eNewsletter January 2017

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Newsletter January 2017

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JANUARY 1, 2017
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8 Food Myths Most People Believe To Be True

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Knowing what is good to eat and what is not is becoming increasingly daunting with the large amount of myths and misconceptions about food that are out there. In fact, many of these myths get passed around from person to person until they become conventional wisdom, and just accepted as fact.

But the fact is, a lot of these “myths” are simply not true and can actually lead people to change their diets when it is not needed at all. 

Read on and check out the 8 myths about food that you probably believe.




SAVE 40% Off Our Everyday Discounted Prices 

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CLAVE™ General Purpose Autoclavable Bags       

General purpose bags are used to sterilize paper fillers and a variety of other functions. Transparent bags are made of 2 mil polypropylene and can be steam sterilized at 250°F/121°C.

 

 



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Please enter the promotional code MN0117 into the "Promo Code" box during checkout and the sale price will be applied. Order online using the link above. You can also call in the order at 800-328-8378 or fax the order to 609-584-8388.



Will a “purple blow torch” be the next big food safety innovation?

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USDA researchers said that cold plasma treatment, otherwise referred to as a “purple blow torch” by food safety scientists, can kill 99.9% of norovirus on blueberries without damaging the fruit, according to Food Safety News.

Human norovirus is known to be one of the most common etiological agents that contaminates food and causes foodborne illness, and blueberries are very susceptible to contamination by biological hazards from pre-harvest to post-harvest stages.

Researchers also said that cold plasma treatment can extend the shelf life of blueberries by slowing spoilage rates without effecting firmness, color, or anthocyanin concentration.

Another factor making blueberries prime for the research is the fragile nature of berries in general. They also have some of the shortest shelf lives in the produce aisle, adding pressure to move them through the harvest and packing process as quickly as possible.

Read more.



 


Very Special Savings on
Weber DB™  Sterilized Pre-filled Dilution Bottles
20% OFF with Promo Code DB20

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Weber DB™ Sterilized Pre-filled Dilution Bottles

 

Butterfield’s Buffer for Foods and Dairy Products (APHA, FDA, AOAC or USP methods) 
Contains purified water, monobasic potassium phosphate, and sodium hydroxide for pH adjustment.


Phosphate Buffer for Water/Wastewater and Dairy Products (APHA or EPA methods) 
Contains magnesium chloride, monobasic potassium phosphate, and sodium hydroxide for pH adjustment.


Every bottle is pre-filled to either 99 or 90 mL ± 2 mL, buffered to pH 7.2 ± 0.2, has an overall capacity of 150 mL, and is recyclable.  

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This is a Limited Time Offer that is good until further notice!
Ordering Hint: Our case contains 72 bottles, compared to 66 for some brands.

Please enter the promotional code DB20 into the "Promo Code" box during checkout and the sale price will be applied. Order online using the link above. You can also call in the order at 800-328-8378 or fax the order to 609-584-8388.



On-farm Culturing: A Culture of Success

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The Jacobs family, Green Valley Dairy

In 2009, Green Valley Dairy, Krakow, Wis., was looking for ways to better manage costs. An on-farm culture lab was one potential way to achieve that.

On-farm milk culture is a tool that can help you reduce the amount of antibiotics being used, decrease costs associated with clinical mastitis, and increase milk quality and profitability. 

The Jacobs family manages 3,500 cows on their dairy, established in 2000. The farm, owned by John and Mark Jacobs, John’s three sons—John Jr., Paul and Joe—and Ken Peters, is first generation. “Being first-generation probably helps because we know there is a lot we don’t know, so I might be less afraid to ask questions,” Jacobs says.

This is a story of a dairy’s journey in creating and utilizing an on-farm culture lab, which helped them achieve their goals.

Read more.




Effective Decontamination of Footwear Soles

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The new HACCP SmartStep™ Footwear Sanitizing System from Best Sanitizers adds an additional layer of pathogen protection for food processing facilities, nutraceutical plants, pharmaceutical plants, clinical research labs and clean rooms by reducing cross-contamination from footwear before employees enter the production area or other critical control zones. 

  • This foot-operated footwear sanitizing unit uses compressed air to deliver an atomized mist of Alpet D2 Surface Sanitizer onto footwear soles
  • This mist provides ample coverage to footwear soles, yet uses only 0.2 ounces of chemical which minimizes chemical waste and improves moisture control
  • Sanitizing unit and handle mount to the floor to provide a safe and secure hand hold when using the SmartStep
  • Collection basin is easily accessed for cleaning
  • The HACCP SmartStep System is expandable and can grow as your plant's needs grow.

