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IFT Annual Conference 2016

IFT Conference 2016The IFT 2016 Conference brings together a wide array of food partners, from ingredients and products to production support and laboratory testing.

I have been impressed with the number of visitors and current clients who have stopped by and shared their current experiences.

There is a tremendous amount of sharing of new ideas and learning where the current market is headed.

Today is the second day of the conference and there will be a number of  topics being discussed in presentations and on the the trade show floor.

If you are attending this show, we would like to learn more about your business and hopefully assist your company with the day to day managerial decisions.

We are located in Booth 4722!

 

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Great Benefits For Fall Soil Grid Sampling Companies

fall soil sampling2016 Fall Soil Sampling

Here are some resources and benefits to Midwest Laboratories Soil Sampling Clients. To take advantage of these benefits, you will need a Midwest Laboratories Account. It only takes a couple of minutes to submit your information online and most accounts are setup the same day they are received during normal business hours. Setup a Midwest Laboratories Account today.

With your Midwest Labs Accounts, all  supply ordering can be done at your own convenience. In addition, you can access all your analysis data information too.

Soil Testing | Soil Sampling

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Free Soil Bags – Soil bags can be ordered free with a Midwest Laboratories Account – Opening an account takes 1-2 minutes. Soil bags are shipped diretly to your location.

Shipping Boxes – New for 2016,  heavier/reinforced soil boxes to better assist clients with the collection, transportation and shipment of soil samples.

Determine the most appropriate soil testing package Soil Test Packages Online

Shipping Discounts  (UPS, FedEx and Spee-Dee) – Contact a Client Service Team Member or Field Rep Member.
Shipping Labels are $10.50 for UPS  and FedEx and $10.00 for Spee-Dee Delivery. Price is good for Ground Shipping up to 50 pounds.

Stalk Nitrate Bags – A new line of bags were introduced in 2015. These bags are much more durable and made with proper air ventilation

Soil Probes Can Be Purchased Online – Soil Probes are also available onlne for our soil clients

Soil Interpretation Information LiteratureCheck out the most popular soil information documentation here.

Have nematode sample supplies ordered – Order supplies online or check out more information on nematode analysis.

Would like to schedule visit with Midwest Labs Representative this Fall – Please contact the representative in your area

Consistent turnaround time of three days – Turnaround Time of 3 days, including the day it is received. Proper turnaround time is needed to effectively air-dry the soil samples, execute proper soil extraction analysis and review analysis data.

All soil data is available 24×7 on Midwestlabs.com – Clients are in control of their analysis data. They can print data, export data and review data at their convenience.

Need Soil Testing a Soil Testing Bid for a client or big project? – Talk to your local field representative or send your information online to our client service staff.  Turnaround time is typically 24 hours during normal business hours.

Review sample submittal and reporting parameters: Analysis Packages, Email Reports to, Data Analysis Formats – Talk to a Midwest Laboratories Representative for further clarification.

Key Soil Contacts

Office:
Client Service Representatives, Ken Pohlman, John Menghini
Phone: 402-334-7770 |  

Send Email to clientservice@midwestlabs.com

Field Service Representatives by Location
Phone: 402-334-7770

Eastern and Central Nebraska, Western Iowa – Tim Mundorf
Send Email to Tim

Iowa, Northern Missouri, Illinois Indiana – Joe Thelen
Send Email to Joe

Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas – Jim Grilliot
Send Email to Jim

Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Michigan – Jim Fasching
Send Email to Jim

Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana – Don Coash
Send Email to Don

 

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FSMA and Allergens

FOOD ALLERGENSThe Food Safety Modernization Act , (FSMA) is having an impact on food production in a number of ways, food allergens is one area that is being addressed.

I came across food allergens in this article, “F.S.M.A. Are You Ready” by Laurie Gorton, June 16, 2016. This article is worth reading and has a lot of good insight with respect to FSMA.

