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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
All illnesses started on or after July 31, 2011.
The number of deaths and infected persons identified in each state is
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
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
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
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
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
-- 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
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
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
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
Kemira teams up with Lohmann to enhance safety of
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
Two European salt producers have formed an alliance to tackle meat safety
through the use of both organic salts and eventually potassium based
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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
But they're taking significant chances if they eat raw seafood, he said.
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
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.
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,"
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
Alabama, which is home to the country's second-largest domestic catfish
industry, has found significant levels of banned antibiotics in foreign-raised
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
Despite the concerns, the U.S. continues to import large amounts of
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
"The U.S. is a heavily reliant import country," Gurley said.
"We don't have the capacity to produce all the products that we
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
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
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
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
International Conference for
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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
registration fee off by 8/31/2011
November 8, 2011
Conference Place: Holiday Inn (Conference Room)
7:00 - 8:30 Registration and Breakfast (Juice, Tea, Coffee) and Poster
(***Exhibitors displaying time : 7:00-9:00 AM***)
- 9:00 Opening Announcement
A. Importance of Detection Methods for Food Safety and Quality
9:00 - 9:50 - The Importance of detection methods for food safety and
University of Georgia
9:50 - 10:40 - Advanced Detection methods for food safety and quality
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
B. Detection methods for Food Allergen Residues
1:50 - Detection of Food Allergen Residues in Processed Foods and Food
University of Nebraska
Director - Food Allergy Research and Resource Program
1:50 - 2:20 - Rapid Testing for Allergen Control Programs
Presentation by Ryan Waters
- 2:30 - Break / Visit Companies' Booth
C. Molecular/Immunoassay methods for Detection of Microbiological and
3:10 - Costco
Way for Food Safety and Quality
Food Safety Quality Manager
3:10 - 3:50 - Novel
biosensor technologies for high throughput screening of pathogens and
Professor, Purdue University
3:50 - 4:10- Innovative detection methods with immunoassay based method
4:10 -4:30 - Novel nucleic acid testing methods for industrial applications
by Roka Bioscience
4:30 - 5:30 - Panel Discussion (All key speakers will be joined)
2008 IAFP President, bioMerieux
5:30 - Adjourn
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8:40 - 9:00 Poster Competition Award
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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
Director of Rapid Methods and Automation in Microbiology Workshop (UW)
Professor, University of Wisconsin
10:20 - 10:40 - Coffee
Break in Exhibitors' Section
- 10:50 - Presentation Title from Company presentation
- 11:30 - New demands for Rapid and Automative Detection Methods
for Food Safety
2008 IAFP President, bioMerieux
- 12:00 - Rapid methods for monitoring microbial numbers for
Senior Principal Scientist
-12:20 - Innovative methods for detection of microbiological/chemical
hazards for food safety
12:20 - 1:30 -
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Impacts of Advanced/Conventional Detection methods on Food Industries
2:10 - Impact
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2006 AOAC President
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