Schuette, The Real McCoy Staff
consumed, issued and sold in government facilities at Fort McCoy is
the safest in the area and among the safest in the country, said food
safety officials at Fort McCoy.
Spc. Valencia Wilson (foreground)
and Sgt. Phil Padlan examine produce items at the Fort McCoy
(Photo by Rob Schuette)
Phil Padlan and Spc. Valencia Wilson, Fort McCoy veterinary food
service inspectors, said food sold in installation facilities is
closely monitored to ensure itís safe.
something is found wrong, such as a recall of a food product, or
testing indicates a faulty food product, steps are taken to
immediately remove the item from sale.
a notice, such as the peanut (products) recall, becomes known we drop
everything and handle removing the item from the inventory
immediately," Padlan said. "Any training or all the other
inspections we have planned are put aside."
Brown, the Fort McCoy Commissary store manager, said the Commissary,
which is the largest food seller on the installation, takes food
safety and the welfare of its military customers very seriously. The
Commissary is open only to authorized military patrons.
pull things immediately when we learn of a recall," Brown said.
"Thereís no room for error. Nowhere else (in the United States)
is the food supply as protected as it is at government
Commissary only accepts food from sources that are authorized
suppliers by the Defense Supply Center in Philadelphia. Brown said
this means the food comes from suppliers that meet stringent
government testing standards.
Padlan said other organizations that sell or serve food on the
installation, such as the dining facilities, Main Post Exchange system
and Morale, Welfare and Recreation facilities must purchase food from
suppliers who meet safety standards set by the U.S. government. This
includes inspections of meals, ready-to-eat, and A-rations, which are
hot rations served in field dining facilities.
veterinary food inspectors have several ways to ensure the food coming
onto post meets government standards.
inspections are held to ensure food products come from authorized
suppliers, Padlan said.
Commissary undergoes daily food inspections because of the volume of
food sold there, he said.
organizations undergo weekly or monthly food safety inspections based
on risks determined by a veterinary food inspection assessment.
said the veterinary food inspectors send samples of food sold at Fort
McCoy to San Antonio for lab testing to test for microorganism growth.
This helps establish and ensure the quality of the food, she said.
food doesnít meet standards, it is pulled from the supply chain, and
the vendor is contacted and given a chance to rectify the process and
remain a supplier. Vendors who choose not to or refuse to meet the
standards are removed from the suppliersí list, she said.
who is a National Certified Food Safety manager, said the Commissary
reviews the recall list daily and immediately pulls affected items
from the shelves. Signs are put up in those locations to explain to
customers why food items have been removed. Brown is certified by the
National Registry of Food Safety Professionals.
Commissary also will accept returns of food items that are ó even
remotely ó connected with a food safety recall, he said.
worked in commercial stores before I came to government service, and
they didnít have (and still donít have) the same safeguards and
safety processes built in as we do," Brown said.
personnel who have any questions about food safety in the Fort McCoy
community can call the food inspectors at 608-388-2782 or for
Commissary food safety 608-388-3542.
about food safety also is available at the Commissary Web site http://www.commissaries.com.
about food safety recalls is available at the Web site https://www.dscp.dla.mil/subs/fso/alfood/alfood.asp.
Eddy, Fort McCoy Installation Safety Office (ISO) safety manager, said
ISO also keeps track of various product recalls, including food
safety, and coordinates sending out postwide e-mails about them to the
entire population, including civilians, as the situation