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March 20, 2009

SafeFood© Sabotaged – Continued

In the recent blog, I shared a story – one that I hope never happens to anyone else. Based on my experiences with carpenters, plumbers, flooring, and other household home repair type of workers, I doubt that it will. Most of them that I have shared the story with have been appropriately aghast.

But it does raise some questions – such as “what would possess someone to act like that?” And, to me, even worse, was the lack of remorse or sense of any wrong doing. Is it a generational thing? This guy is late 20’ish – so maybe still at stage of rebelling and “animal house” antics. What is scary is that we may have many people working in retail foodservices with the same approach to hygiene – those that might think nothing of licking their fingers as they dish your cream pie.

So – to paraphrase the famous song of Willie Nelson: Mamas (and Daddies), don’t let your boys (and girls) grow up to be slobs!

Submitted by Catherine Strohbehn, PhD, RD, CP-FS (and SafeFood© Advocate) 3-21-09

March 11, 2009

SafeFood© Sabotaged

As someone who passionately believes in the SafeFood© mission, imagine my dismay (revulsion, disgust, disbelief, etc., etc., etc.) when my husband told me this story.
He was working at home one day and heard one of the guys laying tile in our basement come up the stairs. He saw this guy standing in front of our opened refrigerator door, chugging milk straight out of the gallon container!


Well, we ended up dismissing the guy, even with the project half completed (but that is another story). We also tossed that gallon of milk. But the real concern is – what else had this guy touched? How much further over the line had he crossed? What is also troubling is this guy didn’t seem to care. When my husband asked him “What the &*$#@ are you doing?”, his response was, “just getting a drink, man”.

So, lesson learned? Don’t assume others practice safe food handling. Monitor when others are in your home and protect yourself as much as you can. Maybe I should put some sort of trap on the refrigerator door or invest in locked containers (a la the Mel Gibson movie Conspiracy Theory”).
Submitted by Catherine Strohbehn, March 11, 2009