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Del Monte Fresh sues America over Salmonella - Definition of Frivolous Lawsuit
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by Bill Marler (August 24, 2011)
I must admit that I was busy today preparing another complaint in the Cargill Salmonella Heildelberg outbreak and had not had time to pick up the Del Monte vs. USA/FDA lawsuit until some time ago. Interesting read ? See PDF ? Del Monte vs. USA/FDA. In essence, Del Monte says the CDC and 10 States botched the epidemiology of the Salmonella Panama outbreak that was linked to Del Monte's imported cantaloupe. In Del Monte's own words (well, lawyer's words): The FDA and other officials described above investigated the illnesses and concluded that they were associated with the consumption of cantaloupes by the patients who became ill. On information and belief, these officials reached this conclusion without a sufficient factual basis to support the conclusion. Among other things, on information and belief, these officials reached this conclusion without ever testing any cantaloupes to determine whether they were contaminated with Salmonella. ˇ¦ FDA has not adequately accounted for evidence indicating that the illnesses described above were not caused by cantaloupes at all. ˇ¦ FDA has not adequately accounted for the possibility that any allegedly contaminated cantaloupes came from sources other than Del Monte. ˇ¦
CDC collaborated with public health officials in a number of states, including California, Maryland, Oregon, and Washington, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate and to identify the likely source of this multistate outbreak of Salmonella Panama infections. Investigators used DNA analysis of Salmonella bacteria obtained through diagnostic testing to identify cases of illness that may be part of this outbreak. As of June 20, 2011, a total of 20 ill people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Panama have been reported from Arizona (1), California (2), Colorado (1), Maryland (1), Montana (1), Nevada (1), Oregon (6), Pennsylvania (1), Utah (1) and Washington (5). Ill people range in age from less than 1 year old to 68 years old, with a median age of 13 years old. Sixty-five percent are male.
Based upon the CDC's and 10 States' work the FDA posted this recall notice from Del Monte: Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc. ("Del Monte Fresh") of Coral Gables, Florida is voluntarily recalling 4,992 cartons of cantaloupes, each containing 4 plastic mesh sleeves with 3 cantaloupes per sleeve, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella Panama, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella Panama often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella Panama can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.
The cantaloupes were distributed through warehouse clubs in Alaska, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. The recalled products consist of cartons of cantaloupes, each containing 4 plastic beige mesh sleeves each sealed with a plastic orange handle with the Del Monte Logo and indication "3 count, Product of Guatemala" with 3 cantaloupes per sleeve and were available for sale between the 10th of March and the 21st of March, 2011. The cantaloupes, grown in and shipped from Del Monte Freshs' farm Asuncion Mita in Guatemala, have a light brown color skin on the exterior, with orange flesh. The recalled cartons of cantaloupes are dark brown cardboard with the "Del Monte" logo in red lettering and "cantaloupes" in yellow lettering on a green background. The cantaloupes have the lot codes: 02-15-24-10, 02-15-25-10, 02-15-26-10 and 02-15-28-10. Hey, FDA - I know a good lawyer to defend you - And, I am reasonable.

Eating at Your Desk Ups Food Poisoning Risk
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By_admin(Aug 24, 2011) Results of a new survey by the American Dietetic Association and ConAgra Foods' Home Food Safety program reveal the majority of Americans are playing Russian roulette with food safety by eating at their desks. The findings come nearly four years after a University of Arizona study revealed desks carry 100% more bacteria than kitchen tables and 400% more pathogens than toilet seats.
According to the "Desktop Dining Survey: 2011 Results," 83% of Americans typically eat in their office or cubicle in an effort to save time and money?62% eat lunch; 50% snack at their desk; 27% eat breakfast; and only 4% of Americans eat dinner at their desktop. Only 36% of people surveyed said they clean their work area once a week, and 64% do it once a month or less.
When it comes to safe refrigeration of lunches, perishable foods need to be refrigerated within two hours (one hour if the temperature is greater than 90 degrees Fahrenheit) from when it was removed from the refrigerator at home. Survey results showed 49% of respondents admitted to letting perishable food sit out for three or more hours, meaning foods may have begun to spoil before the first bite.
"For many people, multitasking through lunch is part of the average workday," said registered dietitian and ADA Spokesperson Toby Smithson. "While shorter lunch hours may result in getting more accomplished, they could also be causing workers to log additional sick days, as desktops hide bacteria that can lead to foodborne illness."

