Each day across America, thousands of people work extremely hard to ensure that the food we eat is as plentiful and safe as it can be. That these incredible contributions often go unrecognized and unappreciated is merely, in my mind, a testament to the safety of our food.  The truth of the matter is that we all expect the food we eat to be safe. The reason we expect it to be safe is because, with very few exceptions, it is.

From the scientist who works in a lab sixty hours a week developing the technology which will continue to ensure that our food is the safest in the world, to the farmer and rancher who follow best practices, to the food processing workers who carefully perform their jobs, to the deli clerk at a grocery store in Cedar Rapids, who each week is responsible for serving countless safe, hot, wholesome lunches, we benefit from all they do each day.

So, for those of you who don’t work in the food industry; maybe the next time you walk through your local grocery store, you could take a second to stop by the deli counter and just say "thanks."  To those of you who do:

Well, Thanks.