West Philadelphia MacDonald’s Leaked Sewage for Days

As the stench of backed-up sewage permeated the restaurant, a West Philadelphia McDonald’s continued selling Big Macs, Quarter Pounders, and fries over four days last fall, installing porta-potties in the parking lot but never notifying the city, which would have ordered a closure… A complaint led the Philadelphia Department of Public Health to dispatch an inspector to the franchise at 52d Street and Columbia Avenue on Sept. 15. She found ruptured plumbing in both restrooms and "smelled sewage throughout the facility."… "I don’t understand why the management didn’t immediately shut down the restaurant," said Don Schaffner, a professor of microbiology at Rutgers University who also sits on McDonald’s Food Safety Advisory Council. "Not only is it disgusting, it’s a real risk. You can’t operate with nonfunctioning sewage lines."

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Food for Thought During National Nutrition Month®

Video: Do We Control Our Food Choices?
March is National Nutrition Month® and is a particularly good time to pause before making your daily food choices. In this featured video, Peggy Policastro, an instructor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, discusses a Byrne Seminar she co-teaches called “The Hunger Frames,” which explores how redesigning the dining environment can promote healthier eating.

Policastro also weighs in on a federal nutrition advisory panel’s new recommendation to lower the amount of sugar we consume. Read more at Rutgers Today.

Most Fast Food Places Do Well With Food Safety

When McDonald’s debuted the slogan "You Deserve a Break Today" in 1971, it was tacked onto a commercial that barely mentioned food. As a team of singing workers cavorted with mops and brooms, they extolled a quality you don’t ordinarily see mentioned in an ad for a fast-food chain: "At McDonald’s, it’s clean!"… Levels of cleanliness – a key part of food safety – vary widely at the individual franchise level, according to city restaurant inspection reports… "In terms of fast food, there’s not much they can do to screw it up," said Don Schaffner, a professor of microbiology at Rutgers University and president of the International Association for Food Protection. The complex processes that can trip up exotic places that make everything from scratch, for example, are missing from these eateries, which is part of how they produce food fast"Those restaurants do a pretty good job of engineering out the risk factors," said Schaffner, who also sits on McDonald’s Food Safety Advisory Council. "I’d be more leery going to a fancy white-tablecloth place than a fast-food restaurant."

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SEBS Professors Participate in 1st Annual RWJUH Nutrition Symposium

L-R: John Quinn, assistant director, Clinical Nutrition, RWJUH; Joshua Miller, professor and chair, Department of Nutritional Sciences; Jane Barracato, senior manager, Nutritional Sciences, Pfizer Consumer Health; Mukund Karwe, professor, Department of Food Science; Sarah Recanati, Clinical Nutrition Support, Home Solutions Infusion; and Ronald Levine, Esq., co-chair, Litigation Department at Herrick, Feinstein LLP and member of the Board of Advisors of the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health at Rutgers.

L-R: John Quinn, assistant director, Clinical Nutrition, RWJUH; Joshua Miller, professor and chair, Department of Nutritional Sciences; Jane Barracato, senior manager, Global Nutritional Sciences, Pfizer Consumer Health; Mukund Karwe, professor, Department of Food Science; Sarah Recanati, Clinical Nutrition Support, Home Solutions Infusion; and Ronald Levine, Esq., co-chair, Litigation Department at Herrick, Feinstein LLP and member of the Board of Advisors of the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health at Rutgers.

On March 10, the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) held its 1st Annual Nutrition Symposium, “The Positive Impact of Today’s Nutrition on Tomorrow’s Society: Current Perspectives from the Clinical, Public Health, Food Science, Pharmaceutical and Legal Sectors.”

John Quinn, assistant director of Clinical Nutrition, RWJUH, provided an overview of the symposium, which was held at the RWJUH-New Brunswick campus. [Read more…]

Rutgers FCHS Releases New Video to Coincide with National Nutrition Month® Celebration in March

Video: Rutgers Family & Community Health Sciences: Promoting Healthy Families, Schools & Communities

Launches new video showcasing its array of programs and services for New Jersey residents

The Department of Family and Community Health Sciences (FCHS), a community-based nutrition, health promotion and family wellness outreach component of Rutgers Cooperative Extension, provides workshops and online resources to educate and support families, worksites, schools and communities to create healthier lifestyles.

To coincide with National Nutrition Month®, a nutrition education and information campaign held every year in March, FCHS has launched a new video, “Family and Community Health Sciences – Promoting Healthy Families, Schools and Communities,” that is designed to showcase research-based programs targeted to promote healthy lifestyles for all New Jersey residents. [Read more…]