Business briefs: Biotech Company earns EPA label

October 18, 2013 

BRADENTON -- The Grease Eradication System developed by Environmental Biotech International LLC meets the criteria for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Design for the Environment program -- a program that works with manufacturers to develop safer chemical products that also meet high performance standards.

The Design for the Environment label allows consumers to quickly identify and choose effective products that are safer for families and pets and help protect the environment.

The system uses naturally occurring vegetative bacteria to remediate grease and oil from drain lines, grease trap and grease interceptors. The EPA-labeled products do not contain known chemicals of potential concern, like carcinogens, reproductive or developmental toxicants - and even minor product components, like dyes and fragrances, are screened for safety.

Neal Communities gives $1,500 to Empty Bowls

BRADENTON -- Neal Communities has contributed $1,500 to the 2013 Empty Bowls luncheon as an Artisan Sponsor.

The Food Bank of Manatee County hosts the annual event and proceeds raised help local children, families and seniors in need.

Guests at two luncheon events enjoy a variety of soup donated by local restaurants; the meal of soup and bread symbolizes the need of neighbors and how the local community can work together to fulfill that need. Last year, The Food Bank of Manatee distributed 3.8 million pounds of food to families in Manatee County and this year they hope to surpass four million pounds.

Empty Bowls 2013 will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at Renaissance on 9th near downtown Bradenton, and on Saturday on Main Street in Lakewood Ranch. For information and to purchase tickets, visit:

Workshop offers insight into cottage food industry

SARASOTA -- Sarasota County Extension is offering a two-day workshop for those interested in the cottage food business.

The workshop costs $15 and will be held, 6 - 8 p.m. Oct. 30 and Nov. 6, at Sarasota County Extension, 6700 Clark Road, Sarasota.

Topics for the workshop include: What products can be made and where they can be sold, labeling requirements, food safety factors, marketing, budgeting, packaging and sourcing of local food ingredients and best business practices and experiences.

The Florida Legislature enacted House Bill 7209 in July 2011 that allows individuals to manufacture, sell and store certain types of cottage foods products in an unlicensed home kitchen. To register, visit For more information, call Sarasota County Extension at 941-861-9900 or email

-- Herald staff reports

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