On Food Safety, a Long List but Little Money
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By WILLIAM NEUMAN (Aug 22, 2011 )
This summer there has been a drumbeat of food-related illnesses. Strawberries containing E. coli killed one person in Oregon and sickened at least nine others. Ground turkey contaminated with salmonella poisoned more than 100 people nationwide, with one dead, and prompted one of the largest meat recalls ever. Imported papayas tainted with salmonella sickened at least 99. Sprouts grown in Idaho were linked to salmonella illnesses in five states.The landmark food safety law passed by Congress last December is supposed to reduce the frequency and severity of food safety problems, but the roll call of recent cases underlines the magnitude of the task.
"It's an enormous undertaking," said Mike Taylor, the Food and Drug Administration's deputy commissioner for foods, whose job it is to turn the far-reaching law into a coherent set of rules that farmers, food processors and importers can follow and regulators can enforce. The agency is taking on the expanded mission at a time when Washington budget-slashing means that regulators have little hope of getting additional money and may instead have their budgets cut by Congress. "We have to have the resources to implement this law," Mr. Taylor said. "The stark choice is we either find the resources or we forgo implementing this law the way Congress intended. You can't build something brand-new without the resources to do it."
The agency is now in the process of writing the food safety rules called for by the law, with the goal of preventing outbreaks like those this summer. (The nation's meat and poultry supply was already regulated by the Agriculture Department and is unaffected by the new law.) One of the most complex jobs involves setting standards for farmers to grow and harvest fruits and vegetables safely. The first draft of the farm rules is due early next year. The agency has not said what they will include, but they are expected to deal with basics like hand-washing stations for field workers, tests of irrigation water and measures to protect fields from wild animals that can track in bacteria. Investigators in Oregon say they believe that deer may have brought E. coli into the strawberry fields there, so such federal rules could potentially help prevent future outbreaks of that kind.
Yet the standards must take into account a huge variety of crops, farming practices and farm sizes. The task is all the more delicate because the agency has never before had a major presence on American farms. For a year and a half, well before Congress passed the food safety law, Mr. Taylor has been on a listening tour, visiting farmers around the country and seeking to allay their fears that an army of food safety bureaucrats will come storming through their fields telling them how to do their jobs.
Recently, he visited Long Island, where he tramped through the sandy fields of the 30-acre Deer Run lettuce farm of Bob Nolan in Brookhaven. Mr. Nolan said he was initially anxious about the new law but was now eager to help the agency make it work for farmers. Mr. Taylor was joined by several agency employees involved in writing the farm rules, and Mr. Nolan told them that he hoped the visit would help them better understand how a farm worked.
He went over steps he had taken to improve food safety, including creating a tracking system that linked every head of lettuce he sold to the section of field where it was grown and doing yearly tests of irrigation water for dangerous bacteria. And he asked for clear guidance in the rules for techniques like how to safely use composted horse manure to fertilize his fields.
The complexity of the F.D.A.'s task became clear as the day went on. At the second stop, a potato farm in Riverhead, the owner Jimmy Zilnicki said that he knew little about what the government expected of him.
"We're all just trying to find out what this food safety thing is all about," he said. Besides, he argued, potatoes were a safe crop and he questioned whether it was worth including them in food safety rules.
Mr. Taylor told him that the F.D.A.'s job was to focus most of its efforts where the food safety risks were greatest. The third stop was a 65-acre organic farm in Riverhead, run by Eve Kaplan-Walbrecht and her husband, Chris. They grow a dizzying array of crops, from arugula to zucchini, most of which they sell directly to customers through farmers' markets and buying clubs. They, too, had made costly improvements with an eye toward food safety, including building a large processing shed with a concrete floor, treated water, a bathroom and refrigerated storage. The new law exempts small farms that average less than $500,000 a year in sales and sell mostly to local customers. But Ms. Kaplan-Walbrecht said that her farm, known as Garden of Eve, brings in too much money to qualify for the exemption. She worried that the new law could become a burden for small farmers, either by adding paperwork or by unleashing regulators with little understanding of how a farm worked "If you're going to be in fear that someone's going to show up and there's going to be a rabbit in your carrot patch and you're going to get in trouble, then that's a problem," she said.
But while farmers worry that the rules will be too stringent, food safety advocates worry that budget cuts could render the law toothless. The Congressional Budget Office has said the F.D.A. will need hundreds of millions of dollars in new financing to execute the law, and there appears little chance that Mr. Taylor will get it. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives has passed an appropriations bill that largely eliminates new money for the F.D.A. The Democrat-controlled Senate has not made its own proposal. But advocates fear that the new Congressional supercommittee that is to propose cuts under the debt ceiling deal could further pare the agency's finances.
A budget freeze or cuts would have the greatest impact on the ambitious increase in inspections called for under the new law, which ramp up each year. "Writing rules is inexpensive; enforcing them is expensive," said David W. Acheson, a former associate commissioner of the F.D.A. who is now a food safety consultant. "There will be a public health impact because enforcement won't be to the extent they want to do it."
The agency has already said that, without lots of new money, it won't be able to conduct the thousands of foreign food inspections the law would require after a few years. Increasing domestic inspections would be difficult, too. The F.D.A. has about 1,000 inspectors trained to visit food establishments but most of them also inspect drug and medical device facilities. Hiring new inspectors or retraining existing ones is costly.
So far, Mr. Taylor has won praise for the introduction of the new law. A lawyer and longtime official at the F.D.A. and the Agriculture Department, he headed the U.S.D.A.'s food safety office in 1994 when the agency declared it illegal to sell ground beef containing a toxic form of E. coli bacteria, a move that was fiercely opposed by the meat industry. He has also worked in the private sector, most recently as a vice president for public policy at Monsanto, the agricultural chemical and biotech company.
"I've never seen the agency go at anything with such enthusiasm," said Carol L. Tucker Foreman, a food policy expert at the Consumer Federation of America. But she feared that without a higher budget, the agency would take shortcuts. The law requires the most frequent inspections at the riskiest facilities, and Ms. Tucker Foreman questioned whether the agency would simply classify fewer operations as high risk to make its job easier. Mr. Taylor said that would not happen. "We're not going to game the system," he said.

