Apr 12, 2017

De-icing Roads with Products Made from Milk

Road Safety
A look at the alternatives to rock salt for de-icing roads (article)
In Wisconsin, the dairy heartland of the U.S., some cities are using a by-product of cheese production to de-ice roads: cheese brine. According to NPR, tens of thousands of gallons of liquid brine are used each year, along with rock salt, to help the salt stick to roads and melt the ice faster.

Road Safety
The Secret to Snow Removal Is Pickle Juice and Cheese Brine (article)
Washington DC uses beet juice. So does New Jersey. In the past, the Garden State also used pickle juice. Argentina uses wine byproducts. And when the meteorologist predicts snow in Wisconsin, Polk County sprays the roads with cheese brine. “The dairy gives us that for free, and we will go through 30,000 to 65,000 gallons a year,” says Moe Norby, technical support director for Polk County’s highway department.

Road Safety
Cheese To The Rescue: Surprising Spray Melts Road Ice (article)
This winter, a Wisconsin county is fighting icy roads with a homegrown product: liquid cheese brine. Tens of thousands of gallons of the stuff are used each year along with road salt, according to officials in Polk County.

Road Safety
Pouring Cheese on Icy Roads in (Where Else?) Wisconsin (article)
This month, Milwaukee began a pilot program to repurpose cheese brine for use in keeping city roads from freezing, mixing the dairy waste with traditional rock salt as a way to trim costs and ease pollution.

Road Safety
Screw Salt, Wisconsin Is De-Icing Its Roads With Cheese Brine
Life handed Wisconsin lemons, and Wisconsin has come right back with the cheesiest lemonade you ever did see. Instead of spending thousands of dollars to dispose of cheese brine every year, Wisconsin will be putting that liquid provolone gold right back to use by pouring it onto the roads—which, in turn, is making them safer than ever before.

Mar 20, 2017

Spring Barbecue Dangers: Allergen Safety on the Grill

Spring is finally here! If you are excited to welcome the warmer weather and sunshine, a barbecue with family and friends is probably high on your list! But did you know? Common allergens like nuts, corn, and soy can easily turn your barbecue experience into an emergency.

If you or a family member is living with allergies, here are 5 unsuspecting things to watch out for on your next barbecue:

1. Barbecue grill – the grill is a very busy place that can be overlooked as a source of allergen. Aside from cross-contamination, things like barbecue smokers made with recycled oil drums may cause reactions to people who are allergic to certain types of oil i.e. corn, peanut, almond, and coconut.

For persons with allergy or intolerance to potatoes, beware this BBQ hack that use potatoes to make grills non-stick and easier to clean.

2. Fire starters and briquettes – people with allergies to corn and nuts especially need to be aware of fire starters and briquettes that are made of nuts and corn. Some charcoal briquettes are made with starch that can come from corn, wheat, potato, or rice.

Egg allergies are also one of the most common food allergies and during a barbecue, egg cartons are becoming a popular hack to light up charcoals fast.

3. Steak and butcher paper made with soy wax – butcher papers are used for wrapping meat like briskets to allow smoke to enter the meat but without losing the flavorful juice. Also see wax paper made with soybean wax.

4. BBQ Party utensils – while good for the environment, green disposable cups and utensils may be dangerous for people living with allergies. Compostable plates and utensils like spoons, forks, and knives are usually made with renewable sources like corn, potato, and wheat residue.

5. Food – aside from avoiding foods that you are obviously allergic to i.e. certain types like poultry and seafood; do watch out for the following:
Meatless pork chop made through farm chemurgy

Wood-smoked meat – pecan and almond are top choices for smoking meat for a bolder flavor.

Barbecue and Allergy Hacks
Allergy moms suggest using disposable BBQ liners to grill your own “safe food” on. This means bringing in your own marinated meat in allergen free barbecue sauce. Don’t forget to bring your own pair of BBQ tongs too!

Stuffed Peppers

An even easier alternative is by bringing in your own home cooked dish that you can safely enjoy and share with others. Try this Stuffed Peppers recipe that is perfect for barbecue parties!

Finally, it would be easier for everyone if you communicate your allergies to your family, friends, or whoever is hosting the barbecue. It is also recommended for people with allergies to wear a medical ID.

A medical ID can speak for you in times of emergency and help you receive the precise treatment that you need. 95% of medical responders are trained to look for a Medical ID. Here are more tips from Foodallergy.org. Remember, proper care and caution can make it possible for you to enjoy a memorable barbecue this season!

About the author: Lace Llanora is a food allergy writer at American Medical ID. American Medical ID serves the medical community by offering quality medical IDs that can be customized for any allergy or condition the wearer may have.

Nov 18, 2016

Poison Treatments That Contain Nuts

Treatments for treating heavy metal poisoning (lead or mercury) as well as arsenic poisoning can contain peanut oil. Activated charcoal can be made from coconut shells or other natural sources. Activated charcoal can be used in a hospital setting to treat a large number of poisoning situations, it is also sold in health food stores with the idea that it removes common toxins.

Poison Antidote
Anti Lewisite
British anti-Lewisite was developed in 1941 as an antidote to lewisite, an arsenic-based chemical warfare agent. (the solute is peanut oil).

Poison Treatment
BAL In Oil
Poisoning Treatment Generic name Dimercarol: "Dimercaprol may contain peanut oil. Tell your caregivers if you have a peanut allergy."

Metal Poisoning
Removing heavy metal/ poison This medicine contains peanut oil. Tell your doctor if you have a peanut allergy.

See Also:
Scar Treatments That Contain Nuts
Nuts in Anti Fungus Foot Treatments
Vitamin Products That Contain Nuts
Poison Ivy Products That Contain Nuts
Parasitic Treatments That Contain Walnuts

Avoiding Milk Protein.com
Prescriptions, Over-the-Counter Medications and Treatments Containing Nuts

Nov 17, 2016

Baking Papers That Contain Soy

Bakery Tissue
Soy Blend Wax Tissue
•Bakery tissue is an economical choice for picking up donuts and pastries
•EcoCraft® bakery tissue is unbleached and treated with soy wax blend

Bakery Tissue
Paper Wraps
Blended, renewable-resource, soy-wax coating performs as well as petroleum-based alternatives. Versatile sheets may be used for a variety of purposes: food wrap, scale sheets, pick-up sheets, basket liners, etc. Pop-up box ensures simple and easy, one-at-a time sheet dispensing.

Bakery Tissue
Green Choice Interfolded Kraft Unbleached Brown Soy Wax Bakery Tissue
Green Choice interfold Kraft unbleached brown soy wax deli sheets combine functionality and efficiency with eco-friendliness! Made from natural Kraft paper with a soy blend eco wax, these chlorine-free tissue sheets are durable, absorbent, and have ultimate grease-resistance.

Wax Paper
Wax Paper
"Just like your mom's old favorite – only better! Made from unbleached paper and coated with 100% natural soybean wax, it's ideal for wrapping foods without affecting flavor. Conventional waxed paper is coated with paraffin wax – a petroleum based product. Soybean wax is clean, safe, non-toxic, biodegradable, and comes from a renewable and sustainable resource grown by American farmers, giving them an economical use for their soybean surplus."

See Also:
Rolling Pins Treated With Nut Oils
Soy Ink

Avoiding Milk Protein Site:
Non Food Items Made From Soy