Hand-washing continues to rapidly move from a tiring and trivial irritation to an existential threat. One restaurant operator faced a federal grand jury subpoena last year as part of a U.S. Food and Drug Administration criminal investigation regarding a major norovirus outbreak at the chain’s Simi Valley, Calif., store. The operator was accused of not having adequate control systems in place.
The subpoena is directionally consistent with other recent cases where the potential penalties include large fines and executive jail time. These fears constitute new regulatory tools available to motivate compliance and are deemed much more effective and less costly than adding inspectors.
The net result of the threat of multimillion-dollar fines and huge business losses is that more operators continue to reassess their risk exposure from potential system crashes in everything from hand-washing to supply chain controls.
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Original article on Foodservice Equipment & Supplies, reposted by permission.