This past week, The National Restaurant Association shared survey data with Congressional leaders on the state of the consumer, some 18 months removed from the onset of COVID-19.
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August 30 22, 2021 via FSR Magazine

This past week, The National Restaurant Association shared survey data with Congressional leaders on the state of the consumer, some 18 months removed from the onset of COVID-19. It painted a convoluted landscape, to put it blandly. Thanks to a recent spike in cases due to the Delta variant, six in 10 said they’ve changed their restaurant usage, while 37 percent said they ordered takeout or delivery instead of sitting down in a restaurant, and 19 percent chose to dine outside.

Perhaps the most troubling turn—19 percent said they’ve stopped going out to restaurants and 9 percent cancelled existing plans to dine out in recent weeks.

Sean Kennedy, EVP of Public Affairs at the Association, called recent trends "dangerous," and said shifts in dining-out behavior are "beginning to put acute pressure back on the restaurant industry."

It’s the coupled concern of operating amid present inflationary pressures—namely labor and commodities—yet without the pent-up demand that’s fueled traffic of late. "The small gains that our industry has made toward financial security are in danger of being wiped out, dashing the hopes of communities, entrepreneurs, and consumers nationwide," Kennedy said.'s ConvergeBlog
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Food inspectors are front-line public servants who are on the lookout for restaurants that sell unsafe food. They conduct random and unannounced inspections to check whether employees follow safe food handling practices and that the restaurant has adequate facilities.

In this three-part article series, we will look at the 50 most common food safety violations discovered during restaurant inspections and how restaurant operators can avoid them. Knowing about the food safety violations will not only help to reduce food safety risks, but will also make it easier to pass restaurant inspections. So, sit tight and read the rest of the article.

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