GRUENSTADT, Germany – The Command Sergeant Major of Regional Health Command Europe and the leadership teams of Public Health Command Europe and Public Health Activity – Rheinland-Pfalz recently toured the department’s bakery U.S. Army and Air Force exchange that is supported by PHA-RP food inspectors.
The bakery, built in 1982, is the Stock Exchange’s largest production facility in the world. Not only does it provide the food and water that families need, but it also provides food products to many companies operating on military bases in Europe and the Middle East.
Every day, the factory produces more than two hundred varieties of fresh baked goods such as donuts, cakes, tortillas, rolls and breads. They’re identical to the kind military, Department of Defense civilians and their families are used to in the United States – right down to the packaging, recipes and ingredients.
“Ninety percent of the ingredients, like the flour, are imported from the United States, but the sugar and some packaging materials are sourced locally,” manager Mathias Baum said. “There is an on-site quality assurance lab that takes daily samples and we are regularly inspected by local army veterinary food inspectors.”
The bakery inspection is one of Sgt. The many responsibilities of Daniel Schlumbohm as a veterinary food inspector at the public health activity Rheinland-Pfalz.
“The on-site QA lab verifies actual products and we’re here to support them,” Schlumbohm said. “We mainly step in when products need to be distributed to facilities across Europe or even the Middle East.”
At the Gruenstadt plant, the role of the veterinary food inspector is specific and inspects the areas where food is stored, loaded and transported.
“We mainly focus on storage and transport conditions to ensure that there has been no tampering, temperature abuse or contamination of the goods.” Schlumbohm said. “I inspect trucks entering the compound of the facility as they prepare for transit.”
Before arriving in Germany, Schlumbohm, originally from Orlando, was stationed in South Korea and the United States.
“Here in Europe, there’s a whole different side to food inspection than what you learn in the United States,” Schlumbohm added. “When you operate overseas, you have to jump through more hurdles when it comes to health certificates and shelf life. Back in the US, you don’t have to worry about crossing international borders and it’s much easier to receive the product.
Schlumbohm started working at the Gruenstadt bakery in June this year.
“I’ve been very blessed and appreciated the opportunities the military has given me and it’s phenomenal work,” Schlumbohm said. “Getting to see the behind-the-scenes aspect of how food is delivered from farm to store, to plate is really interesting and a lot of people don’t really think about that part.”
According to Schlumbohm, his work is not widely known but is a huge necessity.
“I love knowing that I am doing my part to ensure the availability of healthy and safe food and to keep our soldiers and their families safe,” added Schlumbohm. “It’s good to know that people can enjoy their favorite meals from home here in Europe or at deployed sites.”
|Date posted:||20.09.2022 07:54|
|Location:||GRUNSTADT, PR, DE|
|Hometown:||ORLANDO, Florida, USA|
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