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Tree Top’s Food Safety Journey - Part II
1/26/2022 By Becky Douglas
It really doesn’t take much of the wrong organism – Listeria, E. coli, Clostridium – to make a person ill. So, when we start to design our food preservation systems, one of the first questions we need to answer is: How many organisms do we need to kill? Knowing your ingredient materials plays a big part in helping to answer that question...READ MORE
Foodborne Illness
Tree Top’s Food Safety Journey – Part I
12/9/2021 By Becky Douglas
During the past few years, I’ve been working to revalidate Tree Top’s manufacturing processes for microbial reduction. Throughout this journey, I reflected on the origin, history, and science behind food spoilage. My contemplation led me to the idea of creating a series of blogs, exploring this topic and sharing with you – our Tree Top voyage. This series of articles will focus on pathogenic and spoilage bacteria, known control methods, how the food industry tests, defines, and implements process treatments to affect the destruction of these organisms, and some great ideas for controlling processes to ensure repeatable results...READ MORE
factors affecting freeze and thawing times
Factors Affecting Freeze and Thaw Times for Products
9/27/2019 By Becky Douglas
“How long will this take to freeze or thaw?” This is a question that is regularly asked, and the short answer is always, “It depends!” I thought I would take an opportunity to build on Kristine’s fantastic article from August and highlight some of the history and science behind solid-liquid transitions as they occur in everyday foods and the complexity of why freezing and thawing can be so challenging. Read More...
Is It A Plum?
3/12/2019 By Becky Douglas
Plums are the fruiting bodies from plants that belong to the subgenus Prunus (1). They have a smooth pit and a groove running down one side of the fruit. Plums have been cultivated all over the world since prehistoric times. Like other fruits such as apples, plums are available in many different varieties. Click title to read more.
Fruits Provide Innovative Edge With Cognitive Health Benefits
2/11/2019 By Becky Douglas
In addition to exercising and sleeping right, correct nutrition plays a major role in development, protection, and maintenance of brain functions. Our brains require a constant supply of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals to keep up with the extraordinary work load of the central nervous system. The brain only makes up about 2% of the weight of a human adult. At the same time, this organ can be... Click title to read more.
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