Is There Such a Thing as a Food Safety Culture?

Note: This article first appeared on http://www.sagefoodsafety.com Is there such a thing as a food safety “culture?” If so, what would it be? In a presentation at a food safety conference recently, then-acting FDA Commissioner Stephen Ostroff observed that for the new food safety law to succeed, there needed to be a “food safety culture” […]

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Tracking Foodborne Illness

For decades, one of the major challenges in managing food recalls was the time it took for researchers to establish the source of the contamination. In my time with Kroger, it was often frustrating when the company would receive a foodborne illness recall notice and begin the process of removing suspected product from store shelves […]

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Defining A Foreseeable Hazard

A central tenet of the new food safety law is a responsbility for food manufacturers to thoroughly inspect their plant facilities to uncover “foreseeable hazards,” not otherwise defined. Why is this important? We’ll, because over time, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has done enough plant inspections to understand that manyh food contamination incidents and […]

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Is Food Safety Regulation Necessary?

The Food Safety Modernization Act, enacted in 2011 but just now being implemented, would seem at first glance to be the type of federal action that many say hurts the economy and stifles economic growth. We’ve all heard the complaint (it’s a staple of the Presidential campaign): there’s too much regulation, and business must be freed […]

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Back Where I Started

For many years beginning in 1982, I worked at The Kroger Co. as corporate director of public relations. One of my top priorities was handling crisis communications during food recalls — those involving Kroger’s own manufactured items or national brand products sold in Kroger food stores. Each incident was vastly different, yet there were enough […]

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