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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