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GUELPH, ON, April 22, 2021 /CNW/ - Precision Biomonitoring has received a grant from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) through the Innovative Solutions Canada (ISC) Program to develop a rapid, highly-sensitive, mobile and specific testing methodology aimed at the improved detection of food borne pathogenic bacteria.

Project BISTRO aims to develop a rapid point-of-need solution to detect harmful pathogenic bacteria, including listeria and salmonella, particularly in leafy greens and produce, with greater sensitivity than current state-of-the-art testing technology.

"As food borne illnesses rise, it will be important that Canada is equipped with the innovative tools and resources that will enable bacteria detection before products reach stores and consumers," says Dr. Mario Thomas, CEO, Precision Biomonitoring. "We are looking forward to being able to potentially improve food borne illness detection that will ensure the health and safety of Canadians."

Project BISTRO is an ultra-portable, low-cost platform that uses on-site sample preparation tools with an integrated enrichment step to extract nucleic acids from various contaminated sample types. Using highly sensitive amplification coupled with digital lateral flow devices, the solution will be able to deliver reliable detection results in less than two hours. Project BISTRO is an adaptation of Precision Biomonitoring's successful TripleLockTM platform, which was approved by Health Canada to support rapid testing needs in response to COVID-19.

"If successful, a portable tool like this could  help reduce risk in food supply by detecting food borne pathogens throughout the farm-to-fork continuum," says Tammy Switucha, Chief Food Safety Officer for Canada and Executive Director, Food Safety and Consumer Protection Directorate, CFIA. "The CFIA appreciates the work being done by Precision Biomonitoring to support innovation and evolve with rapidly changing technology that can help keep our food supply safe."

The device will provide food producers, farming and agriculture operations, distribution centres and large-scale grocers with peace of mind that they are providing their customers with safe food and produce.

CFIA has awarded Precision Biomonitoring a Phase I grant through the ISC program to continue development of Project BISTRO. If successful, following Phase I and analysis of results, Precision Biomonitoring will apply for an additional ISC grant for Phase II, which would enable the partners to bring Project BISTRO from concept to commercialization.

 
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OXFORD, Conn., April 20, 2021 -- Adam Equipment, a leading worldwide manufacturer of professional scales and balances, introduced CBX, a new on-the-go, value-priced balance that’s designed to outlast the average weighing device.

“We recognize that industry is facing growing pressure to reduce waste. One of the most obvious ways to help with this is providing products built to last longer,” said Richard Storey, Adam Equipment’s Managing Director. “The CBX perfectly represents our aim to offer our customers long term value for money and reduce industry waste.”

Ideal for use in laboratories, education, office mailrooms and production control, CBX offers both basic weighing and parts counting functionality.

The versatile balance can be powered by either an included adapter or an internal rechargeable battery. For convenience, recharging may be also done via low-voltage USB-type input. Auto power-off saves energy to extend battery life, while a low battery indicator alerts the user when it’s time to recharge.

The long-lasting rechargeable lithium battery (good for up to 216 hours between charges) and lightweight construction (its net weight is only 1.26lbs./572g) make CBX perfectly portable for the ultimate flexibility in usage.

CBX is available in three models: CBX 1201 (1200g capacity and 0.1g readability), CBX 3001 (3000g capacity and 0.5g readability) and CBX 6001 (6000g capacity and 1g readability). Each model delivers results in grams, pounds, ounces and Newtons.

Durable ABS housing and a 5.8”/148mm square stainless steel pan allow CBX to handle demands from light office duty all the way up to harsh industrial use in temperatures that range from freezing to 104°F/40°C. The grade 304 stainless steel pan protects the scale from most materials and liquids, making cleanup fast and easy.

Easy to setup and operate, CBX offers a simple-to-use sealed keypad and a bright, backlit 0.7”/18mm LCD display. A built-in level indicator and adjustable feet ensure proper balance for optimum weighing results.

To learn more about the CBX range, visit https://www.adamequipment.com/cbx-compact-balances.

