Each year, 1 in 6 Americans, or 48 million people, get sick from a foodborne disease the interferes with work or school. Employers are feeling the strain of rising healthcare costs associated with the treatment of foodborne illness, as well as the ripple effect that these illnesses cause on the greater economy.
Unfortunately, it is more difficult than ever to control foodborne illness. More globalized food production means that food takes a longer, more complicated path from farm to fork that takes longer to trace and pinpoint. A rising number of multistate outbreaks are complex to track and resolve, and new strains of germs and toxins that are resistant to antibiotics are constantly evolving.
Reducing the rate of foodborne illness by 10% would keep 5 million Americans from getting sick each year. Employers can help their employees control foodborne illnesses in many ways:
Washing food before consuming is a food safety best practice. CitroBio Fresh Food Wash can be used on produce, seafood, sushi, and meat of all types to remove contaminants. To purchase CitroBio, click here to contact us.
In recent news, cucumbers have been recalled after salmonella has poisoned over 340 people in 30 states. Two people, one in Texas and one in California, died from food poisoning from the cucumbers. The CDC traced the infected cucumbers back to Mexico, distributed by Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce. The company, based in San Diego, announced a recall last week that covers cucumbers grown in northern Mexico and sold under the company’s “Limited Edition” label from Aug. 1 to Thursday. Consumers are advised to return the cucumbers or to dispose of them.
This isn't the first salmonella outbreak of 2015. An outbreak across nine states in May was linked to raw tuna used in sushi and resulted in 10 hospitalizations. The CDC most recently estimated that salmonella sickens one million people in the U.S. yearly, with 19,000 hospitalizations and 380 deaths as a result.
To prevent poisoning from salmonella or other food-borne bacteria and viruses, it is important to practice good food safety techniques and thoroughly wash and clean fruits, vegetables, seafood, and meat. 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.
A better question is, what CAN’T you clean with CitroBio? CitroBio Fresh Food Wash is unique in that you can not only wash produce, but meat, seafood, poultry, and more! You can even clean your kitchen with CitroBio. While CitroBio is also used in food processing plants, on fishing boats and in other commercial applications, it is gentle enough for home use.
CitroBio Fresh Food Wash:
Use CitroBio to clean all fresh produce (even fruit you are going to peel) such as:
Use CitroBio Fresh Food Wash on meat, including:
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Two primary fertilizer nutrients are nitrogen and phosphorus. Fertilizers used in both agricultural and non-agricultural settings contain many of the same ingredients. In a non-agricultural setting, the impact of fertilizers may seem small, isolated to one lawn or garden. However, the total area of lawns and gardens in urban environments may be significant, creating a large cumulative effect.
Phosphorous isn’t very mobile and is quickly absorbed into soil, but can potentially damage water sources such as rivers, lakes and streams if not absorbed. Unlike phosphorus, nitrogen in its nitrate form is completely soluble and highly mobile in soil. It can readily leach downward and contaminate groundwater supplies. According to the EPA, too much nitrogen and phosphorus in the water causes algae to grow faster than ecosystems can handle. Significant increases in algae harm water quality, leading to illnesses in fish and the death of large numbers of fish. Some algal blooms are harmful to humans because they produce elevated toxins and bacterial growth that can make people sick if they come into contact with polluted water, consume tainted fish or shellfish, or drink contaminated water.
Nutrient pollution in groundwater - which millions of people in the United States use as their drinking water source - can be harmful, even at low levels. Infants are vulnerable to a nitrogen-based compound called nitrates in drinking water. Excess nitrogen in the atmosphere can produce pollutants such as ammonia and ozone, which can impair our ability to breathe, limit visibility and alter plant growth. When excess nitrogen comes back to earth from the atmosphere, it can harm the health of forests, soils and waterways.
RGA Rapid Growth Activator is an all-natural, non-GMO product that improves nutrient absorption, reducing the need to use fertilizer while achieving maximum growth and development in crops, trees, flowers, and more. It also promotes nitrogen fixation in the soil, which further reduces fertilizer requirements. Contact us to learn more about or purchase our made in the U.S.A. product.
