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Thursday, 08 June 2017 15:54

Be Seafood Safe this Summer!

seafood31815Fish and shellfish are important sources of protein and nutrients for a well-rounded diet. However, it is very important to select the right pieces of fish and shellfish, and store and handle them properly, to maintain the safety of the seafood. Be sure to follow these safety tips to ensure your family's health.

Purchasing seafood and shellfish:
  • Make sure fish and shrimp is refrigerated or placed on a thick bed of ice that is frozen solid
  • Fish and shrimp should not smell overly fishy. Fish should not have any slime around the gills, and its eyes should be clear and slightly bulging. The flesh should spring back when pressed.
  • Live shellfish will close up when the shell is tapped. If they are still, don't choose them. Crabs and lobsters will have some leg movement.
  • Discard cracked and broken shellfish
  • Look for the label: Look for tags on sacks or containers of live shellfish (in the shell) and labels on containers or packages of shucked shellfish. This means that the shellfish were harvested and processed in accordance with national shellfish safety controls.
  • Don’t buy frozen seafood if its package is open, torn, or crushed on the edges.
  • Avoid packages that are positioned above the “frost line” or top of the freezer case.
  • Avoid packages with signs of frost or ice crystals, which may mean the fish has been stored a long time or thawed and refrozen.
Store and thaw properly:
  • Put seafood on ice or in the refrigerator or freezer soon after buying it. 
  • If seafood will be used within 2 days after purchase, store it in the refrigerator. Otherwise, wrap it tightly in plastic, foil, or moisture-proof paper and store it in the freezer.
  • Thaw frozen seafood gradually by placing it in the refrigerator overnight. If you have to thaw seafood quickly, either seal it in a plastic bag and immerse it in cold water or, if the food will be cooked immediately thereafter, microwave it on the “defrost” setting and stop the defrost cycle while the fish is still icy but pliable. 
When preparing fresh or thawed seafood, it’s important to prevent bacteria from the raw seafood from spreading to ready-to-eat food (cross-contamination). When buying unpackaged cooked seafood, make sure it is physically separated from raw seafood. It should be in its own display case or separated from raw product by dividers. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water before and after handling any raw food.
Wash cutting boards, dishes, utensils, and counter tops with soap and hot water between the preparation of raw foods, such as seafood, and the preparation of cooked or ready-to-eat foods.
 
For added protection, kitchen sanitizers can be used on cutting boards and counter tops after use. CitroBio Fresh Food Wash can be used at home to spray over Seafood, Shellfish, Sushi, and other foods prior to food prep; use to clean cutting boards, utensils and containers preventing any type of cross contamination. Click here to buy.

raw-chicken-veggiesCitroBio Fresh Food Wash is a special version of CitroBio, designed especially for home use. Use CitroBio Fresh Food Wash to clean produce, meat, seafood, poultry, and more! You can even clean your kitchen with CitroBio. Experience the cleaning power of CitroBio, strong enough for food processing use, but gentle enough to use in the home.

CitroBio is especially helpful at preventing cross-contamination. Two types of food that are notorious for contamination in the home are poultry, and seafood. Cross-contamination can be prevented through good sanitation, personal hygiene, and safe handling practices. When cutting meat and seafood, be sure to wash hands thoroughly before handling food. Use separate cutting boards and knives for meat and produce. Do not wash meat under running water, to prevent splashing juices from the meat on the counters or in the sink. To be extra safe, wear sanitary gloves (a new pair every time), and remove jewelry. Tie back long hair and remember to sneeze and cough away from foods, and do not work with food if you are actively ill.

