Food Safety Around the Holidays

It’s that time of year where the food comes in bulk, leftovers are plentiful, and friends and family gather to catch up on the year. At Midwest Laboratories we know how important Thanksgiving food is on Thanksgiving day. Thanksgiving brings out the families special recipes and traditional dishes. And let us not forget the sheer quantity. We

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Driving Smart Decisions – November Update

November Update It is that time of the year. Harvest is in full swing and the fall cool breeze is back. The leaves have fully turned colors and are quickly making their descent to the ground. In addition, growers are in the field evaluating their current yields and contracts for 2019. At Midwest Laboratories, the

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Mycotoxins Further Explained – GMO Specialist Brian Hodges

Food Lab

With the current weather conditions, we felt it would be appropriate to speak on the development and potential dangers of Mycotoxins. No matter where you are farming, if weather conditions are amiable for mold growth, the chances mycotoxins start to appear in your crops is significantly increased. Molds that are within the Mycophyta family have

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Voices in Food Production – Julie Neuhalfen

Processed Cheese - How it's made

Getting the Scoop with Julie Neuhalfen  The food we eat keeps us energized and healthy, and we believe this because it’s what we’ve been told since we were kids. But, what happens if the food we eat is potentially harmful? Thankfully, cases are limited due to the preventative programs in place by the FDA and

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Voices in Food Production – Jane Caldwell

Food & Beverage, Food Production

Getting the Scoop with Dr. Jane Caldwell On Oct 10th we host our second annual Voices in Food Production Symposium. We asked our line-up of speakers to present a spread of hot topics within the food industry. Today we spoke with Dr. Jane Caldwell to discuss her topic of refrigeration shelf life. Jane has a

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Voices in Food Production – Michelle Wright

Michelle Headshot

Getting the Scoop with Michelle Wright On Oct 10th we host our second annual Voices in Food Production Symposium. The line-up of speakers we asked to present has chosen a spread of hot topics within the food industry. We asked each of our presenters to answer a few questions, so our audiences know what to expect.

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Best if Used By/Best Before, Sell-By, Use-By

Shelf Life, Testing, Food

What does best if used by mean? In my house, I’m notorious for throwing out items when the use-by date reads expired. And, I’m usually in trouble for doing such. Personally, I’ve always erred on the side of caution. My wife, on the other hand, believes it’s important to do a quick sensory test. She

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Shelf Life Testing: Understanding the Basics

Shelf Life Testing

What is shelf life testing? Shelf Life testing is a collection of analytical, chemical, microbiological and sensory testing. The objective of shelf life testing is to show how a product changes as it ages. Furthermore, provide information to help you set: use by/sell by/best by and expiration dates. Shelf Life basics The shelf life of

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Mineral Content of Beef Cattle Forages

Animal Feed, Food, Chemicals

Investment in forage analysis We were inspired by a recent article penned by Jim Sprinkle, Extension Beef Specialist at the University of Idaho. Jim detailed how to save dollars on mineral programs by determining the mineral status of ranch forages (January 2018; Progressive Cattleman). He suggested sampling and analyzing forage twice a year: at the

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