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November 29, 2005








Economic Report:
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The 2006 FER E&S Market Forecast: Another Year Of 2%+ Real Growth Predicted, But Slowing Operator Growth, More Price Pressure Expected

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Feb. 11-13, 2006

Tomlinson Acquires C&K Assets
McDonald's Applauded For Social Responsibility Efforts
Northern Parts Sells To Bevcore
Vollrath Takes Editors' Choice Award
IFMA, NACUFS Call For Nominations



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In This Section:

Revised NSF/ANSI Standards 6, 8 Use New Test Methods
ASTM Releases New Test Method For Grease Filters
ICC Offers Telephone Seminar Series On Codes
San Francisco Says Food Warnings Must Be Multi-Lingual

This issue's Economic ReportSponsor: Atlas Metal Industries Inc. |  Industry ReportSponsor: MUFES '06, Feb. 11-13, 2006
Regulatory Report Sponsored by APW Wyott Innovations

Revised NSF/ANSI Standards 6, 8 Use New Test Methods
Science—and test methods—march on. NSF Int'l., in conjunction with American National Standards Institute, has just published two newly revised standards, and both include new, more accurate cleanability test methods.

NSF/ANSI Standard 6, which pertains to dispensing freezers, and NSF/ANSI Standard 8, for commercial powered food prep equipment, now call for a test technique called membrane filtration. The big advantage over earlier test techniques is that MF allows researchers to count the actual number of microbes in a sample medium. Until now, the old method required pour-plating a culture of violet red bile agar to identify target organisms, then following with a Most Probable Number test using another medium, all of which only arrived at an estimate of microbial populations.

In addition, both standards were edited to clarify minimum food protection and sanitation requirements for these types of equipment, make the standards consistent with "boilerplate" language, and update normative references. The biggest changes in both standards are updated test methods.

NSF Int'l is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Mich.; ANSI is based in Washington, D.C.

 

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ASTM Releases New Test Method For Grease Filters
After a long struggle to come up with a replicable new method for testing the efficiency of grease filters, ASTM Int'l.—formerly American Society of Testing & Measurement—has finally published ASTM F2519-05.

The new test method, in short, uses an aerosol grease generator to produce a known quantity of grease, in known particle sizes, and then measures numerous characteristics to arrive at filter efficiency by particulate size. One of the great advantages of the new method over old ones is that it accounts for particles under 10 microns in diameter—a category that accounts for more than half of cooking grease effluent but until recently went largely unaddressed.

Measuring the efficiency of a grease filter has always been difficult. One of the problems, according to George Zawacki, founder of ventilation-oriented www.upyourstack.com, was finding a reliable way to produce different size grease molecules without the expensive and time-consuming process of cooking large volumes of pounds of different types of food products.

Although the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers wasn't directly involved in this specific effort, it was involved in earlier projects that laid the groundwork. An ASHRAE technical committee for kitchen ventilation, for example, came up with an idea for mechanically producing grease molecules. The job of making sure it worked was handed over to a team at the University of Minnesota's engineering department, headed by Tom Keuhn, P.E. Once the research team verified the accuracy of the machine that produces the grease molecules, ASTM accepted the test method.

For more information, check out www.astm.com or go to www.upyourstack.com/newsletters/112205/standards.asp.


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ICC Offers Telephone Seminar Series On Codes
Stumped on the 2006 International Codes? You won't be needing that decoder ring to figure them out. A simple phone call will do.

The International Code Council is offering a telephone seminar series on all the new codes that affect architects, engineers, plan reviewers, code officials and other building safety and fire prevention professionals. Starting in January, four separate sessions will review the '06 codes and all the changes since '03.

Seminar dates are Jan. 11, Feb. 28, March 28 and April 19. The fee is $175 per seminar, but the cost is per site, so you can have an unlimited number of people listening in.

For more information on seminar times and registration, visit www.iccsafe.org/training or contact Joyce Patterson at 888/422-7233, ext. 4322 or e-mail jpatterson@iccsafe.org.


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San Francisco Says Food Warnings Must Be Multi-Lingual
Time to brush up on your foreign language skills. San Francisco's Board of Supervisors this month passed an ordinance that requires Prop 65 food warnings to be printed in Spanish and Chinese as well as English.

Prop 65 is the California law that requires you to warn consumers if your food products contain agents that cause cancer or birth defects, such as mercury in tuna or swordfish. (Yep, the same law that caused California Attorney General Bill Lockyer to file suit against several restaurant chains and food companies to make them label French fries and snack foods.)

The new law, supported by the Golden Gate Restaurant Association, was passed Nov. 1 and took effect on Nov. 10.



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