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John Nelson, with his company Nelson-Jameson, is this year’s recipient of the Marshfield Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry (MACCI) Friend of Agriculture award. Nelson, who is Chairman of the Board for Nelson-Jameson, will be presented with the award on Friday, June 2, during the Mayor’s Breakfast at the annual Dairyfest event in Marshfield, Wis.
The annual award honors individuals and/or businesses that have a commitment to agriculture, are innovative in the industry, and have made a positive economic impact in the Marshfield community. The MACCI Agri-Business Committee recognizes Nelson’s philanthropic support and community involvement, along with Nelson-Jameson’s commitment to providing safe quality food from farm to table for the past 70 years. Nelson-Jameson’s primary focus is to be an innovative partner to dairy farmers, milk haulers, coop fieldman, and to the cheese, dairy, and food processing plants not only in Wisconsin but across the U.S.
"We have always been an agricultural-related business, and we are happy and proud to be named the 2017 MACCI Friend of Agriculture,” Nelson said. As the son of founder Earl Nelson, he has been a driving force in the growth and expansion of Nelson-Jameson, and has seen the company through six additions to the Marshfield facility, as well as the addition of branches in California, Idaho, Texas, Pennsylvania, and Illinois.
Nelson also has been a positive figure in his community as a generous advocate of the United Way and a former MACCI Ambassador and Transportation Committee member; he has served on the Marshfield City Plan Commission, the Economic Development Board, the industrial Park Authority, the local board of Ministry St. Joseph’s Hospital, and both the local and regional boards of Associated Bank.
Texas Relocation. In other news, Nelson-Jameson’s Texas branch will be moving from Dumas to Amarillo, to enable the company to better serve its existing customer base, and position itself for more growth in the South Central region. This new location is strategically designed to improve operations, as well as customer service, as it will be located closer to major LTL carriers and small parcel shipping hubs. “With this facility in place and operational we will continue our growth within the South Central region and provide more capacity to other areas,” says Carl Hamann, vice president of branch and warehouse operations at Nelson-Jameson. “This will be a wonderful facility and provide us with many years of growth potential.”
The facility, which will open on June 12, is located on a lot of more than four acres in a well-developed business park, and is approximately 25,000 square feet with three finished docks and two more dock openings that will allow for future growth as the need arises. Office space consists of approximately 1,800 square feet and includes offices, cubical space, a conference room, and break room. Warehouse space will boast high cube space storage system with 750,000 cubic feet of storage area, and the capacity to hold 224 pallets of refrigerated product.
The subject of labeling of foods which contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs) has been an ongoing debate since the 1990s. A GMO is defined as any organism which has had its genes artificially modified, through genetic engineering (GE), for the purpose of changing one or more of its characteristics in ways that would not normally occur in nature (World Health Organization, 2014). These changes typically have a positive impact on the farming industry’s ability to grow/harvest the plant, or enhance the plants attributes (such as producing more protein.) The U.S. federal government has enacted legislation that allowed three methods for GMO labeling: a text statement, a symbol (still being developed, but possibly similar to the kosher symbol), and/or a Q.R. code (Wheeler, 2016).
These three methods of labeling are the core of the case study, GMO Labeling – A Conflicting Dilemma by Robert Chon Strong, written as a part of Northeastern University’s GST 6350: Global Economics of Food and Agriculture with Professor Darin Detwiler. In the case study, each method is analyzed from each perspective of the three major key players. In conclusion, this case study makes a recommendation on which method is the most appropriate to achieve an ideal relationship between the industry and the consumer.Read the paper at GMO Labeling – A Conflicting Dilemma.
Destech Publications, Inc. announces the publication of Molecular Methods for the Detection and Characterization of Foodborne and Environmental Pathogens by Suresh D. Pillai Ph.D. and Jessica A. McKelvey M.S.
Combining the depth of a textbook and the guidance of a lab manual, this volume introduces contemporary molecular methods that are widely used to identify and characterize microbial populations and specific pathogens, the publisher said. The book is structured to explain the basic theory and the rationale for choosing appropriate approaches and specific methods. This material is supplemented by in-depth descriptions of lab experiments. Step-by-step guidelines are provided for a variety of experimental objectives. The techniques explained in this volume can be used in a variety of instructional settings and have been taught to students in academic disciplines such as food science, nutrition, environmental technology, and animal science.
- Techniques for the detection and characterization of microbial pathogens in foods and environmental samples.
- Molecular techniques and their underlying theories and protocols laid out step by step.
