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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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Outbreak shows risk of organic food
FDA focuses on larger operations

Source : http://www.concordmonitor.com/article/288135/outbreak-shows-risk-of-organic-food
By Mary Clare Jalonick (October 26, 2011)
Shoppers nervous about foodborne illnesses may turn to foods produced at smaller farms or labeled "local," "organic" or "natural" in the hopes that such products are safer.
But a small outbreak of salmonella in organic eggs from Minnesota shows that no food is immune to contamination. While sales for food produced on smaller operations have exploded, partially fueled by a consumer backlash to food produced by larger companies, a new set of food safety challenges has emerged. And small farm operations have been exempted from food safety laws as conservatives, farmers and food lovers have worried about too much government intervention and regulators have struggled with tight budgets.
The government has traditionally focused on safety at large food operations - including farms, processing plants, and retailers - because they reach the most people. Recent outbreaks in cantaloupe, ground turkey, eggs and peanuts have started at large farms or plants and sickened thousands of people across the country. "While it's critical that food processors be regularly inspected, there is no way the Food and Drug Administration would ever have the resources to check every farm in the country, nor are we calling for that," said Erik Olson, a food safety advocate at the Pew Health Group. "Unfortunately, there are regulatory gaps, with some producers being completely exempt from FDA safeguards."
The FDA, which oversees the safety of most of the U.S. food supply, often must focus on companies that have the greatest reach. A sweeping new egg rule enacted last year would require most egg producers to do more testing for pathogens. Though the rule will eventually cover more than 99 percent of the country's egg supply, small farms like Larry Schultz Organic Farm of Owatonna, Minn., would not qualify. That farm issued a recall last week after six cases of salmonella poisoning were linked to the farm's eggs. A new food safety law President Obama signed earlier this year exempts some small farms as a result of farmers and local food advocates complaining that creating costly food safety plans could cause some small businesses to go bankrupt. The exemption covers farms of a certain size that sell within a limited distance of their operation. Food safety advocates unsuccessfully lobbied against the provision, as did the organic industry. Christine Bushway of the Organic Trade Association, which represents large and small producers, said food safety comes down to proper operation of a farm or food company, not its scale.
"How is the farm managed? How much effort is put into food safety?" she asked. "If you don't have really good management, it doesn't matter."
Smaller farms do have some obvious food safety advantages. Owners have more control over what they are producing and often do not ship as far, lessening the chances for contamination in transport. If the farm is organic, an inspector will have to visit the property to certify it is organic and may report to authorities if they see food being produced in an unsafe way. Customers may also be familiar with an operation if it is nearby.
But those checks aren't fail-safe. The FDA has reported at least 20 recalls due to pathogens in organic food in the last two years, while the Agriculture Department, which oversees meat safety, issued a recall of more than 34,000 pounds of organic beef last December due to possible contamination with E. coli. Egg safety is equally ambiguous. While many people like to buy cage-free eggs, those chickens may be exposed to bacteria on the grounds where they are roaming. So what can a consumer do? Experts say to follow the traditional rules, no matter what the variety of food. Cook foods like eggs and meat, and make sure you are scrubbing fruit and cleaning your kitchen well.
"Labels like organic or local don't translate into necessarily safer products," said Caroline Smith DeWaal of the Center for Science in the Public Interest. "They are capturing different values but not ensuring safety."
Bushway of the Organic Trade Association says one of the best checks on food safety is the devastating effect a recall or foodborne illness outbreak can have on a company's bottom line. "It's just good business to make sure you are putting the safest products on the market," she said.

Cow enters UK food supply without negative BSE test - FSA
Source : http://www.foodproductiondaily.com/Quality-Safety/Cow-enters-UK-food-supply-without-negative-BSE-test-FSA
(Oct 27, 2011)
A cow aged over 72 months, not tested for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) has entered the UK food supply, according to the Food Standards Agency (FSA). The cow, which was aged 74 months and 11 days, was not tested for BSE despite negative BSE test results being mandatory for cows slaughtered over the age of 72 months.
The cow was slaughtered at an Anglo-Dutch Meats abattoir in Kent on 11 August, but the error wasn't discovered until 6 October during routine checks.
According to regulations the untested cow, plus the one slaughtered before and the two after should not have entered the food supply.
But officials have said that it is very unlikely that the cow was infected with BSE and any risk to human health is extremely low.
Further checks indicate that meat from the untested and associated carcasses, were mixed with other meat which is no longer in the food supply and is likely to have been consumed.

