Monday, January 14, 2013

How did they determine shelf life?

There are many factors in calculating shelf life on food products. I have found the following sources to be clear explanations of the major factors.

Water Activity:
"Water in food not bound to food molecules can support the growth of bacteria, yeasts and moulds (fungi) - the term 'water activity' refers to this unbound water."
(http://www.csiro.au/en/Outcomes/Food-and-Agriculture/water-activity-in-food.aspx)


Hardest Race in America

A friend shared this link and I thought it was a great video. Talk about some intense dirt bike terrain!! This race is unbelievable!


Thursday, January 3, 2013

More news Coverage

http://www.kvue.com/news/Texas-firefighter-killed-in-blaze-at-his-own-home-185119941.html


Texas firefighter killed in blaze at his own home

by Kens5.com Staff
kvue.com
Posted on December 28, 2012 at 9:23 PM

DEVINE, Texas -- San Antonio firefighters are mourning the loss of one of their own following a deadly house fire early Friday morning.

A spokesperson for the San Antonio Fire Department said firefighter Matthew Whitley was found dead inside his mobile home in Devine. He was 31.

Whitely, a 10-year veteran, worked at Fire House 20 on the city's southeast side.

Whitley was following in the footsteps of his father, who has been with the San Antonio Fire Department for more than 30 years.

It was a surreal moment for Oralia Zamora and the rest of the Devine community.

"We ran out and we're like, 'Oh no, it's Matt's house,' But we didn't know he was inside," said Oralia Zamora, a neighbor and a friend.

Whitley always carried a smile and liked to fish on his days off. More than anything, he loved his career as a San Antonio firefighter.
Medina County Sheriff Randy Brown said, "It's really sad to do the job that he does and for this to be the (way) he goes out. It's pretty sad."
The Medina County Sheriff's Office and the Bexar County Fire Marshal are investigating.
Devine is about 30 miles southwest of San Antonio.

                             

A Great Man Lost

Fallen Firefighter Laid To Rest

Jan 3, 2013 4:35pm (CDT)
By: Grace White
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Friends and family paid their final respects to a fallen San Antonio firefighter.

Matthew Whitley, 31, died in a fire in his Devine home.

Today, the men who served alongside him say it's his smile they will always remember.

It was a solemn procession for a man who dedicated his life to serving his community.

"I'm his boss at work and it ain't going to be the same to go to the station and Matt not being there," said Batt. Chief Russell Johnson, S.A.F.D.

"It's really difficult and the thing that we emphasize is that we are a family and we take care of our own," said Chief Charles Hood, S.A.F.D.

Whitley's father is also a firefighter.

He's a lieutenant with San Antonio's Training Academy.

"Matt has a large regular family and he also has a very large fire department family, you can see all the different fire departments that showed up. These people took time out of their lives to come pay tribute to a fallen firefighter," said Johnson.

"There's no real words to comfort anybody, all we can do is show our support and love and that's what we are going to do," said Hood.

Investigators say the fire started in Whitley's home at the Gusville Trailer Park just after midnight December 28th.

The Medina County Sheriff's Office says a neighbor called in the fire.

Whitley was found dead inside.

"Matthew was a great kid, he was a pleaser. He would do anything for anybody, to help them out. He smiled all the time and laughed, he was just a happy go lucky young man," said Johnson.

Whitley was a graduate of MacArthur High School.

He's been with the fire department for 10 years. 

http://m.foxsanantonio.com/