A Year of Milestones
This year marks a number of milestones, the least of which is my 10-year anniversary with this magazine. (How time
flies!) Most important, however, is the 25-year anniversary of
the Jack in the Box Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak. Can we
pause for a moment to think about how far
we’ve come, while at the same time realizing
how much left there is to do?
It was a year ago that we started our
podcast, Food Safety Matters, featuring none
other than Dr. Dave Theno as our inaugural
guest. Jack in the Box featured prominently
in that conversation with him. And only a short month
later, he was taken from us: gone but certainly not forgotten.
Countless guests of the podcast after him have spoken of his
leadership and inspiration. I credit Dave with introducing
the concept of food safety culture, long before the term itself
began to take hold.
This year, we marked our 1-year podcast anniversary
speaking with attorney Bill Marler, again with some emphasis
on his role in the Jack in the Box event. Additionally, this
year’s Food Safety Magazine Distinguished Service Award
will be presented to Dr. Darin Detwiler, who lost his son,
Riley, because of the Jack in the Box outbreak, at the annual
meeting of the International Association for Food Protection
in Salt Lake City in July. At that same meeting, Dr. Ann
Marie McNamara, one of our Editorial Advisory Board
members, will be delivering the John H. Silliker lecture on
“Heroes Past and Future.” It’s no secret, given her history at
Jack in the Box, what she will talk about.
As we remember those tragic events of 25 years ago, let’s
also not forget the critically important work that everyone,
from the CEO to the line worker, does to safeguard the
world’s food supply. And let’s not forget to tip our hats once
again to Dave, for showing us the way it’s done.
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