At home, you can use CitroBio Fresh Food Wash to clean all fresh produce (even fruit you are going to peel) such as:

  • Broccoli
  • Melons
  • Leafy greens
  • Asparagus
  • Mushrooms
  • Berries
  • Carrots
  • Fruit
  • Citrus
  • Potatoes
  • Pre-cut produce

Also, you can use CitroBio Fresh Food Wash on meat, including:

  • Chicken and Turkey
  • Beef
  • Pork
  • Clams, Mussels, Oysters
  • Crab and Lobster
  • Shrimp
  • Fish
  • Sushi

CitroBio Fresh Food Wash preserves texture, color, and freshness of food, while inhibiting the growth of bacteria. It extends the shelf life of whole and fresh cut food and is made with FDA/GRAS ingredients. It is colorless, tasteless and odorless on food, and made in the U.S.A. Click here to learn more.

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shrimp2415Congratulations to the 2017 winners of the Seafood Excellence Award, as announced this month at the Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America in Boston, MA. Winners include:

  • Fishpeople Seafood - the “Best New Retail” award for its Meyer Lemon & Herb Panko Wild Alaska Salmon Kit
  • Open Blue won the “Best New Foodservice” award for its Frozen Open Blue Cobia Fillet

Fishpeople Seafood and Open Blue were recognized with these awards for being product leaders in the North American seafood market. Congratulations! Press release summary below:

SEAFOOD EXCELLENCE AWARDS WINNERS ANNOUNCED
Boston, MA (March 19, 2017) – The 2017 Seafood Excellence Awards winners were announced today at Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America, taking place March 19-21 in Boston. Fishpeople Seafood won the “Best New Retail” award for its Meyer Lemon & Herb Panko Wild Alaska Salmon Kit and Open Blue won the “Best New Foodservice” award for its Frozen Open Blue Cobia Fillet.

Finalists were previously selected through a screening of products participating in the Seafood Expo North America New Product Showcase. The New Product Showcase features seafood products, condiments and culinary dishes launched in the past year by exhibiting companies. The Seafood Excellence Awards recognize the product leaders in the North American seafood market. The new products are judged based on several criteria, including uniqueness and appropriateness to the market, taste profile, market potential, convenience, nutritional value and originality.

About Seafood Expo North America and Seafood Processing North America
Seafood Expo North America and Seafood Processing North America is North America’s largest seafood exposition. Thousands of buyers and suppliers from around the world attend the annual, three-day exposition to meet, network and do business. Attending buyers represent importers, exporters, wholesalers, restaurants, supermarkets, hotels, and other retail and foodservice companies. Exhibiting suppliers offer the newest seafood products, processing and packaging equipment, and services available in the seafood market. The exposition is sponsored by the National Fisheries Institute. SeafoodSource is the official media. The exposition is produced by Diversified Communications, the international leader in seafood-industry expositions and media. For more information, visit: www.seafoodexpo.com/north-america

 

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As a foodie you know how tasty, delicious and satisfying food can be.  It’s such an enjoyable feeling to bite into your favorite piece of fresh key lime pie after dinner or how about taking a bite of that sushi from the Sushi Restaurant you and your friends hit up on Friday night only to realize that after all your indulging your gut is screaming “something’s not right”! No I’m not talking about your sixth sense, I’m talking about that crazy bloated stomach or that rumbling noise like something has started the third world war right inside you and you have no idea where it came from. Well let me tell you my friend that is the time to think less about that matter and more about what made you get sick #food safety.

Nowadays the food culture has evolved, consumers are taking a more conscious approach towards food quality. The latest trend is more about what you eat and what happens to your food from farm to table and in reality this approach gives truth to the saying “You are what you eat”.

Did you know that “foodborne illnesses affect consumers at least once a year, 76 million illnesses annually” and about 20 percent of foodborne illnesses are severe enough to require hospitalization.

Food contamination can come from many sneaky sources. Let’s get back to that delicious key lime pie, here’s a little secret I bet you didn’t know, birds poop on key limes, yes it is true, it’s a natural process. Now let’s not blame the birds but poop droppings are very common and they are contaminated with E.coli, this is something that happens on a regular basis, limes are not the only victims but all fruits , now do you see where I’m going with all this? It’s important to wash your fruits and vegetables and be wise about the next sushi place you eat at. Think twice about that “all you can eat sushi for $7.95”, ummm since when did fresh fish get so cheap. Food Safety is a tough lesson to learn and the price we have to pay is steep if we’re not careful.

