Driving Smart Decisions – September Update

New/Exciting Changes at MidwestLabs.com We updated our site! Why do you care? Well, we made sure to put your needs first. Updates have been made to the search functionality, navigation, and Industry section for tests. Find what you are looking for quicker and accessible. Not sure what you are looking for? Utilize our text, email,

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Driving Smart Decisions – July Update

Welcome The Fourth of July is typically the half-way mark for summer. A time of celebration and giving thanks for our freedoms as U.S. Citizens July Announcements Stay Tuned: This month we will have some new initiatives we will be rolling out for our clients. These items are in the final stages of testing and

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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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Driving Smart Decisions – May Update

Soil, Planting, Plants

Welcome May is here, and so are the warm temperatures. This spring we continue to see an increase in the number of new accounts and client inquiries. We have taken some steps this month to help facilitate this increase by offering clients the ability to communicate via text message. This new system is excellent for mobile

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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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Driving Smart Decisions – March 2018

Welcome It is an exciting time of the year. We are coming out of winter and temperatures are starting to warm-up quickly. (See Graphic: Source greencastonline.com). Current Soil Temperatures in Omaha, 31 degrees F. for March 2, 2018. Many clients begin ordering their spring sampling supplies. Today, this process is a 4-step process with login on

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What is vitamin D and why is the FDA adding it to our Nutritional Labels?

Vitamin D

What is Vitamin D? It’s important to understand that vitamin D is not a vitamin. It’s considered a pro-hormone. But, why? Vitamins are nutrients that are unable to be created by the body and therefore must be consumed in our daily diet. However, vitamin D can be synthesized by our skin with sunlight. Why are

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MIDWEST LABORATORIES ANNOUNCES NEW OVERNIGHT SHIPPING PROGRAM

LaVista, NE – Midwest Laboratories announced during the 2018 Agronomy seminar, beginning March 1, 2018, they are launching a new FedEx Overnight Shipping Solution, exclusive for Midwest Laboratories clients. In order to get the data their clients need to make critical business decisions; Midwest Laboratories will now offer $20 overnight flat rate freight for packages

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Driving Smart Decisions – January 2018

Welcome to 2018 At Midwest Laboratories, we are anticipating another exciting year of analysis. In 2017, we updated many laboratory instruments and that investment paid off nicely with the receipt of large volumes of samples in various departments. One of our goals is to identify specific analysis areas that can be updated through technology and

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Nutritional Labeling: Upcoming Changes and Regulations

In response to the upcoming nutritional labeling regulations and changes, our Food and Beverage Lab Manager, Stephanie Peterson provided training and answered questions for Grow Nebraska‘s monthly training webinar. She discusses why the changes are happening, what the changes will be, the types of labels available through Midwest Labs and how to get the information you

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Today Show: Can You Trust the Calorie Counts on Restaurant Menus?

We are so pleased to share that we had the opportunity to work with the Today show on a segment called “Can you trust the calorie counts on restaurant menus?”. The Today show provided the meals and spent the morning at our lab capturing our process for determining calorie counts. This video segment ran on

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September Update 2017

Fall Is Around the Corner Labor Day Weekend is almost here.  Schools are back in session. Temperatures are starting to cool off and the days are getting shorter. That means football activities are right around the corner too.  Right now we are seeing an increased demand for stalk nitrate testing. In addition, many growers and

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August Update 2017

August Newsletter For many, August 21, 2017, cannot get here soon enough. Solar Eclipse 2017 is almost upon us. Many in the science community are preparing to observe this once in a lifetime event. Fall Sampling Supplies Make sure you get your sampling supplies ordered. This past week, I took a closer look at supplies

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IFT 2017 – Midwest Laboratories

The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) is hosting its annual food science expo in Las Vegas, June 26-28, at the Venetian/Sands Expo Center. Members of the Midwest Laboratories team will be on hand at booth #2417 to answer any questions you may have regarding the recent implementation of FSMA and what these new guidelines mean

