Prudential Exec Pens HACCP Article
Jerry Martin, vice president of sales & marketing for Prudential Overall Supply, Irvine, CA, recently wrote an article on safety issues for food-processing plant employees and managers. The article, titled The Importance of Food Processing/HACCP Uniforms was posted online at www.foodmanufacturing.com.
Food safety is a serious issue because one out of six Americans will get sick each year due to food-borne illnesses linked to 31 known food pathogens, including salmonella, he said.
The article offers a basic overview of safety rules for food-processing plant employees, including a discussion of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) standards. For example, the article noted that employees should avoid wearing jewelry of any kind while on the job because these items can harbor harmful bacteria that may enter the food that the company is processing. As for uniforms, Martin noted that work garments should include no pockets above the waist. This is a problem because pockets can harbor germs, plus the fact that items may fall out of a pocket and into food if the employee leans over too far.
The article cites Martin’s ties to TRSA, including his service as a past chair of the Sales & Marketing Committee and his work in developing the association’s Clean Green environmental certification standard for textile services operators.
Martin concluded his piece with a recommendation that food-processing companies should work with a qualified uniform rental service company to minimize their risk of transmitting harmful microorganism to food through employee workwear. Click here or on the link above to read the article.