See you at Citrus Expo August 19-20, 2015 at the Lee Civic Center in North Ft. Myers, Florida! The Citrus Expo has been around since 1992 and has grown to become the world’s premier seminar and trade show program for citrus growers and industry professionals. The educational benefits provided for the citrus industry are numerous and we look forward to learning and networking with fellow industry professionals!
RGA Rapid Growth Activator and CitroBio will be exhibiting at Booths 210 and 212. Your best tools for great farming and processing: RGA for pre-harvest and CitroBio for post-harvesting.
We are excited to show the benefits of treating healthy and diseased citrus trees with RGA Rapid Growth Activator! RGA is a natural soil product produced by a natural fermentation process. When it is used on healthy and diseased citrus trees, it has been shown to provide enumerable benefits to the soil and the plant. Benefits of RGA Rapid Growth Activator include:
CitroBio will also be exhibiting at Citrus Expo. CitroBio is a citrus extract wash for Seafood, Meat, Poultry, Cheese 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. CitroBio has been professionally tested, is completely biodegradable and soluble in water, oils and waxes.
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These days, pet food recalls seem to be more common than recalls on food for human consumption. Pet food is made from "feed grade" ingredients, which differ from "food grade" ingredients that are fit for human consumption. Feed grade products can contain materials that may be harmful to humans, but are fine for animals to consume. There are many pet food companies that co-pack from several manufacturers, so when contamination occurs, multiple pet foods may be involved.
Contaminants like salmonella, listeria, and e.Coli are harmful to dogs and cats, and farm animals, as well as humans. Practice good pet food safety habits to avoid contamination where possible:
CitroBio Fresh Food Wash is an excellent product for sanitation in not only the pet food manufacturing process, but for home use. Use CitroBio to clean pet dishes, food prep surfaces, for cleaning accidents on tile floors, and more. Contact us today to inquire about purchasing CitroBio for use with your pets.
It’s no secret that Florida’s Citrus Industry is experiencing decline in both production and demand. The final report of the growing season by the U.S. Department of Agriculture put Florida orange production for the 2014-15 season at 96.7 million boxes, which is a drop of 4 percent from the previous year.
This season was the first time in nearly 50 years that production dipped below 100 million boxes. A more significant way to look at the numbers is that this represents a decline in the orange harvest of more than 60 percent since the peak of production during the 1997-98 season.
Much of the decline in production can be contributed to Citrus Greening Disease, or HLB, which is caused by a small insect. Citrus Greening has destroyed millions of acres of citrus crops. The spread is rapid and difficult to contain.
Research has been completed recently that indicates that stimulation and invigoration of the roots of HLB / Citrus Greening infected trees can help fight the disease. RGA Rapid Growth Activator can help stimulate root growth and development, increase disease resistance, and reduce fruit drop, even in HLB infected trees. To learn more about our all-natural, non-GMO, Made in the U.S.A. product, click here.
RGA Rapid Growth Activator and CitroBio will be at the Florida Citrus Expo on August 19-20 in Booths 210 & 212. Click here to learn more.
There are an estimated 76 million cases of food poisoning in the United States every year. Most of these cases are resolved within a day or two of feeling awful and experiencing the physical effects of being sick, and a few cases lead to hospitalization or death. Salmonella and E. coli are the first thought of people who experience food poisoning, and indeed, a lot of cases are linked to bacteria in uncooked poultry and burgers, respectively. But viruses could also be the cause of food contamination.
According to CNN, Noroviruses are far and away the greatest potential threat to our foodstuffs. They caused 58% of all foodborne illness in recent years, more than all the bacteria and protozoa combined. For other viruses, researchers are just beginning to explore their possible presence, and spread, in the food supply. One example is hepatitis E virus in pork products.
"The (cause of) a vast majority of food and water outbreaks are still unknown," Kellogg Schwab, professor at Johns Hopkins University, said. Although many are probably due to norovirus -- which can still be difficult to detect in foods -- a number of other viruses may also be responsible. "Detection techniques have lagged behind the bacteria," Schwab said, adding that they are getting better.
