‘Tis the Season for Water Suitability Testing

Testing drinking water for E. coli bacteria.

As the year draws to a close, food and water distributors make time to take stock of various processes and evaluate the quality of their products.

What Is Fecal Coliform and Why Is It in My Coffee?

  A small BBC investigation team discovered that iced coffee products from several coffee chains including Caffe Nero, Costa Coffee and even Starbucks were contaminated with a bacteria called fecal coliform. So, what is fecal coliform? No, it’s not fecal matter.  “It’s a large group of bacteria that can be found in feces,” said Ben… Continue reading What Is Fecal Coliform and Why Is It in My Coffee?

Does Using the Right Type of Sponge Reduce the Risk of Infection? Yes, It Does!

It’s no secret that household kitchen sponges play a key role in cross-contamination and harbor bacteria, such as Salmonella and Escherichia coli during food preparation, increasing one’s risk for infection. However, not all sponges handle foreign contaminates the same. In this study, it was found that chlorine levels were reduced by 24% after 30 minutes… Continue reading Does Using the Right Type of Sponge Reduce the Risk of Infection? Yes, It Does!

Agar Art Contest!

Thank you to everyone who created a log phase masterpiece, to our esteemed judges, and to everyone who voted for People’s Choice on Facebook! We received 117 amazing entries from 26 countries and 17 U.S. states. Special congratulations to our winners! View this year’s winners, as well as winners from last year and other notable 2015 and… Continue reading Agar Art Contest!

Food Allergy Training is Slowly Being Mandated Across the U.S.

Hand washing technique.

As I’m sure most of you know, we have seen an increase in food allergies in the United States over the past two decades. The science and theories about why that is happening is a topic for another day. However, the rise in food allergies has had a major impact on restaurants and food service… Continue reading Food Allergy Training is Slowly Being Mandated Across the U.S.

Norovirus: Facts and Preventative Solutions

Quick Facts:  20 million people get sick from norovirus each year, most from close contact with infected people or by eating contaminated food Norovirus is the leading cause of disease outbreaks from contaminated food in the US Infected food workers cause about 70% of reported norovirus outbreaks from contaminated food (CDC)  What is Norovirus? It… Continue reading Norovirus: Facts and Preventative Solutions

Staying Safe After Flour Recalls

On April 4, 2017, the Canadian Brand Robin Hood Flour was recalled for Microbiological – E. coli. The E. coli was identified during the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s food safety inspection. Robin Hood is in the process of removing the recalled product from the marketplace. General Mills flour also took some heat when they had… Continue reading Staying Safe After Flour Recalls

FDA Permits Three Exceptions From Sanitary Transportation Rule

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  has published three waivers  to the now final Sanitary Transportation rule mandated by the  Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).  The waivers are for businesses whose transportation operations are subject to separate State-Federal controls. They include: Businesses holding valid permits that are inspected under the National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments’ Grade… Continue reading FDA Permits Three Exceptions From Sanitary Transportation Rule

Single-Service Container Testing

Did you know there’s regulations on the sanitation of your milk jug or the foil on your yogurt cup? Single-service containers and closures have been used in the dairy industry for many years. There are standards established by the FDA to ensure the production of sanitary containers and closures for milk and milk products. The standards… Continue reading Single-Service Container Testing

Save Hide And Seek For The Playground: Why Kids Should See Their Veggies

When my daughter turned 1, a routine toe prick revealed that her iron levels were low. Because our family doesn’t eat much iron-rich red meat, the pediatrician advised that we feed our daughter spinach. Every. Single. Day. This was bad. My daughter had just entered a picky eating phase and leafy greens were “yuck.” Things… Continue reading Save Hide And Seek For The Playground: Why Kids Should See Their Veggies