The Michigan Grape & Wine Conference is a highly anticipated annual event that brings together many different members of the industry. Vineyard managers, tasting room staff, winery owners, wine educators and wine marketers alike will find sessions appealing to their specialty. This year’s conference is expected to draw about 300 attendees.
This year’s conference will take place February 21-24 in Acme, Michigan at the Grand Traverse Resort. It will feature many excellent sponsors and exhibitors, including Ozone Solutions – which provides technology for a wide variety of industry applications including CIP (Clean in Place) systems, odor control, bottle washing, and sanitation of surfaces and barrels.
New this year is a Winery Development pre-conference, a day- long session taking place on Wednesday, February 22 for those interested in getting involved with the industry. Participants will learn about licensing requirements, handling wastewater issues, zoning requirements, winery marketing, business planning and much more.
Also new this year is the Michigan Certified Alcohol Service Training, valuable for members of the service industry, taking place on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. This session includes Techniques in Alcohol Management training, Customer Service Training and a Wine Fluency course.
In addition to the pre-conference sessions, Thursday’s agenda is filled with courses geared toward vineyard health, business development and the marketing of your winery businesses. Additional activities include a welcome reception on Wednesday evening, which includes sampling and networking with winemakers around the state, and a “Travelling Dinner” in which award winning Michigan wines will be paired with food from around the world.
This conference is designed to benefit both novice and experienced industry members, and encourages participation from neighboring states and regions. For more information and to register for the conference, please visit michiganwines.com/conference.
Michigan Grape & Wine Industry Council
From a social and environmental standpoint, there has been some recent hype on the use of antibacterial soap for washing hands to prevent illnesses in the past couple of years. Whether you are feeling chipper or under the weather, it is always a good practice to wash your hands. There are many of us who purchase products with labels such as “99.99% effective in reducing airborne bacteria” or anything with “antibacterial” listed on there with the idea that we are preventing illness. As a marketing strategy to fool society, they are manipulating the public’s perception that we are “clean” when in fact, this is not the case. “I suspect there are a lot of consumers who assume that by using an antibacterial soap product, they are protecting themselves from illness, protecting their families,” Sandra Kweder, deputy director of the FDA’s drug center, told the AP. “But we don’t have any evidence that that is really the case over conventional soap and water.” In fact, about 75% of liquid antibacterial soaps and 30% of bars use a chemical called triclosan as an active ingredient. When you spray your countertop or surface with your general household cleaner it will leave a residual of active compounds that target bacteria- but it will not oxidize them. The main ingredient in many solutions that have an antibacterial agent is called triclosan. Triclosan, is an antibacterial and antifungal agent found in many consumer products such as detergents, toothpaste, and toys. With the widespread use, the soap industry expanded to nearly $1 billion dollars in the 1990s. In 1972, triclosan was introduced to the market and used strictly in health care facilities. Presently, several products such as wipes, mattress pads, cosmetics, and cutting boards have triclosan in it. This particular chemical has been the focus of a reform managed by an alliance of health and environmental groups. Studies display that triclosan has been increasingly linked to a wide range of health issues. There are five main reasons you should not use antibacterial soap with triclosan as an active ingredient. First, antibiotic-resistant bacteria is produced from antibacterial soap. Secondly, it does not produce any more benefits than conventional soap. Third, Triclosan can act as an endocrine disruptor, especially thyroid hormone. Fourth, some allergies such as hay fever and peanut allergies have been linked to prolong use from antibacterial soap. Last but not least, antibacterial soap harms the environment. Triclosan can disrupt algae’s ability to perform photosynthesis. In 2009, dolphins in the east coast were found to have high levels in their blood. As an act to regulate, Minnesota has become the first state to ban common germ-killer triclosan in soap. “Triclosan has been banned from consumer personal care cleaning products in the state of Minnesota by an act of the state legislature.” This will take an effect on January 1, 2017. Alternatives like a non-antibiotic hand sanitizer can be exercised in this fashion, yet the best idea for this is benefiting from the rewards of ozone. With ozone, it will attract to the single bacterium, virus, mold or cyst by changing its molecular shape and eventually revert back to oxygen, leaving no harmful by-products.
Stromberg, Joseph. “Five Reasons Why You Should Probably Stop Using Antibacterial Soap.” Smithsonian.com. Smithsonian Institution, 3 Jan. 2014. Web. 03 Jan. 2017.
Ozone is very well known for its oxidizing characteristics. This strong oxidation potential can be utilized for combustion of fuels. Combustion of fuels is the main source of primary energy but, unfortunately is also the main source of air pollution.
If ozone is used for combustion, lower CO and hydrocarbons are expected as a byproduct of combustion. Ozone decomposes very quickly when heated, releasing oxygen radicals which starts the oxidation chain reaction. These chain reactions occur at lower activation energy which causes better energy efficiency in combustion . Low emission and energy efficient combustion is the result of using ozone in the combustion process.
Author: Reza Zahedi
. SEO A. Study on the removal of unburned hydrocarbon by ozone. Annual Technical Report Digest, 9, 1999.
