U.S. Foodservice Offers Perspectives on Nation's Food Safety System at Sigma Xi Symposium

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Presentation Focused on Increasing Effectiveness of Current Food Recall Structure

Food safety is an essential part of our industry and cannot be looked at as an expense or an inconvenient cost of doing business

Greg Pallaske, director, regulatory compliance, food safety and quality assurance, U.S. Foodservice, addressed the current and future state of the nation’s food safety and recall system at Sigma Xi’s symposium on Food Safety and Security: Science and Policy. Sigma Xi is an international honor society of science and engineering professionals with nearly 60,000 international members that provide a supportive environment for interdisciplinary research at colleges and universities, industry research centers and government laboratories.

Pallaske’s presentation, ‘Food Recalls at Any Cost? The Impacts of Our Current Recall System’, explored the current recall structure and provides foundations for an improved system that increases recall effectiveness and reduces the economic burden on food distributors, suppliers and consumers.

“Food safety is an essential part of our industry and cannot be looked at as an expense or an inconvenient cost of doing business,” Pallaske said. “The food chain is large and complex. It's more important than ever to have standardized food safety practices across the industry to help protect the health and safety of our customers and our families.”

The Sigma Xi’s symposium brings together students, academics, professionals and other members from around the world to begin a dialogue that will ultimately inform policymakers and the general public about the implications and critical importance of these issues.

“The Sigma Xi symposium is the perfect place for U.S. Foodservice to share food safety insights and best practices with other world class organizations and professionals,” added Jorge Hernandez, senior vice president of food safety and quality assurance, U.S. Foodservice.

About U.S. Foodservice
U.S. Foodservice is one of the country’s leading foodservice distributors, offering more than 43,000 national, private label and signature brand items and an array of services to its more than 250,000 customers. The company proudly employs 25,000 associates in more than 60 locations nationwide who are poised to serve customers beyond their expectations. As an industry leader, with access to resources beyond the ordinary, U.S. Foodservice provides the finest quality food and related products to neighborhood restaurants, hospitals, schools, colleges and universities, hotels, government entities and other eating establishments. With approximately $19 billion in annualized revenue, the company is headquartered in Rosemont, Ill., and jointly owned by funds managed by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, LLC and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. Visit http://www.usfoodservice.com to discover how U.S. Foodservice can be Your partner beyond the plate®.

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