11/2014 12:32 EDT
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Are Marijuana Edibles Safe To Eat?

Federal regulatory authorities in Canada and the U.S. cannot police this industry since marijuana edibles remain illegal. This lack of oversight presents a serious public safety concern. The question that we as consumers should be asking is: are these new products safe to eat?
05/31/2014 02:41 EDT
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The Food You Buy at the Grocery Store May Not Be Safe to Eat

According to Public Health Agency of Canada, four-million Canadians will come down with food poisoning this year. Fortunately, most recover but some do not. While some cases result from improper food handling at restaurants or at home, many are caused by products purchased at the grocery store.
05/14/2014 12:38 EDT
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Should Sick Animals Be Treated With Antibiotics?

The U.S. FDA just convinced 25 drug companies to stop producing antibiotics for animals that are used in human medicine. Many believe Canada should follow suit. Clearly, it is humane to treat sick animals, but harm can come to humans if animal antibiotic use develops drug-resistant bugs that subsequently infect humans.
04/07/2014 01:27 EDT