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AHF Newsletter October 2013

  1. 1. FACT & CHALLENGE: No hospital in the western hemisphere has yet been certified MSC. It requires food management system traceability…are you game for national and international recognition by becoming MSC Certified? Stacey Reyes, Purchaser at Virginia Mason Medical Center read those words in the April AHF Washington State Chapter Newsletter and decided the answer was “YES!” Already committed to purchasing local foods, organic produce, northwest grass-fed beef, and sustainable seafood, she approached her team at VMMC and asked to take it up to the next level: become Marine Stew- ardship Council (MSC) Chain of Custody (CoC) Certi- fied. Stacey was given a “thumbs up” & this is the rest of the story... The MSC environmental standard for sustainable wild-caught fisheries is based on 3 core principles: -Sustainability of target fish stocks -Minimal impact on the marine ecosystem -Effective, responsive & responsible management However, companies in the supply chain that wish to source & sell MSC certified seafood must achieve MSC CoC certification. MSC CoC certification ensures that when buyers or consumers see the MSC ecolabel on a product or menu they can be sure it is traceable back to an MSC certified fishery that has met the requirements of MSC’s rigorous environ- mental standard. For a hospital like VMMC, becoming MSC CoC certified is a big commitment that cannot be made alone. It requires all sectors of the supply chain make the commitment. Achieving MSC certification required VMMC’s primary supplier, Food Services of America (FSA) to also make that commitment. FSA rose to the challenge becoming MSC CoC certified and mak- ing its own larger commitment to source sustainable seafood and make it available to its entire customer base. The task now became: - identifying and sourcing new supplies of MSC seafood - gaining approval and sign off of product by both FSA and VMMC - creating separate storage areas set aside for MSC products at FSA and VMMC - ensuring full traceability from product receipt at FSA to shipment and receipt at VMMC - identifying MSC certified species on the FSA invoices To obtain MSC CoC certification, the applicant must pass an independent, third party audit that focuses on having an internal traceability system and reliable operational systems in place to ensure that MSC-certified seafood is kept separate from noncertified seafood. Implementing procedures to meet MSC requirements may be similar in time and effort to developing a HACCP plan, however VMMC was committed to achieving MSC CoC certification and completed all required changes in only four months time, from April—July 2013. With VMMC’s bold move forward, on September 8, 2013 they became the first hospital in the western hemi- sphere to become MSC Certified! Well done VMMC! VA MASON MEDICAL CENTER IS MSC CERTIFIED Becomes first hospital in western hemisphere to make bold commitment October 2013Washington State Chapter AHF NEWSLETTER Inside this issue: VMMC MSC Certified 1 Presidents Message 2 Business Members 3 AHF National Update 3 Board Members 4 November Meeting 4 Highlights 4 The dynamic team at VMMC stand in from of their “Sustainability Board” that lets cafeteria diners know where local foods are sourced. (L-R): Gerry Roundy, Director of Food & Nutrition; Maggie McGee, Retail/Catering Mgr & AHF Chapter President-Elect; Stacey Reyes, Pur- chaser & AHF Chapter Treasurer; Executive Chef Jefferson Anderson.
  2. 2. (continued from page 1) But that is only the beginning of the story. Once MSC certified seafood is received at VMMC, there must be procedure in place to keep it segregated from non-MSC seafood items & identified through each step of handling & preparation— from receiving, storing & sales of the seafood. The use of MSC’s ecolabel is also governed carefully to prevent misuse. So what does this cost? You will need to hire an approved third- party certifier to conduct an audit. The MSC does not receive any payment for audits or certifications for CoC, & has no role in overseeing the contracts between clients and certifiers. The cost charged by a certifier depends on the complexity & size of your operation and a certifier’s rates and expenses. Additionally, there are license fees for use of the MSC ecolabel on packaging or menus payable to MSC’s trading company, Marine Stewardship Council International (MSCI). VMMC will use the MSC ecolabel on all room service and retail menus, and anticipates paying an annual flat fee of $250.00 based on their annual sales of MSC seafood. Certification is good for five years; annual 3rd party audits by a certifier are required. Gerry Roundy, Director of Food & Nutrition Services states that “…VMMC management trusts and enables F&NS to make cutting edge decisions”. By becoming MSC CoC certified VMMC leadership could see that this decision was in the medical centers’ best interests as well. It’s all about leadership. The VMMC team suggests if you are interested in pursuing a discussion about MSC certification, these people can be contacted: