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2131890e-598b-49f7-ae51-66a6c7f2c69bRALEIGH, NC (January 27, 2017)–Animal Welfare Approved (AWA) is pleased to announce that the world renowned Bristol University is coming to the U.S. to carry out a series of two-day welfare trainings for slaughter plants. The training events are organized through a partnership between AWA and Bristol University in Langford, UK, and are part of an ongoing commitment to facilitate training in all aspects of high-welfare livestock production.
Two courses will be available: one aimed at plants handling red meat species on March 7-8, 2017 and the other for poultry on March 9-10, 2017. The courses will appeal to plant owners and operators who are looking to further demonstrate their commitment to animal welfare and their understanding of the science behind the slaughter process–and improve the quality of their final product.  The courses will cover:
  • Animal behavior, consciousness and sensibility, and stress in animals
  • Practical aspects of handling and restraining animals
  • Practical aspects of stunning techniques and knowledge of manufacturers’ instructions on the type of stunning equipment used
  • Monitoring the effectiveness of stunning and the absence of signs of life
  • Back-up stunning and/or killing methods
  • Appropriate use and maintenance of bleeding knives
Attendees who successfully complete the courses will qualify as an Animal Welfare Officer (AWO) or Poultry Welfare Officer (PWO).  The course normally costs $750 per attendee, per course; however, AWA is pleased to offer a limited number of applicants the introductory rate of $350 per course–or $700 for both courses. Scholarships may be available to plants already working with AWA–please inquire for details.
For further information about the course contact or call 202-546-5292.
A Greener World (AGW) identifies, audits, certifies and promotes practical, sustainable farming systems by supporting farmers and ranchers and informing consumers. AGW’s growing family of trusted certifications includes Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGWCertified Grassfed by AGW and Certified Non-GMO by AGW. Each program is designed to have positive and measurable impacts on the environment, society and animals, and to encourage truly sustainable farming practices. AGW’s standards and procedures are robust, transparent and achievable.A nonprofit funded by public donations, A Greener World offers a range of resources to help people make informed food choices, including an Online Directory of certified farms and products and Food Labels Exposed–a definitive guide to food label claims (available in print, online, and as a smartphone app). For more information visit ANIMAL WELFARE APPROVED
Animal Welfare Approved certifies and supports farmers raising their animals according to the highest welfare standards, outdoors on pasture or range. Consumer Reports has acknowledged Animal Welfare Approved as the only “highly meaningful” label for farm animal welfare, outdoor access and sustainability. All standards, policies and procedures are available on the AWA website, which along with AWA’s ISO 17065 accreditation demonstrates the highest level of transparency and accountability.

Animal Welfare Approved is a program of A Greener World, the nonprofit home of America’s leading food labels. AGW’s Online Directory of farms, restaurants and products enables the public to search for certified farms, restaurants and products by zip code, keywords, products and type of establishment. For more information visit and

BioSafe Systems to Exhibit at IPPE 2017

BioSafeEAST HARTFORD, Connecticut – BioSafe will be exhibiting at the 2017 International Production & Processing Expo Jan. 31-Feb. 2 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Booth #B3965 will be manned by seasoned staff VP of Food Safety, Russell Owings and Technical Sales Representative, Michael Applewhite. As experts in their fields, these two know all the ins and outs of the poultry market – spanning everything from eggs and animal health to slaughter and processing.

BioSafe is one of the largest manufacturers of peroxyacetic acid (PAA) in North America providing sustainable disease control products to the Agriculture, Horticulture, Post-Harvest/Food Safety, Meat and Poultry, Aquatics, Home & Garden, Turf, and Commercial/Industrial Sanitation industries.

Russell Owings
VP of Food Safety

Michael Applewhite
Technical Service Representative

For questions about this press release please call 888-273-3088

RGF and Chipotle contract to proactively ensure food safety at all Chipotle restaurants

RGFRiviera Beach, FL – RGF Environmental Group, Inc., creator of advanced environmental products providing the world with the safest air, water, and food without the use of chemicals, announces that Chipotle Mexican Grill, in its continued commitment to food safety, is using patented technology and products designed and engineered by the South Florida manufacturer to implement additional sanitizing protocols in its restaurants.

RGF’s REME HALO® air purification units and IMSB Ice Machine Sanitizers were tested in multiple Chipotle locations for three months. The impressive results were verified independently and led to the decision to incorporate RGF technology into all existing 2200 Chipotle locations and all future locations that are being opened at a rate of one per day, in addition to introducing the technology to Chipotle suppliers.

“We’re excited to be working with Chipotle and their supply chain partners to bring them food safety interventions using effective non-chemical alternatives. It’s what we do better than anyone else,” says Ron Fink, RGF President/CEO.

REME HALO® and IMSB employ the company’s patented Photohydroionization®, PHI Cell® for short, a chemical-free, advanced oxidation technology. REME HALO® is the next generation of indoor air quality technology that recreates nature’s process of purifying the air and helps to control environmental sources of harmful bacteria, mold, and viruses on surfaces and in restaurant settings. The completely automated IMSB Ice Machine Sanitizer uses Photohydroionization® to prevent the spread of harmful bacteria to patrons and employees through cross-contamination by keeping ice machine heads, where the ice is made, and bins sanitized. Ice machine sanitation is an integral component of food safety because the machines are a common source of the foodborne pathogen Listeria monocytogenes.

