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Newsletter March 2020

MARCH 1, 2020
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The Reason Why Daylight Saving Time Begins at 2 a.m.



If you happen to be awake and staring at your smartphone in the very early hours of the morning on Sunday, March 8, you’ll have the small pleasure of watching the time jump right from 1:59 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. Daylight saving time (DST), of course, is the reason you’re losing an hour of sleep—but why that hour, specifically?

As TIME explains, the United States first adopted DST in 1918 as a way to conserve energy during World War I, following the lead of both England and Germany. When choosing exactly when to make the switch, officials were looking for an hour that could easily disappear without wreaking havoc on people’s schedules across the nation. Since no Amtrak trains departed New York City on Sundays at 2 a.m., losing that hour seemed a little less consequential than any other.


Easygel™ Media by Micrology Laboratories

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Plating couldn’t be faster  – just inoculate, swirl and pour

Easygel (previously available as Redigel from 3M) replaces agar in microbiological media. This ingenious culture media uses pectin (the agent that puts the gel in jelly and jams) and not seaweed derived agar as a gelling agent. It comes as a sterile 2-part test unit consisting of a bottle of liquid medium and a petri dish that is pretreated with a special formulation. 

Here’s how it works: When the bottle of liquid medium is poured into the pretreated petri dish, ions diffuse from the pretreatment layer into the liquid causing it to gel. Complete gelling takes around 40 minutes. The result is an instant, hassle-free petri dish: where you want it and when you want it. 

With Easygel, you spend less time preparing and more time performing. Easygel Standard Plate Count and Violet Red Bile are Official AOAC methods and are APHA approved for food, dairy and beverage testing.

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50 Must-Try Food Trucks from Every State


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From tacos to mac and cheese to burgers, these top food trucks will satisfy all of your cravings.

Whether you’re visiting a new city or on the hunt for a new favorite lunch or snack spot in your hometown, sometimes the best freshly made offerings come from smaller, mobile kitchens known as food trucks. From Korean tacos to mac and cheese sandwiches to bacon truffle fries, you’ll want to pull over and walk up to get a bite out of these dishes.

To help you find the best grub, here are the 50 most popular food trucks across the U.S.


EnSURE™ Touch Quality Monitoring System from Hygiena


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The EnSURE Touch features superior performance, sensitivity, innovative design and functionality upgrades including:

  • Responsive 5” shatter-proof touch screen that works while wearing gloves.
  • Re-designed user interface that functions like a smart phone and configures to fit any facility or network of facilities.
  • Wi-Fi capabilities and wireless sync technology for secure data transfer to new cloud-based software.
  • Collection and storage of important testing data such as room number, line name, cleaner used, and more.
  • Unique and extremely easy to use Re-test function.
  • Training remote teams with built-in screen sharing technology.
  • Automatic updates and calibration check reminders.

The EnSURE Touch is designed with its users in mind. Incorporating key design features and customization options, it is easily setup for industries like food and beverage manufacturing, healthcare, food service, hospitality, and many more.


The Health Benefits of Beer

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Toasting to the holidays?  Some studies show that beer consumed in moderation may be beneficial to your health. Here are eight reasons why.

1. Beer is more nutritious than other alcoholic drinks.
We hear a lot about the abundance of antioxidants in wine, but beer has just as many. The specific antioxidants are different because the flavonoids in barley and hops are different from those in grapes, but antioxidants are a good thing. Beer is also higher than wine in protein and vitamin B. Even better, beer contains iron, calcium, phosphates and even fiber. Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry

2. Beer can help protect your heart.
Studies suggest moderate beer drinking* may make you less likely than those who don’t drink to suffer from hearts attacks, strokes or heart disease. In fact, studies evaluating the relative benefits of wine versus beer versus spirits suggest that moderate consumption of any alcoholic beverage is associated with lower rates of cardiovascular disease. New England Journal of Medicine

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Test Tube pH Pen from SPER Scientific


Fits standard test tubes 16 x 50 mm or larger

  • Glass probe EPA compliant for labs and wine
  • Penetration probe for food & soil
  • Flat Tip probe for meat, leather, paper, skin, and other surface pH measurements
  • General Purpose Probe
Highly stable and accurate readings with a large LCD display. Designed for simple one-hand operation. Automatically calibrates to pH 4, 7 and 10 buffers and can be adjusted to recognize some other non-standard buffers as well. Features hold function, and auto power off with low battery indicator. The case is IP65 waterproof and will float if accidentally dropped into the water. Comes with 2 button-cell batteries and a built-in electrode kept moist with a protective cap and included solution.

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Most Common Foodborne Pathogens 


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 48 million Americans get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die each year from food poisoning.

Bacteria, viruses and parasites are the sources of many food poisoning cases, usually due to improper food handling. Some bacteria, in small amounts, are not harmful to most healthy adults because the human body is equipped to fight them off. The trouble begins when certain bacteria and other harmful pathogens multiply and spread, which can happen when food is mishandled. Foods that are contaminated may not look, taste or smell any different from foods that are safe to eat. Symptoms of food poisoning vary and develop as quickly as 30 minutes to as long as several days after eating food that’s been infected.

As identified by the CDC, eight known pathogens (bacteria, viruses and parasites) account for the majority of foodborne illness, hospitalization and death in the United States.


In this issue



Fun On the Go - Tumble Tower

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Compete to see who can keep surviving and who will tumble the tower first! Enjoy portable fun with friends and family. Comes with 48, real wood blocks.

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Upcoming Events

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


Seafood Expo North America
Booth # 290
Boston Convention &
Expo Center
Boston, MA
March 15 - 17, 2020

In attendance will be
MaryBeth Karczynski 
and Nancy Silvester.


MaryBeth Karczynski
Director of Key Accounts and Market Development

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Nancy Silvester
Account Manager


2020 All Star Dairy Convention
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort
Lake Buena Vista, FL
March 15 - 17, 2020

In attendance will be Sharon Wilson and Asif Rahman.


Sharon Wilson
Vice President of 
Marketing and Product Development


Asif Rahman
Sales Manager

Request the 2019-20 Product Catalog

2019-20 Catalog Cover.jpgOur 2019-20 specialized 265-page Lab Book 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 2019-20 catalog today!


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Dwuana Brown
Customer Service Supervisor


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