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6th International Conference for Food Safety and Quality
(Nov. 8-9, 2011)
, Chicago, IL


Following companies finished registration
Costco Wholesale, Roka Bioscience, Government of Alberta, Cooper Farms Processing,
Neogen Corporation, EnviroLogix Inc., Regal Springs Trading, Ecolab, Ministry of health, Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc., Mead Johnson, Baptista's Bakery, Inc., DeltaTRAK, Masterson Company, Roka Bioscience, Inc., GoldCoast Salads, Remel, part of Thermo Fisher Scientific, Regal Springs Trading, University of Texas, Nellson Nutraceuticals, Isola Imports, Inc., FoodChek Systems Inc., EnviroLogix Inc., Home Market Foods,
Sargento Foods Inc., Thermo King, Sokol & Company, Saraniecki Inst. Nut.Environ. Health Inc,
Roka Bioscience, Perdue Farms, Inc., Restaurant Depot, Saputo Cheese USA, Inc.,
Home Market Foods, Charm Sciences, Inc., DuPont Qualicon, JFC International Inc., Annies, Inc.
Rain Crow Ranch - American GrassFed Beef, Kentucky Food Safety Consulting, 360 Food Safety,
bioventure centre pte ltd, DPI Specialty Foods, Universidad del Esta, Griffith Laboratories,
The Morning Star Packing Company, Lallemand Specialties, Proliant Dairy Ingredients
and more and more

Comments from Previous Conference Attendees
Completely impressed and will attend again - Christopher Finch (US Army)
Great Conference- I will recommend to others - Lisa Mason-Sanders (Coca-Cola Co.)
Good opportunity for me to get idea - Fanny Au (Sunkist Growers Co.)
All was Good-Thanks - Michelle Fateh (KPG Solutions, Inc.)
Important new topics of food safety - Eduardo Freiwald (Tampico Spice Co.)
Many years of experience in Food Industries - Garvin Ratliff (Vet Command US Army)
This was a great conference - Fitzroy Smith (CENPAC DVC)
and more....

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Death toll rises again from tainted Cantaloupes

Source : http://blog.usfoodsafety.com/2011/10/12/death-toll-rises-again-from-tainted-cantaloupes/
by foodsafeguru(Oct 12, 2011)
As of yesterday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported a total of 116 persons infected plus 23 deaths and 1 miscarriage, with any of the four outbreak-associated strains of Listeria monocytogenes in 25 states. This is two more deaths than the previous report from the CDC.
All illnesses started on or after July 31, 2011.
The number of deaths and infected persons identified in each state is as follows:
Alabama - 1 infected
Arkansas - 1 infected
California - 1 infected
Colorado - 5 deaths - 34 infected
Idaho - 1 infected
Illinois - 1 infected
Indiana - 1 death - 3 infected
Iowa - 1 infected
Kansas - 2 deaths - 7 infected
Louisiana - 2 deaths - 2 infected
Maryland - 1 death - 1 infected
Missouri - 1 death - 4 infected
Montana - 1 infected
Nebraska - 1 death - 6 infected
New Mexico - 5 deaths - 13 infected
New York - 1 death - 1 infected
North Dakota - 1 infected
Oklahoma - 1 death - 11 infected
Oregon - 1 infected
South Dakota - 1 infected
Texas - 2 deaths - 17 infected
Virginia - 1 infected
West Virginia - 1 infected
Wisconsin - 2 infected
Wyoming - 1 death - 3 infected
In addition, one woman pregnant at the time of illness had a miscarriage.

Louisiana Deaths Linked to Listeria Outbreak
Source : http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2011/10/2-louisiana-deaths-linked-to-listeria-outbreak/
by News Desk (Oct 11, 2011)
Two deaths in Louisiana have been confirmed by that state to be part of the multistate outbreak of Listeria infection linked to cantaloupe grown on a Colorado farm.
Louisiana health authorities say an 87-year-old Baton Rouge woman died after eating contaminated cantaloupe. The woman's death was one of the first cases to make headlines when reports of listeriosis illness surfaced, but officials there did not immediately confirm the connection to the outbreak.
The second outbreak-related fatality in Louisiana was an 81-year-old woman from Shreveport, according to state officials.
Meanwhile, Missouri health authorities have confirmed a fourth case of listeriosis caused by cantaloupe from Jensen Farms in Colorado.
The new reports push the outbreak toll to at least 112 cases and 23 deaths, plus one miscarriage, over 24 states.
The Louisiana fatalities and fourth Missouri case were not included in the Oct. 7 outbreak update by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which listed Listeria-related illness in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Colorado has reported the most infections, with 32 sickened. Texas has 16 reported illnesses, New Mexico has 13 and Oklahoma has 11.

