Steven Agran, CTP, is a principal at MorrisAnderson,
where he oversees the firm’s Northeast/Mid-Atlantic
practice. Based in New York, he specializes in family-run businesses and takes active senior management
positions. He is a CTP, a CPA, and a CIRA, and he
holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration
from the University of Michigan and an MBA from
Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. Agran
is treasurer for the TMA New Jersey Chapter and
a TMA Global board member, and a recent co-chair of the TMA Mid-Atlantic Symposium.
Keith DeHaan is the managing principal of Food
and Livestock Planning Inc. He manages the overall
technical, financial, and personnel resources for
each of the company’s projects. Previously, he was
vice president, technical operations, with Beef
America Packing Company, where he managed
research and development and food safety/quality
and performed new business development. Raised
on a family cattle feeding and ranching business
in South Dakota, DeHaan was also founder and a
former investor in Ranchers Gourmet, a specialized
meat retail business located in Kansas City.
site inspections, using their own
regulatory agencies before approvals
are granted, and some contract these
inspections through the USDA.
Countries set their import
requirements based on their
expectations of meeting minimum
food safety standards, but some
countries also use these requirements
as protectionist measures to control
the volume of imports. One example
involves countries in the European
Union attempting to protect their own
domestic production through the use
of EU standards on beef imports.
The presence of mad cow disease
in 2003 prompted many countries
to close their borders to U.S. beef
imports. The hysteria was finally
overcome and most countries have
reopened their borders to U.S. beef
imports. However, many import
regulations are intended to totally
eliminate the chance of contaminated
meat from entering a country.
For example, Japan and South Korea
have restrictions banning beef
imports from cattle over 30 months
of age because of the statistical
impossibility of a young animal having
the disease. Numerous regulations
have also been implemented in
the U.S. since 2003 to eliminate
the chance of meat from infected
cattle from entering commerce.
As new international treaties such as
the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
are signed, barriers to entry into
foreign markets will diminish, but the
concerns over food safety are likely
to increase over fear of illnesses from
foreign products. Attempts to balance
regulations across borders will result
in requirements for higher levels of
compliance for treaty participants.
Stringent regulations, while
sometimes cumbersome and
unquestionably more costly to
meet, are now the norm and not the
exception in the U.S. food industry.
Food safety at all levels of the food
processing industry will always
remain at the forefront and must be
maintained at the highest standards.
As a turnaround consultant or
an interim manager in the food
service sector, underestimating the
importance of the attention to food
safety will have dire consequences. J
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