The 2017 Food Safety Summit was held in Rosemont, IL this year and the event covered several seminars and instruction courses on different safety practices and newly discovered bacteria. One of the latest discovered bacteria is Listeria monocytogenes, a food-related bacteria that has caused notable concern in the national news. In a session discussing this bacteria, Shannon Birkett head of OSI Food Group’s Food Protection department spoke on controlling the bacteria. It’s no surprise that OSI Food Group would have their best speaking at this event considering they have maintained some of the healthiest food standards over the years.
OSI Food Group was actually known as Otto & Sons before it became a large international food distribution chain. Otto Kolschowsky is the man behind the company that actually started as a small butcher shop that catered to clients of all kinds in suburban Chicago. The Kolschowsky sons helped turn that shop into a major factory that produced finished meat products of all kinds. Otto & Sons was the McDonalds franchise chain’s first partner and in the 1980s they started growing operations internationally to match McDonalds’ demand for meat.
OSI Food Group services many more fast food chains today as well as Pizza Hut, and their products sold to foreign markets are distributed through locals who understand the local culture. The products include frozen unfinished meats in supermarkets, breakfast sausages and patties, finished pizzas and sandwiches, and side items that are prepackaged. OSI Food Group has bought out many food plants over the years, but their relationship with those companies operates more as a partnership than a takeover. Some of the companies they have made more profitable include Flagship Europe and Baho Foods in Europe. OSI Food Group has given back to the community through the Ronald McDonald House Charities and Jewish United Fund.
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