Over the years many Restaurants have lost their reputation and even lost their businesses. It’s puzzling to say but some restaurants use unsanitized towels to clean food prep tables which can spread bacteria all over the surface of the table, which can then be passed onto foods. You’d be surprised at the number of employees who do not wash their hands between tasks, especially between handling raw meats and cooked foods, more than likely this is the culprit of foodborne illnesses. Cooked meats should never be put back into the container that held them when they were raw, this is a disaster just waiting to happen.

Nonetheless food cross contamination can be prevented and the delicious foods enjoyed without worry. For continued food quality and cleanliness, consider CitroBio Fresh Food Wash #Healthy Food. One product, numerous benefits! Click here to purchase.

all logoThe 2017 International Production & Processing Expo includes more than 1,200 exhibitors and 30,000 visitors in Atlanta, Ga. USA from Jan. 31- Feb. 2, 2017. IPPE is the largest annual trade show for the poultry, meat and feed industries, the show focuses on bringing together buyers and sellers of the latest technology of products and services to make meat, poultry, and feed businesses successful.

As a food safety company with over 20 years in the industry, we encourage attendees to consider safety practices as they browse the IPPExpo. Now more than ever, food safety should be a concern that is at the top of industry professionals' list. Be sure to discuss this important topic with other industry professionals to include global food safety in the conversation. 

CitroBio Fresh Food Wash is a citrus extract wash for Seafood, Meat, Poultry, and Produce. It extends shelf life, reduces odor and has been proven effective in the control of E. Coli, Salmonella and Listeria, among others pathogens. Use CitroBio to spray poultry, meats, seafood and produce prior to processing and packaging, use in chillers, wash tanks and food contact surfaces. For veterinary purposes CitroBio is used to increase nutrient absorption, improve gastrointestinal action; control parasites in the feed and watering system, clean eggs, and incubators. Our ingredients are FDA/GRAS approved (Generally Recognized As Safe). CitroBio is available for industrial and home use.

Click here to learn more.

Friday, 16 December 2016 19:23

Food Safety Around the Holidays

happy-holidays-2017-citrobioIt's hard to believe, but Christmas and Hanukkah are just around the corner. At CitroBio, we want to make sure you and your family are as safe as possible while prepping your annual holiday feasts! Cross-contamination of food is especially easy with multiple hands working in the kitchen, so most importantly, be sure to remind all your sous chefs to wash their hands for 20 seconds with soap and warm water. Don’t forget the backs of the hands, and the webs of the fingers. Here are some more food safety tips:

  • Wash fruits and vegetables even if they are being peeled. We recommend CitroBio Fresh Food Wash to reduce the threat of Salmonella, E. Coli, and Listeria contamination. Cutting or peeling produce before it is washed increases the chances of falling ill if the outside of piece of fruit or vegetable is contaminated.
  • Remember safe cooking temperatures. Use a meat thermometer to ensure the correct temperature:
    •  All poultry, including ground: 165°F
    •  Ground beef, pork, lamb, and veal: 160°F
    •  Beef, pork, lamb, and veal chops, roasts and steaks: 145°F
    •  Fish: 145°F
  • Don’t wash raw meat, poultry, or eggs in running water. Juices from the meat can splash about the kitchen, spreading germs. Instead, immerse these items in CitroBio Fresh Food Wash.
  • Use separate cutting boards, plates, and utensils for produce, and for raw meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs. Make sure to wash cutting boards in the dishwasher or hot, soapy water for maximum cleanliness.
  • Maintain proper temperature of your refrigerator (between 40˚F and 32˚F) and freezer (0˚F or below).
  • Thaw and marinate in the refrigerator, never on the counter.
  • If you happen to be making turkey or cornish hens, remember that poultry can be especially tricky when it comes to food safety, as poultry is a notorious carrier of salmonella. Read more about turkey here.

