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Departments: Determination of Perchlorate in Water

Perchlorate is both a naturally occurring and man made chemical. Naturally occurring perchlorate is used in fertilizers; man-made perchlorate is used in applications such as: tanning and leather finishing, rubber manufacture, paint and enamel production, additives in lubricating oils and as a primary ingredient of solid rocket propellant.

Departments: Food Safety/Sanitation Score Keeping

“And now a word from FSSN radio: The ball scores. The Sox and Yankees, Mariners and Arizona, Detroit and Boston , and the latest, Baltimore and Montreal .” Does that make any sense? Who won what?

Departments: Putting Bacteria on the Hot Seat

Faced with an increasing need to maintain carbon and carbon towers in a sanitary condition, the food and beverage industry requires a consistent, reliable sanitization method, and heat optimized technology (HOT) helps address this need. Carbon towers are very efficient in removing chlorine, chloramines and a wide range of organic contaminants.Yet, they are vulnerable to bacterial growth and organic fouling, and therefore require backwashing and periodic sanitization. When fed with surface waters, they also...

Departments: Maximizing Membrane Efficiency

Crossflow membranes are widely used in the production of milk and whey products, wine, vinegar, gelatin and fruit juices and are utilized for concentration, clarification and fractionation - each of which requires specific membrane polymers and pore sizes.

Departments: The Rungs on the Food Safety/Sanitation Ladder

Climbing the ladder to become above the best in food safety/sanitation requires tackling each rung of the ladder, one at time. There is no elevator to the top. To be successful, each rung must be conquered.

Departments: The Best Defense is a Good Offense

Watch out, you’re surrounded! Relentless invaders are on the attack, and the battlefield may be your business. Infestations of rodents, bed bugs and cockroaches are on the rise this year and are more apt to “bug” American businesses in 2005. Following are observations about trends for 2005 from the Steritech Group, Inc. (Charlotte, N.C.), a provider of pest control services.

Departments: Make "Green" a Primary Color This Year

Since the inception of Earth Day in 1970, the world’s awareness of environmental concerns has skyrocketed. As small, locally owned organic food marts emerge on Main Street U.S.A. and multi-national chains like Whole Foods Market, expand rapidly, we can easily make smarter, eco-friendlier choices when it comes to everyday purchases. But, how can food processors and others in the food and beverage industries make similar choices in their businesses?

Departments: Security: Hit or Miss?

A couple of years ago, at an unnamed food processing facility in a Midwestern city, I entered through a propped open exterior door and, without benefit of any escort or identification, I strolled through the facility's raw material storage areas, mixing room, control room, executive offices and finished product storage without being stopped or questioned by even one employee. I then left by the same route. Although this was done with the client's approval, I could have been an irate ex-employee or a person...

Departments: Can Sanitation be Considered Technical? (Part 2)

In the last issue, we covered some of the items that address the technical aspects of food plant sanitation. In this issue, we will cover some remaining items that a professional sanitation manager needs to know. Each processor is different, and the uniqueness of that operation is inherent within that individual process. It's like a human being. No one is the same. The same holds true for a food plant. That said, you can understand why there are so many things that need to be documented and tracked to be...

Departments: The Rungs on the Food Safety/Sanitation Ladder

Climbing the ladder to become above the best in food safety/sanitation requires tackling each rung of the ladder, one at time. There is no elevator to the top. To be successful, each rung must be conquered.

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