Preventing Foodborne Illness Through Recalls

Recently, hundreds of pounds of salad from Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, and Walmart were recalled due to concerns about salmonella and listeria contamination....

Written by Garret Weigel | October 31, 2019 | Food Safety, FSMA, Supply Chain

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The Grocery Sector Steps Up to Sustainability

Earlier this year, Seattle resident Nathan Gregg made a disconcerting discovery at the downtown municipal dump: a pile of Amazon Go packaged meals stacked nearly 6 feet high. Gregg took photos that clearly show salads, wraps, and sandwiches in their original sealed plastic containers alongside other packaged food products.

Written by Garret Weigel | October 23, 2019 | Food Safety

Young Consumers Put Their Money on Environment-Friendly Restaurants

21st century consumers care more about sustainable business practices than ever before – Millennials in particular. By 2025, this generation will represent 75% of the workforce and will have $2.75 trillion in spending power globally. A recent Nielsen global online study found that Millennials are most willing to pay extra for sustainable offerings – almost three-out-of-four respondents in the latest findings, up...

Written by Garret Weigel | October 3, 2019 | Food Safety

Optimizing Store Operations at Scale with SmartSense

There was once a large grocery chain with over 1,000 retail locations who wanted to improve its business. Competition was growing, labor costs were increasing, and they needed to operate more intelligently than they had previously. Leadership was frustrated with the limited visibility they had into store operations. Management was frustrated with the time employees spent on routine, non-customer facing activities....

Written by Garret Weigel | September 25, 2019 | Pharmacy Safety, Food Safety, Connected Facility, Supply Chain

Heroes of Food Safety: Harvey Wiley, Pioneer and Activist

Continuing our celebration of Food Safety Education Month, we honor Harvey Wiley, an American chemist best known for his leadership in the passage of the landmark Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906. He was also the first commissioner of the United States Food and Drug Administration, and the pioneer food safety champion who paved the way for today’s leading consumer advocates.

Written by Garret Weigel | September 19, 2019 | Food Safety

Heroes of Food Safety: Upton Sinclair and the Meat Inspection Act of 1906

Continuing our celebration of Food Safety Education Month, in this post we honor Upton Sinclair (September 20, 1878 – November 25, 1968), the Pulitzer-prize winning author of more than 100 books. The novel that brought him the most fame, The Jungle, provided a fictionalized account of the horrific conditions at Chicago’s “Packingtown,” the center of the U.S. meatpacking industry at the turn of the 20th century. It...

Written by Garret Weigel | September 11, 2019 | Food Safety

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