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Peter Romeo

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Peter Romeo is director of digital content of the foodservice group of Winsight Media, with responsibility for the content of Restaurant Business and FoodService Director magazines, RestaurantBusinessOnline.com, and the Restaurant Leadership Conference. The multi-media job caps a 34-year career as a business journalist, including 28 years as a chain-restaurant specialist for such information channels as Nation’s Restaurant News, QSR magazine, and the website of the National Restaurant Association. Romeo’s columns during an earlier stint at Restaurant Business earned him two Jesse H. Neal Awards, business publishing’s equivalent of the Pulitzers. He graduated from New York University in 1979 with honors in history and journalism, and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He resides in the New York City suburb of Port Washington with his wife, Holly Klokis; four rescued greyhounds; and four ne’er-do-well, slightly nervous cats.

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Operations

Onions from Mexico named as source of 37-state salmonella outbreak

The whole red, yellow and white onions were distributed to stores and foodservice establishments in the U.S. by ProSource, the CDC said.

Workforce

Close to 7% of hospitality workers left their jobs in August

No other industry came near that level of voluntary departures, government statistics show.

In a speech saluting employers who've voluntarily required COVID-19 vaccinations, the president said his administration is close to having the specifics of compliance spelled out.

The infection has now sickened 419 consumers in 35 states.

In asking travelers about their preferences, Marriott discovered that 72% are comfortable again with serving themselves from a buffet.

The rules will seek to protect back-of-house workers when temperatures soar to extreme heights.

With COVID infections rising again because of the Delta variant, some areas are already asking eateries to voluntarily require face coverings.

The law goes into effect next year for restaurants, but school foodservice facilities have longer to comply.

A new law set to take effect Nov. 1 will limit when customers can use non-biodegradable versions as well as require foodservice operations to steer them to more environmentally friendly options.

Nor do they need to stay six feet from others, according to the updated safety guidelines.

An executive order issued by the White House on Tuesday also requires that use of a tip credit be phased out by 2024.

Rochelle Walensky's emotional alert comes as foodservice operations report strengthening sales under loosened restrictions.

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