RGF is also working closely with Chipotle’s suppliers to assure the safety of food products and ingredients and to control microbiological contamination in the food processing environment. The Food Surface Sanitation Tunnel is being evaluated for direct surface applications on food as well as on conveyor belt systems. It is an effective alternative to chemical sprays and baths. Using Photohydroionization®, the patent-pending treatment tunnel and conveyor system is a breakthrough food processing technology that reduces microbial contamination through 360-degree, non-chemical intervention just prior to packaging or grinding. Products’ taste and appearance are not affected. The system has proven a potent method of pathogen control for a host of food applications including beef, pork, poultry, seafood, fruits, and vegetables.

About RGF

RGF manufactures over 500 environmental products and has a 30-plus year history of providing the world with the safest air, water and food without the use of chemicals. RGF is a research and innovation company that holds numerous patents and patents-pending for wastewater treatment systems, air purifying devices, and food sanitation systems. To meet a growing need for indoor air quality improvement solutions, RGF developed both the patented REME-HALO® and BLU QR®. RGF’s Advanced Oxidation Systems are proven and tested to be extremely effective in destroying mold, odors, bacteria, and viruses. Situated in the heart of the Port of Palm Beach Enterprise Zone, RGF Headquarters spans 7.5 acres, with 100,000 square feet of manufacturing, warehouse, and office facilities. RGF has recently upgraded its facilities, creating an increased vertical approach to manufacturing, allowing the company to provide the highest quality and engineered products on the market.

For more information, visit or contact Chip Bolton at, Telephone: (864) 525-3494.


Doris Italian Market & Bakery Presents the Retail Wine & Food Event of the Year to Benefit Els for Autism

image002NORTH PALM BEACH, Fla. – Just in time for holiday shopping, Doris Italian Market & Bakery presents the retail wine & food event of the year benefiting Els for Autism on Friday, December 16 from 8:15 to 10:15 p.m. at Doris Italian Market & Bakery in the Shoppes at City Centre, 11239 U.S. Highway 1, North Palm Beach.

Open to the public, the Gala offers guests the opportunity to sample more than 150 wines from around the world, a craft beer booth, enjoy a buffet of authentic Italian cuisine and visit additional artisan food displays. Tickets are $34.95. Els for Autism receives $10 from each ticket sold and each guest receives a $10 credit toward a wine purchase that evening. Special pricing on wines is offered throughout the evening.

ELS for Autism was established in 2009 by pro golfer, Ernie Els and his wife Liezl to focus on the issue of Autism, which their son Ben is impacted by. The Els are devoted to creating The Els Center of Excellence, which will be a center that offers children on the spectrum around the world access to the best practices in education and therapy. The Foundation has launched a capital campaign to raise $30 million to finance the facility.

Tickets to the Wine & Food Gala can be purchased in advance at the North Palm Beach location or email for an online order form.

For more information email or call 954-572-5269.


Doris Italian Market & Bakery has proudly served generations of families in South Florida since 1947. Beginning as a small mom and pop meat market and deli in Hollywood, Fla., Doris Italian Market has evolved into South Florida’s premier specialty supermarket featuring top quality fresh meats, authentic Italian-American deli, farm fresh fruits and vegetables, seafood department with daily fresh offerings, Italian-American bakery with an assortment of goods baked daily, a complete catering service offering premium selections, wine department featuring a collection of wines from around the world and gourmet specialty groceries used for the finest recipes. The chain is currently comprised of five convenient locations throughout Broward and Palm Beach counties. Customers enjoy a comfortable shopping experience with personal customer service and very competitive prices of top quality foods. Doris Italian Market & Bakery is committed to customer satisfaction and serving generations to come.


Doris Italian Market & Bakery Hosts Wine & Food Gala to Benefit American Cancer Society

Doris Italian Market & Bakery Hosts Wine & Food Gala to benefit American Cancer Society – Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

image002NORTH PALM BEACH, Fla. – To help spread awareness during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Doris Italian Market & Bakery presents a Wine and Food Gala benefiting the American Cancer Society – Making Strides Against Breast Cancer on Friday, October 21 from 8:15 to 10:15 p.m. at Doris Italian Market & Bakery in the Shoppes at City Centre, 11239 U.S. Highway 1, North Palm Beach.

Open to the public, the Gala offers guests the opportunity to sample more than 100 wines from around the world, enjoy a buffet of authentic Italian cuisine and sample artisan cheeses. Tickets are $29.95. American Cancer Society – Making Strides Against Breast Cancer receives $10 from each ticket sold and each guest receives a $10 credit toward a wine purchase that evening. Special pricing on wines is offered throughout the evening.

Tickets to the Wine & Food Gala can be purchased in advance at the North Palm Beach location or email for an online order form.

For more information email or call 954-572-5269.