Wisconsin student treated for E. coli
Source : http://blog.usfoodsafety.com/2011/10/08/wisconsin-student-treated-for-e-coli/
by Doug Powell (Oct 8, 2011)
A student who attends Glacial Drumlin School, the middle school in the Monona Grove School District, was diagnosed and treated for E. coli, a Public Health Madison and Dane County spokesman said Friday.
Spokesman Jeff Golden said it appeared to be an "isolated case."
The student's sibling also exhibited symptoms, but the infection had not been confirmed, Golden said. Principal Renee Tennant said the cases were not school-related, but parents were notified as a precaution.

Meat Groups Want Delay for Big Six E. Coli Rule
Source : http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2011/10/meat-groups-want-more-time-to-comment-on-big-six/
by News Desk (Oct 13, 2011)
The meat industry wants more time -- 120 days instead of 60 -- to comment on the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) proposal to ban six more pathogenic serotypes of Shigella toxin-producing E. coli in raw beef.
In a letter to FSIS Administrator Al Almanza, eight meat industry organizations asked for more time on the comment clock for what they call an extensive set of issues, and the need for the industry to prepare for "this significant new policy."
Currently, only E. coli O157:H7 is banned from raw beef in the United States.
In preparing to also regulate pathogenic E. coli 026, 045, O111, O101, O121 and O145 --known as the Big Six, FSIS has called for a 60-day "Final Determination and Request for Comments (FDRC)."
But the meat groups, which say they will all be affected by the new policy, want more time to prepare comments "that will help guide the agency" as it prepares to implement the new rule. Specifically, the industry wants to weigh in on:
-- the FSIS regulatory sampling plan for non-O157 STEC for the six sero-groups
-- suggestions for the baseline survey of non-O157 STEC prevalence in certain raw beef products
-- whether a technical meeting on methods for controlling the six strains should be held during the comment period
-- validation guidance for pathogen detection test kits
-- preliminary estimates of the cost per test for non-O157 STEC
-- estimates of the loss to industry of diverting positive-testing product to cooking
-- the usefulness of technical workshops for small and very small establishments
Asking for the extra time are the: American Association of Meat Processors, American Meat Institute,Eastern Meat Packers Association, Meat Import Council of American, National Cattlemen's Beef Association, National Meat Association, North American Meat Processors Association, and Southwest Meat Association.

Europe Open to Egypt Peas and Beans
Source : http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2011/10/europe-open-to-egypt-peas-and-beans/
by Dan Flynn (Oct 12, 2011)
Restrictions imposed against Egypt during this year's E. coli O104:H4 outbreaks in Germany and France have been lifted by the European Commission (EC).
Fresh and chilled peas and beans from Egypt may again be imported into the European Union (EU) counties. In an emergency action in July, the EC had banned the import of fenugreek and certain seeds, sprouts and beans imported from Egypt until Oct. 31.
According to the Food Standards Agency in the United Kingdom, the EC reassessed the risk from Egyptian peas and beans following an audit of production sites in Egypt.
Earlier, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) had lifted its warning against eating raw sprouts or growing them at home because it determined no more fenugreek seeds from Egypt were left in Europe's market.
Fenugreek seeds from Egypt were found to be the most likely source of the E. coli O104:H4 outbreak that, according to the EFSA wrap-up report, sickened 3,134 and killed at least 47. The confirmed cases included 778 who developed the kidney damaging disease called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).
The wrap-up report also said an additional 119 cases and four deaths may have been part of the outbreak.
A single batch of fenugreek seeds originally suppled by a Egyptian company to a German distributor is the most likely link between the outbreaks in the two counties.
The ban that remains on fenugreek seeds for sprouting until the end of October does not include ground spices for cooking or products with fenugreek as an ingredient.
The EFSA says the evidence linking the outbreaks to the implicated batch of fenugreek seeds was not definitive and investigations have continued in all European counties.
Port health officials have been notified about the changes, which take effect immediately.