C. diff battled at the molecular level
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By_ Aimee Keenan-Greene(Aug 21, 2011)
University of Texas researchers in Galveston have discovered a key mechanism intestinal cells use to defend against the antibiotic-resistant hospital acquired infection (HAI) known as Clostridium difficile - which affects one percent of all hospital patients and can cause symptoms from diarrhea to life-threatening bowel inflammation.
The American Journal of Infection Control (2009) reported an estimated 13 of every 1,000 hospital inpatients had C. diff - 20 times more than previous estimates. Scientists investigating cellular responses to two powerful toxins generated by the bacteria Clostridium difficile, found those toxins wreak havoc on cell structural proteins and biochemical communications networks, eventually killing healthy cells. In order to do this damage, the toxins have to get into the cell, and that means passing through the protective membrane that surrounds it.
The news, published online today in Nature Medicine, explains that on the molecular scale, C. difficile toxin proteins are large. They have to "cleave" so a smaller piece can slip through the membrane into the cell. This cleavage is accomplished by a built-in molecular guillotine called a cysteine protease, which activates when the toxin encounters a molecule called InsP6 present at much higher levels inside the cell than outside.
"It's sort of like a sensor mechanism that detects when it's in a cell ? the toxins say, InsP6 is here, it's time to cleave," says University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston associate professor Tor Savidge, lead author of a paper, "We've identified a previously unknown protective response that activates after the toxins have induced gut inflammation, in which the host uses a process called nitrosylation to shut down the cysteine protease and prevent cleavage." A toxin that's unable to cleave stays stuck in the cell membrane, incapable of attacking the cell. "The author is in public relations and communications and is affiliated with the Pear Health Company."

Tainted Vinegar Kills 11 in China
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By_admin(August 22, 2011)
Vinegar tainted with antifreeze is suspected of killing 11 people and sickening more than 120 in China's far western region of Xinjiang who consumed foods prepared with the vinegar during a communal Ramadan feast on Aug. 20 following a day of fasting.
According to the state-run Xinhua news agency, officials believe the victims consumed vinegar that was stored in two plastic barrels that had once contained antifreeze. All the victims were ethnic Muslims; children as young as 6 years old were among the dead.
While this instance seems to be a tragic accident, China has been rocked by food safety scandals over the past few years, most of which involved the addition of dangerous additives to foods to lower production costs and increase livestock's muscle mass. In 2008, China's dairy industry was nearly destroyed after melamine-tainted dairy that sickened more than 300,000 people and killed at least six children.
In 2010, China established the Food Safety Commission (FSC) to analyze the food-safety situation, guide and coordinate food-safety work, make food-safety policies, and urge relevant departments to fulfill their responsibilities in food supervision.

