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Put the Smack Down on Pests with Fruit Fly Bar Pro

All food service establishments face an ongoing battle against pests but, because they reproduce so quickly, fruit flies in particular can be relentless. No matter how well your kitchen, bar, and dining room are maintained, discarded food and beverage residue tends to linger in sink drains and garbage bins. It’s that sludgy, greasy decay that attracts the fruit fly and it takes just one to start a big problem.

Fruit flies stand in that sludge and garbage when they are eating but they don’t stay there. They move around depositing bacteria and other illness-causing contaminants everywhere they land – on prep surfaces, utensils, people, and food! That’s why pest control is a Priority Foundation item in the Food Code.

When it comes to exterminating fruit flies, homemade traps work only on the flies that visit them. It’s the same with fly tape. And who wants to deal with traps and tapes filled with dead insects? Professional exterminators can help, but they’re expensive and have to make ongoing visits to your business. Do-it-yourself chemical treatments can also help, but you must use them with great caution around food prep and dining areas. You must also apply them repeatedly.

Instawares is excited to present Fruit Fly Bar Pro, the pest control innovation that’s easy to use and it works! Fruit Fly Bar Pro is similar to a fly tape; you hang it where pests are a problem and forget it. But, Fruit Fly Bar Pro is different than other extermination products because, within 24 hours, you’ll be fruit fly free! A single unit eliminates pests inside of a 200 sq. ft. area and protects from a re-infestation for up to four months – GUARANTEED!

Product Spotlight: Edlund Knife Sterilizer Cabinet

Clean Those Knives!

The Edlund Knife Sterilizer Cabinet is the perfect way to clean your knives. It holds up to 12 at a time and features a stainless steel construction.

Looking For The Best Knife Sterilizer?

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The Edlund Knife Sterilizer Cabinet provides better sterilization compared to other methods. Our one of a kind non-filtering transparent slotted knife holder and unique mirrored interior walls get rid of shadows on knife surfaces in the cabinet that could prevent full sterilization. The easy to use mechanical timer can be set for up to fifteen minutes, but the KSUV-18 will safely sterilize your knifes in as little as three minutes with ninety nine percent efficacy. It’s like a SPF-99 (Sterilization Protection Factor) for your knives.

Features of the Edlund Knife Sterilizer Cabinet

  • Holds up to 12 knives for added convenience.
  • Has an LED light indicator to let you know when sterilization is complete.
  • UV protecting plexiglass door that features a lockable handle.
  • Stainless steel construction.

5 Blacklisted Foods You Can Can Actually Eat During Pregnancy

As modern medicine constantly gets more advanced, we get to understand more about the body than our ancestors could have ever known. New research methods have grown exponentially in the past 20 years. Sometimes this understanding leads to important advances—learning that smoking cigarettes is bad for you, as an example—but sometimes it also leads to misinformation. The rules regarding things women can and can’t do during pregnancy seem to be ever-shifting. If you’ve had three babies over 10 years, you might have heard different rules during each pregnancy. While it may seem like you keep hearing about foods that you can’t eat while pregnant, here are five foods that you may have heard were bad but you actually can eat (provided you obey some simple caveats).

1) Soft Cheeses


It has long been said that pregnant women should avoid soft cheeses like camembert and brie for fear of them carrying the listeria bacteria. While listeria is definitely something you want to avoid as listeriosis can cause miscarriage or premature delivery, you may be able to eat your soft cheese without the risk. As long as your cheese is made from pasteurized milk, it is fine to eat according to the FDA. Almost all cheeses sold in the U.S. are made with pasteurized milk, but you should never assume that to be true. Make sure to check all labels of foods you are considering, but as long as the milk is pasteurized, feel free to have some brie on your crackers and some feta in your salad.

2) Deli Meats


Another food that has a reputation for needing to be avoided during pregnancy is the deli meat. Another possible harbor for listeria, deli meats should be avoided when they are cold. If you heat them up, however, it will kill the bacteria. Get your sandwich prepared, and then pop it in the microwave or toaster oven. Heat up the meat until it is steaming, and it will be safe for you and your baby.

3) Sushi


Yes, you should avoid raw fish while pregnant, but there are many kinds of sushi rolls that contain cooked fish. In fact, there are some that contain no fish at all. If you are going to have sushi, stick to cooked fish. Also, be sure to avoid the fish that are especially high in mercury, including swordfish, king mackerel, shark, and tilefish. You can have limited amounts of tuna, but don’t overdo it.

4) Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

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There have long been conflicting reports about whether it is safe to eat fresh produce while pregnant for fear that it could contain E. coli, salmonella, or other dangerous bacteria. Recent consensus seems to indicate, however, that eating fresh fruits and vegetables is not only okay but highly encouraged as long as you take the proper precautions to make sure they are clean. Thoroughly wash anything you intend to consume, whether it claims to have already been washed or not. Even if you are eating a fruit without the skin, such as an orange, you should still wash the peel so that you don’t transfer the germs from the outside into the fruit while you are peeling it.

5) Coffee


While not really a food, many women go through withdrawals if deprived from their daily cup of coffee. Caffeine should be avoided in large doses, but studies have shown that the amount of caffeine in one or two cups of coffee a day won’t harm the baby. You may still have to cut back if you are a heavy coffee-drinker, but you won’t have to go cold turkey.