We hope you and your family have a safe and happy holiday season. Read more about CitroBio Fresh Food Wash here.

7008315173 8e15e7cf44 zRecapping on our previous overview of food cross-contamination, the key factor here is prevention and good food preparation and handling practices. Food can become cross-contaminated during grocery shopping, storage, preparation, and cooking. Utilizing good safety practices can help prevent illnesses from:

  • E. coli
  • Salmonella
  • Listeria
  • Other foodborne diseases

Overall, to avoid cross-contamination, it is important to keep raw meat away from other foods and surfaces as much as possible. Store raw foods away from other foods in their own clean containers. When working with raw meat, be sure to wash hands and surfaces frequently with warm to hot soapy water. Do not use surfaces, utensils or containers that touched raw meat with prepared foods.

Plain water is good for removing dirt and loose debris from produce, but for reducing contaminants and controlling bacteria, as well as extending the shelf life of food, we recommend CitroBio Fresh Food Wash. CitroBio does not alter the taste, appearance, or smell of food. To learn more, click here.

9250736379 ff3177d642 zThe latest trend in the culinary world arrives on four wheels. Food trucks are multiplying quickly and finding themselves on corners all over the US. Food trucks used to be just for ice cream and late night tacos, but they are overtaking the dining scene due to the affordability for budding restauranteurs. 

However, with gourmet chefs whipping up restaurant-quality meals in spaces no bigger than a typical stockroom or walk-in freezer, there are bound to be some hiccups in the process. An LA Times data analysis recently found that many food trucks are not up to par on food safety. More than a quarter of food trucks earned grades lower than an A over the past two years in Los Angeles, a popular locale for food trucks. This is very high in comparison to the 5% of traditional restaurants, and 18% of street food carts. 4% of all food trucks in the area were forced to close because their cleanliness was so poor, the study found.

There are many unique food safety challenges for food trucks. The trucks have a high risk of cross-contamination, due to the confines of the space the food is prepared in. The food is often prepared, cooked, finished and served on the same surfaces, and if the surfaces aren’t adequately sanitized between all of these steps, they can end up serving harmful bacteria to unsuspecting patrons. Food temperature can also be a problem in food trucks, as they often have small freezers and refrigerators and struggle to keep all foods at a safe temperature.

A quick and convenient way to address all these issues would be to implement the use of CitroBio. CitroBio can be used to spray over Poultry, Seafood, Meat, Fruit and Vegetables prior to food prep; use to clean cutting boards, utensils and containers preventing any type of cross contamination. CitroBio’s liquid formula act by destroying the cellular membrane of the micro-organism. The germ and bacteria killing power is due to the synergetic action created by reaction of the ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) with natural acids. There are no harsh chemicals and it does not alter the smell, taste or texture of the food. Learn more here.

16578744517 ed4293d3e7 zKansas officials are investigating an E. coli outbreak among people who attended an annual festival at Louisburg Cider Mill, with the cause proving elusive after initial tests did not find the pathogen in the production area, finished cider or whole apples. Seven people have been laboratory-confirmed ill with an outbreak strain of E. coli that can be life-threatening.

The symptoms of E. coli O157:H7 infections vary for each person but often include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea that is often bloody and vomiting, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If there is fever, it usually is not very high. Most people get better within a week. Some infections are very mild, but others are severe or even life-threatening.

The cider mill uses a heat pasteurization process for all of its cider products but does not add preservatives. In addition to apples and cider, there were 12 to 15 food vendors with everything from ice cream to barbecue. There were multiple food sources as possible vectors for the E. coli as well as a few goats, pigs and other farm animals that were kept near the corn maze during the festival.

