Archive for FoodSafety SmartBlogs

The foodservice industry is taking major steps to increase consumer trust with the development of thorough, automated, and vigilant food traceability programs. This is important now more than ever, as recent and highly publicized food recalls are still fresh in the minds of consumers. If a six-year old boy and his parents come into a Subway restaurant once a week and order sandwiches, they should always have the information they need about their food at their fingertips, and be reassured they will eat the highest quality product.[…] Continue Reading »

SmartBrief’s food and beverage readers were following Chipotle‘s food safety saga this week, from co-CEO Steve Ells’ apology that was broadcast on television to the chain‘s online outreach to help answer brand fans’ questions about the E. coli and norovirus outbreaks.

Readers were also interested in new strategies from consumer package goods companies, from PepsiCo‘s decision to end its partnership with Muller and pull out of the US yogurt market, to Chobani‘s plans for spicy yogurts, to Kellogg‘s moves to take cereal beyond breakfast eating occasions.[…] Continue Reading »

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Traveling around the world has given Howard Popoola an appreciation for the quality and safety of the food supply chain in the U.S.

Popoola, vice president of quality assurance at Skokie, Ill.-based Topco Associates, the nation’s largest private-label cooperative, gained his global perspective early in his career working in food safety for the United Nations.[…] Continue Reading »

The news this week of confirmed cases of H5N2 Avian Flu on turkey farms in Missouri and Arkansas put the issues of food safety and traceability in the spotlight once again. It’s a topic that seems to stay in the headlines quite a bit, from tales of foodborne illness outbreaks to trend stories about millennials hungry for information about where their food comes from to research tying future food safety to climate change.[…] Continue Reading »

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Karen Klansek has an expression she likes to use when it comes to manpower versus automation in her role as manager of supply chain quality assurance at Pinnacle Foods: “For so long as we require humans to do the work, we will manage humanity.”

Despite the efficiencies that automation and technology bring, Klansek says she never loses sight of the fact that human nature plays an important role in her behind-the-scenes world.[…] Continue Reading »