UPDATE: Here is the link to the show! Click here.
On Friday, April 5th, we were fortunate enough to be a guest on The Good Living Show on WSAR 1480AM Talk, produced by “powerhouse voice” Patricia Raskin and hosted by Jennifer Laurenco. The Good Living Show focuses on health and wellness, lifestyle, fashion, and business strategies conducted in positive ways. PFE-Verified was so happy to be able to share our message in such a positive environment.
It’s a fine balance of needing to educate the public about just how many illnesses are transmitted via cockroach and rodent infiltration in restaurant settings and delivering the information without being completely off-putting. The truth is this: Though talking about dirty restaurant kitchen conditions is, admittedly, an unappetizing discussion that conjures up unpleasant visions, denial in the form of, “I don’t want to know,” or “I don’t want to think about it,” can lead to really harmful, unhealthy results. Ignorance isn’t bliss.
A 2009 New York Times article accurately identified what we encounter every day. When restaurants cut costs, pest control services are the first operational service to go, despite their critical importance. In Friday’s interview, our spokesperson, Wendie Tobin, spoke of this challenge. There are conscientious restaurants and food-service establishments that recognize the threats posed by unsanitary kitchen conditions and address those issues with a contract of scheduled pest-control service. Some restaurants employ pest control only on an as-needed basis, and many businesses attempt to take matters into their own hands. In Rhode Island, it’s illegal for a layperson to spray pesticides in a commercial food area; there’s a reason why licensed exterminators go through a certification process! Unfortunately, there is also a class of restaurant owners that ignore the rodents, insects, and other critters, altogether.
During our time on The Good Living Show, we made sure to give a shout out to each of our initial wave of valued PFE-Verified restaurants, which can be viewed on our database page. They are committed to their customers’ health by keeping clean, pest-free food storage and prep areas. (We are excited to add more wonderful restaurants in 2013.) Advancements often materialize in response to public need. We all need to be asking restaurants to do better. Ask your favorite dining establishment to be PFE-Verified. If they have a contract of pest control services, it’s a minimal effort for them to be verified. It offers peace of mind and reassurance for you, support and promotion for clean, pest-free restaurants, and a positive initiative committed to the hygienic and better living that we require of our own homes.
As we await a link to last Friday’s interview—we’ll post it as soon as we have access—we encourage you to check out The Good Living Show producer Patricia Raskin’s website. She’s doing some great things.
From her website:
Patricia Raskin, host of the Patricia Raskin Positive Living™ radio show, is a nationally recognized multi-media radio talk show host, award-winning producer, media coach, speaker and author. She is recognized by her peers and listeners as the “powerhouse voice” behind lifestyle, health and wellness, inspirational, and personal growth talk radio.
Patricia helps people turn their obstacles into opportunities and challenges into solutions to make their dreams come true through her renowned interviews with the “best of the best” motivational and self-improvement experts. Patricia has interviewed nearly 2,000 guests on her Patricia Raskin Positive Living™ television and radio programs; including Jane Seymour, Jack Canfield, Dr. John Gray, Joan Lunden, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Dr. Maya Angelou, Dr. Andrew Weil, Dean McDermott, and Richard Bach.
Patricia has also authored two books, Success, Your Dream and You and Pathfinding: 7 Principles for Positive Living, in addition to writing nearly 700 newspaper columns and producing and hosting over 500 television shows and documentaries.
Patricia’s Patricia Raskin’s Positive Living™ programs have aired on Fox, PBS, and NPR affiliates, and WTKF, 107.3 FM. Patricia Raskin Positive Living program can currently be heard Saturdays 3-5pm ET on Southern New England’s leading radio station, 630 WPRO AM, 99.7 FM, www.630wpro.com, Mondays @ 2pm ET on www.VoiceAmerica.com, and “Postive Business” Fridays on AM790 3-5PM.