CitroBio Fresh Food Wash can be a great addition to your cleaning protocol. CitroBio aids in the control of bacteria and prevents E.coli and other pathogenic breakouts. It is for use during food processing; for cleaning processing areas and washing fruits and vegetables. Its ingredients are FDA/GRAS (generally recognized as safe). Click here to learn more.

5470629939 a2e5e8f416 mHere are tips on how to avoid food poisoning from cross-contamination while preparing, serving, and storing food.

When preparing food:

  • Wash hands and surfaces often. Bacteria can spread throughout the kitchen, so be sure to wash hands with soap and warm water after handling food, children, or pets.
  • Thaw or marinate meat in the refrigerator or in cold water; never on the counter or in warm water. Discard marinade after use.
  • Use hot, soapy water and clean cloths or paper towels to wipe up kitchen spills.
  • Clean cutting boards, countertops, floors, and surfaces after preparing raw meat, poultry, or seafood.
  • Rinse fresh produce to remove dirt and grime.
  • Add in the use of CitroBio liquid formula to rinse your produce, extend the shelf life of your Produce, Poultry, Meat and Seafood and control harmful pathogens. Use CitroBio on all food contact surfaces.

When serving food:

  • Use a clean plate, not a plate that once held raw food.

When storing leftovers:

  • Refrigerate or freeze within 2 hours in clean containers.

For reducing contaminants and controlling bacteria, as well as extending the shelf life of food, we recommend CitroBio Fresh Food Wash. Click here to learn more.

8975675759 ffba792692 oCross-Contamination is the process by which harmful bacteria or microorganisms are unintentionally transferred from one substance or object to another. Cross Contamination can lead to food poisoning which can in some cases be fatal. Here are a few tips to help you avoid food poisoning while out food shopping or when storing food.

While shopping:

  • Separate any raw meat from other foods in the cart.
  • Use plastic bags provided by the grocery store to wrap raw meat and produce separately.

While storing:

  • Put raw meat into containers or sealed plastic bags to avoid juices dripping on to other foods.
  • Ensure meat, eggs, dairy, and appropriate produce are refrigerated or frozen at the proper temperature.
  • Store food in designated storage areas.
  • Keep food away from dishwashing areas, garbage rooms, restrooms, and furnace rooms. Never store food near chemicals or cleaning supplies, and keep it out from under stairways and pipes.
  • Store food in proper containers. If food is removed from its original package, put it in a clean, sanitized container and cover it.
  • Implement the use of a food wash such as CitroBio Fresh Food Wash which is effective in controlling pathogens and extending the shelf life of your Produce, Seafood, Meat and Poultry.

In how to avoid cross-contamination part two, we will cover the basics of prevention while preparing, serving, and storing food.

Saturday, 08 October 2016 00:00

Decrease Risk of Listeria Poisoning in Poultry

Chicken Breast RawPoultry has become a healthy staple of the American diet throughout the years. There are 50 billion eggs produced and 8 billion chickens consumed in the United States each year!

Unfortunately, with an increase in production and consumption comes an increase in potential risk of foodborne illness. Recent reports indicate a rise in Listeria in the poultry industry. Listeria is a bacterial foodborne disease that can lead to a life threatening illness.

Our product, CitroBio, is the perfect addition to your food safety practices. CitroBio has proven effective against Listeria, E-Coli and Salmonella. It is non-toxic, non-corrosive, gluten free, completely biodegradable and kosher. Our ingredients are FDA / GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) and made in the U.S.A.

CitroBio can be used at home as well as in poultry farms and poultry processing. Use CitroBio in poultry processing in the following ways:

  • Extend shelf life
  • Control pathogens such as E.coli, Salmonella and Listeria among others
  • Reduce odor
  • Spray poultry with CitroBio prior to packing
  • Use CitroBio in the entire slaughtering process
  • Use CitroBio to chillers and wash tanks
  • Clean slaughter area, equipment and contact surfaces prior to operation

Please click here to learn more about CitroBio and find test data showing the efficacy of CitroBio on treated turkeys.   

poultry-farmingThis July, the CDC reported 611 cases of salmonella infections, 138 hospitalizations, and one death, linked outbreaks directly to contact with live poultry from hatcheries and affected backyard flocks. According to the CDC, 32 percent of those infected were children 5-years-old or younger; this suggests that the issue is related to hygiene. Many of these infections could have been prevented simply by washing hands and changing shoes and clothes after handling chicks, chickens, and eggs.

