‘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.

“Stick Sponge” Environmental Sampling Tutorial

The sponge stick method is very popular in environmental sampling. Here’s what you need to know so your sample is safe and packaged correctly. The sponge stick allows collection without directly handling the sponge, which causes contamination of the sample. In regards to breaking off the “stick” part of the stick sponge, here is a helpful… Continue reading “Stick Sponge” Environmental Sampling Tutorial

Allergen Cleaning Validation

Most food processing plants are designed to leverage the maximum number of different products on the fewest pieces of expensive equipment. One challenge for the food industry is changeovers from a product containing allergens to a similar product that does not contain allergens (or the same allergens) produced on the same equipment. Some companies employ… Continue reading Allergen Cleaning Validation

Home Improvement: Well Water Testing

Location, Location, Location.  Realtors are aware that location is important to home buyers. Many home buyers dream of getting away from the city bustle and heading toward the quiet of the country.  Buyers need to learn what comes with the country life and what does not. One thing that does not normally come with a… Continue reading Home Improvement: Well Water Testing

Final rule on water used with produce

Standards for Produce for Human Consumption – Water fda.gov   02 December 2015 The final rule for produce safety was finalized November 2015.  One of the key requirements covers the water used in agriculture. 1. Agricultural Water Water quality: The final rule adopts the general approach to water quality proposed in the supplemental rule, with… Continue reading Final rule on water used with produce

“Starry Night” with Agar and Bacteria

A Microbiologist Recreated ‘Starry Night’ With Bacteria In A Petri Dish And it’s not too shabby. Priscilla FrankArts Writer, The Huffington Post Posted: 10/20/2015 09:38 AM EDT | Edited: 10/20/2015 06:12 PM EDT If only Vincent van Gogh could have lived to see this strikingly accurate reproduction of his iconic “Starry Night” — especially since, instead… Continue reading “Starry Night” with Agar and Bacteria