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Audio reminder for handwashing


March 24, 2008
By Canadian Pizza

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Foodborne diseases cause approximately 76 million
illnesses, 325,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths each year,
according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Foodborne diseases cause approximately 76 million illnesses, 325,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Improved hand hygiene can help reduce foodborne illnesses, yet compliance among workers in the foodservice, food processing and grocery industries remains a concern. How can these businesses increase handwashing compliance and decrease the number of these illnesses?

The Hand Hygiene Voice Module – a new offering from Kimberly-Clark Professional – takes aim at this issue and provides a solution in the form of a gentle audio reminder to wash up.   

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The module was found to increase handwashing compliance by 12 per cent in an internal study by Kimberly-Clark Professional.          

It provides a simple, non-intrusive message, which repeats every two minutes, and works without identifying employees who don’t wash their hands. “Hand washing reduces the spread of germs. Thank you for washing your hands,” is its message, delivered by a pleasant male or female voice (depending on the restroom).

The system automatically shuts off when the lights are out. Volume adjustment is available to match the sound levels to the size of the restroom.

For more information on the Hand Hygiene Voice Module and to hear the audio message, visit www.kcprofessional.com/us/mkt/HandHygieneVM/ or call 1-888-346-GOKC. Visit the Kimberly-Clark Professional website at www.kcprofessional.com .

Unbreakable single-serve bottles
Beringer Vineyards introduced Canada’s first premium wines to be offered in unbreakable single-serve bottles with a screw cap closure. The offering includes three varietals – Beringer White Zinfandel, Stone Cellars Pinot Grigio and Stone Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon.

The unbreakable 187-ml bottles easily go where glass cannot, making wine a more versatile and convenient choice.

“To date, wine packaging hasn’t really adapted to accommodate people’s active lifestyles,” said Tom Slone, Stone Cellars by Beringer brand manager. For more information visit: www.beringer.com .

New vision from Knorr
book_sept06Looking to change the menu as the winter season sets in? Check out the new culinary guide from Knorr: “Visions: A Global Kitchen.” Developed by Unilever’s foodservice division, it’s filled with menu ideas from around the globe.

For a free copy, call 800-363-2472 or contact your Unilever Foodsolutions representative. Unilever Foodsolutions brands include Hellmann’s, Knorr, Lipton and Becel.

Burke introduces boil-in-bag filling
The arrival of colder weather is the perfect time to add hearty dishes to the menu and satisfy customers’ appetites for comfort food. Burke Corporation, an industry leader in fully cooked meat products, is pleased to introduce its fully cooked, chicken pot pie filling under its MagniFoods brand.

This new and convenient chicken pot pie filling will have restaurant operators quickly and consistently whipping up a perennial favourite that tastes home-cooked. The savoury filling is made with premium quality fresh white chicken breast, slow cooked in creamy chicken gravy and loaded with potatoes, carrots, celery, onions and peas.

For more efficient assembly of menu items and added convenience for the cook-line, the filling is available in three 5-pound, boil-in-bag packages for quick heating and mess-free preparation. And for added value to the bottom line, this new product is fully cooked to reduce labor and training costs and frozen to maintain freshness and shelf life.

For additional information, visit www.BurkeCorp.com .