The Challenges of Food Safety in Grocery Stores

Grocery stores provide a wide variety of goods, ranging from standard food products such as produce and dairy, and extending as far as pet products or sporting...

Written by Garret Weigel | March 8, 2019 | Food Safety, Connected Facility, HACCP

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Global Positioning System (GPS): The Past, Present, and Future

“GPS” is a common term these days. The Global Positioning System, originally called Navstar GPS (a network of U.S. satellites that now provides positioning services globally), is an interstellar radio-navigation system. It incorporates a constellation of satellites and a network of ground stations for monitoring and control over positioning technology. Approximately 32 GPS satellites orbit the Earth at an...

Written by Garret Weigel | March 6, 2019 | Supply Chain

The Svalbard Seed Vault: Saving our Global Food Security, History, and Quality

Over the past 50 years, global agriculture has transitioned almost entirely to an industrial model focusing on the cultivation of monocrops on huge tracts of farmland. One consequence of this practice is that biodiversity has decreased so much that now only 30 crops provide 95% of global food-energy and nutritional needs. In fact, since the 1960s, the U.S. has lost more than 90% of its varieties of fruits and...

Written by Garret Weigel | March 1, 2019 | Food Safety

Blockchain Technology – In Plain English

When the Gartner Group conducted research among CIOs, 43% of respondents were interested in blockchain technology, but 34% had no interest. Remarkably, only a few had actually adopted blockchain: a mere 1% of respondents.

Written by Garret Weigel | February 27, 2019 | Connected Facility, Supply Chain

New CDC Guidelines for Vaccine Storage & Handling

Last month, the CDC released a redesigned Vaccine and Storage Handling Toolkit, aimed at providing healthcare professionals recommendations and best practices for managing, storing, and monitoring vaccines to ensure potency. Temperature control is extremely important for vaccines, as any deviation risks the quality of the vaccine, and in turn, the safety of the patient. This post will outline some of the key...

Written by Garret Weigel | February 22, 2019 | Pharmacy Safety

Prison Commissaries: The Hidden Public Health Problem

When we think of “food services,” prison commissaries don’t immediately come to mind. That’s probably because prison life in general is kept to the margins of social consciousness. While it is true that inmates are denied certain freedoms as part of their sentences, they continue to claim the human right to health and wellness, and rightfully so. Unfortunately, this population is half forgotten when it comes to...

Written by Garret Weigel | February 20, 2019 | Food Safety, HACCP

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