Serious Commitment by
Management to Food Safety
and Quality is Essential for
Business Growth and
The food supply and service industry
currently is faced with several important
challenges to business growth and success. The media recently has focused
heavy coverage on foodborne illness outbreaks and allergen-related product recalls, and this increased attention
underscores the need for effective and
proactive food safety and quality control
practices to protect the viability of our
business enterprises. Furthermore, with
the current economic situation, suppliers
and processors must continue to identify
opportunities and implement best practices that are above and beyond their customers’ specifications and expectations in
order to continue growing as businesses.
The ability to effectively meet these
evolving industry demands requires that
a food safety consciousness be part of the
corporate culture all the way through
from the upper management to the production level. Otherwise, food establishments that cut corners on food safety risk
devastating economic consequences and
irreparable harm to their businesses. n
2. Gapud, V. 2009/2010. Food Safety Trends in Retail and Foodservice. Food Safety Magazine.
4. Gapud, V. 2006. Driving Best Practices in Distribution. Food Safety Magazine. August/September.
5. Flynn, D. 2011. Allergens Have Caused Most Meat Recalls This Year. Food Safety News. July 8.
6. The Association of Food, Beverage and Consumer Product Companies (GMA). 2008. Guidelines for
Validation of Consumer Cooking Instructions for Not-Ready-To-Eat (NRTE) Products.
For more information on meat and poulty safety, please visit
Veny Gapud, M.S. is the corporate food safety
and quality assurance officer for Fieldale Farms
Corporation. She was the recipient of the 2011 International Association for Food Protection
(IAFP) Harold Barnum Industry
Award that recognized her outstanding service to IAFP, the
public and the food industry. She is also a current
member of the USDA FSIS National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection (NACMPI),
former chairperson of the Retail Food Safety and
Quality PDG of IAFP, a former President of the
Georgia Association for Food Protection and a current member of the Food Safety Magazine Editorial
Advisory Board. Gapud can be reached at
1. Marler, W. 2007. Food Safety & the CEO-Keys to Bottom Line Success. Food Safety Magazine. October/November.
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