Research Paper: Earth Friendly Foods Ethics Case

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Earth Friendly Foods Ethics Case

Earth Friendly Foods packages and distributes organic foods to grocery stores, restaurants and hotels. Absence of an established corporate ethics program has led to practices which undermine the food manufacturing industrial safety. There is hence a need to institute a corporate ethics program that will establish the operations standards and grant Earth Friendly a competitive advantage while still being low cost, easy to implement and evaluate. Lack of accessibility of relevant information to the outbreak investigators exacerbates the situation further by making it difficult to assess the situation (Fusaro). This free flow of information should also be incorporated in the ethics program. Earth Friendly Foods is presumed to be dealing with poultry and its related products because the predominant source of cases related with salmonella Enterica is the shell eggs.

The consumer's particular attention to the food safety issues has been heightened by the recent outbreaks of E. coli and salmonella. Therefore to gain consumer trust and hence the competitive advantage, implementing an ethical program will be useful. This trust is natured by the existence of greater consistency in quality and standards of the products. Organization which pays attention to ethics issue regularly are perceived as pegging more value on people than profit while aiming to operate with the highest honor and integrity.


Proper training of employees in personal hygiene and prevention of microbial contamination of produce

When the employees of Earth Friendly Foods have proper knowledge and skills to handle food without causing contamination, then the infection spread can be controlled. This will also impact positively to the consumers trust when Earth Friendly Foods employees' are perceived as being well trained in the matters of personal hygiene (McNamara).

Poor sanitation consequences should be well understood by the workers for the health of the workers and the capability to spread food related illness to other people. The sanitation policies should be clearly outlined by Earth Friendly foods and will be applicable to everyone within the producing contact not excluding the pest control operators, equipment operators and potential buyers. To ensure sustainability of the employment of the personnel and the protection of the company's reputation, implementation of these policies is essential and therefore the employee must understand that there is a reason for the existence of these policies (Good Agricultural Practices). When training the personnel, a helpful philosophy is the assumption that all procedures must be demonstrated by the trainer. Earth Friendly foods has operations in different countries, the personnel indeed do have different cultural orientation. The assumption by the trainer of the worker familiarity with a particular procedure or how a procedure can be carried out effectively can be as a result of differences in cultures. Everything from outer garments sanitation to hand washing correctly should be demonstrated by the trainer. Training in a manner that the information is understood by all employees should be sought. This consists of provision of bilingual instructions, use of straightforward terms to give instructions and visual tools when necessary. While the training of the new employees on practices and policies is important, conducting refresher training for the experienced is equally important. A time should be scheduled for reminding the personnel of standard hygiene and sanitation policies in the case of habits adopted by the personnel that ignore the sanitation policies of the growers. Sanitation policies can be reminded to the workers by using signs posted in the restroom facilities and work areas and they should be in graphics and language that effectively communicates to all workers.

The limitation of this recommendation is on the cost factor of training the personnel both the proactive investment of money on the trainer and the forfeited income due to unproductive time spent on training. However the benefits outweighs the limitations because it will prevent loses that can occur as a result of infection of the produce.

Maintaining and accessibility of records


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