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Synthetic Taurine Not Your Cup Of Coffee

Most energy drinks contain Taurine. Why? Because Red Bull, maybe on a hunch, added Taurine to their drink 20 years ago and no one ever asked why. That’s why. It amazes me that over 7 billion cans of energy drinks are consumed every year (one for every human being!) despite the fact that they contain several highly questionable ingredients. Us humans definitely travel in herds!
The taurine found in energy drinks is synthetic and can cause medical problems, according to recent studies (see Heart Problems with Synthetic Taurine). The cocktail gets even worse when it is combined with caffeine, as it is often the case in smart drinks (see Taurine and Caffeine).
Because of these and other studies, taurine is banned in energy drinks in many European countries. Other contries are examining this issue very cafefully.
I drink energy drinks when I need to stay awake late and during long days of work. They’re great when I need to drive back home after a long day of work. They’re a great addition to my everyday diet.
The problem with most energy drinks is that, for marketing purposes, they include all kinds of other unnecessary and sometimes dangerous ingredients (artificial sweeteners, High Fructose, artificial vitamins). This increases the likelihood that at some time in the future, some health issues will develop. One could argue that many drugs currently being reviewed by the FDA also have potentially overwhelming side-effects. This is why the FDA reviews and rejects drugs where the negatives outweigh the postives. The FDA does not review energy drinks.
So, are they all bad? NO. Some have no Taurine, so that’s the starting point for me. Some natural energy drinks I’ve tried and like are Guyaki Yerba Matte), GURU Energy Drink), and Sambason Energy. None have the explosive mix of chemicals contained in the Hansens or Red Bull products. They mostly give you what you need: A natural stimulant plus a minimum of other natural ingredients, most of them organic.

Inexpensive Food Safety And Traceability Solutions Using Process And Quality Control Concepts

Why Should You Attend:

No one wants to be caught in a recall or worse, to have someone die because of their product. If you are one of those in the food supply chain that either thinks it can’t happen to you or that the federal government will excuse small farmers, think again. FDA will eventually implement control requirements for food safety similar to those they require for medical device and drug manufacturing. These requirements are focused on strong process and quality controls.

Most of the costs, lack of understanding and frustrations involved with getting on with implementing solid and effective food safety and traceability solutions can be overcome through a basic understanding of how to identify and improve processes in a manner that will be cost effective, prepare your operation for new requirements and protect you and your business.

Attend this webinar to understand the different process flow and quality control concepts you can implement to have a proper Food Safety system protecting your food supply business.

Areas Covered in the Seminar:

– Process and Quality Controls.
– Flow System Concepts.
– Zone Concepts.
– Lean Concepts – Defects, Inventory, Processing, Processing, Waiting
– Layout Considerations- Ceilings/Floors/HVAC.
– Process Flow Charting.
– Low Cost Linear Traceability Manual vs electronic.
– Blending Logs.
– Environmental Concerns.
– Getting Over Excuses.

Who Will Benefit:

Personnel responsible for post harvest handling on farms, food processors, packers, food safety auditors and members of food safety compliance organizations.

Members of the Institute of Food Technologists and American Society for Quality involved in food safety and quality assurance

Instructor Profile:

Dr. John Ryan, is the Administrator for the Hawaii State Department of Agriculture’s Quality Assurance Division and a co-chair of the newly formed FDA/CDC food protection information technology team. He has spent over 25 years implementing high technology quality control systems for international corporations and is currently implementing Hawaiis RFID traceability and State Food Safety Certification system.

Dr. Ryan specializes in closed-loop quality control systems employing real-time traceability, sensor measurement devices and process controls. He has recently implemented the country’s first farm-distribution-retail RFID pilot system tracking produce through the food supply chain (Google “Hawaii Food Traceability” or visit http://www.HawaiiFoodSafetyCenter.org).