Bots as Baristas?

Barista Robot

In a time when we are still wrangling with the thorny concept of ‘alternative facts,’ we may also be experiencing a form of ‘alternative connectedness,’ striving to create a balance between the social and health-safeguarding imperative to remain physically distant and our fundamental human need for contact. And given these two competing drives, it’s logical […]

Ketchup Ice Cream, Potato Salad, and Food Safety.

ketchup icecream

It’s summer! Yes, we know that at times right now it can be hard to know which day of the week it is let alone which month we’re in. But despite the lack of traditional markers – hello pool parties, cook-outs, family get-togethers, firework displays, and often fruitless searches for stores with a ready supply […]

Perilous Pickles, Renegade Relishes, and the Case of Contamination

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In an attempt, perhaps, to provide some relief from the continuing coronavirus crisis, we’re looking today at a topic that is lighter, zestier, and altogether divorced from all things connected with hand sanitizer or bathroom tissue. Today, in fact, we’re talking about a consumable that is greeted variously with delight or dismay, reluctance or reverence. […]

Food Safety, Employee Safety, Public Safety

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With the media cycling medical updates, new transmission figures, and personal stories of contagion and survival for COVID-19 24/7, we were hoping to bring you some good news this week. Food Contact Surfaces, while striving to provide information on matters relating to food safety, also enjoys incorporating elements of quirkiness and levity along with cutting […]

Is the Push for Profit Jeopardizing the Safety of Marijuana?

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In a casual perusal of the shelves at our local bookstore, it was hard not to notice a prominent display groaning with investment ‘how-to’ guides. Maybe it’s because folks are mindful of the upcoming tax season and ruminating hopefully on where to plant their anticipated windfall. Or maybe those who observe Lent are watching their […]

Perilous Protista and Mycotoxic Molds

aflatoxin alert petri dishes

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so it is said. It is also held that one man’s meat is another man’s poison. Part of our everyday lexicon, such aphorisms speak to the subjectivity of taste and individual predilection. However, some appetencies are less subjective, some foodstuffs are – at best – ‘an acquired […]

What Every Home Canner Needs to Know…

home canner tomatoes

In Europe of the early modern period, one now common item came to be regarded first with suspicion and then with outright fear. A silent killer, it appeared to afflict only the wealthy classes, leaving its victims writhing in cramping constipation, succumbing to the malaise of intense nausea, and enduring the twin torments of diminished […]

The Case of the Un-Contaminated Catfish

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Long before the world was introduced to flippy chains, mobius balls, and traditional fidget spinners, those with excess energy or just a bad case of the jitters were forced to find other outlets for their nervous excitement. And one of these has recently come to be characterized as an extreme recreational activity. Banned in many […]