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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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Dirty equipment blamed for deadly outbreak in cantaloupe
Source : http://vitals.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/10/19/8397950-dirty-equipment-blamed-for-deadly-outbreak-in-cantaloupe
By JoNel Aleccia (Oct 20, 2011)
Potentially contaminated processing equipment and problems with packing and storage of whole cantaloupes at a Colorado farm likely led to the deadliest listeria outbreak in the United States in 25 years, which has so far claimed 25 lives in a dozen states, federal health regulators said Wednesday.
Pools of water on the floor of the Jensen Farms packing facility in Granada, Colo., equipment that was not easily cleaned and sanitized and failure to cool newly harvested cantaloupes before sending them to cold storage all contributed to the outbreak, the first-ever listeria contamination blamed on whole melons, federal Food and Drug Administration officials said Wednesday.
"We are quite confident and certain," that those factors led to the outbreak blamed so far for 123 illnesses in 26 states, said Sherri McGarry, senior advisor to the FDA's CORE Network in the Office of Foods, who spoke at a Wednesday press conference.
The news that the problem may have been prevented through basic sanitation practices stunned Jeni Exley, whose 84-year-old father, Herb Stevens of Littleton, Colo., has been hospitalized for nearly two months after a listeria infection caused by contaminated Jensen Farms cantaloupe. He might be able to return home finally this week, said Exley, 55, whose family is suing the farm with the help of Seattle food safety lawyer Bill Marler.
"Shame on them," said Exley. "What kind of statement can I give you without being too angry? It shouldn't have happened. They had control over it."
Investigators tested fruit samples and equipment from Jensen Farms and confirmed the presence of four outbreak strains of the listeria monocytogenes bacteria confirmed in the illnesses and deaths.
The FDA said Jensen Farms, which is based in Holly, Colo., had recently bought used equipment that was corroded and hard to clean.
For example, the equipment used to wash and dry cantaloupe showed signs of dirt and product build-up, even after it had been disassembled, cleaned and sanitzed, the FDA's report said. The equipment had been previously used to process raw potatoes, officials said, which could have left listeria bacteria behind.
In addition, a truck used to haul culled cantaloupe to a cattle operation was parked near the facility and could have introduced contamination to the facility, investigators said. Low levels of listeria in the field also could have introduced the bacteria into the packing facility. And the design of the plant allowed stagnant water to pool on the floor. The FDA had not inspected the farm before the Sept. 10 session that first detected listeria problems.
The FDA issued the company a warning letter detailing violations, but the investigation is still open.
Jensen Farms voluntarily has agreed to correct all problems found in the inspection, FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg told reporters. In addition, the firm has agreed not to process, pack or distribute produce until the agency approves.
The tragic deaths and illnesses have underscored the need for prevention at all levels of the food supply system, Hamburg said.
"If we're to have a food safety system that truly prevents foodborne illness, we must all practice prevention," she said.
The conditions at Jensen Farms were not indicative of the produce industry in general, FDA officials noted.
The outbreak has claimed lives in a dozen states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. They include six in Colorado, five in New Mexico, two each in Kansas, Louisiana, New York and Texas and one each in Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Wyoming. People who've died have ranged in age from 48 to 96 years, with a median age of 87.
Illnesses have occurred in 26 states in people aged younger than 1 to 96, with most cases occurring in people older than 60. Four illnesses were related to pregnancy, including a newborn who fell ill. One miscarriage has been reported.
The peak in illnesses appears to have occurred in mid-August and the number of illnesses reported now appears to be decreasing, said Dr. Barbara Mahon, deputy chief of the Enteric Disease Branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But, the long incubation period for listeria means people could become ill up to two months after eating tainted fruit.
"It's too soon to declare the outbreak over," Mahon said.
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Food Safety Should Come First, Not After
Source : http://www.huffingtonpost.com/deirdre-schlunegger/food-safety-should-come-f_b_1018138.html
By Deirdre Schlunegger (Oct 18, 2011)
We should be able to sit down to a meal without wondering if this meal will be our last due to contaminated food.
October 24th is the first National Food Day. Food Day is a nationwide campaign to change the way Americans eat and think about food. Food Day encourages consumers nationwide to support healthy, affordable food, grown in a sustainable, humane way. It is also a time to advocate for safe food.
In the past few weeks 23 people have died and more than 116 have become ill from listeria in 19 states from tainted cantaloupes from Colorado. This outbreak is the deadliest in the United States in more than a decade.
While public alerts have helped raise awareness after food contaminations cause illness and death in this country, what is critical is to have more funding, energy and research put into preventing these outbreaks at the start. Farmers, food producers, transporters and retailers of food products in this country need to be regulated by stricter laws that have deeper consequences.
Hollywood recognizes that contamination by mysterious viruses or food sources captures our attention and is part of our collective consciousness. This week, the pathogen Listeria was the topic for the TV series The Good Wife and the recent movie Contagion dealt with the panic from sudden death by virus.
But what is real is the need to move our focus from warnings after the fact to guarantees about food safety from the beginning. If you read about an alert or watch one on television news, it may be too late for someone who is already ill.
The Centers for Disease Control estimate there are 48 million cases, 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths each year from foodborne Illness in this country. But these dry statistics don't fully tell the story. The stories of those individuals impacted must drive all of us to work and advocate for safer food.
Last week Dr. Margaret Hamburg, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, relayed the story of a young woman who developed hemolytic uremic syndrome after eating e coli-tainted spinach in 2006. At the Consumer's Federation of America's Food Policy Conference in Washington, D.C, Dr. Hamburg explained how 13-year-old Rylee spent several weeks in intensive care, developed diabetes, renal failure, high blood pressure, loss of vision and swelling around her lungs and heart.
There are too many stories, similar to Rylee's, but many did not survive to share them. Dr. Hamburg says it is in cooperation with government agencies, consumer groups and the food industry that the goal of a safe food supply can and will be realized. But that is in jeopardy.
The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law in January 2011 by President Obama and now we face the possibility of having a mandate that is not adequately funded. It is imperative that we have financial resources sufficient to implement this act. In the spring, the House of Representatives cut FDA'S budget by $87 million for the 2012 fiscal year. We are still awaiting the final numbers.
Today's food supply is very different from the chain of the past as food travels long distances from supplier to consumers' tables. We have a complex system with products coming from many places. There are imported foods, food from small farms and large farms, food that is local and food that is organic. We have genetically modified food, food that comes with and without antibiotics and hormones.
It is not the food of 50 years ago.
The Food Safety Modernization Act is the most significant reform in foods laws in more than 70 years. We need new tools and resources to adequately meet the demand of verifying the safety of our food supply for the 21st century.
Yes, there is a movement for locally grown food in this country, but it is only a small percentage of America's food supply and pathogens don't discriminate based on the size of the farm or facility. All food from every supplier needs to come to us free from of contaminants.
There are those who believe that it is the consumer's responsibility -- not the government's -- to take care with their food.
But how would Shirley Almer, 72, from Minnesota have known there was salmonella in her peanut butter that would kill her? How about Zella Ploghoft from Ohio who died from salmonella contracted from chiles rellenos after eating at her favorite restaurant with her husband and son?
Alex Donley, 6, from Chicago died from ecoli 0157:H7 after eating a tainted hamburger at a backyard cookout. How would his parents have known that the pre-packaged patty would end his life?
The public must demand that food that comes to us from the market and restaurants, from small and large farms, from domestic and international locations, is free of contaminants. The FDA now has the authority to ensure a safer food supply and they need the funding to get it done.
No amount of alerts after the fact can create a sense of safety for all foods we consume. Each meal we share with family and friends should be safe enough for us to see tomorrow.

