Tragedy struck at the Texas State Aquarium last month when what was thought to be a cleaning chemical was added to several fish tanks, and ended in the loss of many animals. The container was later found to be mislabeled and now a lawsuit is underway.
Understanding what they do and how they do it can help stop Insurance Fraud from succeeding.
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May 14, 2015
Texas Department of State Health Services
Texas Outlines Requirements for Blue Bell
Texas health officials today finalized with Blue Bell Creameries the steps the company must take before selling ice cream from its Brenham plant. The company temporarily shut down its operation following the discovery of Listeria monocytogenes in certain ice cream products.
Texas health officials outlined requirements and milestones the company must reach before releasing ice cream into the marketplace. The company agreed to the terms with the state early today.
Blue Bell must notify the Texas Department of State Health Services at least two weeks before its intent to start producing ice cream for sale so health officials can conduct a full assessment of the company’s progress and test results. The company must conduct trial production runs of ice cream that will be tested separately by DSHS and the company for Listeria monocytogenes. The products must consistently test negative before they can be distributed to the public. A trial run with negative test results must occur for each production line before the line can begin making ice cream for sale.
State health inspectors will be on site at the Brenham plant regularly to evaluate test results and monitor the trial runs. The company will be testing ice cream, ingredients, food surfaces, machinery and other equipment in its Brenham plant for Listeria monocytogenes and allow state health inspectors to review all results.
For at least two years after resuming production, Blue Bell must report any presumptive positive test result for Listeria monocytogenes in a product or ingredient to DSHS within 24 hours. For at least one year after resuming production, Blue Bell must implement “test and hold” procedures for all finished product, meaning products made at the Brenham plant must have negative test results before they can be distributed for sale to the public.
State health officials also are reviewing deep-cleaning procedures, ongoing sanitation processes and training activities at the Brenham plant. Blue Bell has retained an independent expert to oversee sanitation efforts and, as part of the agreement, will conduct root cause analyses to try to determine the sources of contamination.
Texas is working with state and national experts to examine frozen dessert manufacturing and identify changes that may be needed to strengthen regulations to protect public health.
Here is the agreement: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/news/releases/bluebell.pdf
“Chairman Elliot Kaye has deep concerns with the (2008) press release and it is not the agency’s current position,” Scott Wolfson, the Communications Director for the Consumer Product Safety Commission
Possible Benzene exposure in Iowa jail.
Read the Safety Data Sheets on every product and material used in your home!
Prevent hazardous exposure from materials, like isocyanates,
LSP Insurance Fraud / Auto Theft Unit Investigations Net Nearly Three Dozen Arrests Across the State
Why Arson Investigation is so important.
The State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) is joining the United States Fire Administration and countless local fire departments in observing Arson Awareness Week, May 3-9, 2015.
Lead based paints can be detected quickly and easily.
More needs to be done to protect our children.
Determine the presence of vegetable oils and potential sources of spontaneous combustion with a FAME (Fatty Acid Methyl Esterification) analysis.
A link to an article on the importance of stopping auto accident fraud written by one of our very own, Anthony Gonzales, a Civil Engineering student at the University of Texas – Arlington.
Armstrong provides paint transfer sampling kits, at no charge, to assist you with your next claim.
Will such technology advances save more lives?
Will they endanger more fire fighters?
Industrial Market Research Reports Announcements
Fire resistant paints market: global industry analysis and opportunity assessment 2014 – 2020 just published
The full report:
Riverkeeper: State distorted water message
Is your local water system protecting you from Hexavalent Chromium, lead, and pharmaceuticals?
I love science!
New Technology to Recycle Wastewater
A next stage solution to water recycling?
Researchers produce first atlas of airborne microbes across United States
How much does fraud cost each of us in higher insurance?
Some feel entitled to profit through fraud.
Our neighbors to the north are looking at chemical exposure limits.
Large demolition contractors that perform industrial/commercial work in Ontario might be on a search to hire staff with chemical and industrial hygiene hazard experience this summer, if a proposed provincial regulation on allowable exposure limits to chemicals on construction sites is passed.