Kemira teams up with Lohmann to enhance safety of sliced meats
Source : http://www.foodproductiondaily.com/Quality-Safety/Kemira-teams-up-with-Lohmann-to-enhance-safety-of-sliced-meats
By Jane Byrne, (Oct 12, 2011)
Related topics: Contamination, Quality & Safety, Cleaning / Safety / Hygiene
Two European salt producers have formed an alliance to tackle meat safety through the use of both organic salts and eventually potassium based products.
Finland's Kemira's ChemSolutions, a leading global supplier of organic acids and salts, specialized in food safety is teaming up with Germany-based firm, Dr Paul Lohmann, a manufacturer of sodium replacers and other functional ingredients for the food industry.
Dirk Bos, sales development director with the German salt specialists, told FoodNavigator.com that the partnership will allow Kemira leverage Lohmann's knowledge of the European meat sector along with its extensive distribution network; while the German firm can capitalise on Kemira's proven sodium acetate and lactate combination technology.
Bos said that the alliance is focused on optimising the safety and shelf life of sliced, vacuum packed meats, in particular - to safeguard against decontamination from pathogens such as Listeria, Salmonella, and E.coli.
The partnership, he continued, will raise awareness with the European processed meat industry around Kemira's Provian product line; a functional co-spray dried composition based on organic salts; sodium acetate and sodium lactate, in relation to its benefits for meat preservation.
The Finnish chemical firm claims Provian's powder form makes it easier to handle than the conventional liquid delivery systems, while its neutral pH value and buffering capacity means does not lower the pH of cooked meat products, thus avoiding cooking losses. The dosage level of Provian depends on local legislation, meat type and shelf life requirements.
The Helsinki-based supplier adds that findings from in-house testing and independent research institutes demonstrated its effectiveness in terms of pathogenic bacteria growth inhibition in a range of processed meat products.
However, Bos points out that the new alliance has also set its sights on developing potassium-based meat safety products to enable the European meat sector meet sodium reduction targets.
A recent review in the journal Trends in Food Science and Technology concluded that the meat industry must move towards the production of healthier processed meats by formulating new and innovative products.
The researchers, led by Fidel Toldr? of the Institute of Agrochemistry and Food Technology (CSIC) in Spain, note that while meat and meat products are generally seen to be a good source of proteins; group B vitamins, minerals and trace elements, many consumers still view meat products negatively due to their fat, cholesterol and sodium content.
The review highlights strategies for the manufacture of healthier meat products including salt and fat reduction, the improvement of the fatty acid profile, and the incorporation of functional ingredients among others.
And the authors report that the sodium content of a dry-cured pork loin could be reduced to 50% by using a mixture of potassium chloride, magnesium chloride and calcium chloride, without affecting its sensory quality.

E.coli controls eased as fresh Egyptian produce cleared for EU import
source : http://www.foodproductiondaily.com/Quality-Safety/E.coli-controls-eased-as-fresh-Egyptian-produce-cleared-for-EU-import
By Ben Bouckley, (Oct 12, 2011)
The European Commission (EC) has removed fresh and chilled peas and beans from the list of Egyptian products that it has been illegal to import since July. Following an EC audit of production sites in Egypt, the EC has now removed these products from its list of seeds, sprouted seeds, and beans forbidden for import to the European Union.
An emergency ban on the import of fenugreek and certain seeds, sprouted seeds and beans from Egypt was originally scheduled to last until October 31, 2011.
It followed two deadly outbreaks of E.coli O104 in Germany and France this spring , which killed over 60 people and sickened more than 3,000.
A European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) report into the source of the outbreaks concluded that the most likely link between the German and French outbreaks was a contaminated batch of fenugreek seeds from Egypt, which led to the temporary ban.
The revised list of products forbidden for import is available here via the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA).