There are a few ways you can get a viral infection from food. Produce, often lettuce and berries, can have viruses on their surfaces. In meats such as pig livers and duck meat, the virus may actually infect the animal tissue. Raw or undercooked seafood, and produce, may harbor Hepatitis A, and pig livers are a major carrier of Hepatitis E. There is speculation that other viruses, such as SARS and bird flu, may be spread through food as well.
The thought of getting a viral infection from foods should not, however, keep you from enjoying produce and protein. The risk is still small, and you can make it even smaller by washing your hands, as well as fruits, veggies, meat, and the utensils you cook with, well. CitroBio Fresh Food Wash is effective in controlling bacteria, as well as extending the shelf life of food. There is no need to rinse after applying CitroBio. CitroBio Fresh Food Wash does not alter the taste, appearance, or smell of food. CitroBio can also be used to clean utensils, and cooking surfaces, to reduce the threat of cross-contamination. To learn more, click here.
When discussing Citrus Greening disease, or HLB, most growers think about outward manifestations, such as misshapen, bitter citrus fruit, and spotted leaves, but new research is showing that citrus greening disease causes a loss of 30% to 50%* of trees’ fibrous roots systems before these visible symptoms ever occur. These new findings indicate that a focus on maintaining the root health of citrus trees is vital to preventing tree and fruit loss due to issues like an unsteady climate, lack of nutrients in soil, and Citrus Greening / HLB.
According to the University of Florida, citrus greening first enters the tree when the ACP (Asian citrus psyllid) feeds on leaf sap, leaving bacteria that spreads to the tree. The bacteria travels immediately to the roots, which damages the root system. Later, the bacteria spreads to the canopy, which is usually when growers realize the tree has been infected. By that time, it is often too late.
Rapid Growth Activator (RGA) was specifically formulated to re-establish beneficial microbial populations in soil, and provide soil with the necessary components to promote vigorous plant growth. Here are some images of roots that were treated with RGA Rapid Growth Activator, versus untreated plants. As you can see, RGA helps all trees, even those infected with HLB, to maintain positive fibrous root growth.
*According to new research presented at the Florida Citrus Growers’ Institute in April 2014
Untreated tree root systems
Tree root systems treated with RGA Rapid Growth Activator
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This year, Florida’s orange crop could be the lowest turnout of the century. What is being referred to as "the age of HLB" is creating a new era of the citrus industry in Florida, and many farmers are fighting to protect their profits. At Florida’s Citrus Industry Annual Conference in June, Michael Rogers, the UF/IFAS Citrus Research & Education Center, noted that growers need to be "all in and aggressive with psyllid control," considering the state’s citrus farmers have seen a 10% increase in fruit drop over the last three years.
In addition to psyllid controlling methods, there are methods to take to help crops that have already been infected with HLB. RGA Rapid Growth Activator is effective in controlling fruit drop, even in citrus greening infected trees. Our all-natural product has performed well in numerous Florida citrus trials with regard to reducing fruit drop, encouraging new shoots and root growth even in citrus infected with HLB.
New research indicates that HLB infected citrus shows a deficiency in phosphorus, indicating nutrition and fertilizer choices are playing a major role in the symptoms of citrus greening infected trees. RGA Rapid Growth Activator is an all-natural, eco-friendly "green" product specially formulated to enhance agriculture production by providing the perfect combination of beneficial soil bacteria, nutrients and vitamins to create the best possible solution for your crop. RGA’s formulation is free of unwanted material is produced by a natural fermentation process.
RGA Rapid Growth Activator provides many benefits to the soil and the plant. The microbial system will promote root growth and enhance root architecture. These aspects are crucial for diseased trees, such as trees infected with HLB / citrus greening, and young trees. A healthy root minimizes nutrient leaching, aids in nutrient cycling, enhances nutrient absorption, thereby stimulating plant growth and increasing resistance to abiotic stress.
A food product is most likely to become contaminated when it comes in contact with a contaminated source. From farm to fork, there are many potential points of contamination, all of which must be closely monitored. In the field, these critical areas include:
There are also several zones of risk when manufacturing food and food products. The first zone includes conveyor belts, utensils, fillers, hoppers, bins, chutes, slicers, peelers and more. These are the surfaces that come in direct contact with food. Of course, these are the most critical to maintain a strict level of sanitation, but it is very important to keep secondary areas just as sanitary, such as equipment framework, pipes (overhead), maintenance tools, refrigeration equipment.