Versatile options include units with or without a handle, a combined scrubber-sanitizer unit, and a stand-alone scrubber with a handle. 

Additional information about Alpet D2 sanitizer
Alpet D2 is the original ready-to-use, no-rinse alcohol/quat sanitizer/disinfectant for food contact surfaces. It has the following characteristics:

  • 58% IPA/quat formula
  • Kills 99.999% of tested bacteria and viruses, including Escherichia coli and E.coli O157:H7, Salmonella enterica serotype Choleraesuis and Salmonella typhimurium, Listeria monocytogenes and Pseudomonas aeruginosa
  • NSF and Environmental Protection Agency registered
  • Kosher certified and Pareve


 

FBI Says Terrorists May Target Food Sector

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Many people associate terrorism with spectacular attacks such as those that occurred on September 11. However, lone wolf attacks are far more likely to happen in what has unfortunately become the new normal. “The last thing on your mind is a terrorist being interested in food. It does exist, and bad guys do have an interest in this area,” said Special Agent Scott Mahloch, weapons of mass destruction coordinator for the Chicago division of the FBI during the Food Safety Consortium on December 5, 2016.

According to the Department of Homeland Security, with 2.2 million farms and 900,000 restaurants in the United States, the food and agricultural sector accounts for 1/5 of the national economic activity. There are several industry targets for terrorism: Food processing facilities; food storage and distribution; restaurants, grocery stores and markets; commercial facilities; and cruise lines.

While Mahloch emphasized that there is no imminent threat to the food sector, one of the biggest areas of concern for this particular industry is the insider threat.

Read more.

 


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MONTHLY GIFT:

FREE Jumbo LED Lantern

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Yours FREE with every order of $200 or more

Lightweight, compact, and collapsible design for portability, the Jumbo LED Lantern is a multi-purpose essential whether as a work light, camping light, reading light, hurricane lantern, emergency outage light, auto emergency light, or just for outdoor lighting fun.

• 6 ultra-bright LED lights provide     360 degrees of luminous light
• No buttons, pull upward to turn     on and push down to turn off
• Foldaway handles for easy             suspension and portability
• Includes 3 AA batteries

FREE with every order of $200 or more. Hurry – while supplies last!

Click here for details!

Please include the Gift Code WS0117when placing an order via website, phone or fax.
When ordering on the website place this Gift Code in the "Notes/Instruction" field at check out (and not in the "Promo Code" box).

 


 

2017 Frequent Buyers Program Offers Customers New and Exciting Free Gifts

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We have just added 28 new, useful and fun free gifts to the just published 2017 Frequent Buyers Program catalog. The customer loyalty program has been a great success for many years, and a great way to tell our customers thank you for the continued support.

The premium gifts range from the practical to the whimsical. Specialty candy, gourmet cheese, home decor, beer and wine related items, charitable options, collectibles, electronics, and travel accessories to name a few.

You’ll receive Electronic Frequent Buyers points – called Lab-bucks – with every purchase of $50.00 or more from Weber Scientific. Collect enough points to get these terrific FREE gifts.

It’s easy to redeem your Lab-bucks. Simply log in to your account
 to place your order. If you have any questions about our Frequent Buyers Program, please call 800-328-8378.


Click here to request your free 2017 Frequent Buyers Program catalog today!



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A lot of paint colors could pass for ice cream flavors. Can you tell the difference between Ben & Jerry's flavors and Pottery Barn paint colors? 

 

 


 

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NEW! Peel Plate Microbial Tests Brochure

The new Peel Plate microbial tests are simplified culture methods for detecting micro-organisms. Tests are available for Aerobic Plate Count (AC), Coliform (CC), Coliform and E. coli (EC), Enterobacteriaceae (EB) and Yeast and Molds (Y&M). The APC, EC Plates are AOAC-RI and PMO-NCIMS approved. The YM is AOAC approved.

Download your Free copy!

  


 

Request the 2016-17 Product Catalog

2016-17 COVER-NLT.jpgOur 2016-17 specialized 265-page Buyer's Guide is dedicated to dairy, food and water testing. Inside, you'll find many exclusive and hard-to-find items, not to mention other great reasons to go with Weber:

  • Heavily discounted prices without any of the hassle
  • Free freight upgrades and expedited service at our expense--not yours
  • No-nonsense 100% Satisfaction Guarantee so you can order with complete confidence

Request your 2016-17 catalog today!



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Nancy Silvester

Account Manager

Weber Scientific can special order, promptly and at a competitive price, just about any item, large or small, that you might need for your laboratory.
Simply call (800) 328-8378 or

email info@weberscientific.com



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