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Mid-May Update

Soil and Plant Update The spring soil testing season continues to be strong. We are seeing a strong surge of soil samples which is a little unusual for this time of the year, but it really does show that growers and retailers are continually monitoring fields to ensure proper soil nutrients are available for proper

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April Update 2017

Introduction Welcome to April. The recent rainfall will soon have grass, trees and plants budding. The recent warm winter has accelerated these activities along with the current soil temperatures, (See Map) which are quite warm for this time of year. From an analysis perspective, the lab areas at Midwest Laboratories are always evaluating current instrumentation

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FSMA Produce Safety Rule and Water Testing

According to a recent article in Food Safety News, (More delay for Produce Safety Rule as industry balks over water testing) by Dan Flynn, March 20, 2017 the FDA are reviewing the water requirements and that could extend the compliance date into 2018. I really think what got my attention in this article was a

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March 2017 update

Spring is almost here. This past month we’ve had a slight taste of spring/summer with temperatures in the 60’s and 70’s. It has made for an exciting February. Soil sample volumes are up with the warmer temperatures. The Animal Feed Laboratory is almost completed. Once complete, the Animal Feed Laboratory will have its own receiving,

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February 2017 Update

In January we unveiled a whole new website look.  It is our goal going forward to continue to provide visitors with as much analysis information we can provide on analysis, method, turnaround time and cost. If you are looking for a particular analysis, consider going to our test section and locating your specific analysis. Taking

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New Website Update for 2017

Welcome to the new, midwestlabs.com site! This process started in May 2016 and came to fruition in January 2017. This site is the cornerstone of a new client experience. The new site will allow users the ability to find analysis information faster, with fewer clicks. One of the best parts of the site is the

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Which Lab Has the Best FSMA Testing?

I am not sure about the best, but I would say Midwest Laboratories is one of the most complete laboratories for FSMA Testing. Midwest Laboratories has a 10-building campus which conducts food testing in a variety of laboratories. What types of testing does Midwest Laboratories do? Midwest Laboratories analyzes samples for various industries: Agriculture: soil

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Some Halloween Safety Tips

Have a Happy and Safe Halloween today! Halloween should be a fun time of dressing up sharing the night with family and friends, but it is also critical to be safe. The following news story highlights some important tips to help ensure a safe Halloween experience. I thought these tips warranted sharing them with as

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Halloween Candy – Calorie Content

Check out this article. You might want to think a little bit before popping those mini-size candies in your mouth. We’ve Unwrapped the Calorie Counts of Your Favorite Halloween Candy by JENNY SUGAR, October 17, 2016 I can remember eating more than one bag of M&Ms thinking that these little bags barely had enough candies in

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Are GMO’s in Food Safe for My Family?

GMO Foods

If you are wondering about the health and safety of eating foods containing GMOs, get the facts. The following article, Is it safe for my family to eat GMO foods? By Ruth MacDonald Ph.D., September 26, 2016, speaks volumes. Here is one section of this article. So how do GMOs end up in food? You may have

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IFT Annual Conference 2016

Changing the future. The IFT 2016 Conference brings together a wide array of food partners, from ingredients and products to production support and laboratory testing. I have been impressed with the number of visitors and current clients who have stopped by and shared their experiences. There is a tremendous amount of sharing. Many great new

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FSMA and Allergens

food allergens, food, allergens

Impact on Food Production The Food Safety Modernization Act, (FSMA) is having an impact on food production; food allergens are one area that is being addressed. I came across food allergens in this article, “F.S.M.A. Are You Ready” by Laurie Gorton, June 16, 2016. The article is worth reading and has a lot of good

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Partnering with a Laboratory for FSMA