The third and fourth zones of possible contamination are the drains, pallets, floor mats, floors, walls, forklifts, walk-alongs, facility bathrooms and hallways, loading docks, warehouses, coolers, and freezers. It is important to test and sanitize these structures as well to reduce the risk of cross-contamination.
CitroBio Fresh Food Wash can be used in the field, piped into irrigation and rinse water, used on all surfaces in food manufacturing, including equipment, utensils, floors, walls, ceilings, drainage areas, and more. CitroBio is made with FDA/GRAS ingredients and there is no need to rinse it after use.
Good Agricultural Practices https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_agricultural_practice
Good Manufacturing Practices http://www.fda.gov/food/guidanceregulation/cgmp/
Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/HACCP/
Most people know the importance of washing produce to remove dirt and debris, contaminants, reduce the ingestion of fertilizer and other chemicals, and more. Many people are not aware that produce can also carry potentially harmful bacteria, such as listeria, e.coli, and salmonella. In order to reduce the possibility of falling ill from one of these serious contaminants, it is important to wash food thoroughly before eating.
The "dirty dozen" is a list of the twelve most common fruits and vegetables to succumb to contamination. Although it is important to wash all produce well, particular care must be taken on the following items:
The CDC estimates that each year roughly 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million people) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die of foodborne diseases. Washing food, hands, and cooking surfaces thoroughly between meals and during meal prep when raw meat is being used is essential to curtailing these numbers and helping reduce the number of illnesses contributed to food.
Plain water is good for removing dirt and loose debris, but for removing wax coatings, films, contaminants, and bacteria, as well as extending the shelf life of food, we recommend CitroBio Fresh Food Wash. There is no need to rinse after applying CitroBio. CitroBio Fresh Food Wash does not alter the taste, appearance, or smell of food. To learn more, click here.
Contamination and disease is a major cause of profit loss in poultry farming and poultry processing. Adequate disease prevention programs are essential to commercial poultry operations. There are many measures that can be taken to help prevent disease during poultry farming and processing.
How to prevent disease during poultry farming:
How to sanitize if an outbreak of poultry disease has occurred (source: University of Missouri extension services):
CitroBio is a non-toxic disinfectant that can be used to sanitize surfaces in poultry farming and poultry processing. CitroBio can be used throughout the sanitizing process if poultry disease has occurred, as well as to control disease naturally, to routinely clean, and to prevent pathogens. It can be used in the following ways:
From the citrus farm with thousands of orange crops to the Florida homeowner with a few lemon trees in their backyard, citrus greening disease is a death sentence to the health of a citrus tree. Citrus greening is also known as Huanglongbing (HLB), or yellow dragon disease. HLB is spread by an insect, the Asian citrus psyllid, and was first documented in Asia during the late 1800s. The disease is does not infect humans or animals but has debilitated millions of citrus crops around the world. Currently, citrus greening disease is a major problem in Asia, Africa, Brazil, and the Arabian Peninsula. It has also been a problem in the United States and is present in Florida and California, and other southern states.
Citrus greening disease is named for the green, lopsided, and bitter fruit it causes trees to produce. HLB can be diagnosed by blotched, streaked or spotted leaves; fruit that is misshapen or retains a green color at the bottom; and bitter taste. Most trees infected with citrus greening die within a few years.
Facts about citrus greening and how it harms the citrus industry:
Our product, RGA Rapid Growth Activator, has shown efficacy in promoting root growth and root architecture, even in plants infected with HLB. Our field studies have shown that even trees infected with citrus greening will produce new shoots and continue to produce healthy fruit with minimal fruit drop and fruit loss when treated with RGA. The sugar content (Brix) of the fruit from trees treated with RGA was also higher than control trees.
