“Practice What We Preach”, Food Safety Magazine, April/May 2008

burger-steerJohn Surak and I described making the “Feast or Famine” series television application profile of the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service supply chain safety and quality management for ground beef purchased for the National School Lunch Program in the Food Safety article:

 

 

Telling the story of a food supply chain safety and quality success. A television application profile of the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service supply chain safety and quality management for ground beef purchased for the National School Lunch Program.

 

The real achievements in food safety often get lost in the news chatter as we have seen in the very public recalls during the last year. Such commentary frequently feeds the calls for rushed (if not panicked) and simplistic actions which we know will not solve the underlying problems which produce food safety problems.

 

From ground beef to spinach we have seen the huge downside of food safety and quality failures. Part of the risk is that the industry now depends on many vendors in extended supply chains.  Simultaneously with managing their supply chain, food processors face the challenge of maximizing food safety while reducing costs and improving yields.  What examples can we provide of industry success?

 

One of our missions as food industry professionals is to persuasively present the best practices in food safety and quality management and improvement to the various stakeholders publics including:

  • Food safety and quality professionals
  • The food industry
  • The government
  • The public

From this we should be able to influence the development of industrial and public policy that reflects the best of what we have learned in our work…

 

Read the complete article at:

http://www.foodsafetymagazine.com/article.asp?id=2395&sub=sub1

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