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When logistics goes bad

by Michael Keizer on February 18, 2009

Logistics can impact quite severely on public health. If we do our work well, health professionals and patients get their supplies and lives are saved. If we goof up, those same lives might be lost. But sometimes, things become much, much worse.

A faulty logistics management system at the Peanut Corporation of America was partly to blame for a recall that ended with the corporation recently filing for bankruptcy protection. But in the mean time, 19,000 people had become ill , of which nine died, due to infection of certain products with salmonella.

Good logistics can be a lifesaver in the most literal sense of the word; but bad logistics can just as literally be a killer.

[Picture by joannapoe. Some rights reserved.]

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