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Wendy White had long been interested in the public health sector when she decided to pursue a career in food safety and quality.
As the director of corporate food safety and quality at Golden State Foods, she puts her expertise to work behind the scenes, helping to ensure that pathogens don’t reach the consumer end of the food chain. A microbiology class White was taking as an undergraduate piqued her interest in food.
“I thought, here is a way that I can really make an impact in the public health sector, where it can be preventative, and I can help people before they get sick,” she said. “The idea of that is really very intriguing to me.”
Golden State Foods is a global food manufacturing and distribution company that supplies a wide range of products for foodservice. It has four main divisions focusing on proteins, liquid products (such as condiments and salad dressings), aseptic dairy products and produce. (read more…)
It’s one thing to have a corporate food safety program but entirely another to make sure the executive suite is aware of its importance and the rest of the company buys into a food safety culture, experts said at the 2014 Food Safety Summit.
Food safety programs must be well-funded, integrated in all systems and departments, and receive support starting at the CEO level.
For food safety directors, it begins by having an elevator pitch ready at all times to grab the attention of higher-ups.
For Jorge Hernandez, senior VP for Food Safety & Quality Assurance at US Foods, the line is “I’m the one who is keeping you out of jail,” which he used when he met his new CEO for the first time. It got him a meeting with the chief exec a week later, during which he was able to explain everything the company was doing to ensure safety and protect the company from legal liability. (read more…)
After years of food-makers, restaurateurs and consumers struggling with unclear definitions and making due with inconsistent labeling, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration last month issued an official definition of what constitutes a “gluten-free” food. I interviewed Anita Jones-Mueller, president and founder of Healthy Dining Finder, on what the new rules mean for restaurants and how they can offer healthy, safe food for gluten-free diners.
Under the FDA’s new requirements, items voluntarily labeled as “gluten free” must contain fewer than 20 parts per million of gluten. Does that standard apply to the restaurant industry?
Yes, the final rules released by the Food and Drug Administration on August 5, 2013 state that by August 5, 2014, any use of the term “gluten-free” or similar claims made in restaurants and other retail food service establishments will need to meet the new ruling that defines the standards for “gluten-free.”
The FDA ruling states that using the term is voluntary, but if the term “gluten-free” or similar terms, such as “free of gluten,” “no gluten,” or “without gluten” are used, then they must meet four criteria, primarily that the item does not contain 20 or more parts per million of gluten. (read more…)