Allergens throw the biggest food safety hurdle at bakers and snack food manufacturers. These foods meet the F.S.M.A. definition of ready-to-eat, and many of their ingredients qualify as allergenic to one or another segment of the public. Thus, the new food safety rules demand a more rigorous environmental monitoring program, especially after the kill step.“Under F.S.M.A., the baking industry can expect a lot more attention to be paid to allergen controls,” Dr. Brackett said. Source F.S.M.A. Are You Ready

Food Allergens is an area that Midwest Laboratories has seen tremendous growth. Currently, Midwest Laboratories offers the following allergen analysis:

STANDARD ALLERGENS                                          $70.00 each

Egg
Gluten
Milk
Soy

OTHER ALLERGENS                                                      $80.00 each

Almond
Crustacean
Hazelnut
Lupine
Macadamia
Peanut
Pecan
Sesame
Walnut
Mustard
Other allergens available upon request

If you are looking for help with your FSMA analysis, speak to a representative today.

 

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Partnering with a Laboratory for FSMA

FSMA Partner LaboratoryMany Food Producers are looking at their HACCP Plans, Food Safety Protocols and the FSMA, (Food Safety Modernization Act)  Regulations and trying to update their procedures to meet the requirements of FSMA. In talking to a number of food producers and educators, it is apparent that many people understand the requirements of the regulations.

Sections of the FSMA Regulation indicate that an outside laboratory may be needed to insure validation of a company’s product. Some laboratories are developing plans to help companies get on a regular schedule of testing. In my experience with regulations like FSMA, I find that the government has given companies the latitude to develop their own  Food Safety Programs as long as they meet the requirements of FSMA.

At Midwest Laboratories, we prefer to work with our customers as a partner through this process. We will work with company representatives to do the following:

  1. First and Foremost, Midwest Laboratories, MWL  is about analysis.
  2. MWL representatives can provide guidance with respect to FSMA regulations. A number of our staff have attended FSMA conferences
  3. MWL provides results to help meet customers needs. Customers can access their analysis data on the  MWL website 24×7.
  4. MWL provides sampling containers for food ingredients, plants, water and soil for analysis
  5. MWL also provides substantial shipping discounts and free pickup to its clients for ground and overnight service.
  6. MWL provides a client service staff that can answer your questions in a timely manner.
  7. MWL provides a wide array of analysis from its 10-building campus: soil, water, food, waste water, plants, pesticides, microbiology screen

If you would like to learn more, please contact a representative at Midwest Laboratories or open an account today.

 

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Midwest Laboratories – Your FSMA Partner

FSMA

Midwest Laboratories is working with companies regarding their FSMA Requirements.

For the past year, I have been reading more and more about the FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act) and all of the changes that will be affecting food growers, producers and retailers.

In essence, the regulation really comes down to three key components:

  1. Hazard Analysis
  2. Preventive Controls 
  3. Produce Safety

Midwest Laboratories has invested in new instrumentation, new facilities, and method development to meet the new FSMA requirements. Along with a friendly, client-centered support staff, ISO 17025 accreditation, and quick turnaround time, Midwest Laboratories stands ready to serve your FSMA analytical needs.

If you need a laboratory partner to help implement your FSMA program, contact a member of our client service staff and learn more. Midwest Laboratories will be at IFT – Chicago in Booth 4722.

Learn more how Midwest Laboratories can provide analysis in all areas of FSMA

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Analysis for Microcystin in Ponds and Lakes

Blue AlgaeThis time of year, many area lakes and ponds test for the presence of microcystin. Microcystin,

Microcystin, (otherwise known as blue-algae)  as defined by the EPA, “Microcystins are toxins produced by cyanobacteria. Cyanobacteria are also known as blue-green algae and are ubiquitous in surface water when conditions are favorable for growth and formation of algal blooms…)

Often times, we receive questions regarding the treatment of microcystin once it is identified in a sample.

The EPA offers many options with respect to treatment of Microcystin.

The cost of Microcystin analysis is $40.00 at Midwest Laboratories. Please consider talking to a Midwest Laboratories representative at 402-334-7770  or logging your question on the Midwestlabs.com and one of our service staff will answer your questions.

Here is a news story that highlights the issue more closely.