Cantaloupe Listeria Outbreak Cause - No Mystery Here
Source : http://www.marlerblog.com/legal-cases/cantaloupe-listeria-outbreak-cause---no-mystery-here/
by Bill Marler (October 19, 2011)
This FDA report sounds like most, if not all, FDA and FSIS reports on food manufacturing facilities the casue outbreaks.
Introduction:
There could have been low level sporadic Listeria monocytogenes in the field where the cantaloupe were grown, which could have been introduced into the packing facility A truck used to haul culled cantaloupe to a cattle operation was parked adjacent to the packing facility and could have introduced contamination into the facility
Spread:
The packing facility's design allowed water to pool on the floor near equipment and employee walkways; The packing facility floor was constructed in a manner that made it difficult to clean The packing equipment was not easily cleaned and sanitized; washing and drying equipment used for cantaloupe packing was previously used for postharvest handling of another raw agricultural commodity.
From the FDA Warning Letter:
During the inspection, we also collected environmental swabs from various locations and surfaces throughout your packing facility. FDA conducted laboratory analyses which determined that 13 of the 39 total environmental swabs were positive for outbreak strains of Listeria monocytogenes. PFGE analysis determined that eleven of the positive swabs matched the strain of Listeria monocytogenes represented by cluster #2, one positive swab matched the strain of Listeria monocytogenes represented by cluster #4, and one positive swab matched the strain of Listeria monocytogenes represented by cluster #3. Further, one swab was positive for a strain of Listeria monocytogenes that did not match any of the outbreak strains. These positive swabs were taken from different locations throughout the washing and packing areas in your facility, all of which were either food contact surfaces or areas adjacent to food contact surfaces. This significant percentage of swabs that tested positive for outbreak strains of Listeria monocytogenes demonstrates widespread contamination throughout your facility and indicates poor sanitary practices in the facility.
Growth:
There was no pre-cooling step to remove field heat from the cantaloupes before cold storage. As the cantaloupes cooled there may have been condensation that promoted the growth of Listeria monocytogenes. FDA's findings regarding this particular outbreak highlight the importance for firms to employ good agricultural and management practices in their packing facilities as well as in growing fields. FDA recommends that firms employ good agricultural and management practices recommended for the growing, harvesting, washing, sorting, packing, storage and transporting of fruits and vegetables sold to consumers in an unprocessed or minimally processed raw form. And, what do you have - over 100 sickend and over 25 dead.

