Ushering In a New Tradition
By the time you read this, more than 2 months will have passed since the very first World Food Safety Day on June 7.
But since it fell after our last issue went to press, please allow me
a slight diversion to reflect warmly on that day for me.
It began 3 weeks earlier with an invitation from Claudio An-drade, plant quality & food safety engineer, at Stonyfield Organic
in Londonderry, New Hampshire. They were planning to celebrate World Food Safety Day and wanted to bring in an outside
speaker to give a talk on the topic of food safety.
Honored to be asked, I made the short drive north from central Massachusetts on June 7 and was welcomed by the quality
team. After touring the plant and learning about the company’s
passion for their food safety processes, everyone (Stonyfield employees and invited guests) was invited to the cafeteria to have
lunch and hear about food safety. Together with Colleen Smith
and Chuck Metcalf from the NH Department of Health and Human Services, we talked about the importance of the food safety
culture from the top down (management to consumer) and the
pertinent regulatory issues affecting Stonyfield’s particular industry (dairy). It was rewarding to see scientists and nonscientists
alike participating in the event: A great group from human resources even talked about how they play a role in food safety! It
was a great day, and I left inspired by this company’s passion for
food safety and the integrity of their products.
While food safety is something to focus on every day, the
chance to come together, share best practices, and showcase our
food safety heroes does deserve some extra attention, because as
we know, doing the hard work of food safety is often under-ap-preciated. And while we’re at it, National Food Safety Education
Month (September) is right around the corner. Thanks to all of
you who make safe food for everyone, everywhere.
Barbara VanRenterghem, Ph.D.
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