Jeni’s hires new food safety director following 2015 Lm problems

Pedal to the metal, full throttle, balls to the wall. I prefer give’r. And according to Colombus Business First, the new food safety director at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams is all about given’r when it comes to pathogens.

Soon after Blue Bell was linked to a Listeria monocytogenes outbreak, Jeni’s had some Lm in their product. And their plant.jenis-ice-cream-leadjpg-3107e469ad83e50e

The Columbus-based ice cream company hired Cindy Decker, a veteran of more than 20 years in the food safety and quality monitoring fields, as its director of food safety.

Jeni’s said Decker is an expert in designing environmental programs to monitor microbes on surfaces.
“Our enhanced food safety program includes environmental, process and product testing to ensure the complete safety of our ice creams,” CEO John Lowe said in the release. “We worked with a team of outside experts last year to redesign the program but having Cindy’s level of expertise in-house is the next step in our efforts to be the industry leader in food safety.”

Jeni’s founder Jeni Britton Bauer profiled Decker in a blog post, calling her a “ balls to the wall, no nonsense listeria/microbe/pathogen hunter.”

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Dr. Ben Chapman is a professor and food safety extension specialist at North Carolina State University. As a teenager, a Saturday afternoon viewing of the classic cable movie, Outbreak, sparked his interest in pathogens and public health. With the goal of less foodborne illness, his group designs, implements, and evaluates food safety strategies, messages, and media from farm-to-fork. Through reality-based research, Chapman investigates behaviors and creates interventions aimed at amateur and professional food handlers, managers, and organizational decision-makers; the gate keepers of safe food. Ben co-hosts a biweekly podcast called Food Safety Talk and tries to further engage folks online through Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and, maybe not surprisingly, Pinterest. Follow on Twitter @benjaminchapman.