Sanitizing kitchen sponges is important because they may be contaminated with pathogens like Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Salmonella. Microbiologists Manan Sharma and Cheryl Mudd also tested sponges soaked in lemon juice and in deionized water for 1 minute and in 10% bleach solution for 3 minutes, and they left one untreated. Between 37% and 87% of bacteria were killed using these methods, leaving sufficient bacteria to cause disease. (Deionized water is purified water from which most ions, such as sodium, calcium, iron, and chloride, have been removed). Others studies have shown the powerful effects of microwaving. University of Florida engineering researchers found that microwaving killed more than 99% of bacteria in sponges that had been soaked in raw wastewater, according to a Jan 22 university news release. The study was published in the December 2006 issue of the Journal of Environmental Health. Apr 23 USDA news releasehttp://www.ars.usda.gov/is/pr/2007/070423.htm Initially, each of the sponges contained about 20 million microbes, after researchers soaked them in a solution of ground beef and lab growth medium for 48 hours. The study was conducted at the ARS Food Technology and Safety Laboratory in Beltsville, Md. See also: Sponges should be wet when placed in the microwave and should have no metallic components, according to the University of Florida release. Treatment in the microwave and the dishwasher also left sponges with less than 1% of the original counts of yeasts and molds in them, whereas 6.7% to 63% remained in the sponges treated with the other methods or left untreated. The ARS said these methods were tested because they are commonly used in households. Apr 25, 2007 (CIDRAP News) Bacteria in a kitchen sponge can best be eliminated by heating the sponge in a microwave oven or running it through an automatic dishwasher, according to a study by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). “Basically what we find is that we could knock out most bacteria in two minutes,” said Gabriel Bitton, University of Florida environmental engineering professor, in the news release. Researchers found that microwaving a wet sponge for 1 minute killed 99.9999% of bacteria, while running a sponge through a dishwasher cycle that included drying eliminated 99.9998% of bacteria, the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) said in an Apr 23 news release. News release on University of Florida studyhttp://news.ufl.edu/2007/01/22/zap-the-bugs/
The Swedish Port of Norrkoping said in its latest release that the Environmental Court has given its necessary approval for the port expansion program, aimed to boost the region’s business and improve the possibilities for efficient and sustainable transport.The project now enters next phase, with the aim of beginning dredging work in 2019, the port stated.Commenting the news, Henrik Åkerstom, the port’s CEO, said: “We now have the environmental ruling we need to expand the ports capacity. We can now start with the expansion which is needed to cope with increased freight volumes, larger vessels and more efficient production at the port.”“I am glad we have got a good start to start such a big and important venture for Norrkoping and the region. The port is of great importance for our businesses and the upcoming expansion strengthens Norrkoping as one of the country’s leading logistics areas,” added Pontus Lindblom, Business director, Municipality of Norrkoping.On behalf of the municipality, Port of Norrkoping operates the expansion of Pampushamnen at Handelo. It is a part of the transformation of the inner harbor to the residential and inner city area.
The Batesville Bulldog Cross Country team opened up their 2018 season with a new race added to their schedule…they traveled over two hours and competed in the Valley Kickoff Meet in Terre Haute at the LaVern Gibson NCAA Championship Course, which also happens to be the high school State Course. There were 18 teams competing in the girls race and 19 for the boys. This meet was not scored as a team, but only individuals were recognized. They gave awards to the top 20.Batesville had 4 individuals place in the top 20 with Ean Loichinger crowned as the champion of the boys race. Ean dominated from the very beginning and held on to his lead down the home stretch, winning by 5 seconds and coming through in a time of 16:28. Congratulations Ean!!! Also placing in the top 20 for the boys was Adam Moster at 17th, 17:38. Other runners for the Bulldogs were: Joshua Myers, 34th, Benjamin Moster, 46th, Adam Hollowell, 67th, Dillan Murray, 82nd, Nathan Villani, 127th and Charlie Laymon, 167th. On the girls side, the Bulldogs also had 2 girls placing in the top 20. Lily Pinckley led the dogs at 10th place (20:52) followed closely by Liz Loichinger at 12th (21:19). Other runners for the girls were: Trysta Vierling, 40th, Sarah Ripperger, 42nd, Katie Olsen, 52nd Maria Lopez, 55th, and Ava Ralston, 89th. Batesville also had one Bulldog run a personal best on this tough course, but starting off his season right, and that was Adam Hollowell running an 18:40, almost 30 seconds faster than his PR from last year. Way to go Adam!The Bulldogs next meet is Thursday.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Lisa Gausman.