Happy Ending to Beer Mystery

The CDC estimates that roughly 48 million Americans get sick from food-borne diseases per year*. Biological contamination (bacteria, viruses, or microbes) in food or beverages is well known, but people often overlook physical contamination. A physical contaminant is any unknown material that is found in a food or a beverage that should not be there. Most incidents do not cause major issues, but consumers sometimes are curious about what they find. In this incident, a beer bottle containing a foreign substance was sent to Better Call Harry at CBS46 in Atlanta, who contacted us to investigate the matter. Using PLM and SEM imaging we were able to identify the unknown material and determine whether it is a biological or physical contaminant. Watch the full story here.

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*www.cdc.gov/foodsafety/foodborne-germs.html