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Let's discuss - Kelloggs

Discussion in 'Manufacturing and Related Processes' started by Candi1024, Mar 15, 2016.

  1. Candi1024

    Candi1024 Well-Known Member

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    This would probably best belong in a food safety forum. If one exists I couldn't find it.

    Has everyone heard the recent news about a video released that may have been filmed at a kelloggs production plant? In case you haven't, here is a link to the story.

    http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/13/us/kellogg-worker-urinate-video/index.html

    I'm glad I'm not working in food safety at Kellogg's right now!

    How do you think Kellogg's will prevent this from happening again? How do you think current food and safety regulations will change in light of this?

    Have YOU eaten any rice crispy treats or pop tarts in the past couple years? lol
     
  2. Andy Nichols

    Andy Nichols Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi Candi:
    I'm not sure you CAN stop this type of thing happening. A friend of mine worked in an ice cream factory and they used to mess with the fillings of the various products - on the night shift. Of course, this was partly because they were "young adults. Apart from completely covering the line and keeping people away, it could happen again. I remember a sign on the plant manager's wall, I once saw: "The factory of the future will be run by a man and a dog - the dog is there to keep the man away from the process"...
     
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    hogheavenfarm Well-Known Member

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    This is a case of "Root Cause can be the Person"....
     
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    Andy Nichols Moderator Staff Member

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    Or maybe their supervision?
     
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    hogheavenfarm Well-Known Member

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    I once saw root cause as a whole department....:)
     
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    Jennifer Kirley Moderator Staff Member

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    Having worked in a catering business some years ago I can offer that most of us would rather not know what can, and sometimes does go on in the food preparation industry.
     
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    Jennifer Kirley Moderator Staff Member

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    While that can be true, I have my HR hat on and wonder:

    Where is the supervision?
    In what work environment does an employee find it worthwhile to foul the product?
    What sort of leadership has promoted an atmosphere where this is possible, allowed or considered to be a good idea?
    Or, if it is an individual simply making a choice, how has a person of this character made it through to the employment process to the point of committing sabotage?
     
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    Candi1024 Well-Known Member

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    It was stated that may have been shot during a labor dispute between Kellogg's and employees who were locked out.

    Does that help answer your wonderings at all?
     
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    I'm always thrilled when a thread title starts with "let's discuss..." (discussion/conversation/debate are my "click-bait" terms!) :);)

    Has there been a call for regulatory action or increased industry scrutiny? I sure hope not!

    This is one of those cases of a single person, on a single production line, for a single company doing something stupid. I'm sure it happens all the time - it just (fortunately) doesn't get recorded and uploaded to the internet very often!

    If these kinds of incidents lead to a precedent for tightening regulations on the entire industry, then I fear industry may be doomed to a slow, suffocating death at the hands of continually tightening regulatory burdens...
     
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    Jennifer Kirley Moderator Staff Member

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    It helps a little - would an employee do that if he wasn't locked out - some were, some weren't? Because if he was locked out, how was he in there?

    I am reminded of: Please Don't Feed the Hog.
     

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