One in five Americans vulnerable to foodborne illness, review finds
Source : http://www.foodnavigator-usa.com/On-your-radar/Food-safety/One-in-five-Americans-vulnerable-to-foodborne-illness-review-finds
By Caroline Scott-Thomas, (Oct 12, 2011)
As many as one in five Americans are particularly susceptible to foodborne illness due to age or conditions that weaken the immune system, according to a new study published in the journal Foodborne Pathogens and Disease.
Although health officials are well aware that foodborne illness outbreaks tend to disproportionately affect the very young, the elderly, pregnant women, diabetics and others with weakened immune systems, this latest paper sought to quantify the additional risks to these groups - and to provide recommendations on how to deal with them.
"The nature and use of low microbial diets to reduce the risk of foodborne disease in immune-compromised patients are very variable," the authors wrote. "Diets for vulnerable people in care should exclude higher risk foods, and vulnerable people in the community should receive clear advice about food safety, in particular avoidance of higher-risk foods and substitution of safer, nutritious foods."
The paper reviewed a range of studies from the United States, the United Kingdom and other developed countries, and concluded that in the US and the UK, 15-20% of the population is considered vulnerable to foodborne illness.
Vulnerability to foodborne illness outbreaks means that fewer foodborne or waterborne pathogens are needed to cause disease, and can lead to more severe illness.
The authors' list of higher risk foods includes raw and undercooked meat and poultry, undercooked or precooked seafood, unpasteurized milk and cheeses made from unpasteurized milk, products containing raw eggs, raw sprouts and unwashed vegetables, luncheon meats that have not been reheated, and unpasteurized, refrigerated p?t?s.
They stress the importance of ensuring the safety of foods intended for vulnerable populations, as well as educating these groups about how to minimize risks.
"Ensuring the microbiological safety of food for vulnerable groups and providing advice about high-risk foods and food safety are essential to minimize foodborne infections," they wrote.

