“The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends cooking ground beef to 160 degrees,” hesaid. “That allows for a margin of safety.” “It’s easy to eliminate the risk of contaminated hamburgers,” said Mike Doyle, director of theUniversity of Georgia Center for Food Safety and Quality Enhancement. “Just make sureyou cook them properly.” “I continue to tell people to cook a hamburger until it’s no longer red inside and the juices rungray or are no longer pink,” he said. “But there is evidence that color isn’t always reliable.” Checking hamburger patties with most meat thermometers is hard, if not impossible. “Thereare some new ones that cost about $10,” he said. “They’re thinner and can be inserted into apatty easier than standard meat thermometers.” Young children, the elderly and people with compromised immune systems are the mostsusceptible to foodborne illness. UGA studies have shown that heating ground beef to 155 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 secondswill kill E. coli bacteria, Doyle said. While scientists work on ways to stop E. coli 0157:H7 contamination of food products, it’seasy to protect yourself. The latest USDA recommendations call for using a meat thermometer to check the internaltemperature. And Doyle concurs that it’s the only perfectly safe way to check. E. coli 0157:H7 causes severe stomach cramps and diarrhea which oftens turns bloody aftertwo or three days. The symptoms usually go away by themselves after six to eight days. But Doyle said just getting a 160-degree reading isn’t a perfect indicator. “There can be a10-degree variation from one spot to another in some hamburgers,” he said. “The coldest spotisn’t always the center.” In a small number of people, most often children, the E. coli strain can cause a rare butserious problem called hemolytic uremic syndrome, which can lead to kidney failure anddeath.
Business Boot Camp are seeking young entrepreneurs for the third wave of the highly successful Business Boot Camp Programme.Businesses based in County Donegal will be eligible to participate.The programme also runs in the Council areas of Belfast, North Down, Lisburn, Newtownabbey and Carrickfergus, and participants will have a chance to meet businesses from these areas. The programmes has been described by past participants as hugely beneficial in terms of growing your business and developing and learning business skills and techniques.This cross- border programme is funded through the European Regional Development Fund under the INTERREG IVA Programme.What is the Business Bootcamp Programme?The Business Boot Camp Programme is a results-focused and practical programme which aims to provide practical assistance to young entrepreneurs to consolidate and grow their businesses [despite the current adverse economic conditions.] The Boot Camp Growth Programme is aimed at young entrepreneurs who have been trading for at least 6 months and who are 16 – 35 years old.The programme aims to offer flexible and tailored business support to young owner-managers whose businesses are based in County Donegal and the COMET region.It will help participants to:Adopt Best Practice business ideas.Manage their businesses more effectively. Plan for the future with confidence.Develop the skills and the confidence to achieve business growth.The programme is therefore designed to provide young entrepreneurs with the tools, the confidence and the expertise to really maximise the potential of their businesses.What will the Programme involve? There are 4 distinct but interlinked elements to the Business Boot Camp Growth Programme. These are:How long will the Programme run for?We understand the time pressures that face all owner-managers. The Programme is therefore spread over a 6 month period starting in June 2014.Indicative dates are:Date Times Event Location (TBC)24 June 2014 11am – 1pm Information Event COLAB, Letterkenny25th June 2014 11am-1pm7.30-9.30pm Information EventInformation Event Niall Mor Centre, Killybegs09 July 2014 9.30am – 3pm Workshop 1Gearing up to grow your business Killybegs10 September 2014 9.30am – 2pm Workshop 2 – Understanding the Market place Killybegs*25/26 September OR 2/3 October 2014 9.30am Thursday to 4pm Friday Residential Coleraine*22 October 9.30am – 2.30pm Workshop 3 – Selling Skills Killybegs*NOV TBC 9.30am – 4pm Best Practice Visits to existing successful businesses TBC26 November 2014 9.30am – 2.30pm Workshop 4 – Managing Costs in a small business17 January 2015 9.30am – 2.30pm Workshop 5 – How to keep key Customers Killybegs*11 February 2015 9.30am – 2.30pm Workshop 6 – Marketing on a Shoestring and Using Social Media Killybegs** Provisional locations – These locations can be changed depending on the participants’ preference.How much does it cost to secure a place on Business Bootcamp?The Programme is FREE to you assuming that:1. Your business is based in County Donegal or the COMET region [Belfast City Council, Lisburn, Castlereagh Borough Council, Carrickfergus, Newtownabbey or North Down]2. You have been trading for longer than 6 months.3. You are aged between 16 – 35 at the start of the Programme.Who should apply?YOU should apply if you want to:1. Address constraints to growth within your business.2. Grow / develop your business.3. Out-perform your competitors.4. Learn from experts in the field of SME and micro enterprise development.Interested …?Please contact Patricia Keane at [email protected] or 074 9724420/0863165820 for an application pack.Completed application forms need to be returned to us by 12:00pm on Monday 30th June 2014.We will assess your application and will be in contact soon afterwards.Please note: If your application is successful, you must be available for the first workshop on Wednesday 9th July 2014.BUSINESS BOOT CAMP CAN TURN THAT IDEA INTO A REALITY FOR ENTREPRENEURS was last modified: June 27th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BusinessBusiness Boot CampEntrepreneursFeaturesnewsProgramme