Founder of Icicle, the HACCP Food Safety Solution
<a href="http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=1732814" rel="nofollow">Steven Burton</a>, the creator of <a href="http://www.burtonsoftware.com/" rel="nofollow">Icicle</a>, 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. <br> <br> Steven moved to the software sector in the late '90s, specializing in the development of high-performance web-based software application. He established <a href="http://www.burtonsoftware.com/" rel="nofollow">Burton Software</a> in 1999. <br> <br> His latest project is the <a href="http://icicle.burtonsoftware.com/" rel="nofollow">Icicle Food Safety Platform</a>, which helps food manufacturers ensure their products are safe.
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.
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
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
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
While we enjoy smells we like, we also rely on our olfactory prowess to save us from eating spoiled food. In fact, for many the sense of smell is our first line of defense against eating bad food -- but how much can we rely on our sense of smell?
07/13/2014 10:50 EDT
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Self-policing has proven to be inadequate in the past as some food producers took an overly optimistic view of risk, dismissing (or unaware of) potential hazards to the extent that food safety was compromised. This is why the CFIA feels that external inspections by a regulatory agency are so important.
05/27/2014 05:41 EDT
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
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
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