Homesteading and backyard coops have risen in popularity in recent years, but many people don't know that chickens are natural carriers of salmonella. Chickens don't show signs of infection, as it is part of their natural flora. Chickens can carry up to 2,000 types of salmonella that make people ill. Backyard poultry farmers can curtail salmonella infection in a variety of ways:

  • Thoroughly wash hands with soap and warm water after tending the coop or touching birds/eggs
  • Don't share equipment with other flocks without first cleaning thoroughly
  • Change clothes and shoes after visiting the coop
  • Purchase birds from a reputable breeder (look for certification through the National Poultry Improvement Plan)

CitroBio is a citrus extract wash that can be used in place of harsh chemicals throughout the poultry raising and egg producing processes to control salmonella and other harmful pathogens. CitroBio can be used to clean incubators, coops and eggs, to add to feed and watering systems, during slaughtering, and to control airborne bacteria.

Click here to learn more about CitroBio.

Thursday, 25 August 2016 17:08

Citrus Expo 2016

Rapid Growth Activator recently exhibited at Booths 210 & 212 at the Citrus Expo, August 17 & 18 at the Lee Civic Center in North Fort Myers, Florida. The Citrus Expo began in 1992 and is held annually in August just before the Florida citrus harvest gets fully underway. It has become the world's premier seminar and trade show program for citrus growers and industry professionals. Its primary goal is to provide unequalled education and industry fellowship opportunities annually for growers, industry leaders, decision-makers and vendors.

In addition to offering field assessments, we were able to connect with fellow citrus industry professionals and speak about the state of citrus greening disease, or HLB, in local Florida communities and groves. Our product, RGA (Rapid Growth Activator) works within the root system of plants and trees to help maintain and improve their health.

Please contact us or call us at (800) 332-1647 for a free grove assessment, to inquire about Rapid Growth Activator, or purchase our product.

Coming soon! Natural pesticide to control psyllids, UltraGrow-20

 

Monday, 25 July 2016 14:50

IFT Food Safety Expo Chicago 2016

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It was nice to meet new faces, reconnect with colleagues, and provide food safety information at the IFT 2016 Food Expo. Educating industry professionals about CitroBio Fresh Food Wash and how it can help extend the shelf life of products, reduce bacteria and contaminants, and increase food safety is our passion. If you missed us at the IFT Food Expo, and would like to learn more about CitroBio, please contact us here.

CitroBio is a citrus extract wash for Seafood, Meat, Poultry, and Produce. It extends shelf life and has proven effectiveness against E. Coli, Salmonella and Listeria among other pathogens. It does not change color or flavor but gives a better quality and appearance, no rinsing is necessary. Our ingredients are FDA/GRAS approved (Generally Recognized As Safe) and Kosher Certified.

Please contact us or call us at (800) 332-1647 to inquire about CitroBio or purchase our product.

SARASOTA, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Citro Industries, Inc., a leader in food safety technology, announces it will be exhibiting at IFT 2016 - Booth 4317 in Chicago July 17-19, 2016.

Citrobio will be offering personal food safety consultations and information about its products, including CitroBio Fresh Food Wash, CitroBio CB 100, CitroBio Concentrate and RGA Rapid Growth Activator at booth 4317. Information about becoming a distributor of CitroBio and free product samples will be available.

Food industry professionals who are looking for a safe and effective way to prolong the shelf life of their products and help control pathogens such as E. coli, Salmonella and Listeria in the harvesting, processing, packing and/or shipping process are encouraged to stop by for a free food safety consultation.