Many Food Producers are looking at their HACCP Plans, Food Safety Protocols and the FSMA, (Food Safety Modernization Act)  Regulations and trying to update their procedures to meet the requirements of FSMA. In talking to a number of food producers and educators, it is apparent that many people understand the requirements of the regulations. Sections

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Your FSMA Partner

food, storage, FSMA

For the past year, I have been reading more and more about the FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act) and all of the changes that will be affecting food growers, producers, and retailers. Three key components: Hazard Analysis Preventive Controls  Produce Safety Midwest Laboratories has invested in new instrumentation, new facilities, and method development to meet

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Foods Containing Glycerin

Have you ever thought about the fact that you may eating foods that contain the same ingredient as soap? Glycerin helps extend the life of foods and it is the same ingredient found in soap. The following information was taken from the following article: “Foods Containing Glycerin” by Jessica Brusso, May 3, 2015 Glycerin, also

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Don’t Toss Out that Food!

All those expiration dates or use by dates can get very confusing. Today, no one wants to take a chance on getting sick from something that may have gone rancid. I came across this news story and I thought it did a good job of explaining this topic. Watch the video below for most devices

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Food Chains Making Nutritional Moves

Check out this story about Burger King removing soda from its children’s menu. Other fast-food restaurants have made such moves, but are these moves getting much attention. In addition, some restaurants are looking for ways to stand out more regarding food nutrition. Check out the story and learn more. It will be interesting to see

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Fresh or Frozen Vegetables

Which one is more nutritous? You may think the answer seems obvious, but it really depends. Check out this video and learn more about what makes vegetables nutritious. It gives some great examples of why you might want to consider buying vegetables fresh and frozen depending upon your circumstance. photo credit: produce via photopin (license)

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Calories on Menus – Closer Look

Check out this news story regarding calories and food items. People really need to understand what they are eating and put it in perspective with respect to their health needs.

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National Canned Food Month

February is national canned food month. I had never heard about this recognition before till I read this article, “It’s National Canned Food Month, so try something from the pantry” by Lee Ward, February 3, 2015. The article makes some interesting points about canned food and it is well-worth reading. One of the areas it

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A Closer Look at Gluten

This is a must-see video! See why high protein bread flour produces higher level loaves of bread. High protein bread flours contains a lot of gluten and makes bread rise and trap air. Cake flour dough contains a bit of gluten for structure but does not require extreme growth. I thought this video really shows what a

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Using LED Lighting to Extend Beef Shelf Life

I came across this article, “Hoping to prevent gray ground beef, MU researchers see red with LED lights” by Steve Everly, January 18, 2015 and it looks at a study  using LED lights. Light and oxygen help turn the color of ground beef into a light gray or brown color. However, those beef samples that

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Flu Season is Peaking Early in 2015

Check out these new stories regarding the flu season this year. Many stories are being reported, but I think these two stories really address the issue with facts. The flu and other viruses are being reported too. Continue to educate yourself and talk to your children’s doctors. How effective has the flu vaccine been this

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Check out this Soda Pop Experiment

Check out this video and see how sugar content can affect normal density and weight of an object. Something to think about the next time you reach for that soda pop.

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Selling Treats Online

Looking to sell your home baked, treats online in 2015? Take time to have your product properly labeled and tested.

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Restaurants Posting Calorie Information

Restaurants have until November to comply with the national regulations regarding the notification of calorie information for food items. Will this regulation help consumer become more aware of the amount of calories they are consuming at restaurant establishments? This news report looks at this topic from the view of the restaurant owner and the restaurant consumer. photo

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Weight Loss – Is it more about chemistry?

An interesting thought on weight loss and chemistry coming together.

