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Newsletter April 2019

APRIL 1, 2019
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This Beer Is Brewed With Yeast From an 1886 Shipwreck


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You’ve probably heard of all sorts of specialty beers by now, like raspberry ales, chocolate stouts—even LaCroix-inspired pamplemousse sparkling ale. Shipwreck beer? Not as much. But with Saint James Brewery’s new Deep Ascent ale, which uses yeast from an 1886—we repeat, 1886—shipwreck, we just might have a trend on our hands.

If you’re wondering how 133-year-old yeast ended up in the beer, Jamie Adams, Saint James’s co-owner and brewer, is a scuba diver—and he took a team down to explore the SS Oregon, a sunken ship off the coast of Fire Island in an area known as “Wreck Valley,” to search for intact beer bottles, The Associated Press reports. The search began in 2015, but nothing came up until 2017, where they slowly began to unearth a few bottles at a time. Once they had gathered the bottles, it took another two years—and the help of a microbiologist—to work on the taste. The end result? An ale with a “slightly fruity taste and hoppy finish,” Adams told the Associated Press.

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Strawberries, Spinach, and Kale Top 2019 “Dirty Dozen” List


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The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has once again released their annual list of the “dirtiest” and “cleanest” fruits and vegetables available to U.S. consumers.

EWG’s analysis is drawn from data provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Prior to testing, all produce was washed and peeled. Still, USDA’s data shows the presence of 225 different pesticides on fruits and vegetables sold in the U.S. This means that simple washing of fresh produce does not remove all pesticide residues.

This year, probably the most shocking revelation is that kale—one of the most popular health foods in the U.S.—is among the most contaminated produce items. More than 92 percent of kale samples had two or more pesticide residues detected, and a single sample could contain up to 18 different residues. The most frequently detected pesticide, found on nearly 60 percent of kale samples, was Dacthal, which has been classified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency since 1995 as a possible human carcinogen. That chemical has been prohibited for use in Europe since 2009.


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(Weber Scientific)

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Make Environmental Surface Sampling Faster and Easier

A pre-moistened sponge, with 10 ml of DE Neutralizing Broth, individually wrapped in a reusable sample bag, is secured to the sampling handle using a unique design that enhances sampling efficacy.

 Twice the sampling surface
 Sampling tip for hard to reach places
 Sponge is held in place without glue or chemicals
 Sponge is easy to separate from handle
 Biofilm scraping blade incorporated into the handle design

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This 3D-Printed Sushi is Customized For You Based on the Biological Sample You Send In 


Many high-end restaurants require guests to make a reservation before they dine. At Sushi Singularity in Tokyo, diners will be asked to send fecal samples to achieve the ideal experience. As designboom reports, the new sushi restaurant from Open Meals creates custom sushi recipes to fit each customer’s nutritional needs.

Open Meals is known for its experimental food projects, like the “sushi teleportation” concept, which has robotic arms serving up sushi in the form of 3D-printed cubes. This upcoming venture takes the idea of a futuristic sushi restaurant to new extremes.



Water Testing Solutions: Colilert® and Colisure® from IDEXX


Highly economical, you can realize big savings by using Colilert or Colisure as a one-step method for your water quality and compliance testing. With less than one minute hands-on time you’ll get results for total coliform as well as E. coli in 18 or 24 hours! These tests are much easier than other standard methods procedures and are more accurate! With its full range of regulatory approvals, it has become the perfect test for a wide variety of source water applications.

Just a few examples:
  • Required regulatory compliance – significant savings compared to sending samples to a commercial lab.
  • Juice from concentrate, flavored drinks or teas.
  • Bottled water – also ideal for finished product analysis.
  •  Fresh cut produce or fruit rinse water, before or after processing.

Weber Scientific is only authorized to distribute IDEXX products to the Food and Beverage industries in the United States and Canada.

Follow this link to read more about other key benefits of using this technology, truly the gold standard of rapid coliform in water testing.

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What Is the Shelf Life of Donated Eyes?


By Zoe-Anne Barcellos, Cornea Recovery Tech /Eye Donation Coordinator

I can only answer for cornea and eye donation.

The FDA does all oversight (no pun intended) of organ disposition. 

The main organs—heart, liver, pancreas, lungs, etc.—are transplanted within hours. They are just not viable if they are not being perfused constantly. The other tissues—like bone, skin, tendons, etc.—do not need to be transplanted immediately. But I am not sure on the regulations of when they need to be transplanted.

With the eyes, there are four tissues that can be recovered. We recover whole eyes for research and education purposes. These usually go much faster, but we can hold them up to a year.

Conjunctiva can also be recovered; conjunctiva is a clear covering over most of the eye (it is what gets irritated when you have pink eye). I have been working as a recovery tech for five years, and our office has not had a request for “conj” in all that time.


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Upcoming Event

Come Join Us!  We will be attending these upcoming conferences highlighting many new and exciting products.

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Craft Brewers Conference
Booth # 19107
April 8-11, 2019
Colorado Convention Center, Denver, CO

In attendance will be the whole team! Tom Boudreau, Asif Rahman, MaryBeth Karczynski, Nancy Silvester, Alyssa Maciaszek and Sharon Wilson.

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Tom Boudreau
Market Specialist, Beer

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Asif Rahman
Sales Manager


MaryBeth Karczynski
Director of Key Accounts and Market Development

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Nancy Silvester
Account Manager


Alyssa Maciaszek
Account Manager


Sharon Wilson
Vice President of Marketing and Product Development

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Petfood Forum
Booth # 1144
April 30-May 1, 2019
KC Convention Center, Kansas City, Missouri

In attendance will be Alyssa Maciaszek
and Nancy Silvester.


Alyssa Maciaszek
Account Manager

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Nancy Silvester
Account Manager

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Market Development


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