A Look At A Great Achievement By OSI Group

OSI Group is a privately held food processor with operations and facilities across the globe. It was founded in 1909 and is currently led by Chief Executive Officer Sheldon Lavin.

It employs over 20,000 and earns approximately $6.1 billion in annual revenue. The company was focused on processing meat for many years but today it also supplies a great many other types of food products including vegetables, fruits, condiments, sauces, dressings, and dips.

In 2016, OSI Group was honored by the British Safety Council. As recognition of the safety, health, and environmental stewardship of the company they were given an award at the 2016 Sword of Honour and Globe of Honour Awards. In order to receive their award, the team at OSI Group had to pass audits of their operations that achieved 5-stars in all of their stewardship roles. The entire company needed to pass these audits, from the facilities that process food to the boardroom back in Aurora, Illinois.

Winning the Globe of Honour Awards reflected OSI Group’s deep commitment to running the company ethically and responsibly. This is the third time that the company has won this award, having also won in both 2013 and 2015.

Categories: Food Safety

Restaurant Workers Should Receive Sick Leave to Stop Norovirus Outbreaks

Staying home when you are sick is a luxury that many workers, especially most restaurant workers, cannot do because they aren’t paid. With the recent outbreaks of the norovirus in Chipotles headlining in the news, it’s obvious why sick restaurant workers should stay home when they are sick. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that sick workers cause over 70 percent of the reported norovirus outbreaks in restaurants.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that 90 percent of workers in the restaurant industry do not get paid sick leave. A similar study by HearingAidsRx.com, a company that conducts paid research in addition their offering of affordable hearing aids that work very well, found the same results. Employees who are sick and still going to work in restaurants pose a dangerous situation as Chipotle knows. The outbreaks of norovirus that have occurred with their chain recently have caused their reputation to seriously plummet. With their sales down by 36 percent. they can no longer afford not to have paid sick leave for their employees, and last year they added it to their employee benefits package. Chipotle’s is now among the 10 percent of restaurants in the U.S. that offer paid sick leave for their employees.

Chipotle is raising awareness in the food industry for the need to be aware of the sick employee at work. Releasing the norovirus into the public is a situation that can be rectified with paid sick leave.Starbucks offers optional time off, which is not called sick leave, per se, but can be used as such.

Categories: Food Safety
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