John G. Keogh is a strategist, advisor, and management science researcher with 30 years of executive leadership roles as director, vice president, and senior vice president in global supply chain management, information technology, technology consulting, and supply chain standards. Currently, he is managing principal at Toronto-based, niche advisory, and research firm Shantalla Inc. He holds a post-graduate diploma in Management, an MBA in Management, and a Master of Science in Business and Management Research in Transparency and Trust in the Food Chain. He is currently completing doctoral research focused on transparency and trust in global food chains at Henley Business School, University of Reading, using the lenses of agency theory, signaling theory, and transactional cost theory.

Carl or ’’C.J.” Unis is a Systems Engineer with expertise in Continuity of Operations, Continuity of Government, devolution, infrastructure, supply chain logistics, and emergency management. He has a Master’s Degree in Systems Engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology. C.J. was formerly the critical infrastructure protection program manager for the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. He has served as a federal agent in the capacity of providing classified transportation for the Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration—Office of Secure Transportation, as well as holding numerous positions for the U.S. Marine Corps in the capacity of performing internal embassy, dignitary, motor transport specialist, and classified material security duties.

John and C.J. are the authors of our June/July 2020 cover story

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In this episode of Food Safety Matters, we speak to C.J. and John [11:14] about:

  • Companies having to seek alternative methods of distribution due to COVID-19
  • The risks associated with not performing plant-level inspections
  • Remote auditing
  • How COVID has opened up more opportunities to commit food fraud
  • How ingredient changes and formula deviations could cause problems after the pandemic is over
  • Health and safety best practices for meat facilities and how those recommendations haven't changed in at least 10  years
  • Why the phrase "social distancing" is problematic, and what term should be used instead

News Mentioned in This Episode
Another Foodborne Outbreak for Salad Products, This Time Due to Cyclospora Contamination [1:24]  
Allergy Community Still Concerned About FDA's Temporary Labeling Guidance [6:34]
USDA and FDA Issue Joint Statement Regarding Food Export Restrictions and COVID [8:44]