Saturday, 25 April 2009

Wall Street Journal Food Safety Blog

We have part of the solution.

1 comment:

  1. Dennis Calvert wrote:

    Have you ever had a bad case of food poisoning? I have. I bet we would all be amazed at the high percentage of people who have had a personal experience with food poisoning. I suspect the high rate of incidence would shock us.

    If you are generally healthy, a bad case will make you think you are going to die. If you are not healthy, then what? NOT GOOD. We learned since we were kids about basic precautions, hand washing, food washing, cooking raw meat, cross contamination. That’s the first line of defense. But, let’s face it, there are systemic problems in the food preparation and delivery system that require higher levels of corporate responsibility.

    My personal experience with food poisoning was met with a big corporate rebuff and denial of responsibility from one of the leading fast food burger chains in the USA, telling me basically to “call your attorney”. How about just doing the right thing?

    Keeping our food safe and therefore our nation is big job and there is not one answer. It takes a a multi-layered plan of attack. As we say at our company, “no strategy.. no disinfection”. For our part, we have been working on technology solutions to help build a wall of defense at the post harvest treatment, packaging, and meat production areas. A strong sense of corporate responsibility for looking out for their customers sure seems to make good business sense and our experience shows that if companies know about solutions that work that they can afford, they really do want to ‘do it right’.

    Unfortunately, it seems like most big social issues, it takes some major pain to finally force change.

    Is it getting better? One way or another is must.

    Dennis Calvert