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Sanitation Plays Key Role in Putting Safe, Wholesome Food on the Family Table

Sanitation Plays Key Role in Putting Safe, Wholesome Food on the Family Table
Sanitation Plays Key Role in Putting Safe, Wholesome Food on the Family Table

Who actually feeds America? Farmers certainly do, but does it end there? How does that food actually end up on our plate or on our grocers’ shelves? The food supply chain of the United States is one of the most revolutionized in the world with thousands of dedicated and innovative people working every day to deliver food to your table.

Lifeline Foods
St. Joseph, Missouri

When the day-old-bread store Denise Roberts worked for went bankrupt eight years ago, the single mother was at a lost about what she could do to support her family.

When a customer suggested she apply at Lifeline Foods, Denise found a passion for leading a team and food safety, a job that better fit her family, and a career with real potential.

“A sanitation job is not for everybody," she says. “It’s not like going in and cleaning your house. You can sweep stuff under the rug at home, but you can’t do that here!"

“Your company, where you work, you want it to be clean so you can be proud of the products other people make out of what you’re making."
Denise Roberts, Sanitation Team Lead
Lifeline Foods
St. Joseph, Missouri

Now serving as a Lead Sanitation Technician, Denise knows that what’s important about cleanliness in the food industry is so much more than just not seeing dust.

“We know that it’s important to keep our facility clean because when our product goes out the door, it’s made into something that you’re going to use to feed your family," she says. “Your company, where you work, you want it to be clean so you can be proud of the products other people make out of what you’re making."

Working from a master sanitation schedule, Denise and her team work towards certain goals each and every day.

“I think when you go home at night that you should be proud of what you do," she says. “It takes a lot of hard work into getting everything into the way it should be and we try to keep that 365."

The sanitation job is about more than just keeping things tidy. It is also about results. Plant audits measure the effectiveness of sanitation efforts, and Deb looks forward to the report.

To get the whole story, watch the full episode of Road to the Plate on Facebook.com/watch/road2theplate to the plate.

About Road to the Plate

Created to bring greater understanding about what it takes to get food from the farmer’s field to the consumer’s table, Road to the Plate is a platform for telling the stories of individuals involved in the farming, transportation, processing and retail sales of Midwestern food products. Road to the Plate is backed by the more than 600 corn farmers that own Lifeline Foods, a world-class corn milling cooperative in St. Joseph, Missouri. For more information, visit facebook.com/watch/road2theplate or lifeline-foods.com

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