Conflicting regulation from local, state and federal authorities can cause inconsistent safety practices in the food retail business, but aggressive education can allow food handlers to better comply with safety measures according to food safety experts at this week’s annual meeting of the Institute of Food Technologists, the international not-for-profit scientific society.
In the retail sector, regulatory inconsistencies can be a problem when stores deliver products to off-site facilities and avoid placing them “in commerce,” said J. Lee Budd, of Prepcheck Food Safety Services in Ocean View, N.J.
For example, Lee described how Caesars Entertainment’s consolidated operations has improved consistency and eliminated duplicated labor within the operation, but when supplying products to other states, and to Indian gaming venues in particular, multiple regulatory bodies have come into play.
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