Category: Production & Material Handling

Process Expo Preview

PE-Logo-Reversed-(CMYK-OT)In just less than two weeks, Chicago will be filled with food and beverage industry professionals from around the world when Process Expo 2015 gets under way. McCormick Place will host not only Process Expo, but also InterBev Process, and the International Dairy Show September 15-18.

Several of our staff will be on hand to show you our wide-line offering of products, including:

  • New data loggers from Madgetech, allergen test kits, 3M Petrifilm™, Ohaus meters, Atago refractometers, and our 926 Chloride Analyzer from our Laboratory Products Department.
  • Our Process Systems  Department will be showcasing their sanitary hose assemblies, Delavan Spray Dry Nozzles, new MagTraps™ separators, Lafferty foamers, spray balls, hose nozzles, valves and more!
  • On display from our MRO Department, there will be new safety products, our color-coded products, color-coded metal detectable, and metal detectable products.  We will also have one of the popular models of Nilfisk vacuums on display.

You don’t want to miss this show – be sure to visit us at Booth 6520. Register for a free exhibit pass here.


Allergens & Protecting Consumers

allergensMay is Food Allergy Month and this week is Allergen Awareness Week. For the approximate 15 million Americans that have some sort of food allergy, it can be an exhausting task to grocery shop. Each aisle might feel a bit like a minefield. Carefully negotiating the vast array of products to ensure they can find the right foods for themselves and their families may bring stress and trepidation.

On the production side, it can also be daunting for food producers to think about successfully handling allergens in their production process, including the possibility of cross-contamination. Daunting as it may be, lives depend on food processors getting a handle on food allergen concerns and ensuring their products are labeled correctly. Consumers depend on producers to help them negotiate the minefield of allergens and deliver them to the checkout with a sense of security and peace that they have purchased the right food for themselves and their loved ones.

A good deal of emphasis is placed on the so-called “Big 8” allergens: milk, egg, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and soy. Nelson-Jameson stocks a variety of allergen testing supplies that are important parts to an operation’s needs. Recently, Neogen just released the new, long awaited, Reveal Multi-Tree Nut Allergen Test Kit that tests for cashews, pecans, almonds, pistachio, hazelnuts and walnuts.

At Nelson-Jameson we are always here to help give you peace of mind when dealing with the allergen issues that face us, so that your customers can feel some peace of mind, too.

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Making Sense of Listeria

Listeria monocytogenes (ABC News)

Listeria monocytogenes (ABC News)

The Centers for Disease Control estimates “approximately 1600 illnesses and 260 deaths due to listeriosis [infection caused by listeria] occur annually in the United States.” Even though responsible for fewer illnesses than other pathogens that are out there, listeria’s relatively high mortality rate (especially for certain segments of the population) naturally resonates with both consumers and food producers as a focus for concern. This has especially been the case with numerous high-profile listeria cases making headlines in the past several months.

Consumers may be surprised to find out that, opposed to being some isolated super-bug, “Listeria monocytogenes is commonly found in soil and water. Animals can carry the bacterium without appearing ill and can contaminate foods of animal origin, such as meats and dairy products.” Beyond that, food processors, understanding the threat that listeria presents, are especially concerned with the fact that: “When Listeria bacteria get into a food processing factory, they can live there for years, sometimes contaminating food products.”

So what is to be done to combat listeria?   Consumers can check out information on prevention from the CDC here and information from the FDA on proper handling of ready-to-eat, refrigerated foods here. The continuing presence of listeria in the headlines will no doubt also give pause for many food processors to review internal practices/standards, and review local, state, and federal resources to address the issue. Fortunately, risks can be minimized by utilizing programs and products that target some of the following areas: cleaning and sampling; ensuring proper temperatures when processing and handling food; and separating foods and parts of the production/preparation process to avoid cross-contamination.

To assist producers find products that can be of use, Nelson-Jameson has compiled a collection of products, including testing/sampling supplies, color-coded products, and numerous other offerings to both test for and prevent listeria concerns. You can check out these products here.

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Nelson-Jameson, Inc. Updates Color-Coded Products Line

CCCoverMARSHFIELD, WIS., April 15, 2015  – Nelson-Jameson has updated their extensive collection of color-coded products for material handling, janitorial, safety, lab and processing applications, with the introduction of Ultra Safe Technology (UST) Brooms and Brushes.

The revolutionary new line of cleaning tools are supplied in the United States exclusively by Remco. With enhanced bristle security and unique bristle patterns, UST brooms and brushes help improve food safety and quality while minimizing the risk of contamination hazards.

Other new items have also been added to expand color selections on a variety of items. The color-coded line includes several colors, including white, red, yellow, blue, green, gray, brown, black, orange, purple and pink. The company’s new color-coded catalog features the complete color-coded line and is available on their website, nelsonjameson.com.

For more information or to request a flyer, please contact Customer Service at 800-826-8302 or visit nelsonjameson.com/colorcoded.

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A Pest Request

FlyFor those of you in states buried under several feet of snow, navigating slippery roads, or simply trying to remember what the sun looks like, it may be hard to fathom, but warm weather is around the corner!

Along with picnics, baseball, vacations, and relief from seasonal affective disorder, spring and summer come along with some uninvited guests: a myriad of pests. In all fairness, cockroaches, flies, rodents, etc. are threats to food safety operations all year but with warmer weather food operations often see additional challenges when it comes to managing pests.

A good pest control program takes a good deal of planning and proper maintenance. Before the warmer weather hits, it might not hurt to examine your current program and anticipate the needs for your operation. Where to start though? Well, don’t “wing it.”

The following free sources provide some good, introductory insight into Pest Control in food processing environments:

Pest Control in Food Establishments – FDA
A Pest Control ProgramPurdue University
Sanitation and Pest Control – USDA

Also, consulting with your local inspectors, government resources, and academic extension programs can help you get ready to put your pest control plan/ program to the test. To assist you in developing, implementing, and maintaining you program, Nelson-Jameson has created a Pest Control flyer, highlighting some of our key product offerings. To talk with one of our product specialists about your pest control needs, give us a call at 800-826-8302 or view our website for more information. We’re here to help in all seasons!

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