Last Day for Olive Garden Patrons to Receive Hepatitis A Vaccine
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by Claire Mitchell (August 22, 2011)
Today marks the last day that the Cumberland County Health Department will be administering the Hepatitis A vaccine to those patrons of the Olive Garden restaurant in Fayetteville, North Carolina who may have been exposed to Hepatitis A. The health department announced that it will be offering the free shots at their clinic at 1235 Ramsey Street until 5:00PM today. Patrons who ate at Olive Garden on August 8 are still eligible to receive the Hepatitis A vaccine, as it is still within the 14 day window.
So far, Cumberland County health officials have immunized close to 3,000 people. That does not include individuals who may have received the shot in a different county or state or from their primary care physician. The Marler Clark law firm filed a class action lawsuit against the well-known restaurant last week on Wednesday, August 17, 2011. The firm continues to receive phone calls and emails from those individuals affected by the Hepatitis A seeking to join the class action. The firm's hepatitis A attorneys have unmatched hepatitis A litigation experience and have worked for victims in cases against such restaurants as Subway, McDonald's, Carl's Jr., and Chi-Chi's among others. For more information on this lawsuit or to speak with an attorney please contact (206) 346-1888 or visit

U Sends Team to Test Egyptian Seeds
Delegation finally allowed to search for outbreak evidence
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by Gretchen Goetz( Aug 23, 2011)
A delegation from the European Union has been sent to Egypt to test seeds there for E. coli O104:H4, the strain of bacteria that caused the deadly outbreak that sickened more than 4,000 and killed 50 on the continent.
More than two months after investigations pointed to sprouted Egyptian fenugreek seeds as the source of the epidemic that began in Germany, Egypt is now allowing EU representatives into the country to search for hard evidence of contamination -- or lack thereof. Following the outbreak, the EU placed a ban on the import of certain Egyptian sprouting seeds and beans. Egypt has soundly denied the need for this ban - which is likely to affect around 49,000 tonnes of seeds, according to the BBC. That's over 56 million Euros in value. The country insists that its own experts have tested suspect supplies of fenugreek seeds and found no sign of the deadly bacteria. One news source from the country reported that these seeds were sold only in Holland, and not in France or Germany. The team of EU investigators was originally scheduled to travel to Egypt last month, but was delayed by negotiations with the nation. "The Egyptian government has asked a couple of questions to the European Union, and these questions have to be answered and they want to decide on the answers," Dr. Lothar Beutin of the National Reference Laboratory for E. coli at the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment in Berlin (BfR) explained to Food Safety News at the International Association of Food Protection Conference last month. "All countries have their own dignity. Nobody likes to be blamed about things, so I think you have to understand that it's not always easy and Europe cannot just say 'OK, we'll take a flight and we'll come over and we'll open everything,' " said Dr. Mieke Uyttendale, director of the Laboratory for Food and Microbiological Preservation at the University of Gent. "It has to be negotiated and that's the policy and the way it goes," she told Food Safety News at the conference.
The European delegates arrived Monday, meeting with the Egyptian Minister of Agriculture and the Head of Egyptian Plant Quarantine before beginning their investigations, reported bikyamasr. The team will visit the Minya, Fayoum and Beni Suef governorates, and will issue a report to each local government at the end of its tour there. Finding the outbreak strain on sprout seeds would confirm them as the source of the outbreak, and would allow experts to pinpoint the exact suppliers from which the contaminated seeds came. However, not finding any of the dangerous bacteria on Egyptian seeds would not mean that the seeds didn't cause the outbreak, as all contaminated seeds may already have been sold, or random testing could overlook seeds carrying the bacteria. Egypt sees the investigation as a chance to prove that seeds being produced now are safe for sale, and that the ban on these products should be lifted. The European Commission will make its decision on whether or not to continue the embargo after it reviews the team's final report.
regon E. coli Strawberries Linked to 14 Ill and 1 Dead
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by Bill Marler (August 20, 2011)
Oregon Public Health Division officials confirmed today that deer feces found in strawberry fields in Washington and Yamhill counties was the source of E. coli O157:H7 infections that sickened at least 15 people in July, including one person who died.
"An Oregon Public Health Communicable Disease team has been investigating the outbreak for several weeks," said Katrina Hedberg, M.D., M.P.H., Oregon Public Health state epidemiologist. "There were six samples that positively matched the E. coli that was found in the people who were infected." Strawberries from the affected fields were produced last month by Jaquith Strawberry Farm, which is located in Newberg. At this time, the Oregon Department of Agriculture believes it has identified those operators and locations that possibly sold Jaquith strawberries. Jaquith finished its strawberry season in late July, and its strawberries are no longer on the market. Jaquith sold its strawberries to buyers who then resold them at roadside stands, farm stands and farmers' markets. Jaquith has recalled its products and is cooperating fully with the investigation. Health officials continue to urge people who purchased strawberries grown on this farm to throw them out. Strawberries that have been frozen or made into uncooked jam are of particular concern. Cooking kills E. coli O157:H7 bacteria. "If you have any strawberries from this producer ? frozen, in uncooked jam or any uncooked form ? throw them out. People who have eaten the strawberries but remain well need take no action," said Hedberg. The incubation period for E. coli O157:H7 is typically two to seven days.
None of the following have been implicated in this outbreak:
Berries other than strawberries;
Strawberries sold since Aug. 1;
Strawberries sold in supermarkets;
Strawberries picked at Jaquith Strawberry Farm's U-pick field;
Strawberries grown in southwest Washington state.
People sickened include residents of Washington, Clatsop, and Multnomah counties in Oregon. Of the confirmed cases, seven have been hospitalized, and one elderly woman in Washington County died from kidney failure associated with E. coli O157:H7 infection. Oregon Public Health experts have been working with county public health officials and the Oregon Department of Agriculture to track the infection cases.
E. coli is a common inhabitant of the gastrointestinal tract and is usually harmless. But E. coli O157:H7 is a strain of the bacterium carried by some animals, that can contaminate food and water, and that produces toxins that can cause mild to severe intestinal illness, including severe cramps and diarrhea that is often bloody. Some patients develop complications that require hospitalization. Approximately 5 percent of infected persons, especially young children and the elderly, suffer serious and potentially fatal kidney damage. Antibiotics are not recommended for treatment of an E. coli O157:H7 infection, and they may actually make kidney failure more likely. People infected with E. coli O157 should rest and drink plenty of fluids to reduce fatigue and dehydration. Public health officials emphasize that fruits and vegetables are important to a healthy diet; at least five servings per day are recommended. However, people need to take the following precautions with any uncooked produce: 1. Wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly before eating them. 2. Keep fruits and vegetables and other raw food separated from cooked food. 3. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap after handling raw foods, as well as before eating, after using the toilet, and after changing diapers.
The list of locations where Jaquith strawberries were sold can be found at

