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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Dreamliners Face Another Quality Nightmare

Dreamliners Face Another Quality Nightmare

October 8, 2018

Boeing’s 787 jetliners have been grounded for emergency repairs due to defective engine blades made by Rolls-Royce Holding PLC.

Rolls-Royce discovered that the Trent 1000 turbines in the 787 engine were “deteriorating faster than expected” when an Air New Zealand jet experienced engine problems in December 2017.

The projected cost for Rolls-Royce to fix design faults with its engine blades and replace affected parts is $1.3 billion.

This post is based on the Industry Week article, Dreamliners Are Being Grounded Again on Rolls-Royce Engine Flaws, by Benjamin Katz, September 27, 2018. Image source: (c) 77studio/Getty Images.

Discussion Questions:

1. What kind of engine design improvements should Boeing expect from Rolls-Royce in the future?

Guidance: Boeing should expect Rolls-Royce to improve the engine’s design reliability and robustness to deliver an engine that is durable, serviceable, and also consistent in performance and quality.

2. What can Rolls-Royce do to improve the quality of engines that it produces?

Guidance: Rolls-Royce should consider its engine’s quality costs including appraisal, prevention, and failure costs.  It should also employ six sigma methodology for process improvement in its engine production.

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Edible Bar Codes on Beef: It’s What’s For Dinner

Edible Bar Codes on Beef: It’s What’s For Dinner

September 29, 2018

Soon you can aim your smart-phone at a piece of beef and have an app display the meat’s entire history, such as where it was raised, what it was fed, and when and where it was processed.

A new electronic etching procedure developed by Pricewaterhouse Coopers creates an invisible, edible barcode made of non-toxic silicon dioxide.  At first, tags will be embedded in the beef’s primary packaging only, but eventually even individual steaks could be tagged.

The technology will be launched first in Australia and China in the upcoming year.  Such measures will help protect branded names for beef as well as keep food supplies safer for consumers, using the new technology to avoid repeats of multiple past food fraud incidents.

This post is based on the Herald Scotland article, Rog Wood: Hi-tech ways to tell us where our food comes from , by Rog Wood, September 3, 2018; and the Telegraph article, Fake steaks to be exposed by invisible barcode scannable on smart-phones, by Henry Bodkin, August 13, 2018. Image source: Image Source/GIPhotoStock.

Discussion Questions:

1. How will the use of invisible barcodes make the supply chain for meat more transparent?

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