Monthly Archives: July 2014

Food Safety in Paradise: Hawaii Implements A New Rating Program

Source: Polynesian Cultural Center

Source: Polynesian Cultural Center

One may have thought references to someone “getting a red card” might have diminished with the conclusion of the World Cup this July. However, residents of Hawaii have the phrase very much in mind with the launch of the Hawaii Department of Health’s new restaurant food safety law (one based on similar existing initiatives in Toronto and Sacramento).

Getting a “green card” means an inspection has been passed. To pass, a restaurant must demonstrate it does not allow employees to have bare-handed contact with ready-to-eat foods, that it maintains proper holding temperatures for food, ensures hand washing standards compliance, etc. “Yellow” indicates that there are “two or more major violations” that require “a follow-up inspection. Red means the place is shut down due to health risks.”

A level of debate, according to Manolo Morales of KHON, has resulted especially from the implementation of the glove requirements. Some concerned food workers cite the gloves are cumbersome to wear during food preparation, while officials argue the use of gloves can prevent numerous food safety concerns including norovirus, “the number one food borne illness in the country.” Locals and visitors to the islands, alike, now can now get a taste of the program, at any of the 10,000 establishments covered by the law.

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Network with Food Safety Professionals at IAFP Annual Meeting

IAFPIAFP (International Association for Food Protection) Annual Meeting will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana; August 3-6, 2014. As always, Nelson-Jameson will be attending. The conference’s various educational symposiums provide information on current and emerging food safety issues, solutions to new and reoccurring problems, and the opportunity to network with other food safety professionals from around the world.

With thousands in attendance this has become one of the leading food safety conferences worldwide. On Sunday through Tuesday hundreds of exhibitors will be featuring items that represent the latest in cutting-edge innovations in food safety-technology.

At our booth we are excited to show the attendees some of the following items: Thermo-Buttons (small, accurate data loggers to measure temperatures anywhere in the plant, lab or trucks), the Check-Set™Thermometer Calibrator (used to verify the temperature reading of any of your thermometers), allergen test kits (quick, easy and accurate), the newly expanded metal detectable offering, and the wide array of color-coded items with the new mystery color to unveil (you will have to stop by our booth, #379, to see what that is).

Dates and locations to keep in mind for future IAFP meetings; July 25-July 28, 2015 held in Portland, Oregon and July 31 – August 3, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri. We hope to see you at IAFP Annual Meeting in August!

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From the Learning Center: Valve Selection

ButterflyValveNelson-Jameson has a wide variety of valves to offer our customers. The following list presents some criteria to help identify a suitable valve for a given application or service:

Fluid Service
The type of fluid, whether it is a gas, liquid, slurry, clean, abrasive, etc… determines the type of valves to be chosen. The chemistry of the fluid service determines the material of construction to be chosen for the valve.

Pressure and Temperature Conditions
Operating pressures and temperature conditions will affect the type of valve and material of construction to be chosen.

Line Size
The line size can be a crucial factor in determining the valve type. For very large pipes, compact valves such as butterfly valves may be chosen at times due to smaller size and weight. Availability of a particular type valve for the chosen line size is also an important factor. All types of valves may not be available for the chosen line size.

Throttling (controlling flow) Characteristics
Only some types of valves offer good throttling characteristics (e.g. globe or diaphragm valves).

Pressure Drop
Larger pressure drops increase the pumping cost. Smaller pressure drops increase the valve cost because a larger valve would be needed.

Special Functional Requirements
The actual function for which the valve is required may allow for special criteria in selecting the valve. For example, if the application requires the valve to open quickly, a ball valve would be a good fit.

Please consider these criteria to select the valve that is right for you. For further assistance, please contact our Process Flow Department at 800-826-8302.

To shop our selection of valves available online, click here.

Source: Engineering Design Encyclopedia

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Tech Tip: Ergonomic Pipetting

Source: Stanford University

Source: Stanford University

Due to the sheer amount of pipetting that goes on commonly in a lab on a day-to-day basis, it can be easy to forget that this repetitive process may cause problematic ergonomic issues.

Stanford University’s EH&S, Industrial Hygiene/Safety Program recommends a few things that you can do to assure good ergonomics while pipetting in the lab. Here are some of their key insights from the “Laboratory Ergonomics Tips” document to keep in mind while pipetting:

The next time you find yourself trying to assure the quality of your sample, take some time to remember to take care of yourself in the process. For further tips on maintaining proper ergonomics in the lab check out more from Stanford University here.<

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Tech Tip: Choosing Replacement Parts for C-Series Pumps


Do you have an old C-series centrifugal pump and are not sure what size it is for replacement or parts? Just measure the backplate!

• 4″ backplate is a C114.
• 6″ is a C216.
• 8″ is a C218/328.
• 10″ is a 4410.

The frame size and horsepower of the motor will be the other information that you will need if you want a replacement pump quoted.

For more information, call our Technical Sales Department at 800-826-8302.

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