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By Laura Brown

The Puget Sound oyster industry was hit hard this summer by Hurricane Sandy, and it took the state’s food safety officers and food producers to help protect local growers in the face of an unprecedented wave of fish poisonings.

Two of those inspectors, William Brueckner and James A. Rucker, are working with oyster growers and their employees to ensure food safety compliance during the storm.

Both inspectors have been serving on the food safety team for more than four years, and they say they’re doing their best to help 수원출장마사지ensure consumers that their food is safe to eat.

“The issue has been that the industry has been getting into a lot of trouble with the [state Environmental Protection Agency] over how it has오바마 카지노 dealt with things,” Brueckner said.

Broom, 37, spent a decade as a law enforcement officer and federal marshal before he retired in April 2009. He has been working as a food safety consultant, training other officers and industry executives as well as consumers. “We wanted to get some of that in, and we did,” he said.

The Pups are among a number of Poms affected by the federal agency. In addition to Brueckner, the department has had other inspectors, including Scott Gorman and Robert T. Clark, who served as assistant food safety inspectors.

While the department’s inspectors are all full-time, the work of p인천 출장 안마reparing the state’s state-approved nutrient and fungicide plans can take up to three months, depending on the nature of the incident. In addition, there will be several weeks of community-level oversight with local officials. “We have the food safety team and it’s like a neighborhood committee,” Brueckner said.

Rucker spent 27 years with the Puget Sound Regional Health Department before retiring this past June to begin working with local officials to improve public health. He said that, when it comes to food safety, “the state’s one of the best at it.”

Before the state began its food safety response, only half of all shellfish producers had state food safety inspectors, so the industry needed some additional help. “You can’t go to a grocery store and purchase something that’s not regulated,” Rucker said.

State Department of Fish and Wildlife officials, acting through the food safety department, also helped put together an extensive food safety checklist for oysters during the hurricane, which helped growers protect themselves whil