Stopping Cross-Contamination in its Tracks

Saint Augustine is attributed as stating: “We make a ladder for ourselves of our vices, if we trample those same vices underfoot.”  Inspiring words…and tangentially, quite useful for the food processing industry…really. Consider the threats that lurk beneath our boots, that live underfoot for us, each time we walk onto the production floor. Those small steps, unchecked and unanticipated, can result in a litany of problems for food processors. With some common-sense prevention and planning though, we can climb to new levels of food safety understanding and practice.

One of the ways we can take sure steps in approaching cross-contamination concerns, for instance, is to look at the relentless footwear contact that your production floor handles. Employees can track in a myriad of potential contaminants and unknowingly put an operation at risk each time they breeze through a doorway to a production area. The effective use of a Disinfectant Mat™ provides a significant defense against cross-contamination. As employees step onto the mats, footwear is cleaned and sanitized. This barrier can literally help stop cross-contamination in its tracks.      

Thanks to working with our great customers and suppliers across the food and beverage industries, we have collected several best practices and key insights when it comes to the utilization of disinfectant floor mats for food processing facilities. The following tips will assist your operation, and ensure full efficacy (and not to mention some convenience) when it comes to using a Disinfectant Mat as a tool to combat cross-contamination:

  • Place a mat at every entrance to processing areas.
  • If employees are bypassing Disinfectant Mats, put several together or side-by-side to cover the whole entrance so they can’t avoid them.
  • Check sanitizer concentration with test strips, which are convenient and simple. Keep a daily log or hourly log of results.
  • It is highly suggested that mats are cleaned daily (top and bottom), this could be part of the washdown process. Use pumps and buckets specifically designed for our High-Wall Disinfectant Mat.

These insights, along with several others are available in our Disinfectant Mat flyer that can be viewed here. Along with tips and insights to make using your mat as effective as possible, you will find a spectrum of products to build your sanitation program around, now at even lower prices.

Contact our product specialists today to discuss how we can help you stop contamination in its tracks at your plant. Call 1-800-826-8302 or email s.sjoman@nelsonjameson.com.


Color of the Year at Nelson-Jameon

For the past 20 years, Pantone has selected a trendsetting color to set the style tone for the upcoming year. This Color of the Year designation serves as creative inspiration for stylists, artists, and designers. They look to incorporate the chosen color into aspects of their work, as well as their lives. This year, the Pantone Color of the Year is Classic Blue. At Nelson-Jameson, our interest in this year’s color goes beyond just the physical characteristics of Classic Blue. Blue is a strong part of our brand—both in style and the feelings connected with its appearance. We are proud to display the Color of the Year not just in 2020, but in our past, present, and future. 

Pantone chose Classic Blue to set the mood as we flip the page into a new decade. Blue is a great selection because it represents stability amidst a world of uncertainty. The color is associated with solidity, dependability, and loyalty. From an emotional standpoint, blue is seen as calming and serene–––encouraging us to grow our mindset through deeper thinking which is important now more than ever. As we navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic, the Color of the Year serves as a great reminder for us to remain calm and confident while hoping for a stable future.

Nelson-Jameson chose blue to represent our brand for many of the same reasons that Pantone chose it as the Color of the Year. We take pride in our industry expertise and trusted reputation—striving for strong connections and resilient communication. As the world races around us, blue grounds us to peace and protection while encouraging forward-thinking. Nelson-Jameson is excited to connect with you in the new decade. Your safe, quality food is our business, and we look forward to serving you in the future.


Pepper Prerogatives

Do you like things spicy? Are you prone to throw a bit (or a lot) of pepperjack on your sandwich to remind you you’re alive? Maybe the mild burn isn’t enough for you…maybe you want to take your taste buds to the edge, shaking the very fabric of common sense, by combining ghost pepper cheese and that cracker?  For those looking to add a bit of “pep” with your pepper, to those aiming to melt their very consciousnesses, Nelson-Jameson is a progressive enabler of the peppery American palate.  

Working together with another family-owned company, EDCO Food Products, Nelson-Jameson hauls approximately 20 truckloads of peppers up to Wisconsin every month. Those peppers are distributed to food processors throughout the nation, including many cheesemakers. While perennial favorites like jalapeno peppers help to fill those trucks up, the American palate for heat also ensures that plenty of habaneros, jalapeno puree, Bhut Jolokia/ghost peppers (among others) join them for the ride up north to Marshfield, WI to be distributed nationally.

The peppers are grown and processed near Chihuahua, Mexico for maximum taste and freshness. Put into a brine, the pecks and pecks of peppers come in pails, drums, and totes that are then used by food manufacturers in everything from cheese to beverages. Once limited to milder varieties in a select few products, the American consumer is now demanding hotter and hotter products of all different kinds.           

So, the next time you open the fridge to add some spice in your life, know that Nelson-Jameson and EDCO are working closely to ensure you can stay an active citizen in Scoville and beyond. We’ll keep the trucks running so you can keep your sinuses open and your sense of adventure just a slice of cheese away. For companies looking to spice up their offerings with peppers, you can contact one of our ingredient specialists at sales@nelsonjameson.com.


Nelson-Jameson is an Essential Business

Nelson-Jameson, Inc. is a distributor to the food, dairy, beverage and agriculture industries. We supply items critical to the production of food including sanitation & janitorial products, personal protective equipment, laboratory products, process equipment, chemicals, and ingredients to plants and customers across all 50 states.  The continued need of these items is critical to the supply chain, and production of products in the food industry.

Nelson-Jameson will continue to operate and serve our customers during the COVID-19 pandemic from the following Distribution Centers:

Amarillo, TX

Marshfield, WI

Turlock, CA

Twin Falls, ID

York, PA

Our team is working diligently to continue to serve our customers and provide them with the supplies needed to avoid disruption in operations.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at: COVID19questions@nelsonjameson.com or visit nelsonjameson.com for continually updated information.


COVID-19 Food Industry Resources

In times of great uncertainty, informed insight and clarity mean a great deal. Since the recent COVID-19 outbreak, Nelson-Jameson has been continuously monitoring the situation. COVID-19 is already having an impact on the way we interact with food and we want you to be prepared. Our friends at Cornell University have created a useful resource for food industry producers to refer to in order to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please click here for a practical and forthright resource for the food industry to take on this challenge.

View additional resources, including Q&A directly related to the food industry.

If you have any specific questions pertaining to the products your company purchases from Nelson-Jameson, please contact your Account Manager for details. Any other general questions can be directed to COVID19questions@nelsonjameson.com.