Bob Weeks

Bob Weeks

Speaker, Consultant, Meeting Moderator and Facilitator of all things FOOD

My 30 Years of Food Industry Knowledge and Experience is Yours for the Asking

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Travels from Chicago, IL

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Bob Weeks
Mr. Bob Weeks - Motivational Speaker

Speaker, Consultant, Meeting Moderator and Facilitator of all things FOOD

My 30 Years of Food Industry Knowledge and Experience is Yours for the Asking

Fee Range: Varies
Travels from Chicago, IL

Bob Weeks - Motivational Speaker

Bob Weeks

Speaker, Consultant, Meeting Moderator and Facilitator of all things FOOD

My 30 Years of Food Industry Knowledge and Experience is Yours for the Asking

Fee Range: Varies
Travels from: Chicago, IL

For more information about booking Bob Weeks,
Visit http://www.speakermatch.com/profile/bobweeks/
Or call SpeakerMatch at 1-866-372-8768.

Blog Postings

DON'T HOLD YOUR BREATH

On April 23, 2014 both houses of the Vermont Legislature passed the country's first GMO labeling bill. On May 8, 2014 Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed it into law targeting July 1, 2016 as its' effective date. DON'T HOLD YOUR BREATH!   This bill will face numerous legal challenges from the Grocery Manufacturers Association and many others and they will have a reasonable possibility of success based on peer reviewed research showing that GMO products are safe and pose no threat to consumer health. These could well delay implementation beyond the July 2016 effective date as they work their way through the legal system. A second challenge to this law will be the passage of a national ...

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COMMON SENSE ON THE HILL?

It may be hard to believe, but a bi-partisan group in the U.S. House of Representatives has begun the process of applying common sense to an issue that has been bubbling at the State level for several years. Kansas Republican Mike Pompeo and North Carolina Democrat G.K. Butterfield have introduced the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2014 (H.R. 4432) which if passed would prevent the individual states from passing legislation requiring the labeling of food and beverage products that contain bioengineered ingredients. Whether you favor or, like me, oppose the movement to label these foods, the issue will never be resolved, or effective legislation passed so long as it is being left to the individ...

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ALAS, POOR CHINA!

It has been a while since I have taken on the dismal food safety record of the mainland Chinese food industry. In the past we have seen the use of melamine in milk and other dairy products which resulted in the deaths of three children and the sickening of more than 300,000 people. We saw the use of duck urine on goat meat to make it taste like lamb while some meat labeled as lamb has been found to contain rat, fox, and mink meat. Recently, "gutter oil", an illegal cooking oil pulled from grease traps and sewers has been discovered being used in restaurants and street vendor stalls. The Chinese government has tried repeatedly to curb these and other abuses but has fallen woefully short. Even the threa...

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From Soup to Nuts

This week the FDA went from soup to nuts with several stops in between. ConAgra voluntarily recalled a total of 27 tons of chicken noodle soup that was misbranded and then mislabeled as "Healthy Choice Chicken with Rice" soup. This combination of missteps put them in violation as the labels carried no warning of the undeclared allergens that are in the Chicken Noodle product. On the dairy front, three separate dairies received warning letters concerning holding animals under conditions that were so inadequate that medicated animals bearing harmful drug residues were likely to enter the food supply. Two egg production facilities received warning letters citing violations of regulations designed ...

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The CDC and Common Sense

I am not a big fan of Federal Government agencies getting involved in judging the performance of state run agencies on pretty much all levels, but today I may have found an example of which I approve. On Friday, January 17th, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) posted a proposal to the Federal Register requesting approval to evaluate local and state food safety programs (FSPs). The rationale for this request focuses on the tight budgeting our current economic environment has imposed on state and local agencies, resulting in the reduction or elimination of many food safety and public health programs over the past several years. The information generated will give a good look at current...

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The Sooner the Better

Sometimes people don't see the forest for the trees. I think that old adage can be very appropriately applied to Washington State Representative, Cary Condotta (R-East Wenatchee) who is a sponsor of a new initiative HB-2143 which calls for labeling genetically engineered salmon. One would think that the recent defeat of I-522 which called for the labeling of all products containing GMO's would have tempered the energy of the anti-GMO crowd, at least for a while, but no, here we go again. This bill may have a better chance of passage as it is being presented as an effort to protect the states' all important Salmon industry. This singular focus may actually carry the battle to a successful victory for the anti...

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Turns Out…Size Does Matter

During the seemingly never-ending publicity war between pro- and anti-GMO forces, each side repeatedly cite the latest research in support of its' viewpoint. Both sides depend on the credibility and methodology of their researchers to make their case for or against the use of GMO's in food products, or to demand that any foods containing ingredients derived from plants or animals that have been genetically modified, be labeled as such. The recent voter defeat of moves to label foods containing GMO ingredients in the states of California and Washington were a great disappointment to the anti-GMO forces. And now, their challenge just got harder with the announcement by Elsevier Publishing that after a l...

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The I-522 Decision

The news from Washington State this morning was not good for those who have been supporting the ballot initiative designated I-522, which if passed and enacted would require the labeling of all foods made with or containing any genetically modified organisms (GMOs). At last report, with over 1 million votes tallied, the initiative is trailing significantly by 10 points, 55% to 45%. While the final vote won't be known for several weeks due to the fact Washington State has voting by mail, it is pretty obvious that the voters of Washington State have followed the lead of their neighbors to the south in California who previously voted down a similar initiative. I don't for a minute doubt the sincerity of ...

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R.I.P. Charlie Trotter

Along with most everyone else in the food/restaurant industry and more pointedly, everyone in the culinary arts, I was shocked to hear the news this morning that Chef Charlie Trotter has died.  I did not know him well, but the few times I was in his company he was always gracious and accommodating of my questions, of which there were many. I have eaten in his restaurants at least a dozen times and was never disappointed, indeed I was always impressed not only with the quality of the fare, but also with the presentation and service. He had a well-deserved reputation as a perfectionist (some might say tyrant) but one only has to enumerate the number of top chefs and restaurateurs who have passed throug...

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