Monthly Archives: October 2011

Showing Off in Chicago

Our biggest trade show of the year is here and it is time to “show off” our latest and greatest. Process Expo, November 1-4, will be at McCormick Place in Chicago and attracts over 10,000 attendees from a wide variety of food processing companies. Nelson-Jameson is one of 400+ exhibitors and there is sure to be something for everyone.

This year we will be featuring our color-coded and metal detectable products – highlighting our new purple and orange items.  The lab department will be displaying their most innovative products for hygiene monitoring, allergen testing, temperature and moisture analysis. Our flow & process products, including new x-rayable gaskets, will be available along with several custom hoses and couplers. Attendees will be able to check out our Nilfisk Industrial Vacuum demo and newly redesigned website,

Our staff looks forward to seeing our current and potential customers in Chicago.  We hope to see you at Process Expo – Booth #4619. For show details, see

Recent Outbreaks Burden Food Industry

Often associated with “deli meats, hot dogs, and Mexican-style soft cheeses made with unpasteurized milk,” it may have come as a surprise to some that cantaloupe and Romaine lettuce have been at the center of attention in a recent Listeria outbreak in the United States (FDA).  The outbreak, the deadliest outbreak in a decade, has been blamed for 25 deaths as of October 18th.  Naturally, such an outbreak and the tragic loss of life brings to mind many questions and concerns about food safety in the United States.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates “that each year roughly 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million people) gets sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die of foodborne diseases.”   The extent of this outbreak may not be known for some time, as symptoms may not appear for up to two months after consuming the contaminated product.

In the meantime, debate and discussion concerning the state of food safety has abounded, as it seems to do whenever such outbreaks occur domestically or even internationally.   As the food industry contends with tough economic times and deals with the Food Safety Modernization Act, this most recent outbreak could become an important juncture, or at least a part of a larger discussion of recent outbreaks, that will help shape the future of food safety in the years to come.

Balancing the realities of an overwhelmingly safe food supply with the news-worthy coverage of such outbreaks will be a challenge for the public as the debate continues.   However this balancing act shapes out, the food industry, no doubt, will dealing with the issue in an increasingly public sphere.  For more specific information on outbreaks, including this recent one, along with information on how the outbreaks are handled, check out the CDC’s “Outbreaks” page.

Organization Benefits Laboratory Professionals

What is WLA?  Wisconsin Laboratory Association.  I had heard of this organization for years, but not until I became a member did I realize the important benefits it brings to anyone associated with laboratories.  I recently attended the Annual Fall Meeting and had the opportunity to meet and learn from other laboratorians and distinguished speakers.  The network you can draw from enables you to help problem solve, ask others’ opinions on the best new lab equipment to buy, find out new job opportunities that are in the industry, leadership and team building, as well as, management questions, just to name a few of the advantages.  The professional relationships that you establish, due to the commonality you have with the other members is invaluable on both a personal and professional level.

To learn more about WLA and all the benefits it offers YOU and your company please visit the WLA website.

Achieving Balance in the “App” World

In a fast paced world where everything is literally just a tap on a touch screen away and there is an “app” for almost everything, there is still something to be said for stability, longevity & history. At Nelson-Jameson we try hard to achieve a balance between forging ahead with technology and also respecting and embracing what has always worked for us.

If you are reading this blog on our newly revamped website, you are seeing the result of the countless hours that were spent company- wide to launch our new streamlined website.

But, at the same time we have been putting together the 585 page 2012-2013 printed edition of our Buyers Guide. For many, flipping through this comprehensive catalog of what Nelson-Jameson has to offer the dairy and food processing industries is still the best way to find what they need.

This new edition was recently mailed to many of our customers. To download our new catalog, simply click here. Or if you would like to request a printed version, click here.