Science is cool!
Science is cool!
Why you have to do a good job. Everyday.
Reasons for the Three Rules.
Sounds more like they did taste testing. Who’s in?
Environmental testing to show successful clean-up and proper disposal.
New PPAI Publications article – For Children Only
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has recently proposed a new rule that may affect you and your customers. It is the “Prohibition of Children’s Toys and Child Care Articles Containing Specified Phthalates.” While the rule is targeted at a specific area, it potentially affects a number of consumer products you may import or distribute. Knowing what may be banned or restricted will allow you to stay ahead of the regulatory curve and help ensure the effective and efficient flow of your products to the market.
Unless we get busy fulfilling the promises made in my childhood, we only have one planet to call home!
Fires at 2 Dallas Homes Possibly Connected
Story by Todd L. Davis at NBCdfw.com
Too close to home. It does have a happy ending!
We have done gas leak mapping to show the underground pathing of leaking gas that may lead to explosions.
See the story from our local WFAA.
Thank you for this beautiful note.
Iowa-Nebraska Chapter IASIU
April 13, 2015
Armstrong Forensic Laboratory Inc
RE: 2015 Iowa-Nebraska IASIU Training Seminar
I want to thank you on behalf of the Iowa-Nebraska IASIU for participating in our 2015 Training Seminar and Exhibitor Hall. We hope you enjoyed the seminar and were able to make new contacts. We also sincerely appreciate your Gold Sponsorship.
Armstrong’s support of the fraud fighting community through the professional services you offer and your participation in organization events such as ours is very much appreciated!
Thank you again and please let me know if there is anything the Iowa-Nebraska IASIU can do for you in the future.
Auto accident fraud can start to become very expensive not always because of the damage sustained by the vehicle, but because of the medical bills that begin to stack up. There are ways to determine if an uninsured motorist hit the insured’s car or if they just hit a pole in the parking lot through using sensitive microscopical analysis and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) testing. … [Read More]
Our very own Karen Deiss appeared in What’s brewing in your coffee? with Ginger Allen, “What’s Brewing in Your Coffee?”, during the 10pm news April 2nd, 2015! Clean your Coffee Maker!
Materials involved in a fire such as plastics, resins, glues and wood produce a pattern of byproducts as they burn from the combination of fuel, material and heat. Just as gasoline can be identified, the smoke and soot source of a damaged area can be matched through the pattern analysis of aldehydes from fire debris…. [Read More]
Lead, a metal that was heavily used in the past and can still be found in many products today. Because of its widespread presence and toxicity, lead poisoning can have many types of health detriments if inhaled or swallowed. It is increasingly important to establish standards for the amount of lead allowed in products or toys marketed to children. Babies and children are more susceptible to its toxicity, and it can be very harmful to the neurological development of children under 6 (1,2)…. [Read More]
We need to better define forensic science because not all forensic science is like the CSI shows on TV. Forensic science is defined as “The application of scientific knowledge and methodology to legal problems and criminal investigations” (1). We are not usually the legal authority, but we do have expert witnesses available. However, legal professionals often use us for analyses that they then use, interpret, and present in order to make whatever case they are trying to make…. [Read More]
We here in the United States have certain standards that are deemed safe by our governmental protection agencies. These agencies such as OSHA, the CDC, and the EPA, publish certain guidelines that protect individuals from the health effects that come with poor indoor air quality. Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) can be effected by a number of factors: common allergens, mold, radioactive materials, and other things that may be commonly found in indoor settings…. [Read More]
The Chain of Custody is the reference point for our work here at Armstrong Forensic Laboratory. It tells when you released the sample to us, how you have identified your samples, the types of testing you want on each sample, and many, many other things…. [Read More]
It has come to attention of the State Fire Marshal’s Office that there is a misunderstanding related to the use of “Control,” “Comparison,” and “Exemplar” on evidence submitted to the SFMO Forensic Arson Lab. The following is a clarification of these terms and the limits in which they can be used in lab evidence submittal…. [Read More]