About IFT16

Where Science Feeds Innovation is the largest annual food science forum and exposition in the world. Experts from industry, government agencies and research institutions will provide their unique insights during more than 100 education sessions and 1,000 presentations covering topics ranging from new health benefits, safety and product innovations to the latest consumer favorites, fears and trends.

About Citro Industries, Inc.

CitroBio is a citrus extract wash for Seafood, Meat, Poultry and Produce. Its’ ingredients are FDA/GRAS approved (Generally Recognized As Safe) and Kosher Certified. CitroBio can also be used to clean food processing facilities. Resulting from a growing concern for food safety, Citro Industries Inc. was established to look for quality, food safety and risk management alternatives in the food service and food processing industry. After much research Dr. Richard Maguire, CEO of Citro Industries, Inc., made CitroBio available to the public. Currently CitroBio is distributed in North America, Central America, South America and Europe. Learn more at www.citrobio.com.

Thursday, 30 June 2016 17:26

The Dangers of the Raw Milk Trend

raw-milkDairy products are an important part of a well-balanced diet, and provide many beneficial nutrients, but a new trend in milk consumption is proving to be dangerous. Raw milk and raw milk products like cheese are being sold in farmers markets and natural food stores, with the disclaimer that they are for animal consumption only. This makes the products legal to sell, but they can be harmful to people and should never be eaten by humans.

Raw milk is milk from cows, goats, or sheep that has not been subject to pasteurization, or the process that kills harmful bacteria such as Listeria, E. coli, and Salmonella in dairy products. The CDC reports that unpasteurized milk is 150 times more likely to cause foodborne illnesses than pasteurized, and causes 13 times more hospitalizations than illnesses involving pasteurized dairy. More than 1500 people in the US alone became sick from consuming raw milk or raw milk products. Raw milk can be especially dangerous to people with weakened immune systems, the elderly, pregnant women, and young children (most problems with raw milk involve kids).

From FDA.gov, here are some common myths and proven facts about milk and pasteurization:

  • Pasteurizing milk DOES NOT cause lactose intolerance and allergic reactions. Both raw milk and pasteurized milk can cause allergic reactions in people sensitive to milk proteins.
  • Raw milk DOES NOT kill dangerous pathogens by itself.
  • Pasteurization DOES NOT reduce milk's nutritional value.
  • Pasteurization DOES NOT mean that it is safe to leave milk out of the refrigerator for extended time, particularly after it has been opened.
  • Pasteurization DOES kill harmful bacteria.
  • Pasteurization DOES save lives.

To keep milk products as safe as possible, be sure to buy only pasteurized dairy products, safely store them at the proper temperature, and be mindful about cross-contamination. Click here to learn more about CitroBio Food Wash, a citrus extract wash for meat, fruits, vegetables, cleaning, and more.

Organic ProduceIt’s summertime and that means some of the best produce of the year. Here is your guide to delicious summer fruits and vegetables:

