This blog has talked before about the importance of vetting employees to make sure they are who they say they are (so someone with nefarious intentions doesn’t get inside your walls). Equally important is vetting new employees to make sure they are healthy, as this story shows. Officials at Smithfield Foods in Smithfield, Va., are working with the local health department after an employee was diagnosed with tuberculosis. Tuberculosis is typically transmitted¬†among coworkers, family members and other people who come in close, prolonged contact with an infected person. Smithfield is assuring the public that its products are safe, but this is a reminder that making sure employees are healthy is essential for maintaining brand quality, since an outbreak of food borne illness traced back to a particular product can be expensive and destroy a brand’s reputation.