Food Safety News feature: Meat Industry Told to Brace for 'Big Six' Listing
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by Drew Falkenstein (August 19, 2011)
Maybe it was Bill Marler's $500,000 study on non-O157 STECs (finding non-O157 STEC contamination of retail ground beef in about 1% of samples), or maybe it was his petition to USDA-FSIS to finally call a spade a spade and declare that the "big six" non-O157 STECs are "adulterants." Whatever the case, the case for outlawing things in our food supply that kill us may be gaining momentum amongst regulatory types. According to Dan Flynn at Food Safety News,
The pathogenic Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia Coli (pSTEC) serotypes known collectively as the "Big Six" will soon be banned from U.S. meat, a top expert told a meat industry conference Thursday.
Action to declare the six non-O157:H7 serotypes as adulterants in meat could come as early as next week, according to Mohammad Koohmaraie, chief executive officer for the meat division of IEH Laboratories & Consulting Group based in Lake Forest Park, WA.
For certain, he says, the Big Six -- O26, O111, O103, O121, O45 and O145 -- will be listed as adulterants no later than one year from now. Koohmaraie delivered his comments at the two-day "Prevention of E. coli" conference in Chicago, organized by the Virginia-based North American Meat Processors Association (NAMP).
How will industry respond? Some might take the initiative and not fight progress in the name of safety. Costco and Beef Packers Inc. have already taken the bold, industry-leading steps of committing to a testing program for the Big Six non-O157 STECS, despite the cost and any regulatory or administrative burden.
It is not as if industry does not have the technology, tools and capability to do these tests. In comments delivered recently at the IAFP conference, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said: FSIS, together with FDA and CDC, have kept an eye on non-O157 STEC for several years. We've engaged food safety stakeholders at public meetings about how to best protect the public from these pathogensˇ¦ USDA has developed the tests for them ? an important tool that we didn't have when we launched our O157 testing program. And today we have leaders in the meat industry that have taken these tests and implemented them in their establishments.
So, USDA-FSIS is ready, consumers are ready, a couple of key players in the industry are ready. Who is not ready?