Arugula - this spicy leafy green can perk up any salad - just wash and enjoy raw.
Avocados - make guacamole, add them to a salad, or just cut them and eat them with a squeeze of lime juice!
Beets - packed with vitamins and perfect for soups, purees, wraps, and salads.
Berries - enjoy raw, in a smoothie, as dessert, or a snack - the possibilities are endless.
Chard - sauté the leaves simply with garlic and olive oil, stuff them with filling as you would grape leaves, or use them anywhere you’d use spinach or beet greens.
Cherries - this nature’s candy can be enjoyed as a snack or in desserts, salads and more.
Chile Peppers - offering the perfect amount of spice to add to salsa, tacos, burritos.
Corn - the best way to enjoy corn in summer is on the grill! Remove silks and wrap the corn in foil, leaving the husk intact. Cook on a hot grill for 20 minutes. Enjoy!
Cucumbers - try peeling, slicing and soaking in the refrigerator in a mixture of sliced onion, vinegar, water, salt and pepper. Delicious!
Eggplant - a robust vegetable that can be used in place of steak or smothered in sauce and cheese and baked as eggplant parmesan.
Figs - their sweetness makes them a welcome addition to desserts, breakfast sweets, and baked goods as well as a natural complement for savory foods like meat and cheese.
Green Beans - simply saute green beans in butter and season with salt and pepper.
Herbs - there are many ways to enjoy herbs, but a great way to save them is to freeze them in olive oil in an ice tray, then store in ziploc bags in the freezer. Fresh herbs all year!
Melons - the ultimate summer fruit, need we say more?
Okra - fried okra is a southern staple - coat with egg, then in seasoned cornmeal, fry and enjoy!
Potatoes - the old standby; there is nothing like a loaded baked potato to stand by a nice summer steak on the grill.
Salad Greens - summer and salad go together so well. Make mason jar salads that will last up to a week in the refrigerator; there are many ideas on Pinterest!
Spinach - toss a handful in a smoothie for a nutritious drink that even the kids will love.
Summer Squash - saute, roast, or heat in a foil packet on the grill for a yummy side to complement any summer meal.
Tomatillos - dice and toss in your favorite fresh salsa recipe for an added burst of flavor and color.
Tomatoes - speaking of salsa, there is nothing like a nice pico de gallo on a warm summer day!

Whatever summer produce you are cooking with, it is important to practice good food safety techniques and thoroughly wash and clean fruits, vegetables, seafood, and meat to help prevent food-borne illness. CitroBio Fresh Food Wash can be used on produce, seafood, sushi, and meat of all types to remove contaminants. To learn more about CitroBio, click here.

Staying current with food safety recalls is difficult, because there are generally several on a daily basis. For example, on June 3rd, there were eight recalls, five of them due to listeria monocytogenes found in products during routine testing. Most commonly, foods are recalled due to harmful pathogens being present, such as listeria, E. coli, and salmonella; undeclared allergens such as eggs, peanuts, and fish; and the possibility of contamination.

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While the FDA has an app that can send alerts to your phone in the event of recalls, as well as an active presence on Twitter to help keep the public informed, it is very important to ensure that food is as clean as possible before preparing, cooking, serving, or eating. Often the presence of harmful pathogens isn’t detected until after the food has already been shipped to stores and people have fallen ill.

To control contaminants such as E. coli, Salmonella, and Listeria, try CitroBio Food Wash. CitroBio is available for commercial and home use, is professionally tested, and has been serving the food industry for nearly 20 years. CitroBio does not alter the smell, taste, or appearance of food, and there is no need to rinse! Get CitroBio here.

seagull7Birds have been known to occasionally spread diseases to humans through droppings, ticks, mites, and other forms of transmission. It has been suggested that there are over 60 other diseases that birds and their droppings can carry. It is important to use health precautions around areas with high concentrations of birds and bats, such as removing small amounts of droppings with soap and water, and consulting with an environmental engineer for removal of large quantities of birds, bats, or their waste.

Food that is grown in areas with large bird populations can be contaminated by bird droppings containing dangerous diseases. One such food is the key lime. Mainly grown in and around the Miami area, Central America, and Mexico; key limes can become coated with bird waste, and as such, are at risk for containing E. coli, and other human-transmissible diseases. Key lime pie usually contains the zest as well as the juice of the lime, and as such, it is especially important to make sure the outside peel of the lime is as clean as possible.

Washing produce thoroughly with soap and water removes dirt, sand, and other debris, but for reducing contaminants such as E. coli, Salmonella, and Listeria, try CitroBio Food Wash. CitroBio is available for commercial and home use, is professionally tested, and has been serving the food industry for nearly 20 years. Also, be sure to use safe food practices when making and storing key lime pies, which are often made with raw eggs. Learn more here.

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