David Theno was scheduled to speak at this year’s Food Safety Consortium during a special session recognizing the 1993 Jack in the Box E.coli outbreak as a breakthrough moment in food safety. His untimely passing changed the course of discussion at the event to a reflection on Theno’s legacy and the significant changes that the industry has gone through over the past 25 years.
In the following video, Steven Sklare, director of customer engagement, foods program at USP, shares his thoughts on the importance of having an appreciation for what the industry went through in 1993 and the significant impact it had on the how the industry has changed since then.
What events in food safety do you think have had the most impact over the last 25 years? Share in the comments below the video.
The news broke this morning that David Theno, one of the most well known experts in the food safety realm, was tragically killed while reportedly snorkeling in Hawaii. He was pronounced dead on Monday following attempts to resuscitate him.
Theno was most notable for his role in implementing new standards in food safety in his position as senior vice president and chief food safety officer at Jack in the Box following the 1993 E. coli O157:H7 outbreak that killed four children. He implemented a HACCP plan and other product testing measures long before it was embraced by many in certain segments of the food industry.
Also a former chief of food safety for Subway, he was in the news over the past week for his testimony in the BPI case versus the ABC network. Theno served as a consultant for BPI from roughly 2010 to 2012, and reportedly reviewed BPI’s food safety practices.
Theno was founder and CEO of his own food safety consulting business, Gray Dog Partners, Inc. He received numerous awards for his outstanding work in food safety during his career, most recently the 2017 NSF Food Safety Leadership Lifetime Achievement Award.
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