Changing Consumer Behavior: 5 Easy Ways to Practice Food Safety for Produce at Home

Posted by Megan Haug Crivelli (Guest Blogger) on Jan 18, 2017 11:00:00 AM

When there is notice of an outbreak or a recall related to produce, we can all agree that it is not something that we want to be associated with, whether it was caused from produce sent out by our operation or whether it is produce that we have consumed. With buyer specifications and the new FSMA rules, produce operations are guided on how to prevent food safety issues at the operation level. However, do you ever consider how you are preventing food safety issues while buying, storing and preparing produce at home? 

Frank Yiannis, VP of Food Safety for Walmart stores recently stated, “To make dramatic improvements in reducing the burden of foodborne disease, we need to get much better at influencing and changing human behavior.”

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Our Top 6 Hottest Blog Posts from 2016

Posted by Phillip Berry on Jan 4, 2017 10:27:00 AM

While we are excited to continue to deliver topical & insightful content in 2017, we felt one last nostalgic look back at Auld Lang Syne's 2016 hottest blog posts would be fun. It's one of the places we celebrate new advancements and technology in food safety year round. We hope you enjoy them as much as we enjoyed writing them! Here are our top 6 most popular for 2016. 

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Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road... Because Walmart Led the Way

Posted by Kenna Smith, Field Application Specialist on Sep 13, 2016 2:49:56 PM

Every year at the International Association of Food Protection there are fabulous presentations and this year in St. Louis was no exception. One in particular was by Frank Yiannis, Vice President of Food Safety for Walmart, in which he discussed the great leaps and bounds his company has been making in effort to reduce the levels of Salmonella in chicken parts sold at their stores. Salmonella accounts for 380 deaths and 19,000 illnesses each year with as many as 19% of salmonellosis cases linked to poultry products, so it is a significant public health concern. Although more stringent performance standards for Salmonella have recently been set by the USDA for poultry processors, raw poultry products are still considered high risk. This was not going to be a quick and easy fix. However, Walmart was determined to reduce this risk for its customers by implementing a set of food safety requirements via a four-part plan and working closely with suppliers to get it done. When this initiative was first launched, their prevalence was around 17%. But by January of this year, they were testing at 5% and then even lower in June at only 2%.

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The Creative Spark of Food Safety

Posted by Ted Andrew, Senior Director, Product Marketing on Jul 28, 2016 9:00:00 AM

As we go out into the food industry, one significant trait that continues to shine through is the passion we all have for our industry and in food safety. With this much enthusiasm, it is particularly challenging not to bring work home with you at the end of the day. However, when we do, it starts rubbing off on our family, inspiring even the youngest members to be just as excited about food safety as we are.

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