The benefits of using RGA Rapid Growth Activator on trees infected with Citrus Greening are:
At CitroBio, we are getting ready for and looking forward to IFT15, July 11-14, 2015 in Chicago. This event hosts the world’s leading food scientists, technologists, and other food industry professionals. We are excited to be a part of the exhibition.
IFT is billed as the only global event to feature the latest food products and innovative trends and developments in food science. There are four general sessions, including a CEO panel’s take on the question “Is Big Food Bad Food?”; a panel discussion on women in food science; a discussion led by futurist Mike Walsh on emerging trends and technology; and another session on the making of IFT’s documentary film, “Food Evolution.” In addition there will be over 80 educational hands-on applied sessions and lessons, as well as 1,000 poster presentations.
In addition to the educational sessions, more than 1,200 companies will be at the exhibition; featuring the largest, most diverse collection of food ingredient, equipment, and packaging suppliers from all over the world. We will be in the food safety pavilion in booth 4418. Come out and see all of us from CitroBio to learn more about our food safety wash!
Salmonella bacteria is one of the most common causes of food poisoning in the United States. It can cause serious illness in the elderly, infants, and persons with chronic diseases. Salmonella in food is present in:
According to the USDA, on average, around 5 percent of chicken tests positive for salmonella. However, a study by "Good Morning America" found that 20 percent of chicken parts and a whopping 54 percent of ground chicken tested positive. Chicken parts are more likely to become cross-contaminated during processing, which happens after the USDA has already done its testing.
Of the 1.4 million people who contract salmonellosis every year, 15,000 are hospitalized and more than 400 die, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To prevent salmonellosis, wash hands and surfaces often. Separate raw meats from other foods and use a designated cutting board for handling raw meat. Cook food to the correct temperature and promptly refrigerate any leftovers.
CitroBio, our citrus extract food wash has proven effectiveness against salmonella and other contaminants and pathogens such as E. Coli and Listeria. CitroBio does not affect color or flavor and no rinsing is necessary. Although it is still important to cook chicken and other foods thoroughly, to 165 degrees for chicken, and prevent cross-contamination in the kitchen, CitroBio can help reduce contaminants in the product and extend the shelf life of foods.
Typically here in the U.S., squid is often sold as calamari. Globally, both octopus and squid are popular dishes found in Chinese, Greek, Turkish, Japanese, French, Italian, and Korean cuisine. Just what makes these cephalopods so good for you? Let’s find out!
Squid and octopus are both a good source of zinc, manganese, copper, selenium, riboflavin, and vitamin B12. They are also an essential source of amino acids. Some amino acids include histidine, leucine, and lysine. Amino acids help provide necessary building blocks for protein growth and development, which helps to reduce the risk of cancer and promote healthy tissues. Squid and octopus both contain good sources of vitamins and minerals our bodies need. Octopus is low in calories, lean, and is a great way to get protein into your diet without consuming a lot of fat. Squid on the other hand, doesn’t have as much nutritional value as octopus, but has enough copper in one serving for a whole day.
Although squid and octopus may not be found as easily as most seafood, it is worth a look to find them for the nutritional value they bring to the table. If you choose to buy squid or octopus fresh, remember CitroBio can help maintain your seafood and keep it fresh and safe!
People may say shellfish are an acquired taste. Sure they may be tasty to some people, but many would choose a filet mignon over these bottom feeders any day. Although they may not be the tastiest seafood available, they may be some of the healthiest. Here’s a guide to inform you on the health benefits of shellfish:
Oysters: These stars of the shellfish world are the most expensive and most nutrient dense shellfish available. They are the single greatest source of dietary zinc. Just 4 of these shellfish supply B- vitamins, 1200 IU of Vitamin A, a third daily of folate, 7 mg of vitamin E, 3 mg of copper, 280% of daily selenium, and 33 mg of zinc. If that’s not enough, they come with 18 grams of protein, 1.5 grams omega3, and 0.1 gram of omega 6. Bottom line, we need to eat more oysters!
Clams: Although this shellfish isn’t as nutritious as oysters, they still have many healthy factors. Just 15 small clams give a nice dose of vitamin A, B12, selenium, magnesium, and iron. They also have 31 grams of protein, 7 grams of carbohydrates, and 300 mg of omega 3. Even though most are farmed they are still really good to eat.
