DEERFIELD, IL, March 17, 2020 - BNP Media, organizers of the Food Safety Summit, announced today that in response to the serious outbreak of Coronavirus, they have postponed the May Summit to October 19-22, 2020 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. The 22nd Annual Food Safety Summit event was scheduled to take place May 4-7, 2020.

"The safety and the well-being of everyone who attends the Summit is paramount and with this unprecedented situation unfolding, we have a responsibility to our customers, our guests and our colleagues to provide a safe place for our exhibitors, attendees, and speakers to interact and communicate face-to-face," said Scott Wolters, Chief Events Officer, BNP Media.   "We have a large number of attendees and exhibitors who committed to participate for the May event and look forward to a successful gathering from October 19-22, in Rosemont, IL. Please visit our website at for the new and updated schedule which will be live in a few weeks."

BNP Media will continue to monitor the recommendations of the U.S and state public health guidelines as they develop with regards to the COVID-19 virus and provide further updates at   Exhibitors and attendees will be contacted directly from BNP staff about details of the move. For exhibitors who have questions about the new dates and space contact Kim Hansen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions. For attendees who have questions, contact our Registration Team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

"Our thoughts are with all of those currently impacted by Coronavirus. The Food Safety Summit annual conference and expo is an important event for the food safety industry, and on behalf of the Educational Advisory Board, we are pleased BNP Media is able to reschedule," added Gary Ades, Chair of the Summit Educational Advisory Board and President of G&L Consulting. "We look forward to bringing our world class education and speaking faculty to Rosemont, IL in October, and share the latest information on effective food safety solutions."

The Food Safety Summit is designed to meet the educational and informational needs of the entire food industry and is produced by BNP Media (, one of the country's leading business-to-business media companies serving industry professionals across 60+ industries through magazines, custom media, e-newsletters, webinars, events and market research.


VANCOUVER, March 17, 2020 /CNW/ - In response to the rapidly-evolving novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, White Spot Hospitality has taken the proactive role of temporarily suspending its dine-in service at both White Spot and Triple O's to help protect its valued guests and staff.

Effective today, meals will only be available for take-out by phone and online orders, or third-party delivery services, such as SkipTheDishes. The temporary policy also applies to Triple O's, including Chevron locations, where drive-thru and counter service will continue to be offered in lieu of dine-in seating.

"As a trusted neighbourhood brand that has proudly served multi-generational guests since 1928, we're taking a leadership role during these challenging times," said White Spot President Warren Erhart. "The great taste of White Spot and Triple O's is still available via several convenient pick-up and delivery options, and we look forward to greeting everyone at our restaurants again once government health agencies give the all-clear. Right now, our priority is keeping British Columbians safe."

Guests craving White Spot's Car Hop experience can still enjoy a Legendary Burger and other iconic favourites at their local drive-in, with packaged meals being provided instead of the usual dining tray as an added precaution.

The move is aligned with the provincial government's directive to limit large gatherings – an important social distancing tool in the fight to limit virus transmission. In the meantime, White Spot is closely monitoring the situation, and ensuring its already-rigorous health and sanitization procedures and protocols are being strictly followed.

"As Canada's longest-running restaurant chain, our top priority has always been our guests and employees," added Erhart. "We thank everyone for their trust and continued loyalty, and look forward to welcoming you back to dine in our restaurants soon."


March 17, 2020

Manitoba's Health Protection Unit has shared information with the MRFA that they feel all food service establishments and similar businesses should be made aware of. Please click on the button below to view their information, and feel free to share this information with any other person or business you feel may benefit from it. 

The MRFA prides itself on keeping our members informed about upcoming legislation, news, and opportunities, and information such as this. If you have any information you feel we should know about, please contact us at 204-783-9955 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


March 13, 2020

From the Executive Director

In light of the recent developments with the spread of Coronavirus we all must take diligent and extreme measures to ensure our patrons and staff are in a safe environment. We feel that the best course of action is to have all the necessary tools and measures in place in order to provide a safe and positive environment for guests to enjoy a great meal in a casual environment and our staff to work in a stress free and knowledge based workplace. We will continue to provide feedback on the development of this virus and how it effects our industry. Your MRFA staff is here to provide any guidance and feedback as needed. I am consistently in contact with the Provincial health protection unit and our industry partners to ensure you have the latest in operational information. While it is difficult to assuage the fears of the public concerning the spread of this virus, ensuring your establishment is following hygienic practices as outlined below can help patrons feel safe.

What is 2019-nCoV Coronavirus?

2019-nCoV (Coronavirus) is virus that causes the COVID-19 respiratory illness. It was first detected in Wuhan, China. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it’s unclear how easily or sustainably this virus is spreading between people. Typically, respiratory viruses are most contagious when an individual is most symptomatic, but there have been reports of the virus spreading when the affected individual does not show any symptoms.

Can the coronavirus be spread through food, including refrigerated or frozen food?

According to the CDC, “Coronaviruses are generally thought to be spread from person-to-person through respiratory droplets. Currently there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with food.”

How are restaurants responding across Canada?

The foodservice industry follows strict local public health guidelines. To meet these guidelines, restaurants have safety protocols and best practices in place including guidance from Health Canada. Owners and operators should continually refer to the Government of Manitoba website for the latest advisories/information about Coronavirus in Manitoba. The Association also has obtained a fact sheet from Restaurants Canada with information specific to our industry. Post in all accessible areas to ensure everyone in your establishment is aware of all signs of potential infection. Completion of a facility prevention audit is a great way to show due diligence in ensuring your establishment is prepared.

What can we all do?

Health Canada suggests that people take the same steps they would to keep from getting the flu: get a flu vaccine, take everyday preventative actions – like washing your hands often – and contact health links at 204-788-8200 or toll-free 1-888-315-9257 when you are sick and ensure that your employee’s feel safe and open to stay home if they suffer symptoms. Below are posters from Restaurants Canada that you can post in your facility to aid in effective staff sanitizing procedures.

1) How to wash your hands properly?

2) How to Disinfect your hands properly?

3) Hand Hygiene poster


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