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A Quick Guide to Vitamin K

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Most multivitamins and many dietary supplements contain Vitamin K. Both types, K1 and K2 are used, but K3 is not allowed in humans because it has been shown to damage hepatic cells in laboratory studies. However, Vitamin K3 is allowed in certain animal feed formulations. ...

Advisory Levels for Vomitoxin

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Vomitoxin is a mycotoxin that can occur in small grains such as wheat, barley and oats.

Amino Acid Profile

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Amino Acids play a vital role in metabolism, immune function and maintaining a healthy nervous system.

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Biogenic Amines

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A biogenic substance with one or more amine groups is called a biogenic amine.

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Crude Fat (Acid Hydrolysis)

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The residue remaining after a dried & ground sample is extracted and ether has evaporated is weighed and referred to as ether extract or crude fat.

Crude Fat Analysis

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Crude fat is more of a screening method because the test procedures don't identify a specific fat.

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E. coli

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The organism, Escherichia coli 0157:H7, also known as hemorrhagic E. coli, causes an illness known as hemorrhagic colitis.

E. coli 0157:H7 (Hemorrhagic E. coli)

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The organism, Escherichia coli 0157:H7, also known as hemorrhagic E. coli, causes an illness known as hemorrhagic colitis.

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Genetically Modified Organism

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Brian Hodges discuss a frequent question he receives in the lab. 1. What is a Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) Analysis?

Glycol Analysis

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Glycols are most commonly associated with antifreeze, but has other uses such as deicing fluid, food additives, food solvent, humectants and moisturizers.

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Heavy Metals in Pet Foods

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Heavy Metals Both plants and animals require certain minerals to grow and thrive. These essential minerals are acquired through food and water. However, some minerals are poisonous, even in minute amounts. Heavy metals; named because they are dense elements found in the metal portion of ...

How to Take an Environmental Swabbing Sample

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Angela Johnson walks you through taking an environmental swabbing sample. Questions about Environmental Swabbing? Contact Jamie Wood at  jwood@midwestlabs.com, 402-590-2964. Or Megan Fonfara at mfonfara@midwestlabs.com, 402.829.9866.

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Indications of Spoilage and Associated Tests

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Food spoilage can be triggered by many factors and can be indicated by a combination of odor, appearance, texture and color.

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Jane Caldwell -Refrigerated Shelf-Life Voices in Food Presentation

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Download a copy of Dr. Jane Caldwell’s presentation from our 2018 Voices in Food Production Symposium. Dr. Caldwell is our Assistant Technical Manager here at Midwest Laboratories, and she spoke in depth on Refrigerated Shelf Life. Check out her presentation for information on the types ...

Julie Neuhalfen – Risk Assessments Voice in Food Production Presentation

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Download a copy of Risk Assessment and Food Quality consultant, Julie Neuhalfen’s, presentation from our 2018 Voices in Food Production Symposium. Julie spoke in depth about the procedures and practices one must go through when applying for risk assessment.

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Listeria Monocytogenes

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First described as a pathogen in the late 1920's, it was not until the early 1980's that Listeria monocytogenes emerged as a food-borne pathogen. These hardy, nonspore-forming bacteria are capable of growing over a temperature range of 1-45o C (34-113o F), growing best at 30-37o ...

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Michelle Wright – GMO Labeling Voices in Food Presentation

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Download a copy of Food Label Consultant, Michelle Wright’s, presentation. She came and spoke at our 2017 & 2018 Voices in Food Production Symposium. In her presentation, she spoke about that new proposed GMO labeling requirements from FDA & USDA.

Mycotoxins

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Mycotoxins are not produced all the time, but can present under specific growing conditions and colonize crops.

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Natural Pet Food Treats

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Trends in Pet Food Dogs, cats, birds, and exotics provide emotional support, unconditional love and steady companionship to their owners. Pet owners, in return, love their pets like family and want to feed them high-quality products. They also like to discover new ways to interact ...

Natural Pet Food Treats

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Mirroring Trends Dogs, cats, birds, and exotics provide emotional support, unconditional love and steady companionship to their owners. Pet owners, in return, love their pets like family and want to feed them high-quality products. They also like to discover new ways to interact with their ...

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Pet Food Fee Schedule

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Here is a comprehensive listing of the analysis options provided by Midwest Labs to the Pet Food industry. It includes tests, methods, prices, descriptions, warnings, recommendations, suggestions, instructions, and reporting options.

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Salmonella

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Since Salmonella bacteria are common in the intestinal tract of many animals, contamination of the meat is common. Good sanitation and food preparation practices are important in preventing salmonellosis.

Schedule of Fees 2017

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The 2017 Schedule of Fees contains a wide array of Midwest Laboratories analysis offerings. Prices are subject to change without notice.

Solutions for Safe and Nutritious Pet Food Products

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Protect your brand and bottom line with Midwest Laboratories pet food testing. From pet food manufacturers and in-home treat makers to veterinarians and zoologists, animal lovers across the country rely on Midwest Laboratories to keep their pet food safe and nutritious. Our suite of analytical ...

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TBA vs. Peroxide

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Thiobarbituric acid can be performed directly on food products (wet or dry) while peroxide value testing can only be accurately performed on oils.

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Vitamin E

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Vitamin E plays a role as an antioxidant in the body and can be found naturally in some foods, added to others, and is also available as a dietary supplement.