Third Romaine Recall Hits Trucking Industry

Third Romaine Recall Hits Trucking Industry

January 13, 2019

What do truckers do when told to dump 15 truckloads of lettuce two days before Thanksgiving?

Massive disruptions to the transport of potentially tainted romaine lettuce occurred as 43 people in 12 states were sickened by a particularly dangerous strain of E. coli.  This was the third such crisis to hit the romaine industry within the last 12 months.

Truckers working with Allen Lund Company eventually dumped tons of lettuce in landfills and dumps.  Because the CDC could not immediately track the source of the contaminated lettuce, both retailers and truckers tossed out the good with the bad.

Eventually, the tainted romaine was traced to growers on the central California coast, but only after lettuce from many other places was thrown out or pulled from store shelves.  In the meantime, the price for alternate varieties of lettuce rose quickly, as lettuce supplies contracted and many consumers looked for alternative greens.


Video Spotlight: Lettuce is Twice as Expensive, Thanks to Romaine E. coli Outbreak


This post is based on the Transport Topics article, Romaine Recall Causes Disruption in Trucking Industry, by Jim Stinson, December 3, 2018; and the Cooking Light video, Lettuce is Twice as Expensive, Thanks Continue reading

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Quality Control Checks for Crunch

Quality Control Checks for Crunch

December 19, 2018

Quality managers at Majans, a snack manufacturer in Australia, will soon get an alert on their smartphones instantly when their snack’s moisture content compromises its crunchiness.

Working with Microsoft, Majans is testing a cloud-connected spectrometer to measure moisture content.  The moisture reading is uploaded to the cloud and analyzed every two seconds to ensure snacks stay sufficiently crunchy.

This post is based on the MarketScreener.com article, Microsoft: Your Snack’s Crunch Is Cloud-Verified, by Mike Cherney, November 24, 2018. Image source: Shutterstock / Jirsak.

Discussion Questions:

1. How is Majans defining quality of its snacks in operational terms?

Guidance: The quality of Majan’s snack is defined by its crunchiness, which is determined by the right level of moisture content.

2. What are the benefits of Majans’ cloud-based quality control system?

Guidance: The quality control system provides real-time moisture readings for accurate and instantaneous testing of crunchiness without taking a physical sample, resulting in less waste and more cost savings.

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