Listeria and E.coli killing food packaging developed
Source: http://www.foodproductiondaily.com/Quality-Safety/Listeria-and-E.coli-killing-food-packaging-developed
By Mark Astley, (Oct 17, 2011)
Canadian researchers are using phages to target and kill foodborne pathogens such as listeria and E.coli present on the surface of ready-to-eat (RTE) and raw meats.
Researchers from the Sentinel Bioactive Paper Network hope future foodborne listeria and E.coli outbreaks could be prevented using the bacteria killing viruses.
The researchers have been able to apply phages to cellulose packaging paper material, which was then used to wrap meats contaminated with listeria monocytogenes and E.coli O157.H7. According to a report sent to FoodProductionDaily.com the "developed bioactive membranes were able to successfully reduce populations of listeria monocytogenes and E.coli O157:H7 in a real food system."
Destroy bacteria cells
It added: "Cocktails of phages active against Listeria or Escherichia coli (E.coli) immobilised on these membranes were shown to effectively control the growth of listeria monocytogenes and E.coli O157:H7 in ready-to-eat and raw meat."
During tests, phages applied to packaging paper attacked the contaminated meats by taking over the bacteria cells and producing new copies of itself inside.
Once critical mass is reached in the cell, the phage breaks through the cell wall and destroys it, which in turn prevents the contaminating bacteria from multiplying on the food surface.
The report added: "These modified cellulose membranes that contain immobolised phages were able to control the growth of listeria monocytogenes and E.coli O157.H7 in meats incubated at different temperatures and under different packaging conditions."
The study concluded that these immobilised listeria and E.coli phages could be employed in vacuum packaged ready-to-eat meats and meats packaged in a modified atmosphere (MAP), as well as meat kept at refrigeration temperature.
Broaden phage applications
Although initial research applies only to contaminated meats, scientists on the project hope to eventually "broaden phage applications not only to enhance food safety but also on many other fields."
A recent wave of food contamination outbreaks in Europe and America has triggered concern in the food packaging and production sector.
The US cantaloupe related listeria outbreak has resulted in 23 deaths to date and a further 116 cases of infection across 25 states and earlier this year an E.coli outbreak in Germany, which was attributed to imported beansprouts, killed 49 and infected thousands.
Researchers at the Sentinel Bioactive Paper Network are conducting further studies to investigate the commercial viability of manufacturing phage-containing bio-membranes for products across the food packaging industry.
The report added: "Regulatory acceptance of the use of phage to control foodborne pathogens has triggered the search for new applications for these natural bacteria killers using different strategies to improve consumer and industry acceptance of the technology."

