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What goes on behind the scenes in the cafeteria

With recent controversy regarding food safety in the news, a closer look has been taken at what precautions are taken to ensure food safety at GHS

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The entrance to the cafeteria where many people walk through daily to buy their lunch

The entrance to the cafeteria where many people walk through daily to buy their lunch

Evan Tawzer

Evan Tawzer

The entrance to the cafeteria where many people walk through daily to buy their lunch

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In recent news Stewart Parnell received a 28 year prison sentence for knowingly sending out  several cases of peanut butter that were tainted with Salmonella. This event has caused many people to rethink  some of the foods that they eat, and question whether or not they are safe for consumption.

This former food executive’s actions has put food safety in America under a new lens and has given cause for common food sources, such as GHS’s cafeteria, to be closely examined.

Hundreds of students consume the cafeteria food on a daily basis and it is a big responsibility to make sure that everything in the cafeteria is safe for consumption.

“I think they do a good job of keeping it clean considering the amount of students that eat there,” said Emily Larson, a sophomore and consumer of the school’s cafeteria food.

Rick Herwaldt, the cafeteria’s General Manager, gave an interview about how Sodexo, the school district’s food supplier, and GHS work together to ensure food safety in the cafeteria.

Behind where food is served to students

Evan Tawzer
Behind where food is served to students

“We’re constantly talking about it [food safety], we kinda live it in the job,” Herwaldt says as he explains some of the protocol for food safety that the cafeteria has in place. “We tend to beat it into [his employees’] heads”

He explains how before the school year even begins, the cafeteria employees are trained on several things such as how to wash their hands properly or how to correctly rotate food in the refrigerator in order to provide a safe and clean environment in the cafeteria

Also, he explained how they prevent scenarios similar to that of the Salmonella tainted peanut butter on a daily basis. “I probably get on average about two to five  [emails] a week from our company. I’d say nine out of ten times it’s not a food that I’m serving, but they just make us aware of it,” says Herdwalt. “If we bought that product, I’ll be in there in the morning, and my managers too, and we’ll pull it right away.”

“I don’t think we’ve ever had an issue in this district that I’ve heard of,” Herdwalt says. He is new to Geneva this year, but has experience working in other school districts around the county. “I think the ladies here do a great job, and we’re always trying to improve the food service to make sure that we’re serving safe food.”

 

 

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