Foodservice Equipment Reports Fortnightly

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February 27, 2007

Economic Report:
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Operators Saw Traffic, Sales Rebound In Late 2006
Economists Boost 2007 GDP, Consumer Spending Forecast
Consumer Prices Jump More Than Anticipated In January

Regulatory Report:
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California Mulls, NYC Delays Calorie Counts On Menus
Massachusetts Poised To Pass Franchisee Protection
Colorado's No-Bare-Hand Contact Rule Takes Effect March 1
Wisconsin, Virginia, County in Kentucky Step Closer To Smoking Bans

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In This Section:
Free Book On Sustainable Building Design Offered
Study Shows Copper Is An E. coli Killer
EPA Announces Lifecycle Building Competition
Canada Reports Another Mad Cow

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Free Book On Sustainable Building Design Offered
The Sustainable Design Forum is offering builders and designers a free book on sustainable design. Environmental Sustainability: Collaboration and Marketing Best Practices in the Building Industry is an e-book that presents case histories on how to build and market green buildings, including challenges and lessons learned.

The book also contains a comprehensive list of resources to help contractors and designers navigate through codes and standards, streamline green business practices and improve profitability on sustainable building projects.

SDF is an online community of architects, contractors, designers, engineers, developers, builders, landscape architects, product manufacturers, and owners whose intent is to help each other thrive in the new green economy. The new e-book is available free by registering on


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Study Shows Copper Is An E. coli Killer
Researchers at the University of Southampton, U.K., have discovered that E. coli O157:H7 can't survive on copper alloy surfaces.

When scientists left the potentially deadly bacteria on stainless steel surfaces at both room and refrigerated temperatures, it continued to multiply. But when left on three copper alloy surfaces under the same conditions, no bacteria survived after three hours. Two other copper alloys significantly reduced the number of bacteria in the same time frame. Alloys with 90% or more copper content were the most effective at reducing or eliminating bacteria.

As a practical matter, it was unclear what role this discovery might play in foodservice applications.

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EPA Announces Lifecycle Building Competition
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is challenging architects, designers and builders to develop buildings that facilitate reuse and minimize waste. Co-sponsored by the Building Materials Reuse Association, the American Institute of Architects and West Coast Green, the challenge invites entries in three main categories: buildings; components, such as a single building assembly or system; and services, tools, methods or other ideas.

Entries can be for built or un-built projects, and winners will be honored at the West Coast Green Conference in San Francisco in September. Student design winners will also receive cash awards.

According to the EPA, buildings account for 60% of total materials flow (excluding food and fuel) and 33% of the solid waste stream in the United States. Lifecycle building reuses building components and recycles materials in the construction of new buildings. For more information on the challenge and entry requirements, go to

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Canada Reports Another Mad Cow
Canada's Food Inspection Agency has confirmed the country's ninth case of BSE or "mad cow" disease. The case, discovered in a bull in Alberta, is like others in Canada in which animals from five to seven years old have developed symptoms of the brain-wasting disease.

Bovine spongiform encephalopathy can be contracted by cattle in their first year of life, usually by eating tissue from infected animals that has been ground into feed. Canada is implementing more stringent feed regulations in July, which it hopes will eliminate mad cow entirely within 10 years.

Only three cattle in the United States have contracted confirmed cases of mad cow. Two were born in the United States, and one was originally from Canada. Only one person has died in the United States from the human version of mad cow, called variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, a British woman who contracted the disease in England.

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