Mussels: These delicious little shellfish go great cooked in a little white wine, garlic, and butter, but that’s beside the point. These mussels also contain a great source of B vitamins, riboflavin, B12, magnesium, iron, zinc, omega 3, and omega 6.
Scallops: These sweet decadent shellfish go great with pastas, by themselves, or even bacon wrapped. Most people tend to eat these over oysters and mussels because of less slime. This shellfish also contains a great source of B12, magnesium, selenium, zinc, and 20 grams of protein. Both farmed and wild scallops get good ratings from the seafood watch, so what are you waiting for?
Remember if you choose to find these shellfish on your own, CitroBio is a great way to keep your shellfish fresh and bacteria free. Just a little spray on solution will keep these shellfish vibrant, fresher, and smell cleaner. Also, don’t be afraid to spray some solution before you cook them as a precaution, CitroBio requires no rinsing. Once you have enjoyed your shellfish just wipe your cooler, utensils, or cutting board with CitroBio to know your kitchen is bacteria free.
These nutrient rich shellfish that are most likely from Prince Edward Island are about to take a ride way further south to experience a Latin America preparation. This meal is combined with chorizo, chili, and beer. Get ready to experience a Latin American favorite! This recipe is for 2 servings and takes no longer than 30 minutes.
1/3 cup diced Spanish chorizo ½ tsp freshly ground pepper
1 medium onion 1 cup beer, Negra or Modelo
1 small tomato diced 2 lbs. Mussels, debearded
2 tbs chopped canned green chilies, drained ¼ cup chopped cilantro
1 tsp of ground cumin
• Cook the chorizo in a large pan over medium heat until it starts to brown. Stir in onion and contiinue stirring until softened. Add tomato, chilies, cumin, and pepper. Stir occasionally until tomatoes break down. Pour in the beer and increase heat to med high and bring to a boil.
• Add mussels and return to a simmer. Cover the pan and reduce heat to med low. Cook until mussels have opened. Remove from heat and remove unopened mussels. Add cilantro and serve with the sauce
This recipe is delicious, super easy, and fast to prepare and cook. You don’t have to go to a Latin restaurant for this meal. Remember Citrobio is a fast and easy way to clean up the kitchen. It is also great for any mussel leftovers. Just spray on solution and you are guaranteed freshness and bacteria free mussels for next time.
Although these tasty seafood’s are a delight to eat, cooking them may not be. Some lobsters, especially the frisky ones and soft shell crabs, require special handling. Here is a guide to help you get through the tough part so you can enjoy the best part; eating them!
Lobster: There are two ways to slow down a frisky lobster: a few minutes in the freezer to stun it, or hold lobster by the base of its back where the tail meets, place lobster on its nose and stroke its back up and down. This will cause the lobster to black out. Once you have this part down, toss in boiling, salted water and cover the pot. When the water returns to a boil, one pound of lobster usually cooks for 10 minutes. The antennae will pull out easily once done.
Blue Crab: Fill bottom of 2 part steamer with equal parts water and cider vinegar. Wait until it boils and throw crabs in and cover. Once liquid begins to boil again, cook for 8-10 minutes or until shell turns bright orange. Sprinkle some old bay seasoning and salt and you’re set to go.
Soft- Shell Crab: When preparing, rinse while they are still alive, remove the triangular apron from the underside, along with the gills, and cut the front of the crab about ¼ inch behind the eyes and squeeze out the small sack you’ll find. Now, if you still want to cook them after that, cover crabs in salt and peppered flour, then sauté in hot butter for 3 minutes on both sides.
Stone crabs and King Crab: Usually these crabs are sold already cooked and frozen. All you need to do is mix together a teaspoon of lemon zest and a few drops of hot pepper sauce into one cup of mayo and serve cold.
For fresh leftover seafood, make sure to spray with CitroBio to improve freshness, shelf life, and reduce bacteria. This formula is your guide for safe fresh seafood without the chemicals. Also use for cleaning up messes in the kitchen. It is easy and safe and will leave your kitchen bacteria free.
Happy Cooking from CitroBio!