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Date: Jul 2014

photo of fruit and veggie trayDr. Barbara McLean, Chief, Bureau of Prevention and Protection
Baltimore County Department of Healt
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Summer is the perfect time to enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables, but even these items require proper care and preparation. The proportion of foodborne illnesses associated with fresh fruits and vegetables has increased over the past few years, but you can enjoy them safely by knowing and following these four steps:

1. Check

When shopping, check to make sure that fresh and packaged fruits and vegetables are not bruised or damaged.

2. Clean

Wash hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds before and after handling fresh fruits and vegetables.

Clean all surfaces with hot water and soap— countertops, cutting boards, knives and peelers before and after food preparation.

Wash all fruits and vegetables thoroughly under running water before eating, cutting or cooking. Use a clean vegetable brush to scrub thicker-skinned produce such as melons and cucumbers.                                      

Washing fruits and vegetables with detergent, bleach or commercial produce washes is not

recommended.

3. Separate

When shopping, keep fresh fruits and vegetables separate from household chemicals and raw meat, poultry and seafood. Keep them apart in the grocery cart, in the grocery bags and at home, in the refrigerator.

Do not use the same cutting board for fruits and vegetables that you’ve used for your raw meat, poultry or seafood before thoroughly washing it with hot water and soap.

4. Chill

Refrigerate all cut, peeled or cooked fruit and vegetables promptly.

Remember

Prevent fruits and vegetables from touching raw meat, poultry, seafood or their juices.

When preparing produce, be sure to remove and throw away any bruised or damaged portions. Then wash thoroughly under running water

Fruits and vegetables should never be left out for more than two hours after cutting, peeling or cooking

I hope these tips will enable you and your family to fresh fruits and vegetables safely this summer. For more information on food safety, visit: www.fightbac.org/.  


photo of Dunbar armored vehicleSara Trenery, Business Development Representative
Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development

The lobby of the Dunbar Armored world headquarters in Hunt Valley is a mini museum of the armored security business. Original armored cars and trucks from the 1930’s and 1950’s share space with exhibits on famous armored car heists and weapons of choice for armored guards past and present. The Dunbar family’s roots go back almost 100 years, to a company founded by the present CEO’s grandfather.

Today, President and CEO Kevin Dunbar runs the largest independently owned armored carrier in the country. Dunbar, named one of the Daily Record’s 2013 Most Admired CEOs, leads a company that employs 5,200 workers in 85 branches across the country.

As the security needs of their clients have broadened over the years, the company has responded with new and innovative products. The Dunbar family of companies has grown to include six operating companies: Federal Armored Express, Cash Vault Services, Loughlin Guard Services, EZ-Audit, BankPak, and Alarm Services.

With the newest addition to the corporate family, Dunbar Digital Armor, the company enters the world of cyber security. Located just down the street from Dunbar’s headquarters in new office space on Schilling Circle, the new division provides security protection, threat assessment, analysis, and remediation for customers in the digital environment. Recent headlines regarding digital security lapses at retailers and higher educational institutions have highlighted the need for these services. Dunbar has aligned their business to address these growing cyber security problems.

For nearly a century, customers have relied on Dunbar as a trusted advisor in safeguarding their valuables. As those valuables have gone digital, so has Dunbar.

We are proud that the Dunbar family of companies calls Baltimore County home.


photo of a stone bridgeKeith Duerling, P.E.
Structures Division, Bureau of Engineering
Department of Public Works

Baltimore County has 675 bridges of all sizes – from major spans that carry thousands of cars each day, to culverts which are merely drain pipes allowing small streams to flow under roads. But whether the structures are big or small, they all deserve (and get!) the same careful, regular inspection which ensures the safety of the traveling public.

Baltimore County classifies its bridges by length: structures over 20 feet and structures under 20 feet. Bridges are inspected every two years by a qualified, engineering company. These consultants are selected by the Maryland State Highway Administration for Baltimore County and the cost of the inspections is borne by the Federal government. Bridges that are less than 20 feet are handled in much the same way, except that the County selects the bridge inspectors and the State of Maryland pays for 80% of the inspection cost.

During the inspection process, engineers assess the condition of (1) bridge decks (i.e. the travel surface), (2) the superstructure, (3) the substructure, (4) the condition of the structure exposed to rivers, streams and runs, and (5) the condition of culverts. Inspection is a hands-on exercise and crews visually take the spans apart looking for signs of aging, deterioration, cracks, structural movement or any telltale sign of wear and tear. On occasion, steel structures may require ultrasonic testing, but most of the examinations depend on engineering knowledge and experience. Potential problems are described and assessed in detailed written reports and any bridge with negative indicators is put on a repair or replacement schedule.

Bridge safety is of paramount importance in the County because the Department of Public Works and its engineers recognize that there are no second chances when it comes to bridge safety. Every traffic-bearing structure in Baltimore County is continuously monitored and rigorously inspected every two years. In short, structural problems are addressed well before they can impinge upon travel safety.



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