Dealing with Listeria

I came across this article today on the Forbes.com site “Fear in Colo. town at heart of Listeria outbreak” Eric Jensen, co-owner of the Colorado Farm where officials say a national listeria outbreak  originated, has caused quite a stir because dozens of people have gotten sick and 16 people have died up to this point.

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Shelf Life Guide

At Midwest Laboratories, we perform a lot of shelf life testing for clients across the company.  The shelf life of an item indicates how long a particular product will last in its current state without decomposition. Today, I came across a great guide on the internet which keeps track of different food items, StillTasty.  StillTasty.com

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Arsenic in Apple Juice

I came across this article in Consumer Reports, “Debate grows over arsenic in apple juice” The article talks about the growing risk or arsenic being present in apple juice.  “Several tests conducted by researchers at a university and at other labs have detected arsenic levels in various brands of apple juice that were from three

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Pork Temp Changes from 160 to 145

The USDA announced that an internal temperature for pork can be achieved at a temperature of 145 degrees. This replaces the old guideline of 160 degrees. I came across this story in the USAToday Article, USDA now says pork can be pink, at 145 degrees.  The new regulations were put in place after it was

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Bacteria in Soda Pop News Story

This is a follow-up story to a post, Soda Fountains Contain Fecal Bacteria from earlier this January Local Station KETV did a very nice job on this feature story from July 18, 2010. Would appreciate your comments regarding the news story. Omaha Lab Finds Bacteria In Fountain Drink

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Taurine and Panax Ginseng in Energy Drinks

Do you drink Monster Energy drinks?  If you do, you probably have seen the following information: Lo-Carb Monster Energy Drink Taurine 1000 mg  |  Panax Ginseng 200 mg Taurine Taurine – According to Mayo Clinic.com | “Taurine supports neurological development and helps regulate the level of water and mineral salts in the blood. Taurine is

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Salmonella Contamination on the Rise

Salmonella Recall Salmonella contamination announcements continue to rise as Producers are finding traces of salmonella from a HVP – Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein that was used in many products and was manufactured at a Nevada Food Flavoring Plant. Recalled Products continues to grow As many as 10,000 products, could be recalled over the next few weeks 

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Mycotoxins in Coffee

Mycotoxins, (molds) were the hot topic last fall with the unusual wet weather and high moisture content in feed. In 2010,sample volume continues to be high for this type of analysis at Midwest Laboratories as more and more people are trying to buy/sell a quality product. Now we are hearing cases of mycotoxins in coffee

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New York Setting National Standard for Salt in Diets

New York is asking restaurants and food manufacturers to cut salt in their food products by 25% over the next five years.  This initiative is voluntary at the present, but it appears it is headed toward legislation very soon. Should this issue be regulated by the government? Its an interesting question..I would hope manufacturers and

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Soda Fountains | Contain Fecal Bacteria

Bacteria in Soda Fountains…We hardly ever think of our Soda Fountains containing coliforms, but a recent study published by the International Journal of Food Microbiology,  consider this an issue to watch in 2010. “Nearly half of the 90 beverages from soda fountain machines in one area in Virginia tested positive for coliform bacteria — which

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