Canada Recalls Increase Under New Food Safety Plan
Source : http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2011/10/more-inspectors-new-food-safety-plan-ups-cfia-recalls/
by News Desk (Oct 18, 2011)
Changes implemented since Canada's deadly Listeria outbreak three years ago are starting to show up in the stepped up numbers of inspections and recalls by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).
More inspectors and more testing are said to be behind the spike in the numbers CFIA is reporting. Recalls, for example, have risen 24 percent in the past year, to 263 from 212 in the year earlier.
CFIA reports that over the four previous years, the number of recalls were fairly even at around 230 a year. The agency anticipates increased numbers as it implements a five year Food Safety Action Plan for what it says are more aggressive and up-to-date approaches to food safety. That plan represents the government's commitment to reforms recommended by an independent inquiry into Canada's 2008 Listeria outbreak linked to contaminated ready-to-eat meats and traced back to a Maple Leaf Foods meat processing plant in Toronto. A total of 57 were sickened, and 23 Canadians died.
Since then, Canada has beefed up CFIA inspection staff available for product sampling and testing to 4,898 in March 2011, up from 4,165 in March 2006. In addition to more inspection, CFIA officials credit more information sharing between government and industry and other partners, like their counterparts in the United States, for what they now believe is a more "proactive, prevention-focused" food safety system. CFIA has also made stepped up enforcement through the use of its criminal and civil courts in recent months.

US rally to seek food labelling
Source: http://www.bruneinews.net/story/200128752
By Brunei News.Net (Oct 17, 2011)
Hundreds of people from around the US rallied in front of the White House, urging the government to require compulsory labelling of food made from genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
'Most Americans agree they have a right to know what is in the food they put in their own and their children's bodies, but current federal policy favours the pesticide industry and hides the facts,' said Katherine DiMatteo of the International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements.
'It's time to reset US policy on GMOs,' added DiMatteo, who was a coordinator of the Sunday event.
GMOs have caused a lot of issues, but 'the government is not doing everything that they should be doing to contain these issues,' Kim Mendoza, a demonstrator from Washington DC, told Xinhua. The rally marked the end of a 16-day, 504-km march from the UN in New York City to the White House in Washington DC, which DiMatteo said was 'an unprecedented effort to win genuine transparency on genetically engineered foods'. The US is the world's largest commercial grower of GMO crops, and more than 70 percent of its processed food contain genetically engineered or biotech ingredients. Labeling of genetically modified food, whose safety remains controversial, is voluntary in the United States. In most cases, food producers use the labels to declare that the product is not genetically-modified.

Contamination warning issued for B.C. mussels
Source : http://www.vancouversun.com/business/Contamination+warning+issued+mussels/5561709/story.html
By timescolonist.com (Oct 17, 2011)
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is warning the public about possibly contaminated mussels harvested in British Columbia. The affected mussels - harvested from the Okever inlet near Powell River by Aquatec Seafoods Ltd. and Taylor Shellfish Canada (which does business as Fanny Bay Oysters) between Oct. 2 and 14 - may contain paralytic shellfish toxin.
The raw mussels were primarily distributed to wholesalers and restaurants in B.C., Alberta and Manitoba, but the CFIA says they may also have been sold at retail seafood counters, and in other provinces. A voluntary recall is in effect.
Consumers who purchased raw mussels are asked to check with their retailer or supplier to see if their purchase is covered by the recall. No reported cases of paralytic shellfish poisoning have been associated with the affected mussels.
Symptoms of paralytic shellfish poisoning include tingling and numbness of the lips, tongue, hands and feet, and difficulty swallowing. In severe cases, this can quickly progress to difficulty walking, muscle paralysis, respiratory paralysis and death in as few as 12 hours.

Department of Health orders destruction of contaminated vacuum packed chicken and ground pork products at Reis Meat Processing in Jackson, Mo.
Source : http://www.health.mo.gov/
By JEFFERSON CITY, Mo (Oct 14, 2011)
Tests conducted at the State Public Health Laboratory, which were finalized today, on vacuum packed chicken and ground pork products from Reis Meat Processing in Jackson, Missouri revealed abnormally high bacteria levels, prompting the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) today to order the destruction of those products. The other products that were tested, including varieties and cuts of beef, sausage, bacon and turkey, did not demonstrate these high bacteria levels.
The contaminated vacuum packed chicken and ground pork were being offered for sale to the public by Reis Meat Processing, which also operates as a custom meat processor under the jurisdiction of the Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA). The MDA had previously ordered that aspect of the business to close after an inspection revealed unsanitary processing conditions. After a re-inspection, MDA allowed the custom processing area of the business to resume, while the retail portion remained closed pending DHSS testing of those meat products.
DHSS and the Cape Girardeau County Health Department are also working with Reis Meat Processing to ensure that the company adopts appropriate food safety processes in its handling of all the products it offers for sale to the public.
Consumers who purchased vacuum-packaged chicken breasts or ground pork from Reis Meat Processing should discard the product. Consumers who have purchased or otherwise come into possession of other meat products from Reis should observe ordinary caution in the handling of meat, including ensuring that it is thoroughly cooked before being consumed.
Department officials advise that if consumers ever have food products they're unsure about, no matter where the products are from, they should exercise caution and throw the concerning products away.

