One hard knock and recovery could be tough.
In the words of a once popular reggae song by Jimmy Cliff, “Who feels it knows it.”
We all suffer the consequences but not all of us know it. The victims and their relatives certainly do feel the direct negative effect of a food-borne outbreak. They are not alone.
Company owners, proprietors and chief executive officers feel and know the pain when major recall incidents occur that involve products from their companies. For company owners with a conscience, the pain is most excruciating where their products are known to have caused harm to consumers. Nobody wants to go through that experience. Even competitors in the same business suffer the pain as sales of products drop because of public fear.
The front-line product safety and quality managers also feel and know the pain. They are right on the firing lines and are most likely to be among the first professional casualties following such harmful product recalls. Otherwise glowing resumes become undoubtedly tainted and the prospects of being hired by other companies quickly erode. The situation worsens where potential employers are aware of the events at the current or previous employers.