Maggie Beaton, Marine Stewardship Council: Maggie.beaton@msc.org Executive Chef Jefferson Anderson, VMMC: Jefferson.anderson@vmmc.org Page 2—AHF Newsletter Presidents Message Mark Eggleston Dear Membership, For those of you fortunate enough to make the September Urban Farm Tour, we had our day in the sun, a view of some very cool gardens and opportunities on how to start a garden at your own facility. Our October program was hosted at FareStart Restaurant in Seattle. FareStart offers an intensive train- ing program that prepares homeless and disadvantaged men and women for jobs in the food services industry. As the year winds down and we move in to 2014, there are opportunities to serve on the board as Sec- retary and President-Elect. Both offices hold multiple year terms, but one of the perks we’ve approved for 2014 is a complete paid full ride to the National Education Conference scheduled for June 2014 in Florida. Interested candidates should contact me to run on the 2014 ballot. See you November 13th for our next program and hosted lunch. Mark Hats off to FSA for taking the step to have all their operating companies become MSC Certified! Stacey reports the favorite seafood item at VMMC is the daily served & MSC Certified Pollock used in their Fish & Chips. VMMC is currently pur- chasing Eco Safe Cod, Pollock, Halibut and Shrimp. Are there any gaps in VMMC’s purchasing? YES—purchasing MSC certified salmon has been challenging. VMMC is committed to purchasing fish from primarily the Northern Pacific Ocean. As of yet they have not found a wild caught salmon that meets their specifica- tions for quality or source of supply. NATIONAL CONFERENCE June 3—6, 2014 Orlando, Florida
  3. 3. Chad Black NW Regional Sales Manager Schwans “I live in Bellevue with my wife Amy and stepchildren Turner (15) and Emma (13). My passion lies in coffee and I love talking, learning, and educating about coffee whenever I can. Weekends I enjoy seeing new places in the RV and exploring the off roads in my JEEP. “ Welcome to 3 new Business Partner Members !! Off the job profiles in their own words . . . Washington State Chapter October 2013 Page 3 NATIONAL UPDATE: Benchmarking National members are encouraged to participate. This helps operators stay competitive so they can monitor their expenses against other operators and prevent contractors from getting an edge on them. Please visit the AHF National Website. GMO UPDATE…... A Canadian company, Okanagan Specialty Fruits of Summerland, BC is seeking USDA approval to grow and sell its Arctic-brand apples in the USA that have been genetically modified to not brown when sliced. Development has taken more than a decade. The Washington apple industry opposes USDA approval, fearing negative public reaction. Brian Jacobsen Sales Representative Market Team “When I am not working, I am actively pursuing my love of outdoors, whether it is snowboarding in the cascades, trail-running around Seattle or getting lost in a foreign mountain range I am at home in the out- doors! My next adventure will be climbing Cotopaxi in the Andes this coming December. “ Linda Donohue, RD Advantage Waypoint West Division “Some of my hobbies and activities include cooking, yoga, walking, swimming (in the ocean when on vacation) and dancing Salsa. I started dancing Salsa when I was 15 in New York. I love the thea- tre, good wine and Tawny Port with Dark Chocolate as a treat. Getting together with friends is always fun.”
  4. 4. November 13—Chapter Meeting at Sysco Seattle Sustainable Seafood Featuring Chef Becky Selengut Exec Chefs Chris Linaman and Jefferson Anderson Chef Becky Selengut is an advocate for seafood sustainability and sea- sonal, regional cuisine. In 2004 she founded the local foods database www.seasonalcornucopia.com. She writes regularly for Edible Seattle magazine, is a private chef, cooking teacher and coauthor of Washington Local and Seasonal Cookbook. Good Fish is her second book. She lives in Seattle. October 2013 Page 4 Board Members President: Mark Eggleston Mark.Eggleston@overlakehospital.org President-Elect: Maggie McGee Margaret.Mcgee@vmmc.org Past President: Eric Eisenberg Eric.eisenberg@swedish.org Treasurer: Stacey Reyes StaceyLynn.Reyes@vmmc.org Business Partner Advisory Chairs: Debby Latham Skagen Latham-Skagen.debby@sea.sysco.com Chris Blackner Blackner.chris@sea.sysco.com Education Chair: Kathy Pryor Kpryor@hcwh.org National Conference Chair: Mary Hanson Hanson.m@ghc.org Media Chair: Karen Mauden Karen@agbizcenter.org New Member Reduced Rates in 2014 The Board has voted to waive Chapter mem- bership fees for Operator and Business members who join as first-time national members in 2014. This offer is good through July 31, 2014. National membership fees are  $140 for Operators  $595 for Business Partners The savings is realized in not paying the Chapter membership fees. Proof of joining AHF Nationally will be required. If questions, please ask any Board Member. (See above left for Board Member contact information.) September 2013 Urban Farm Tour provides sun and fun !

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