Toxic by-product in heat-treated baby formulas increases infant diabetes risk - study
Source : http://www.foodproductiondaily.com/Quality-Safety/Toxic-by-product-in-heat-treated-baby-formulas-increases-infant-diabetes-risk-study
by Rory Harrington, (Oct 14, 2011)
Heat treatment of infant formula milk during processing produces elevated levels of a toxin that could contribute to a significantly increased risk of children developing health problems including diabetes, according to US scientists.
The research from the Mount Sinai School of Medicines found that levels of Advanced Glycation End (AGEs) product tested were up to 100 times higher in baby formula compared to human breast milk as a result of heat processing undergone during manufacture. AGEs - toxic glucose by-products previously tied to high blood sugar - are found in most heated foods and, in great excess, in commercial infant formulas, said the team led by Helen Vlassara MD, professor and director of the Division of Experimental Diabetes and Aging, and professor of medicine Jaime Uribarri.
The British Specialist Nutrition Association (BSNA) told FoodProductionDaily.com it was aware of concerns over AGEs but said that heat processing was vital in ensuring the microbiological safety of infant formula. Current research suggested that AGEs "do not seem" to cause health problems, it added.
AGE exposure
The study, published in the journal Diabetes Care, found that excessive AGEs can be present in infants both through the passive transfer of the inflammatory food toxin from maternal blood and by the ingestion of commercial baby formulas.
The research, which looked at 60 women and their babies, examined passive transfer through blood and found that "newborn infants, expected to be practically AGE-free, had levels of AGEs in their blood as high as their adult mothers".
The team also established that after switching from breast milk to infant formulas, the amount of AGEs in babies doubled to levels comparable to those suffering from diabetes. Many also showed elevated insulin levels.
The scientists said formulas that are processed under high heat can contain 100 times more AGEs than human breast milk, delivering a huge and potential toxic AGE surplus to infants.
Limitations of the study included its small sample size, restricted access to infant blood samples and lack of detailed food intake assessment, said the scientists. While the ELISA-based AGE tests used in the tests have been highly-validated, criticism s of the method have been made by some, they added.
"Modern food AGEs can overwhelm the body's defences, a worrisome fact especially for young children," said Dr Vlassara. "More research is certainly needed, but the findings confirm our studies in genetic animal models of diabetes. Given the rise in the incidence of diabetes in children, safe and low cost AGE-less approaches to children's diet should be considered by clinicians and families."
Industry response
Trade body BSNA said that adequate heat processing of infant formula was a "prerequisite" to ensure the produce was microbiologically safe.
It acknowledged that heat processing can form AGEs through, for example, the Maillard browning reaction during processing when mixtures containing protein and carbohydrates are heated. She also said that AGEs can also be formed endogenously in the body.
"Due to the heat processes that are required to produce safe infant formulas, it would therefore be expected that infant formulas would contain higher levels of AGEs than breast milk," said BSNA spokeswoman Amy-Jane Valender.
The BSNA said research was currently underway to assess the health impact of dietary AGEs. However, the lack of reliable analytical methods was hampering investigations.
"Based on currently available knowledge from animal studies, dietary AGEs do not seem to induce adverse effects in healthy individuals and more research is required," said Valender.
She added: "The infant formula industry is aware of the concerns around the end products of heat processing, and has worked hard to reduce the amount of heat processing used whilst ensuring the microbiological safety of the formulas. We will continue with these efforts and will monitor the research findings closely."

