DuPont pioneers food safety testing process
Baldwin says city staff members should oversee the permit process, which is currently handled by the Downtown Raleigh Alliance. That could improve coordination and communication surrounding the events, she said. Diaz said hes happy to give up that role. We felt that we had all of the responsibility and none of the authority to manage city employees, he said. Feeding the hungry And while downtown is drawing runners and food truck fans, its still home to some of Raleighs neediest residents, which brings multiple groups to Moore Square each weekend to hand out food. The charities say they havent received the same welcome that road races and festivals get instead, they reported being threatened with arrest in August for violating city ordinances governing food distribution. That rule hadnt been enforced for years, but now future development plans are creating pressure to clean up the park. The charities, along with residents and business owners, will meet once more on Oct. 22 to finalize recommendations to the city council. Many of them have suggested that the city should provide the alternative site if Moore Square isnt an option. Baldwin and Councilman John Odom say theyll likely budget funds toward a solution. Im willing to put some money in that and make that happen, Odom said, adding that he doesnt think the park is the right place for charity work.
There’s a lot of families who are not going to be able to feed children because the system is being maintenanced,” Colman said. “No one should put maintenance in during the daytime.” She planned to reach out to local officials. “I’m trying to reach out to everybody because I’m not thinking of me an adult who can figure out things. I’m thinking of the simpler person in the world who is sitting there trying to just do basic shopping to feed their kids. You don’t want children going hungry tonight because of stupidity,” she said. Colman said the store manager promised her that he would honor the day’s store flyer discounts next week. Ohio’s cash and food assistance card payment systems went down at 11 a.m., said Benjamin Johnson, a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Ohio’s cash system has been fixed, however he said that its electronic benefits transfer card system is still down. Johnson said Xerox is notifying retailers to revert to the manual system, meaning SNAP customers can spend up to $50 until the system is back online. SNAP recipients should call the 800 number on the back of their card, and Xerox will guide them through the purchase process. Illinois residents began reporting problems with their cards known as LINK in that state on Saturday morning, said Januari Smith, spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Human Services. Smith said that typically when the cards aren’t working retailers can call a backup phone number to find out how much money a customer has available in their account.
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Green beans and pumpkin pies. The safety of the food that’s an item on someone else’s list. Inside the labs of DuPont’s Nutrition and Health business at the Experimental Station , a team of scientists in Delaware whose life work is rooted in improving food safety testing technologies advance the BAX system, which the firm invented to detect foodborne pathogens, including salmonella, listeria and E. coli. This month, the BAX system was adopted by the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service as the official method to detect E. coli in meat, carcasses and so-called environmental sponges, or swabs to detect pathogens in a work environment. The assays also were added to the group’s Microbiology Laboratory Guidebook . “It’s a very, very powerful technique,” said George Tice , research and development director of food diagnostics for DuPont Nutrition and Health. “One very nice feature about it is, depending on how you define your target, you can make it very specific for a strain of bacteria or a genus of bacteria.” In the late ’80s, now-retired DuPont scientist Vinay Chowdhry and a team zeroed in on a Nobel Prize-winning technology called polymerase chain reaction (PCR), which uses the DNA in an organism to identify another specific organism. DuPont became a pioneer in advanced food safety testing by applying the prize-winning science to the pathogen detection process in food and became the “first to introduce an automated detection system,” Tice said. Before DuPont’s BAX system was introduced, the gold standard was taking cultures, measuring them and letting them grow in a petri dish, which took at least five days, said Cathy Andriadis , global public relations leader for DuPont Nutrition and Health. In contrast, the BAX system delivers results in 10 hours or less.