Birko Corporation
Birko Corporation
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  • SSOPs. GMP. FSMA. Quality Control. Employee Training. Proper PPE. These are table stakes when it comes to food safety. However, there is one topic often overlooked that can significantly impact food safety: Construction. Construction is a fact of life for food processing facilities. No matter the scope of the project, extra precautions are needed to minimize the food safety risks. Especially if pr...

Birko Corporation
Birko Corporation
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  • Since we launched our new powdered brewery cleaner, BBC, on Aug. 1, I’ve received some phone calls and emails asking about its usage. The single biggest question I’ve been asked is, “How is BBC different than Bru-R-Ez or Cell-R-Mastr?” My short answer is this: BBC has 10 times more alkalinity than Bru-R-Ez or Cell-R-Mastr at 1% w/w. In a nutshell, BBC (at 1% as supplied) is pH 12 compared to pH 11...

Birko Corporation
Birko Corporation
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  • This year’s NAMI Pathogen Control and Regulatory Compliance in Beef Processing Conference was an exciting one for Birko. Not only were we able to visit with customers and learn more about how we can better serve them, but we received very positive response to our technology currently in R&D, Elite 360. Dr. Bob Delmore of Colorado State University gave a first look at research showing the Elite 360...

Birko Corporation
Birko Corporation
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  • Listeria monocytogenes remains a major cause of foodborne illness in produce and ready to eat (RTE) food products. Because Listeria can survive and grow in cold, wet environments, it can become “resident” in a food processing facility. Persistent, resident Listeria in a plant means that food that comes into the plant in a clean state can become contaminated during processing. As a result, food pro...

Birko Corporation
Birko Corporation
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  • The North West Food Processors Association (NWFPA) and the Alliance for Listeriosis Prevention (ALP) recently sponsored a Listeria prevention workshop in Portland, OR. Over 150 representatives from the dairy, IQF, seafood and tree fruit processing industries spent two days listening to speakers and participating in channel-specific breakout sessions, learning and discussing best practices for cont...

Birko Corporation
Birko Corporation
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The “Maine Event”

  • I really like brewing technical conferences and the NE Brew Summit will be held on Friday, April 1st, (no I am not kidding) in Portland, Maine. It has been a very long time since I have been to Maine and I am really looking forward to participating in the event. I will be on two panels, one for equipment maintenance and the other on reducing dissolved oxygen (DO). The DO panel should be very good,...

Birko Corporation
Birko Corporation
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Spring is Here!

  • Although the calendar does not indicate that Spring has arrived yet, we seem to be having a bit of unseasonably warm weather here in Colorado the last couple of weeks. No complaints! February can normally be very cold, snowy, and dreary, but not this year. And now that March has finally arrived, it is a wonderful time to enjoy spring seasonal beers, which can include Irish Dry Stouts, (a St. Patri...

Birko Corporation
Birko Corporation
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  • The Rocky Mountain Microbrewing Symposium, (RMMS) held each February at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) campus is turning 21 on February 19th, 2016! Birko has been sponsoring this event for many, many years now, and it is a great event. The RMMS sells out every year, and there are a lot of excellent speakers throughout the day. I am on the steering committee, but most of the hea...

Birko Corporation
Birko Corporation
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  • beer ● stone (bir/stōn): the scale that forms in aging tanks, serving tanks and kegs. Known as calcium oxalate. Incredibly difficult to remove, especially after the buildup becomes visible to the naked eye. Beerstone leaves an unsanitary surface that can harbor microorganisms. It causes “off flavors.” It shortens a beer’s shelf life. It can ruin an entire batch of beer. In short, if left unchecked...

Birko Corporation
Birko Corporation
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  • Editor’s note: Miles Murphy, Birko’s technical sales representative for the Pacific Northwest, is working towards a degree in food safety regulation where he’s studying the latest updates on food safety legislation and best food handling practices. He’ll share his learnings and insights on larger food safety trends, gained from his research and discussions with food production companies. Yesterday...

Birko Corporation
Birko Corporation
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  • Yesterday I attended the Master Brewers Association of the Americas (MBAA) Rocky Mountain District Technical Summit where 12 speakers shared lots of pertinent info for brewers. Here are my three takeaways from the event: The most over-looked piece of equipment in the brewery also happens to be one of the most important: the glycol system. The glycol system allows for temperature control during fer...

Birko Corporation
Birko Corporation
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  • Last week, I was a co-presenter on a webinar hosted by the Produce Marketing Association, “Sanitation – your best crisis management tool.” My portion of the discussion focused on how produce companies can verify sanitation as a preventive control under the Food Safety Modernization Act. FSMA considers sanitation to be a preventive control, and requires that facilities not only verify the effective...

Birko Corporation
Birko Corporation
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  • A Safety Data Sheet (SDS) is a document that chemical providers are required by law to provide to customers that buy any potentially hazardous chemical. The purpose of an SDS is to ensure that workers understand the hazards of the chemicals they work with or might be exposed to while at work. This helps employees know which proper protective equipment (PPE) they need to safely handle and use the p...

Birko Corporation
Birko Corporation
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  • Surface interventions provide processors an additional line of defense against the pathogens that threaten food safety and consequently, a company’s...

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