25 deaths from cantaloupes - newest state PA
Source : http://blog.usfoodsafety.com/2011/10/18/25-deaths-from-cantaloupes-newest-state-pa/
by foodsafeguru (Oct 18, 2011)
A total of 123 persons infected with any of the four outbreak-associated strains of Listeria monocytogenes have been reported to CDC from 26 states.
Pennsylvania has reported their first case since the last CDC update.
Twenty five deaths have been reported. In addition, one woman pregnant at the time of illness had a miscarriage.
The number of 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
Pennsylvania - 1 death
South Dakota - 1 infected
Texas - 2 deaths - 17 infected
Virginia - 1 infected
West Virginia - 1 infected
Wisconsin - 2 infected
Wyoming - 1 death - 3 infected

Larry Schultz Organic Egg Farm Linked to Salmonella Illnesses
Source : http://www.foodpoisonjournal.com/food-recall/larry-schultz-organic-egg-farm-linked-to-salmonella-illnesses/
by Bill Marler (Oct 19, 2011)
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) are investigating illnesses in at least six people in Minnesota that are connected with a recall of organic shell eggs due to contamination with Salmonella Enteritidis. The contamined eggs were traced back by the MDA to Larry Schultz Organic Farm of Owatonna, where environmental testing confirmed the presence of Salmonella Enteritidis. Larry Schultz Organic Farm is cooperating with the MDA investigation and has issued a voluntary recall of the products.
Routine reportable disease monitoring by state health officials identified six cases of Salmonella Enteritidis infection with the same DNA fingerprint. The individuals became ill between August 12 and September 24. The illnesses occurred in both children and adults, and all are residents of the seven-county metropolitan area. Three of the cases were hospitalized but have since recovered. Five of the six cases have reported eating eggs from the Larry Schultz Organic Farm purchased at grocery stores or co-ops.
Eggs affected by this recall were distributed to restaurants, grocery stores, food wholesalers and foodservice companies in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan.
Eggs from Larry Schultz Organic Farm are packaged under the following brand names: Lunds & Byerlys Organic, Kowalski's Organic, and Larry Schultz Organic Farm. Eggs are packed in bulk and varying sizes of cartons (6-egg cartons, dozen egg cartons, 18-egg cartons). Full product descriptions and a list of grocery stores where these products were sold can be found at www.mda.state.mn.us. Cartons bearing Plant Number 0630 or a "Sell by" date are not included in this recall.
To prevent illness, it is important for consumers to cook eggs thoroughly before eating to destroy any Salmonella or other bacteria. Consumers who believe they may have purchased these shell eggs should not eat them but should return them to the store where they were purchased for a full refund.
Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in very young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy people infected with Salmonella often experience diarrhea, fever, and abdominal pain. Anyone who believes they may have become ill with Salmonella should contact their health care provider.




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

7:00 - 8:30 Registration and Breakfast (Juice, Tea, Coffee) and Poster Display
(***Exhibitors booth displaying Preparation time***)
November 7, 5:00PM - 7:00PM
November 8, 7:00AM - 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 -
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



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

Steve L. Taylor
University of Nebraska
Co-Director of the Food Allergy Research & Resource Program



1:50 - 2:10 - Rapid Testing for Allergen Control Programs
Presentation by Ryan Waters
Charm Science

2:10 - 2:30 - Break / Visit Companies' Booth


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

2:30 - 3:00 - Food Safety in the Retail Environment - One company¡¯s Perspective

Robin Forgey
Food Safety Quality Manager
Costco



3:00 - 3:40 -
Novel biosensor technologies for high throughput screening of pathogens and toxins

Arun Bhunia
Professor, Purdue University

 

3:40 - 3:50 - Break / Visit Companies' Booth

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 - Advanced Detection methods for food safety and quality


Mansel Griffiths
University of Geulph
Editor of AEM



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 - E. coli O157 results in less than 8 hours
Foodcheck systems Inc.

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

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

Stan Bailey
2008 IAFP President, bioMerieux

 

11:30 - 11:50 - Application of several detection methods for Food industries

remel

11:50 -12:10 - Innovative methods for detection of microbiological/chemical hazards for food safety

Dupont Qualicon


12:10 - 1:10- Lunch buffet will be supported (Holiday Inn, Dinning Room)

1:10 - 1:50 - Revisitng an old friend: the power of indicator microbiology in the current era

Gregory Siragusa
Senior Principal Scientist
Danisco USA

 


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

2:00 - 2:30 - Impact of detection methods for food industries

Robert Koeritzer
2006 AOAC President



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

2:40 - 3:00 - Real-Time bacterial enzyme detection system

presented by Delta TRAK

3:00 - 3:20 - bioMerieux 100 years

bioMerieux

3:20 - 3:50 - The importance of detection procedures for food safety by 3rd party

Erdogan Ceylan
Director, Silliker



3:50 - 4:10 - Attendees' Certificate / Adjourn







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