 
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ROSEMONT, IL, April 20, 2021 - The 2021 Virtual Food Safety Summit will offer three full days of education sessions, access to vendors who will be showcasing the newest and most innovative food safety solutions and several online networking opportunities. This online event will take place Tuesday, May 11 through Thursday, May 13, 2021 and will feature an opening keynote by Craig Wilson, Vice President, GMM, Costco, who will talk about The New Role and Responsibilities of the Food Safety Professional in the COVID-19 World; the Summit’s Annual Town Hall with leaders from FDA, USDA, CDC, and AFDO with the additions of Sandra Eskin, new Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety, at the USDA and Sherri McGarry, COVID liaison for the FDA and CDC; and an interactive closing session Beyond COVID: Let’s Work the Problem People – A Guide to Flexible Crisis Planning. On Monday, May 10, the Summit will kick off with Intentional Adulteration: Conducting Vulnerability Assessment Course. Click hereto register.

“We have developed a stellar education program which will offer many new speakers from McDonald’s, Rutgers Climate Institute, Hogan Lovells, Cargill, United Fresh, New York Department of Agriculture, Sysco Specialty Meats, Public Supermarket, and many returning speakers who will offer our attendees solutions for today and plans for tomorrow,” said Scott Wolters, Chief Events Officer, BNP Media, producers of the Summit. “We thank our Educational Advisory Board and all of our exhibitors for their continued support of our virtual format. We are excited to bring our community together online to have access to three days of live and on demand sessions, robust content, networking opportunities with peers, and an interactive exhibit hall.”

Each morning of the Summit will kick off with a two-hour workshop from 8:00 am – 10:00 am Central Time focused on State of the Industry” – Effects of COVID-19 on Current and Future Management Practices on Tuesday, May 11; RoadMap to Food Safety Culture on Wednesday, May 12; and What Does Traceability Mean for Me and My Business? On Thursday, May 13.The Summit has also partnered with the FSPCA to offer the Intentional Adulteration: Conducting Vulnerability Assessment Certificate Course to be held on Monday, May 10. 

Eighteen one-hour sessions will offer insight from subject matter experts on such hot topics as how ventilation can reduce disease transmission, virtual auditing, the new OSHA enforcements, food safety leadership, mutual reliance, food safety challenges with plant-based foods, working with local public health officials, retail and new business, how climate affects the food supply chain, managing unintended consequences, and international impact on food supply imports, to name a few. Visit https://www.food-safety.com/food-safety-summit/agendafor the sessions and speakers.

From 12:00–2:30 pm CT, each day of the event, the virtual exhibit hall will be open and feature Gold Sponsor Purell; Silver Sponsors Applied Food Diagnostics and Millipore Sigma; and Bronze Sponsor Elisa Technologies. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from technology companies in the Tech Tent and attend live sponsored education sessions on the Solutions Stage with informative presentations from Millipore Sigma, Orkin, Hexagon, Intertek Alchemy, FoodLogiQ, Mettler Toledo, Controlant, Perkin Elmer, Inficon, Beekeeper, One Event Technologies, WeRFood Safety, Safety Chain, AFCO, IFS, and others. 

For more information, on sponsorship or exhibiting opportunities contact Kim Hansen at hansenk@bnpmedia.com. For more information and updates for the 2021 event, visit www.foodsafetysummit.com or follow on Twitter, LinkedInand Facebook

The virtual Summit is $399 to attend the full conference, which includes access to the entire platform, including virtual exhibit booths, all live and on-demand education sessions, the ability to participate in group discussions and networking events with colleagues and speakers, and more! There is also a FREE option to attend the Summit for those that would like to visit the Exhibit Hall and attend only the General Sessions each day (three sessions total). Registration is now open at https://www.food-safety.com/food-safety-summit

 
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CAMBRIDGE BAY, NUNAVUT, CANADA, APRIL 15, 2021 - Province Brands of Canada, the beverage technology company behind a groundbreaking process for creating both (1) sugars for beverage fermentation (e.g. for brewing beer/ nonalcoholic beer) and (2) sugars tailored for sweetening food and beverage from just about any type of non-starch cellulosic plant material, today announced the execution of a Subscription Agreement for a CAD$25 million investment commitment from GEM Global Yield LLC SCS ("GEM"), the private alternative investment group.