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Germs at Work

This news story is very alarming! If you are a germaphobic, you may not be able to stomach all of the places that germs reside at your office place. Remember, where moisture can reside, so can bacteria. It is always a good idea to be conscious of the places you come in contact with and

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Proper Storage of Foods

Check out this article: The 14 Foods You’ve Been Storing All Wrong It really gives a good overview of some common foods that you might be storing the wrong way. There are many articles and blog posts on food waste, but have we really been taught the best way to store foods properly with respect

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Kids Science Projects

Check out this YouTube video of some very simple but very cool science experiments. Today, science teachers are making science come to life with experiments infused into their lessons. I thought this video really captures the “coolness” effect of science. It is time for new innovations in science, and it starts with getting our kids

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Self-Watering Container

Check out this technology, using a recycled water bottle. Set it up and see how your plants can be watered on a regular basis without much work. Sometimes the best inventions are the simple ones. photo credit: Spicy-Shots via photopin cc  

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Eating turkey after Thanksgiving

What should you do with all that leftover food?   Storing Your Leftovers Discard any turkey, stuffing, and gravy left out at room temperature longer than 2 hours; 1 hour in temperatures above 90 °F. Divide leftovers into smaller portions. Refrigerate or freeze in covered shallow containers for quicker cooling. Use refrigerated turkey, stuffing, and

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A Different Look at Food

Does food really contain energy? Check out this experiment with toasted oats and cheese balls. Take a look at the following video demonstration and watch the type of energy that is released from these different food types. Obviously, the way we as people receive energy from food is a much more controlled experience, but this

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Ever had ice cream that did not melt?

You have to see this news story! Have you seen ice cream sandwiches that do not melt?

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Some Barbecue Food Safety Tips

Some tips to insure a fun and safe grilling experience

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Water Menu Offerings

Ray’s & Stark Bar offers a 23 page water menu. You can try up to 20 different waters on their menu. Check it out here!!! I couldn’t believe this when I first saw this. Are people that particular about water? I know there can be differences, but I don’t think I could even comprehend what

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Is Organic Food Better for You?

Check out this news story from the article, Organic Foods: Are they Really Better for You?  by Ela Soroka This debate continues, but more and more research is being conducted. Watch the news story and look at the article mentioned below and draw your own conclusions with respect to this topic. Some dialogue from the

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Freshness Dates and Shelf Life Testing

Check out this news story from yesterday regarding product freshness. It talks about the different date labels that you can find on different products. These product dates are becoming more and more important to consumers, distributors and retailers. Just last week, Twinkees were advertised to have a longer shelf life with their latest release. Right

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Arsenic Levels in Apple Juice

The FDA released a statement that product can be pulled off the shelf if levels of arsenic are greater than 10 parts per billion. This level is the same, acceptable level that drinking water must adhere to. The FDA updated its standards from 23 parts per billion which was set in 2008. Consumer groups have

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Twinkies are coming back with longer shelf life

Twinkies are coming back in a big way in less than a week. The announcment was made by the Apollo Global Management and Metropoulos & Co. this week. The biggest added value of Twinkies coming back is its longer shelf life. Hostess Brands LLC says the spongy yellow cakes will have a shelf life of 45

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Cereal Ingredient Labels

Picking the right cereal makes all the difference. Today’s cereals often have 30% sugar for each serving. This is not a good thing at all.  I came across a great article “Cereal Goodness” – July 8, 2013by Nandita Iyer that really explains this topic very well. I just want to leave you with their  “5

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Food Dates – Very Confusing

Have you purchased a food item and looked at the label and tried to decipher what the dates mean like Use by “xx/xx/xx” date Sell by “xx/xx/xx” date Best by”xx/xx/xx” date Some items like baby foods have a date that is mandated by the government. Otherwise, the date on the package is up to the

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Calorie Counts on Exercise Machines

In the past, information regarding calories on menus has been highlighted because of the new regulations are making it mandatory to post this information. However, many people look at calorie counts each day as they work out at their local gym. How accurate are these counts with respect to calories burned? The following video, (quality

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Shelf Life Testing

A number of food companies are trying to find ways to extend the life of their food or products. Believe it or not almost everything has some type of shelf life. At Midwest Laboratories,   inquiries regarding this type of testing occur almost everyday. For producers, it is a very important topic. It really is

