Author Archives: Berkshire Corporation

Contamination Control of Infant Formula

Infant Formula

They are arguably the most vulnerable consumers of commercial food products, yet also the least likely to effectively articulate distress caused by contaminated products. Who are they? Newborns and infants – the most fragile customers and the least able to guarantee themselves protection from food-borne illness. And in this new era of a global market […]

Surviving Thanksgiving Sleepiness

Coffee vs turkey

It’s a perennial problem. Thanksgiving rolls around and, try as we might, the post-lunch sleepiness threatens to get the better of us. Thank goodness for coffee – the most beloved pick-me-up and all-round savior of the day. But, unlike your post-prandial espresso, the new generation of caffeine-infused edibles are conspicuously lacking cGMP and HACCP information […]

Chickens and Cleanrooms – What Do They Have In Common?

chicken_peraceitic_acid

In the modern American chicken ‘processing plant’ (a euphemistic term for the slaughterhouse), the ‘New Poultry Inspection System’, a set of regulations drawn up by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 2014, allows up to 175 chickens to be killed per line, per minute. Doing the rudimentary math, that’s almost 3 animals per […]

Soylent, Joylent, Zoylent, and Biolent

Meal replacements for the zombie apocalypse

Meal Replacements for the Zombie Apocalypse? Wherever you find yourself parted from your shopping dollars today – be it the homogenized grocery store or the specialist vitamin shop – you will be assured of a veritable feast of foods. And we don’t just mean the healthy, natural, rainbow-hued, compost-flecked items from the organic produce aisle. […]

What are the Perils of Liquid Nitrogen in Food?

liquid nitrogen foods

What’s cold enough to burn your insides and ephemeral enough transform you into a fire-breathing dragon? Liquid nitrogen, the new darling of festival and fair food, turns out to be an additive that we need to treat very carefully. With the new craze for Dragon’s Breath cereals sweeping the carnival-going community, how concerned should we […]

How a Luxury Wellness Resort is Changing the Face of Airline Food

Airline meal served in the business class

Socially and culturally, Golden Ages, those periods when something was at its zenith, are always in the past. Buried in the sands of time and viewed through the misty eye of nostalgia, they exude the perfume of loss, the scent of decline. In a Golden Age – a heyday, a belle époque – things were […]

3G: Gummy Bears, Gelatin, and GI Distress

Gummy bear in row

Never let it be said that we here at Food Contact Surfaces shy away from facing the big issues of our modern, high-tech life. From milking cockroaches to camels, we have demonstrated fearlessness in tackling questions and bringing you up-to-date information on matters of interest large and small. So it was with our usual degree […]

Foggy with a Chance of Martinis?

Fog Martini

When is a commodity not a commodity? If that sounds like one of our confounded riddles, it’s actually a serious question. And the answer is when it’s vaporware. Vapor-what? Vaporware refers to hardware or software that is being actively promoted but which has yet to be fully developed or finalized as a tangible product. Nebulous […]

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