November 2015 - In This Issue:

WELCOME. Let me introduce you to Daily Laboratories. 
Daily Laboratories, Division of Mobilab, Inc. is a private ISO-certified laboratory serving diverse industries including food, dairy, meat, produce, water, cosmetic, plastic and paper companies.  We can test products and environmental samples.

 The laboratory was established in 1960 as a raw milk testing laboratory. We are a woman-owned business and have expanded to provide microbiological services for other industries. We are also capable of testing for the presence of pesticides residue and allergens in environmental samples. 

"We partner with our clients to deliver customized solutions that resolve their issues."

U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps 

The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps is a nationwide organization dedicated to helping American youth realize personal success and achievement through a nautically oriented training program. Through Sea Cadet leadership, young Americans ages 11 through 13 (Navy League Cadets) and ages 13 through 18 (Sea Cadets) develop interest and skill in basic seamanship and its naval adaptations, while learning the value of patriotism, courage, self reliance, teamwork and accountability.

For more information:
FSMA Environmental Monitoring - Clear as Mud

As we continue our analysis and review of the rules, our focus this week is on environmental monitoring. As expected FDA is developing guidance on environmental monitoring, but until then, it is helpful to understand the key points of the provisions and what you will be required to do.
The simplest explanation of the requirements for environmental monitoring comes straight from the rule: This final regulation requires domestic and foreign facilities to "institute risk-based environmental monitoring ... as appropriate to the food, the facility, and the nature of the preventive controls."  

Stray Cats Guard Chicago Brewery
Protect Precious Beer Grain From Rats.

 If you're a brewery and you've got rodents chewing through 50-pound bags of expensive grain, who you gonna call?
Meet Venkman, Raymond, Egon and Gozer - Empirical Brewery's "Ghostbusters"-named feral cat colony, adopted in December through the Tree House Humane Society's  Cats at Work program.
"If a brewer says they don't have rats, they're lying," said Bill Hurley, owner of Empirical, 1801 W. Foster Ave.

10 Life Lessons from Admiral McRaven
Urges Graduates to Find the Courage to Change the World
A very impressive lesson - 

The following are the remarks by Naval Adm. William H. McRaven, ninth commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, at the University-wide Commencement at The University of Texas at Austin on May 17: ....  

   "It's been almost 37 years to the day that I graduated from UT. I remember a lot of things about that day. I remember I had throbbing headache from a party the night before. I remember I had a serious girlfriend, whom I later married - that's important to remember by the way - and I remember that I was getting commissioned in the Navy that day. .... "    
Watch the video and read the entire speech. 

Agar Art

A Microbiologist Recreated 'Starry Night' With Bacteria In A Petri Dish and it's not too shabby. 

American Society for Microbiology had their first Agar  Art  contest. The competition invited microbiologists to get in touch with their cultural sides in more ways than one, exploring the infectious beauty of infectious bacteria.

Read more here and see the winners and other submissions. 

Lisa Strickland

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