- Protocols cover: sample processing, DNA extraction, PCR amplification of target genes, methods for quantifying and quality checking DNA/RNA samples.
- Conventional microbiology, DNA, RNA and other genetic techniques using commercially available materials and kits.
- Guidance for examining, recording, and interpreting data.
- Microorganisms: Detection and Characterization
- Microbial DNA Extraction, Purification and Quantification
- Introduction to PCR Amplification
- DNA Fingerprinting
- Microbial RNA Extraction, Purification and Quantification
- Gene Expression using Real-Time PCR Assay
Molecular Methods for the Detection and Characterization of Foodborne and Environmental Pathogens, by Suresh D. Pillai Ph.D. and Jessica A. McKelvey M.S., is published by Destech Publications, best known for advanced publications in engineering and science. 2017, 163 pages, 6x9, hardcover, ISBN 978-1-60595-079-2, Price: $129.50. The book is available at www.destechpub.com.
In July, the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) will present awards recognizing excellence in food safety to the following organizations and individuals at IAFP 2017 in Tampa, Fla.
- The IAFP Fellow Award – awarded to professionals who have contributed to IAFP and its affiliates with distinction over an extended period of time. This year, five recipients will receive this honor: Judy D. Greig, Public Health Agency of Canada, Guelph, Ontario; Dale Grinstead, Sealed Air Core Research & Development, Racine, Wisconsin; Vijay K. Juneja, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Center, Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania; Jeffrey L. Kornacki, Kornacki Microbiology Solutions, Inc., Madison, Wisconsin; and Donald W. Schaffner, Rutgers University – The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, New Jersey.
- President’s Lifetime Achievement Award – Christine M. Bruhn, University of California – Davis (retired), Davis, Calif. This award, given at the discretion of the IAFP President, recognizes an individual who has made a lasting impact on Advancing Food Safety Worldwide® through a lifetime of professional achievements in food protection.
- The Honorary Life Membership Award – David Blomquist, Ecolab (retired), Hastings, Minn.; Maria Teresa Destro, bioMérieux, São Paulo, Brazil; Marilyn Lee, Ryerson University (retired), Toronto, Canada; John Sofos, Colorado State University (University Distinguished Professor Emeritus), Ft. Collins, Col.; and Katherine M.J. Swanson, Consultant, Mendota Heights, Minn. This award recognizes IAFP Members for their dedication to the high ideals and objectives of IAFP and for their service to the Association.
- The Harry Haverland Citation Award – J. Santos Garcia A., Universidad Autonoma de Neuvo Leon, Mexico, for his years of devotion to the ideals and objectives of the Association.
- Food Safety Innovation Award – Novolyze, Orliénas, France, will receive the award for its SurroNovTM products.
- The International Leadership Award – George-John Nychas, Agricultural University, Athens, Greece, for his dedication to the high ideals and objectives of IAFP and for promotion of the mission of the Association in countries outside of the United States and Canada.
- GMA Food Safety Award – The Center for Food Safety Engineering and the Department of Food Science, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind., in recognition of a long history of outstanding contributions to food safety research and education.
- The Frozen Food Foundation Freezing Research Award – Mark Harrison, University of Georgia, `Athens. This award honors an individual, group, or organization for preeminence and outstanding contributions in research that impacts food safety attributes of freezing.
- The Maurice Weber Laboratorian Award – Arun K. Bhunia, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind., to recognize his service for outstanding contributions in the laboratory and recognizing a commitment to the development of innovative and practical analytical approaches in support of food safety.
- The Larry Beuchat Young Researcher Award – Xiaonan Lu, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, will be presented. This award is presented to a young researcher who has shown outstanding ability and professional promise in the early years of his or her career.
- The Ewen C.D. Todd Control of Foodborne Illness Award – Frank Bryan, Food Safety Consultation and Training (retired), Lithonia, Ga. New this year, the award recognizes an individual for dedicated and exceptional contributions to the reduction of risks of foodborne illness.
- The Sanitarian Award – Candace A. Jacobs, Washington Department of Agriculture, Olympia, Wash., to recognize her dedication and exceptional service to the profession of sanitarian, serving the public and the food industry.
- The Elmer Marth Educator Award – Judy Harrison, University of Georgia, Athens, to recognize her dedication and exceptional contributions to the profession of the educator.
- The Harold Barnum Industry Award – Michael Roberson, Publix Super Markets, Inc., Lakeland, Fla., recognizing his outstanding service to IAFP, the public, and the food industry.