International Conference for
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November 8-9, 2011
Holiday Inn Chicago O'Hare Hotel
5615 North Cumberland Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60631

Major Topic: Detection Methods for
Microbiological/Chemical Hazards for Food Safety and Quality

20% registration fee off by 8/31/2011

Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Conference Place: Holiday Inn (Conference Room)

7:00 - 8:30 Registration and Breakfast (Juice, Tea, Coffee) and Poster Display
(***Exhibitors displaying time : 7:00-9:00 AM***)

8:40 - 9:00 Opening Announcement

Section A. Importance of Detection Methods for Food Safety and Quality

9:00 - 9:50 - The Importance of detection methods for food safety and quality

Michael Doyle
University of Georgia

9:50 - 10:40 - Advanced Detection methods for food safety and quality

Mansel Griffiths
University of Geulph
Editor of AEM

10:40 - 11:00 -
Coffee Break in Exhibitors' Section

11:00 - 11:50 - Current Foodborne Outbreak and legal issues

William D. Marler, Esq.
MarlerClark attorneys at Law

11:50 - 12:00: Exhibitos Presentation and GROUP PICTURE

12:00 - 1:00: Lunch buffet will be supported (Holiday Inn, Dinning Room)

Section B. Detection methods for Food Allergen Residues

1:00 - 1:50 - Detection of Food Allergen Residues in Processed Foods and Food Processing Facilities

Stephen Taylor
University of Nebraska
Director - Food Allergy Research and Resource Program

1:50 - 2:20 - Rapid Testing for Allergen Control Programs
Presentation by Ryan Waters
Charm Science

2:20 - 2:30 - Break / Visit Companies' Booth

Section C. Molecular/Immunoassay methods for Detection of Microbiological and Chemical hazards

2:30 - 3:10 - Costco Way for Food Safety and Quality

Robin Forgey
Food Safety Quality Manager

3:10 - 3:50 -
Novel biosensor technologies for high throughput screening of pathogens and toxins

A. Bhurnia
Professor, Purdue University


3:50 - 4:10- Innovative detection methods with immunoassay based method
Presented by SDI

4:10 -4:30 - Novel nucleic acid testing methods for industrial applications
Presented by Roka Bioscience

4:30 - 5:30 - Panel Discussion (All key speakers will be joined)

Stan Bailey
2008 IAFP President, bioMerieux

- Adjourn

Wed. November 9, 2011
Conference Place: Holiday Inn (Conference Room)

7:00 - 8:30 Registration and Breakfast (Juice, Tea, Coffee) and Poster Display
8:40 - 9:00 Poster Competition Award

  Section D. Importance of conventional/biochemical detection methods for Food safety and Quality

9:00 - 9:40 - Rapid Methods/Automation and a Look into the Future

Daniel Y.C. Fung
Director of Rapid Methods and Automation in Microbiology Workshop (KSU)
Professor, Kansas State University

9:40 - 10:20 -
Rapid Methods and Automation Workshop for 30 years

P.C. Vasavada
Director of Rapid Methods and Automation in Microbiology Workshop (UW)
Professor, University of Wisconsin

10:20 - 10:40 - Coffee Break in Exhibitors' Section

10:40 - 10:50 - Presentation Title from Company presentation


11:00 - 11:30 - New demands for Rapid and Automative Detection Methods for Food Safety

Stan Bailey
2008 IAFP President, bioMerieux


11:30 - 12:00 - Rapid methods for monitoring microbial numbers for food industries

Gregory Siragusa
Senior Principal Scientist
Danisco USA


12:00 -12:20 - Innovative methods for detection of microbiological/chemical hazards for food safety

Dupont Qualicon

12:20 - 1:30
- Lunch buffet will be supported (Holiday Inn, Dinning Room)

Section E. Impacts of Advanced/Conventional Detection methods on Food Industries

1:30 - 2:10 - Impact of detection methods for food industries

Robert Koeritzer
2006 AOAC President

2:10 - 2:30 - Application of several detection methods for Food industries


2:30 - 2:40 - Coffee Break in Exhibitors' Section

2:40 - 3:10 - The importance of detection procedures for food safety by 3rd party

Erdogan Ceylan
Director, Silliker

3:10 - 4:00 Application of Rapid Methods for Food Industries

Paul Hall
IAFP President (2004)
President, AIV Consulting LLC.

4:00 - 4:30 - Attendees' Certificate / Adjourn

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