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School Lunches Being Reviewed

Check out this story of one school that has switched to an all-veggie menu for lunch. I guess the main point here is that school lunches are getting more attention with respect to improving the nutritional content of the food that is being served. . What are your kids eating for lunch? There is a

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Vitamins and Mycotoxins Analysis

Check out this video which highlights some of the innovative analysis in the areas of vitamins and mycotoxins. Be sure and see check out some of the extraction processes involved with these type of analysis. Be sure and check out more on the Midwest Laboratories Corporate Site with respect to analysis. Image courtesy of Stoon

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Dietary Fiber

One of the secrets to losing weight is getting enough fiber. People talk about counting calories or burning calories at the gym, but wouldn’t it be nice if there was something working for us inside our bodies to help speed up our metabolism and digest our food. That something is dietary fiber. According to WebMD,

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Are Organic Foods Healthier?

This week an article was posted in the New York Times, “Stanford Scientists Cast Doubt on Advantages of Organic Meat and Produce” which looked at research that spanned four decades and in summary concluded the following: There isn’t evidence that organic produce or meat is healthier than conventional There is no greater risk of bacteria

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Movie Theater Food Calories

Check out this Consumer Reports regarding the amount of calories and food that you are eating. Sampling of Snacks Pretzels with Cheese – Days worth of Sodium & Half-a-days worth of calories and fat A Large Coke and Large Butter Popcorn – 2,000 calories I realize a lot of people do not always order the

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Food Safety and Tailgating

With football season ready to begin this weekend, it is time to get prepared and be safe at the same time. The USDA has a list of some tailgating food safety items you should keep in mind. Here are a few items listed on the USDA Site: Carry cold perishable food like raw hamburger patties,

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Shucking corn – tips for removing silk

This summer, I have enjoyed corn on the cob. I have boiled corn, microwaved corn and grilled corn. It’s a great time to enjoy this delicacy. The one thing that is not enjoyable is shucking the corn and removing the silk. Check out this video that uses a simple trick,  using a rubber band to

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Healthy Foods that may not be healthy

Check out this video and take note of these items. Cereals Too much sugar in cereals. Check out the ingredients. Watch for a lot of additives in cereals. Portion control is the key. Sports Drinks Unless you work out, you really do not need the extra salts, sugars and minerals. Drink water to supply your

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FDA Approves Digestible Microchip

The first digestible microchip was approved this week by the FDA .  I saw this article, “FDA Approves First-Ever Digestible Microchip ” Proteus Digital Health is the creator of this device. It can safely be embedded into a number of pharmaceuticals The microchip is  a tiny square of silicone, no bigger than a grain of

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Health Benefit of Onions

Onions are more than a spice to add to a particular dish. Onions are a super food. High in antioxidants which is useful for the heart and immune system A Good source of fiber Can help prevent colon cancer Onions contain Vitamin C and Chromium which help control blood glucose Source How Stuff Works –

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How hot dogs are produced?

This time of year with baseball games occurring at the professional and minor league levels, people everywhere are consuming hot dogs on a regular basis.u Do you know what comprises a hot dog? Beef Trimmings and Fat Trimmings. Have you ever seen the process from start to finish? I came across this video and it

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Spicy Sushi and Salmonella

This news report looks at a recall of spicy sushi. When this story was released, the source of the salmonella had not been identified. Check out this story!  Think about where you would look with respect to the source of the salmonella. As of last week,(According to MSNBC)  this incident had affected 258 people in

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Berries and Flavonoids

Check out this story about berries and the brain. I was really struck by the term “Flavonoids” and I wanted you to know a little bit more about them. The video shows some real benefits of blue berries and strawberries. The following statement caught my attention, “Cognitive aging can be delayed 2.5 years by consuming

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Shelf Life and Nutritional Value of Food

