Main Ingredient - January 2014

Healthy Living

Healthy Living

Not all that long ago, when the National Restaurant Association (NRA) conducted its annual culinary survey, ice cold “gelato” was amongst its hottest trends. Perhaps a direct reflection of increasing sensitivity to nutrition, the sugar-loaded frozen dessert slid all the way to No. 169 on the NRA’s recent “What’s Hot in 2014” culinary forecast.

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The Shape of Health

Shape of Health

Media hype? Nope, trans fats are back in the news. Various news outlets announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would soon ban partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), which are the primary source of industrially produced trans fatty acids, or trans fats.

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General Election May Be Shaped by July Deadline

General Elections

The 2014 Oregon primary election will be held the third week in May. This usually decides what the November general election will look like, but this year it will be defined a few months later in July. That’s when signatures must be turned in for the ballot initiatives in Oregon.

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Key Issues Impacting the Industry

Key Issues

As 2014 gets rolling, here’s a quick update on some of the key issues Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association (ORLA) has and will continue to work on throughout Oregon. This is just a topline view of a few of the issues ORLA gets asked about the most.

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Establishing a Presence on Google+ Part 3: Engagement

Google Plus

This is a three-part series aimed at helping you understand and harness the power of Google+ to improve your presence online. In the case of Google+, however, businesses with “active” + accounts on the platform are rewarded with more visibility, equaling more customers!

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Occupational Disease Exposure Concerns For Restaurant Employees

Occupational Disease

Meeting health department sanitation and hygiene requirements does not fully protect restaurant employees from potential occupational disease (OD) concerns. The following is a brief discussion of a few select occupational disease concerns that left uncontrolled can pose potentially serious short-term and long-term health effects for employees.

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