Tainted Seafood Reaching U.S., Food Safety Experts Say
Source : http://fcir.org/2011/10/10/tainted-seafood-reaching-u-s-food-safety-experts-say/
By Nicole Gilbert(Oct 10, 2011)
Filthy seafood infected with bacteria or tainted with drugs and antibiotics banned in the U.S. is finding its way onto the plates of health-conscious Americans, according to state and federal officials, consumer advocates, academics and food safety experts.
The U.S. imported more than 17.6 million tons of seafood in the last decade, according to a News21 analysis of import data from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Only about 1 percent is inspected, and only 0.1 percent is tested for banned drug residues, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress.
More than 51 percent of the seafood that was inspected and turned away from ports was filthy, meaning it was spoiled or contained physical abnormalities, or it was contaminated with a foodborne pathogen. About 20 percent of those cases involved salmonella, according to the News21 analysis of FDA import refusal data.
"You're looking at fresh and frozen seafood that's being turned away at the border by FDA because it's decomposed and infected with salmonella," said Zach Corrigan of the Washington, D.C.-based Food & Water Watch, a consumer advocacy organization.
Filthy fish products may contain dirt, insect fragments and rodent hair, Corrigan said, adding, "I don't think people realize when they're eating their dinners every night íŽ so much of that is getting through without any sort of inspection."
Consumers can protect themselves from most bacterial contamination by cooking seafood properly, said Spencer Garrett, the director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Seafood Inspection Laboratory. NOAA's oversight ranges from daily weather forecasts to fisheries management.
But they're taking significant chances if they eat raw seafood, he said.
Limited Resources
FDA spokeswoman Siobhan DeLancey said the agency is doing what it can to ensure the safety of imported seafood by using what she called "preventative controls." These include reviewing companies' safety plans, written documents that address how the food operator will deal with safety hazards at various points in the production process.
"The volume of imports is so large that it is not feasible to rely on surveillance at the border as a primary food safety control," she said in an email, referring to the FDA's low inspection rate.
Microbiologist Michael Doyle, director of food safety at the University of Georgia, said more inspections would improve food safety for consumers, but it's not very realistic.
The FDA, he said, doesn't have the manpower to inspect all shipments. "It's not a very effective way of ensuring the safety of our food from other countries," he said.
Another way to protect consumers from tainted food imports is to inspect food processing facilities - catching problems at the source. But here again, the FDA falls short, Doyle said. To export to the U.S., foreign processing companies just register online with the FDA. Most never see an inspector.
Between fiscal 2005 and 2010, the FDA inspected an average of less than one-half of one percent of an estimated 17,000 foreign processing facilities each year, according to the GAO.
Different Standards
According to the News21 analysis, shrimp, salmon and tuna were the top three imported seafood products in both weight and value in the past decade. Much of it is farm-raised in China, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia, where production standards are typically lower than in the U.S.
Untreated animal manure and human waste are used as feed in shrimp farms and tilapia farms in China and Thailand, Doyle said. These "organic" materials also find their way into farms through pollution from sewage.
"They feel their level of sanitation is adequate and we don't," Doyle said.
To prevent the spread of bacteria and disease, some foreign fish farms put U.S.-banned antibiotics into their fishmeal, said Brett C. Hall, deputy commissioner for the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries.
"In Vietnam and other foreign countries, there are extreme limitations regarding a desirable water supply," he said. "In order to grow fish in contaminated water they would use antibiotics to keep the fish alive."
Alabama, which is home to the country's second-largest domestic catfish industry, has found significant levels of banned antibiotics in foreign-raised catfish.
Alabama scientists tested 258 samples of catfish and a related species from China, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia and Cambodia from 2002 to 2010. Forty-four percent of samples tested positive for an antibiotic used to treat pneumonia and tuberculosis. The FDA banned the same antibiotic for use in produce and fish in 1997.
Attorney John Gurley, who represents Chinese catfish, shrimp, crawfish and salmon companies, criticized the Alabama tests, saying they were done on behalf of U.S. aquaculture farmers who are primarily interested in reducing competition from overseas.
Still, the test results raised questions about U.S.-banned drugs that may be used in foreign fish farms. Aquaculture farmers can buy hazardous chemicals over the counter in China, said Ted McNulty, who heads the Arkansas Agriculture Department's Aquaculture Division.
"Farmers can use chemicals like malachite green. It's a carcinogen, it's a fungicide íŽ it's a real health issue," he said of the chemical, which is banned in the U.S.
Food & Water Watch also is concerned about China's overall lack of effective food safety regulation. In a June report, the organization states: "China's labyrinthine food safety system lacks the capacity, authority and will to ensure the safety of food for Chinese or American consumers."
More Imports
Despite the concerns, the U.S. continues to import large amounts of seafood.
Between 1995 and 2005, seafood imports increased 65 percent and shrimp imports increased 95 percent, according to a Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch 2007 report.
Today, 80 percent of American seafood is imported, according to the GAO. China and Thailand together account for 36 percent of imported fish products.
"The U.S. is a heavily reliant import country," Gurley said. "We don't have the capacity to produce all the products that we need."
Gurley said there is little evidence that seafood products from China are dangerous but said Congress should give the FDA the funding to properly inspect all seafood products.
"The U.S. government should dedicate the resources to ensure that food from China, food from Arkansas, wherever, is safe," he said.
In fiscal 2010, the FDA allocated $1 billion of its $3.2 billion budget for food safety enforcement. The agency has requested more than $300 million for food safety efforts this year, but Congress has yet to approve the agency's 2011 budget.
The 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act, passed earlier this year, directs the FDA "to inspect at least 600 foreign food facilities within the next year and double those inspections every year for the next five," according to a June FDA report.
The report says "the goal may be attainable the first year" but added that it would be impossible for the FDA to complete the number of foreign food inspections - 19,200 - required in year six "without a substantial increase in resources or a complete overhaul in the way it operates."
The Case of Catfish
The U.S. seafood industry has long lobbied for tougher regulations on foreign seafood imports. In 2008, domestic catfish producers were successful in getting Congress to move oversight of imported catfish products from the FDA to the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service, which oversees meat and poultry inspection.
Food safety advocates supported the change, hoping it would produce more stringent regulations on all catfish products and force foreign firms to follow American laws and health standards.
But three years after the law was passed, FSIS is still accepting public comments on rules to implement the new law. One of the disagreements is over what species of catfish should be inspected; if catfish are defined broadly, more resources will be needed to carry out inspections.
And even when the disagreements are worked out, the FDA will continue to oversee most seafood imports.
Food safety advocates like Food & Water Watch say consumers are better off avoiding imported seafood altogether and sticking to locally raised fish or fish caught in the wild.
But Lorenzo Juarez of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Aquaculture Program said that's not practical.
"There is no more fish from the wild," he said, and a better approach would be to encourage more domestic aquaculture, which is subject to U.S. standards.
Corrigan's Food & Water Watch says that's not good enough.
"We need to find a way to protect people in the United States from seafood and that means more inspections on what's coming in from our borders," he said.

