September 14, 2001
Schnucks Stores To Promote Food Safety Education and Training
During September's "National Food Safety Education" Month
ST. LOUIS, Mo - As the lifestyles of Americans change, more and more people rely on supermarkets for prepared foods. In 2000, nearly one in five shoppers (20 percent) said supermarkets are their main source for food they consume at home but do not prepare themselves. Additionally, seven out of 10 shoppers (71 percent) say product safety is "very important" to them when they shop for food.
To demonstrate its ongoing commitment to food safety education and training, Schnuck Markets, Inc. is participating in the September 2001 observance of "National Food Safety Education Month."
Created by the International Food Safety Council (IFSC) of the National Restaurant Association's Educational Foundation, this annual initiative strives to build awareness of the restaurant and foodservice industry's efforts to serve safe food, promote food safety education to the public, and encourage training for all industry associates.
"Schnucks has always been aggressive in providing food safety training that goes far beyond industry standards," said Craig D. Schnuck, chairman and chief executive officer of Schnuck Markets, Inc. "This observance will help us demonstrate that our concern for food safety does not begin and end at the stores. We believe it is important to ensure food quality as best we can, from the time food enters our distribution system to the time it is served on our customers' dinner tables."
Schnucks has produced specially designed food safety information brochures that will be available to customers at all Schnucks stores and to the public through the company's Web site at www.schnucks.com. The Schnucks Internet home page is being expanded to include links to food safety information including proper food handling procedures, seasonal safety tips, product recalls and more.
Schnucks believes that National Food Safety Education Month will not only help reinforce the company's own internal food safety initiatives but encourage safe food handling practices at home as well.
More than one year ago, Schnucks established a Food Safety Task Force to help incorporate the food safety message as part of its corporate culture.
In August, Schnucks hired Dianna Pasley, former supervisor of environmental services with the Jefferson County Health Department, in the new position of director of food safety. Schnucks is one of the few supermarket retailers in the country to dedicate resources for such a position.
Pasley's appointment was the result of months of searching for the right person toserve in this role. Schnuck said, "We are pleased to find someone like Ms. Pasley who has a strong reputation in the industry for her work in food and environmental safety. She will be a valuable addition to our team, an asset to our Food Safety Task Force, and a great resource for our customers."
To obtain materials and find out more about National Food Safety Education Month, log onto the International Food Safety Council's Web Site at www.foodsafetycouncil.org.
Schnuck Markets, Inc. currently operates 91 stores in Missouri, Illinois and Indiana. The family-owned company was founded in St. Louis in 1939.
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Editor's Note: Source of statistics is the Food Marketing Institute's Trends in the United States - Consumer Attitudes and the Supermarket, 2000.