Take Our LemonAid Survey

Do you think about the cleanliness of lemon or lime slices at a restaurant?

Have you ever seen a waiter or waitress put their fingers directly in your glass at a restaurant?

If it was possible to scan your food, report bacteria, and destroy bacteria in your food with an app would you use it?

What would be a fair price for the scanning and decontamination device and the software app you would buy?

How often would you use the app and the device?

Our Competition at Hillsborough High School

Yesterday we competed at Hillsborough High School. We were nervous and excited. We were very happy with how we did on the project. Our teamwork and robot design judging also went well. When we competed with the robot, our first two runs weren’t great. Before and during the last run, our team was praying SO hard! We were specifically praying that the robot would successfully complete two of the missions that we hadn’t gotten. The programs worked, we got a good score, and we placed second for robot! We were SO excited! During the award ceremony, we thought we would get a 2nd place award for robot, but as time went on, we realized we probably wouldn’t get anything. Then, at the end, the MC commented that the team to which the final award was going had a robot that was precise, a trait we had stressed in our robot design judging. Then when the MC made a pun on the word “lemonade”… we realized we had won! Our solution to our food safety problem is called “LemonAid!” We were so excited. We were hugging, high-fiveing, and almost crying. We won the championship award and we are going to the state tournament! To those of you who are sponsors, thank you SO much for your support to us. Because of your funding, which helped us get our shirts, we were able to share what our team stands for, explaining that the “X” in exNihilo on our shirts represents the cross, and the world that stood for the “o” in exNihilo represents the world that needs to know Jesus.

We also won the championship award on one of our team member’s birthday. Happy Birthday!

The Project

Today, during our meeting, we decided the research project topic. The two foods we had narrowed down to were apple cider or lemons. The team decided on lemons. We also talked about possible solutions for problems with lemons.  One of  the biggest problems with lemons is human contact with the lemons. The lemons are loaded down with all sorts of disgusting bacteria. Also, the cutting boards and knifes used to cut the lemons are most likely yucky, too. Maybe the cutting boards were recently used to cut uncooked meat or other foods that could possibly carry bacteria that will get inside the lemons.

Lemon Contamination: Conversation with Prof. Anne Loving

Today, Julia, Natalie, and I (Tristan) had a phone call with Professor Anne LaGrange Loving. She has recently tested lemons at 21 restaurants. What she found is greatly disturbing. She swabbed about 70 lemons, and found that 69.7% of them were loaded with bacteria. Some of the lemons had bacteria on the rind AND the flesh. Some of the lemons carried fecal bacteria. Yuck! Prof. Loving says that she thinks that the lemons possibly get contaminated from workers not washing their hands, using cutting boards that have been used to cut meat, and from contaminated knives. She also says that it would help if waiters and waitresses wore gloves to prevent human contamination. We also talked about solutions for this problem. We talked about scanners that could scan to make sure that your food was safe, disinfecting knife blocks, and machines to wash, cut, and distribute lemons without human contact.


Food Safety Myths:

Myth #4: I don’t need to wash fruits or vegetables if I’m going to peel them.

Fact: Because it’s easy to transfer bacteria from the peel or rind you’re cutting to the inside of your fruits and veggies, it’s important to wash all produce, even if you plan to peel it.

More myths coming soon!

This information was copied from http://www.foodsafety.gov/