Customers cleared shelves and police were called in to control crowds taking advantage of suddenly unlimited spending allowed on their Electronic Benefits Transfer cards, which are issued to recipients of government food stamps, reported the Time on Oct. 14, 2013. The cause of the food stamp glitch was due to a power outage at Xerox, the company that handles the EBT cards. While the power outage caused other EBT users in 17 states not to be able to use their EBT cards at all, the Wal-Mart food stamp glitch on Saturday night allowed customers in some Wal-Mart stores in Louisiana to shop without spending limits. Due to the food stamp glitch, the Wal-Mart stores in Louisiana turned into a frenzy and chaos with customers clearing out all shelves, leaving nothing behind. According to a local KSLA report , the chaos that followed once customers discovered the food stamp glitch, and that they could use their EBT cards for unlimited purchases required intervention from local police. Springhill Police Chief Will Lynd confirmed police officers were called in to help the employees at Walmart because there were so many people clearing off the shelves. He says Walmart was so packed, it was worse than any black Friday’ that he’s ever seen. According to Police Chief Will Lynd, when the EBT cards were not showing spending limits, Wal-Mart associates called corporate Wal-Mart, whose spokesman said to let the people use the cards anyway. The food stamp glitch and the resulting free for all Wal-Mart purchase frenzy lasted from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. By the time the food stamp glitch was fixed and the purchase frenzy ended, the Wal-Mart stores looked like a stampede of customers had run through the stores. “Just about everything is gone, I’ve never seen it in that condition,” said Mansfield Walmart customer Anthony Fuller. When Wal-Mart customers were informed over the loud speaker that the food stamp glitch had been fixed and that the unlimited spending spree was over, customers just left their overflowing shopping carts in the aisles and left. Following the food stamp glitch stampede on Saturday, Wal-Mart employees spend the next day trying to restore the Wal-Mart stores to a more civilized place. O.J. Evans, who is a Mansfield Wal-Mart employee and who took a cell phone video of the consequences of the food stamp glitch, commented that I was just thinking, I’m so glad my mom doesn’t work here [Walmart] anymore, that’s the only thing I could think about, those employees working, that would have to restock all that stuff. While some witnesses described the Wal-Mart customers reaction to the food stamp glitch as plain theft, that’s stealing that’s all I got to say about it, Wal-Mart employee O.J. Evans said that he believes it was natural human reaction that led people to fill up their carts during the glitch. Suggested by the author
Food stamp glitch leads to Wal-Mart stampede, out-of-control Wal-Mart shoppers (Video)
Turkey. Cranberries. Green beans and pumpkin pies. The safety of the food that’s an item on someone else’s list. Inside the labs of DuPont’s Nutrition and Health business at the Experimental Station , a team of scientists in Delaware whose life work is rooted in improving food safety testing technologies advance the BAX system, which the firm invented to detect foodborne pathogens, including salmonella, listeria and E. coli. This month, the BAX system was adopted by the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service as the official method to detect E. coli in meat, carcasses and so-called environmental sponges, or swabs to detect pathogens in a work environment. The assays also were added to the group’s Microbiology Laboratory Guidebook . “It’s a very, very powerful technique,” said George Tice , research and development director of food diagnostics for DuPont Nutrition and Health. “One very nice feature about it is, depending on how you define your target, you can make it very specific for a strain of bacteria or a genus of bacteria.” In the late ’80s, now-retired DuPont scientist Vinay Chowdhry and a team zeroed in on a Nobel Prize-winning technology called polymerase chain reaction (PCR), which uses the DNA in an organism to identify another specific organism. DuPont became a pioneer in advanced food safety testing by applying the prize-winning science to the pathogen detection process in food and became the “first to introduce an automated detection system,” Tice said. Before DuPont’s BAX system was introduced, the gold standard was taking cultures, measuring them and letting them grow in a petri dish, which took at least five days, said Cathy Andriadis , global public relations leader for DuPont Nutrition and Health. In contrast, the BAX system delivers results in 10 hours or less.
From Farm to Table: Reducing Waste in the Food Chain
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