Under the agreement, GEM will provide Province Brands with a Share Subscription Facility of up to CAD$25 million with a 36-month term provided that Province Brands’ common stock is listed on a major stock exchange. Province Brands will control the timing and maximum amount of drawdowns under this facility and has no minimum drawdown obligation. Concurrent with a public listing of Province Brands of Canada’s shares, Province Brands will issue warrants to GEM to purchase up to 7.8% of the common stock of the company.

"We are excited to work with a world-class partner such as GEM. This partnership will support our plans to bring some really wonderful products to market," said Jennifer Dianne Thomas, Province Brands of Canada’s Chief Executive Officer. “We anticipate that this equity facility will help us complete construction on our 123,000 SF facility in Grimsby, Ontario, and launch products using our first-of-its-kind intellectual property.  We are now exploring ways to list our company’s shares so that we can take advantage of this equity facility should we choose to do so.”

Province Brands of Canada currently options with publicly listed companies. Following such a merger, the Share Subscription Facility would become available to the combined entity.  Funds from the equity facility may be used to complete construction on Province Brands’ production facility and to fund the launch of premium lower-glycemic index, vegan and gluten-free plant-based sugars and beverages using Province Brands’ patent-pending technology for converting cellulosic plant materials such as agricultural byproduct into premium edible andfermentable sugars.

“YANDI FRESH” THC Cannabis Beverage

In preparation for expected product launches, Province Brands has submitted its Notice of New Cannabis Product to Health Canada for its “YANDI FRESH” brand of grapefruit-ginger seltzer with THC and submitted its notice to purchase to Ontario Cannabis Stores.

 
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Waterloo, ON  – April, 2021 -- The servo-driven Handtmann Rotary Dividing Solution for pizza and bread dough scales with +/-1% accuracy at up to 200 ppm.  It designed for operations that want to efficiently produce a large range of premium products on a single cutting unit.  With the VF 800 divider, the single lane SE 442-1 Rotary Divider delivers higher dough yields without oil, in a short product path and with exceptional dough quality.  The consistent and continuous scaling of each dough piece also ensures a stable, process-reliable operation.

The consistent accuracy of this rotary solution is ensured with servo-managed signaling from the Handtmann VF800 divider to the rotary cutting insert.  It uses standard Handtmann inserts that are available in a variety of customizable shapes and diameters that range from 30mm to 95mm.  The Handtmann rotary blade is designed with a unique undercut function that increases precision. 

Blade speed is adjustable for different dough densities and the rotary blade and conveyor belt speeds can be controlled separately.  This enables exact product depositing with equal spacing so dough orientation on the belt can be optimized for downstream processes.

Paul Hill, National Bakery Sales Manager says “This new SE 442-1 rotary dividing option delivers flexibility, reliability and very accurate dough balls at all sizes in volume.  And simple changes to shaping inserts makes it a very flexible solution.”  He notes that Handtmann reliability means “dough balls with consistently reliable gram-accurate weights throughout industrial production runs and from shift-to-shift, month after month, tear in and year out.” While wear is an issue with all dividers, Hill notes that Handtmann dividers return to OEM tolerances with a simple adjustment of the vane cell cam instead of through the purchase of expensive component replacements.”

 

 The SE 442-1 was also designed for the toughest sanitation standards.  It is mobile and can be wheeled easily around the production floor and into a wet area for full jet water cleaning.  All SE 442-1 parts and components in contact with product are also easily removed for cleaning in the washer. 

The Handtmann SE 442-1 Rotary Solution safely reduces giveaway and virtually eliminates rework. Teardown and sanitation are simple.  Changeovers are fast and workhorse reliability makes this a very dependable production partner.

  • Efficient, consistent & economical production with high capacity
  • Excellent product quality with gentle feeding and oil-free dividing
  • Flexibility with easy inserts and adaptable depositing on the belt
  • Modular compatibility with upstream and downstream systems

    Latest hygienic design

 

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