Halloween Candy – Calorie Content

Halloween CandyCheck ou this article. You might want to think a little bit before popping those mini-size candies in your mouth.

We’ve Unwrapped the Calorie Counts of Your Favorite Halloween Candy
by JENNY SUGAR, October 17, 2016

I can remember eating more than one bag of M&Ms thinking that these little bags barely had enough candies in them. Wow, I will think twice before opening one of those little bags at 100 calories a bag.

This article has highlighted the majority of the  candies. Here are just a few. Check out the article for a complete list.

3 Musketeers 63 2 10
Hershey’s Bar 67 4 7.7
M&M’s (Plain) 73 4 11.5
Baby Ruth 85 5 10
Butterfinger 85 4 10
Kit Kat 70 3 7
Milky Way 80 3 10
Snickers 80  4 8.5
Skittles 80 .8 14.5




Fall Soil Season

Soils Received at Midwest Laboratories

October 10, 2016 – Midwest Laboratories Receiving

Earlier this morning we received our daily shipment of soils from one of our carriers. This fall, Midwest Laboratories has introduced a new soil box that is reinforced for heavier weights. The new boxes are eco-friendly, no white coloring as our previous boxes. In addition, the boxes are much stronger and will not break with respect to filling, transporting and receiving.

If you need soil sampling supplies like soil bags, boxes or return shipping labels consider contacting a member of  our Midwest Laboratories Client Service Team.

Just a reminder, normal turnaround time is 2-3 days once samples have been received.


Are GMO’s in Food Safe for My Family?

GMO FoodsIf you are wondering about the health and safety of eating foods containing GMOs, get the facts. The following article, Is it safe for my family to eat GMO foods?  by Ruth MacDonald PhD, September 26, 2016 really speaks volumes.

Here is one section of this article.

So how do GMOs end up in food? You may have heard that ‘70% of all foods contain GMO’. This is due to the fact that many foods use corn, soybean or canola oil, corn-derived sweeteners or starch, soy proteins, or other compounds produced from these plants – and almost all of the corn and soybeans grown in the US, and the canola grown in Canada are GMO. But should that be a concern? No and here is why. This may come as a surprise, but we eat DNA whenever we consume a plant or animal food! Strawberries, carrots and eggs contain DNA and when we eat those foods our digestive system breaks the DNA down into basic components.  We do not absorb the DNA into our bodies. This is the same for GMO DNA. It is broken down along with all the other DNA in the food when we eat it. Claims that eating GMOs will alter DNA or reproductive health or cause cancer are unscientific and false. The other fear that sometimes is linked to GMO foods is that the DNA produces a protein in the plant or animal which could cause an allergic reaction. Rest assured that no allergenic response to a GMO food has ever been documented and the FDA and USDA make sure that no potential allergenic proteins are used in GMOs that could end up in the food system. One last reason to not worry about GMO in foods, especially oils and sweeteners, is that these ingredients are highly purified and contain no DNA or proteins at all.
Source: Is it safe for my family to eat GMO foods?  by Ruth MacDonald PhD, September 26, 2016

Sometimes, we don’t always have the facts. Consider bookmarking this article and sharing it with others.



Reusable Water Bottles and Bacteria

Water BottlesIf you have not read this article, Which Is Dirtier: Your Reusable Water Bottle or a Toilet Seat? by HILLARY EATON Last Updated: Sep 23, 2016 you really should.

It is an interesting article and it really drives home the point that reusable water containers should be cleaned periodically. I also like how the article lists different types of bottle containers and lists the bacterial count for each type of container.

Staying on top of bacteria should be a priority. At Midwest Laboratories we look at all kinds of samples like food, water, production lines and look at bacterial counts to help companies better manage their processes to minimize the presence of harmful bacteria.

According to the article, a normal bacterial count for a toilet is  27 CFU/sq cm. In the study, some bottles were analyzed for bacterial counts of 900,000 CFU/sq. cm.

Something to really think about and learn from.


Harvest Map 2016

Corn Harvest 2016Harvesting has begun in some areas of the country. If you want to follow the harvest figures check out these maps for corn and soybeans at AgWeb. These pages provide information about location and yield in different locations across the country.

AgWeb Corn Harvest Map

AgWeb Soybean Harvest Map

In addition, I really like the following crop comments. Some areas of the country have experienced a tremendous amount of rain. In other news, it is really interesting to see what type of crops are harvested this time of year and look at pictures from different locations across the company.

AgWeb Crop Comments

Some interesting information contained on the AgWeb site that I will be looking at more as we get closer to October.




Pet Treat Testing Package

shutterstock_172846649The Pet Treat Package is a very popular analysis package for people looking to sell pet treats in the marketplace or online.

Many people wonder where to start when it comes to analysis.  The recommended place to start is the


Analysis Includes:

  • Moisture
  • Crude Protein
  • Fat (acid hydrolysis)
  • Crude Fiber
  • Ash

Recommended Sample Size: Half a Pound

Pet Treat Producers:

AAFCO – All pet food labels require a guaranteed analysis on the label to advise the purchaser of the product’s nutrient content. At minimum, guarantees are required for minimum percentages of crude protein and crude fat, and maximum percentages of crude fiber and moisture. Source:

Guaranteed Analysis is not a one time analysis. Minimums and Maximums must be established through the process of testing several batches to insure consistent results across a product. More detailed information can be found on

With a Midwest Laboratories account, all analysis information is stored online for clients to export and sort at anytime. This really comes in handy for pet food producers to continue to monitor their process and assure their product meets the AAFCO Guaranteed Analysis requirements.

A typical pet treat report looks like the following:

All  information is reported in percentages, along with appropriate reporting limits and methods used. The report is straightforward and easy to follow.

[Sample:  Midwest Laboratories Pet Treat Report]

pet treat report








More information on  AAFCO -Association of American Feed Control Officials.

All pet food labels require a guaranteed analysis on the label to advise the purchaser of the product’s nutrient content. At minimum, guarantees are required for minimum percentages of crude protein and crude fat, and maximum percentages of crude fiber and moisture. The only exception is for products that do not and are not intended to provide protein, fat or fiber (for example, vitamin and mineral supplements), in which case the product is exempt from guarantees for those components. In all cases, though, a moisture guarantee is required. Guarantees for other nutrients are normally voluntary, although additional guarantees may be required to support claims made on the label. For example, claims such as “with calcium” or “high in vitamin E” would require minimum calcium or vitamin E guarantees, respectively. Source

AAFCO has no statutory authority to regulate pet products.

Rather, enforcement of violations is the purview of the state feed control officials, so companies must comply with each state’s requirements. While most states follow AAFCO model regulations, exact language and interpretation may differ between states. While these documents offer guidance that are helpful in the vast majority of states, it is the responsibility of the manufacturer to ensure compliance with individual state requirements.
Did you know?
AAFCO does not regulate, test, approve or certify pet foods in any way.

AAFCO establishes the nutritional standards for complete and balanced pet foods, and it is the pet food company’s responsibility to formulate their products according to the appropriate AAFCO standard.

For more information, contact a member of our Account/Client Services Team.