Did you know that today – April 7, 2015 – is World Health
Day? Each year, organizations around the globe mark April 7 as the anniversary
of the 1948 founding of the World Health Organization (WHO). This year’s World
Health Day is dedicated to spreading the word about the critical importance of
food safety, with the theme “From Farm to Plate, Make Food Safe.” So, why
should we in the foodservice packaging industry care?
Because food safety and public health are at the very core
of why single-use foodservice packaging was invented over 100 years ago. For
some of you, you may be tired of me clamoring on about the sanitary benefits of
foodservice packaging, but it bears repeating over and over, finding new
opportunities to remind everyone about these benefits. This year’s World Health
Day is a great chance to do so.
Food safety discussions typically focus on the food itself,
and that is certainly critical, but we must remember that contamination can
happen anywhere, from farm to plate, as the theme suggests. But let’s not
forget that single-use foodservice packaging can play a vital role as the
prepared food is ultimately transported from the foodservice kitchen to
That would be one reason that FPI is a co-sponsor of the Samuel J. Crumbine Consumer Protection Award.
This prestigious award is given annually to local environmental health
jurisdictions that demonstrate unsurpassed achievement in providing outstanding
food protection services to their communities. The purpose of the award is to
encourage innovative programs and methods that reduce or eliminate the
occurrence of foodborne illnesses, recognize the importance of food protection
at the local level and stimulate public interest in foodservice sanitation.
Not only do we support the goals of this award, but it’s
also our way of honoring Dr. Samuel J. Crumbine himself. Dr. Crumbine was a
sanitarian, physician and public health pioneer from Kansas who was renowned
for his innovative methods of improving public health protection. During a
train trip, he witnessed a tuberculosis patient drinking from a common drinking
cup (typical in most public venues at the time), only to be followed by a young
girl eagerly drinking from the same cup. He quickly realized the use of that
reusable cup would lead to the spread of infectious diseases, and he had to do
something. That fine doctor spent the next several years fighting with his own
public health bureaucracy, and ultimately, he prevailed. In 1909, common
drinking cups were banned on trains passing through Kansas, and by 1912, 24 states had banned the common cup.
Simply put, Dr. Crumbine is our hero. I am certain he would
be grateful of our support of World Health Day.
Please help us promote the role that foodservice packaging
can play to ensure the safe delivery of food. Join the conversation at
Posted By Lynn M. Dyer (President) | 4/7/2015 2:27:35 PM