Much More Than a Job
I’ve never killed anyone. Now, I know what you’re thinking: That’s one hell of a way to
open up an editorial. But stay with me awhile and I’ll connect
the dots for you.
Ever know a dedicated mechanic and
sworn that he bleeds motor oil? Or someone
in publishing bleeding ink? It’s because their
jobs are more than jobs to them; they’re
what give them a reason to be. The job
is part of them. On vacation? The mind
doesn’t shut off…it’s in their blood.
When you begin a working life in a lab, pipetting and
titrating, assaying enzymes and staining proteins, then move
into the world of journals and magazines, life can distill itself
into a disconnected job. You’ve moved on from cutting-edge
research—the dream to rid society of a disease is gone. Now
it’s just one day at a time. Just a job. Punch the clock.
But fast-forward to working at a magazine that provides
the needed resources so that at the end of the day, food
workers can make that same opening statement. And I
find myself deciding how best to share with an industry
the expertise of others whose insights and knowledge help
move food safety forward. It then becomes a two-way street:
Let us be your essential, go-to resource. Then you take
that newfound knowledge and best apply it to your job,
whether it’s sanitation, inspections, public health, auditing,
distribution, processing, testing…you make it work to
improve food safety in your personal sphere of influence.
And if an article like the one we ran last issue about Dave
Theno speaks to you and reminds you that what you do is
really more than a job—it is a way of life and your reason to
be—and that you have a responsibility to make sure you don’t
kill anyone today, or any day, then we’re all doing what we
need to be doing. And the work becomes that much more
critical…more than a job.
Barbara VanRenterghem, Ph.D.
CEO, The Target Group Inc. Don Meeker
Publisher Stacy Atchison
Still Kicks A$$ Bobby Meeker
Editorial Director Barbara VanRenterghem, Ph.D.
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