12 inmates get botulism from "toilet" brew
Source : http://blog.usfoodsafety.com/2011/10/07/inmates-get-botulism-from-toilet-brew/
by foodsafeguru(Oct 7 2011)
The Salt Lake Valley Health Department confirmed Wednesday it is investigating an illness - suspected to be botulism from home-made alcohol brewed in a cell - that has sickened 12 inmates at the Utah State Prison.
Eight inmates, three of whom are in critical condition, are receiving treatment at a local hospital, and four are under medical observation at the prison.
All the affected inmates consumed "brew," made in a plastic bag hidden in an inmate's cell, according to a health department news release.
Three inmates initially were taken to the University of Utah Hospital with symptoms including nausea, vomiting, facial paralysis and blurry vision, prison officials said.
Botulism is a rare but serious paralytic illness caused by a nerve toxin produced by bacteria. Botulism has a 5 percent fatality rate, but people only die if they do not receive the antitoxin early enough.
The inmates affected likely came in contact with the bacteria by drinking the home-made alcohol. Inmates often use fruit, water and sugar to craft the brew, which they often hide in the cell's toilet tank, and when those foods are in an anaerobic environment - meaning one absent oxygen - they can create a breeding ground for the bacteria.
According to confiscation reports obtained earlier this year by The Tribune, brew is made fairly frequently, with 44 confiscations of the substance occurring between October 2009 and December 2010. However, the prison has not ever had a case of botulism.

Chemical companies tell the FDA: "No more BPA in baby bottles"
Source : http://buysafeeatwell.org/posts/2847-chemical-companies-tell-the-fda-%e2%80%9cno-more-bpa-in-baby-bottles%e2%80%9d
by Meg Bohne (Oct 7 2011)
In an unexpected move today, chemical companies filed a request asking the FDA to change regulations that currently allow BPA to be used in the manufacture of baby bottles and sippy cups for young children.
The industry says BPA hasn't been used in the manufacture of these products in several years, and that their request is "trying to bring clarity and certainty that BPA isn't used in baby bottles and sippy cups today, and it won't be in the future," said Steven Hentges of the American Chemistry Council in a press statement.
The American Chemistry Council (ACC), the industry group representing manufacturers of BPA, has spent millions of dollars over the past several years fighting state bans on BPA. Their request comes on the on the heels of legislation signed in California this week banning BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups, making it the eleventh state to enact such a law.
Regulation at the federal level, the ACC hopes, will end "confusion about these products [which] has become an unnecessary distraction to consumers, legislators and state regulators" and '"eliminate the need for state and federal governments to spend further time and effort on a matter that has no practical outcome."
Consumers Union has long warned of the dangers of BPA, and has supported federal and state legislation restricting its use in food containers and packaging. Said Ami Gadhia, senior counsel for CU, "The chemical industry's action doesn't go far enough. They need to get on board with a national ban on BPA in all food and beverage containers."
Representative Ed Markey (D-MA), who has introduced federal legislation to ban BPA in all food and beverage containers, including canned goods, called the move by the chemical companies "an empty gesture" since most companies have already removed BPA from bottles and cups due to consumer pressure.
The chemical companies' request is now under consideration by the FDA, which typically accepts public comments for 60 days before making a decision.




6th
International Conference for
Food Safety and Quality

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
Registration

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


Program
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
Costco



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





5:30
- 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

bioMerieux

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

remel

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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