I am seeing a lot of articles in the news that are addressing the topic of “Shelf Life” and the nutritional composition of food. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency came out with a report this month that indicated that nutritional labels failed to provide consumers with proper nutritional information. Some companies claimed the following, Companies

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Story of Sweet Loren’s Cookies

Swee Loren’s is an all natural baked goods cookie company that specializes in fresh and frozen cookie dough. Loren overcame cancer a few years ago and took on the challenge to bake an all-natural product which contained 100% whole grains, no refined sugar, dairy free and coconut oil. In 2009, Loren entered a cooking contest

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Bacteria on Trays and in Lunch Boxes

Check out this study of 45 fast-food trays and 100 lunch boxes in North Carolina. The laboratory study tested for fecal bacteria, listeria and staph. I like this study because it actually tested a larger number of locations. Here were some of the highlights: The trays came back with no evidence of fecal bacteria, listeria

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Soda Pop and Health Risks

A new study out of Harvard suggests that drinking soda, regular or diet pop can be detrimental to a person’s health. When stories like this come out, I don’t want to send out a wave of panic, but I know from personal experience that I was one of those people who used to drink pop

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Pink Slime Process

This story has been in the news a lot the last few days. Check out this news story. The pink slime is a filler which takes waste trimmings and reprocesses them in a way that the trimmings can be added back into the final product. I thought this video was very interesting and explained the

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Calories on Menus

Restaurants, everywhere are listing their calorie information on their menus. As a consumer, always be aware of the size of the portions along with the calories displayed on the menus.  This really is the key. At Midwest Laboratories, we test food packages sold in restaurants and the numbers can be staggering at times. Most of

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Food at the Movie Theaters

Check out this Consumer Reports study on the numbers behind what we are putting in our mouths. The numbers are a bit alarming. I think another study should also be performed with respect to the amount of money that is made on marking up pop and popcorn. The table listed below really is scary. I

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3 Trends in Organic Food Purchases

Percentage of consumers in U.S. stating they purchased #organic #food products at 41.8%, up from 39.8% last year. goo.gl/JYOL7 — i2agriculture (@i2agriculture) February 16, 2012 I saw this tweet and had to read the associated article. I took away three key points from the article: Source (Percentage of consumers in U.S. stating they purchased organic

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Students turn food scraps into compost

The students at St. Paul Catholic School in Cleveland, Ohio  are taking  composting to a new level. I really like this article, “Students at S. Paul turn food scraps into soil”  by Colette M. Jenkins and I wanted to highlight some of the key points. The Rev. Ralph Thomas  stated, “…It  is our job  to

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What happens to expired supermarket food?

Have you ever thought about this question. With over 15,000 different product in an average supermarket, (according to Food Marketing Institute) stores must do something with expired  items. I came across this article in Forbes “What Happens To Old and Expired Supermarket Foods” by Nadia Arumugam – January 6, 2012  – Please read this article,

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Shelf Life Study Testing

Shelf Life Study Testing  Midwest laboratories offers a variety of testing including real time, accelerated, and refrigerated.

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Food Safety – Local Organic Foods

The recent trend regarding foodborne illnesses has been to turn to locally grown, organic foods. The following article, Local, Organic Foods Not Always Safer looks at the issue and highlights some important information.  It’s main point is that food safety  really is in the hands of the company, grower and management team.  President Obama signed

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Bacteria and Soda Pop

This issue continues to be in the news.  Companies really need to take this issue seriously and consider adopting measures which will insure the safety of consumers.  In January, 2010 a formal study of bacteria in soda fountains was conducted. Since that study, we have received inquiries regarding this information. It really comes down to

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Almond Harvest

Check out this video which looks at the process of harvesting almonds. On this field 2,600 lbs per acre will be harvested. Check out the steps that take place in harvesting and watch how the almonds fall to the ground while the trees are shaking.   Here were some interesting points that the video made.

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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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