“The pathogenicity and virulence of some bacteria, such as Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium, have been shown to increase under microgravity, and this has been attributed to enhancements in the formation of extracellular matrices and production of biofilms. The immune system responses of astronauts during spaceflight are also altered possibly due to the stress associated with crewed habitats in space. Manned missions to Mars, may weaken the immune status of the crew due to long-duration missions in a confined environment and ultimately cause profound changes in the composition of the bacterial flora in the intestinal tract, nasal passages, and upper airways, resulting in an increased risk of infection” .
Air, surface and water disinfection are among the key issues to keep the space ship or space station safe for the astronauts and researchers. The issue become critical when we are considering long journeys, like travel to Mars .
Ozone not only can play an important role in microbial disinfection, but it can destroy biofilms on the membrane and spots which are in contact with water.
Author: Reza Zahedi
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. http://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/20120015291.pdf, accessed April 2016.
OZONE SOLUTIONS WISHES YOU AND YOUR FAMILY A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!
We hope that you experience safe travels and are able to spend the holiday with those who are dear to you.
God’s blessings to you as we head into the new year!
The Ozone Solutions Team
We would like to wish all of our customers a Happy Thanksgiving!! It’s during this time of year we remember all that we have to be thankful for, and at the top of our list is YOU! Thank you for your business and the opportunity to serve and work alongside you on your ozone projects!
Please note that Ozone Solutions will be closed both today and tomorrow (28th and 29th) in observance of the US holiday. We will be open again for operation on Monday, December 2nd.
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Over the last couple months, Ozone Solutions Inc. has been working on several changes to protect your privacy. First we replaced the facebook like buttons and G+ buttons with static versions that don’t allow those companies to track your browsing. Today we are taking the next step and enabling forward secrecy and TLS 1.2.
What Is Forward Secrecy?
When you purchase something online at OzoneSolutions.com your information is protected by TLS encryption (HTTPS). However, if someone were to steal our secret key (or obtain it via warrant), your information would no longer be safe — until now. With forward secrecy, past communications will always be secure, even if our secret key is compromised sometime in the future. A stolen key no longer affects past communications, only future ones. This adds an extra layer of protection to keep your information safe, even into the future! If you want to read all the technical goodness, check out this Wikipedia article!
Not only have we enabled forward secrecy on our website, we have also upgraded the encryption ciphers used. We are now using the latest TLS 1.2. These new ciphers fix many of the problems with the older SSL and TLS 1.0. Now anyone browsing secure.ozonesolutions.com with a updated browser will enjoy the benefits of improved encryption.
Although we have done a lot to improve the security and privacy of our website, there is still more that we can do. Currently we are investigating Piwik Analytics (as a replacement for Google Analytics), and trying it out on one of our sites. If everything goes well, we may roll it out to all of our websites. We are also hoping to move our entire site to HTTPS to further protect the privacy of our users. Hopefully in the next few months we will be able to announce these changes as well! If you have any ideas on how we can better protect your privacy, feel free to email me at email@example.com
It’s always nice to put a face with a name. Since many of our customer talk to us over the phone, we thought it would be nice to show you the faces behind the voice on the other end of the line!
We recently took pictures of our new building addition, and at the same time, took an employee picture. Pictured below are the people that you talk to when you call us at Ozone Solutions.
Employee at Ozone Solutions November 2013
Back Row (left to right): Dave, Kevin, Joel L, Joel B, Mike, Brad, Nic, Chad
Front Row (left to right): Tim, Matt, Pam, Jamie, Jessica, Becky, Nick, Daniel
If you have a question about ozone, or any of the products we offer, please give us a call today (712-439-6880) or visit our website. We love talking about ozone and would be happy to answer your questions! Let us put our 16+ years of ozone application experience to work to help you!
Novel Ozone-based Solution Serves up New Approach to Sanitization for the Food Industry
Exerpt from Food Safety Magazine. Read full article here
By Tony Reed
In the food processing and manufacturing industry, there’s no such thing as being too safe. When it comes to keeping your products and your facility free of bacterial contamination, the risks are simply too great to be anything other than meticulous with sanitization.
The threats of sick customers, product recalls, lost profits, business interruptions, and damage to brand equity make it absolutely necessary to carry out a rigorous food safety plan. Regulatory penalties also may await any food processing facility without such a plan in place: Under the landmark Food Safety Modernization Act passed in early 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has the authority to require comprehensive, prevention-based controls across the food supply chain.
Fighting Back Against Listeria
When you examine the data on contaminations and recalls, you see that many different pathogens are at play. Salmonella leads the pack in terms of hospitalizations. Yet, it’s the robust and resilient Listeria monocytogenes that results in the most serious health reactions, according to the CDC. At greatest risk of becoming very ill from listeriosis are pregnant women, the elderly, newborns and others with weakened immune systems.
Why Ozone, Why Now?
Ozone, a molecule composed of three atoms of oxygen, is among the most powerful oxidizing reagents available in the food industry—more powerful than substances such as hydrogen peroxide, permanganate, chlorine dioxide, hypochlorous acid and chlorine gas.
Because of its antimicrobial powers, ozone has been used for more than 100 years as a sanitizing agent in applications such as drinking water and wastewater treatment. Historically, the biggest downside of using ozone is difficulty in distributing it evenly and reliably to the areas that need to be treated. When applied uniformly, it’s proven to be extremely effective. But that’s been problematic using the technologies of the past.
Exerpt from Food Safety Magazine. Read full article here
Learn more about the use of ozone sanitation for the food industry HERE