U.S. Consumers Misjudge Benefits of Canned Foods
Source : http://www.foodproductdesign.com/news/2011/10/u-s-consumers-misjudge-benefits-of-canned-foods.aspx
by admin(October 25, 2011)
Results of a new survey conducted on behalf of the Canned Food Alliance (CFA) reveals U.S. consumers underestimate the benefits of canned foods. Nearly 40% of consumers surveyed said they think canned foods are less nutritious than frozen, and nearly 60% of those survey said they are not as nutritious as fresh foods. According to the survey, while the majority (84%) of Americans prepare or eat meals made with canned foods at least a couple times a month and 34% rely on them at least three times a week, many consumers do not appreciate all of the benefits canned foods offer.
"The perception that food packaged in cans is different and less nutritious than fresh and frozen varieties is inaccurate," said Rich Tavoletti, CFA executive director. "The fact is canned foods deliver affordable, accessible and convenient nutrition, helping American families prepare and enjoy nutritious meals that taste great."
Other key findings include:
o 46% of Americans surveyed realize canned foods count toward USDA's dietary recommendation goals even though canned foods, including fruits, vegetables, beans, meat and seafood, are among the recommended ways consumers can ensure they are getting a proper balance of nutrients.
o 57% of Americans disagree that canned food is as nutritious a fresh and more than one-third (37 percent) disagree that canned food is as nutritious as frozen.
o 55% of those surveyed know that canned foods can be low in sodium, despite the multitude of no salt, low sodium and reduced sodium options available on grocery shelves. Recent research involving canned beans demonstrates that rinsing and draining can reduce sodium levels per serving by 41%, and draining alone results in a 36% decrease.
o Only 51% of those surveyed realize the steel food can is one of the safest forms of food packaging available.
"The canned food industry is dedicated to helping American consumers, government agencies and schools serve up nutritious meals that are affordable and easy to prepare," Tavoletti said. "The CFA believes that all forms of foods-canned, fresh, frozen and dried-can and should have a place on America's tables and in school lunchrooms." In addition to its consumer education efforts promoting ways canned foods can help Americans meet their dietary guidelines goals, the CFA works with dietitians, educators, policymakers and other influencers to ensure that the many benefits of canned foods are understood.

BPA Linked to Behavioral Problems in Girls
Source: http://www.foodproductdesign.com/news/2011/10/bpa-linked-to-behavioral-problems-in-girls.aspx
by admin(October 25, 2011)
Exposure to the industrial chemical bisphenol A (BPA) before birth may lead to behavior and emotional problems in preschoolers, particularly girls, according to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics. The findings add more fire to the already hot debate about healthy hazards associated with BPA exposure.
Researchers at Harvard School of Public Health examined data from 244 mothers and their young children in the Cincinnati area who were taking part in the Health Outcomes and Measures of the Environment Study. They characterized gestational and childhood BPA exposures by using the mean BPA concentrations in maternal (16 and 26 weeks of gestation and birth) and child (1, 2, and 3 years of age) urine samples, respectively. Behavior and executive function were measured by using the Behavior Assessment System for Children 2 (BASC-2) and the Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function-Preschool (BRIEF-P).
They found 85% of the mothers and 96% of the children had detectable levels of BPA in their urine. There was little difference between the mothers' in-pregnancy and at-birth levels of BPA. The BPA levels in the children's urine samples decreased from age 1 to age 3, but they were higher and varied more than their mothers' levels.
After adjusting for other possible influencers, BPA levels in pregnancy were linked to more hyperactive, aggressive, anxious, and depressed behavior and poorer emotional control and inhibition in the girls, but not the boys.
The researchers concluded gestational BPA exposure affected behavioral and emotional regulation domains at 3 years of age, especially among girls. Clinicians may advise concerned patients to reduce their exposure to certain consumer products, but the benefits of such reductions are unclear.

Food Safety : Report documents growing importance of the EU's Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed
Source : http://www.iewy.com/35237-food-safety-report-documents-growing-importance-of-the-eus-rapid-alert-system-for-food-and-feed.html
By Mariah Jen(October 25, 2011)
The European Union's system for quick exchange of information on risks linked to food and feed - an invaluable tool especially at times of crisis - has further grown in importance during 2010, the system's annual report reveals.The 2010 annual report of the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF), notes that the number of notifications in RASFF rose to 8582 last year. This is a record number and constitutes an increase of 8% compared to 2009, when the number of notifications was slightly under 8000. This growth in notifications, taking place for the third consecutive year, is largely down to rejections of consignments at EU borders in the light of the strengthening of border controls as regards food of non-animal origin, through Regulation (EC) No 669/2009. There were also 576 alert notifications reporting on serious risks found in products on the market, a small increase compared to 2009.
Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy, John Dalli said: "RASFF's 2010 annual report serves as yet another proof of the efficiency of the EU's alert system for food and feed. As the recent E. coli crisis has shown, the necessary information must be disseminated rapidly enabling authorities to withdraw dangerous products from the market once they had been identified". To conclude : "Of course, there is always room for further improvement. Lessons will thus be drawn from the E. coli crisis, to help us further improve the use of our alert and response system."
Safer imports
Almost one out of two notifications in 2010 is about a feed, food or food contact material rejected at the EU border due to a risk posed to food safety. When such a product is identified, the RASFF informs the third country in question, in order to prevent a recurrence of the problem, in most cases through its online RASFF Window platform. When a serious and persistent problem is detected, the Commission sends a letter to the national authorities of the third country concerned, asking them to implement corrective measures such as delisting establishments, blocking exports or intensifying controls.
Facts & figures
The RASFF report breaks down the overall number of notifications in 2010 into alert (576), information (1168) and border rejection (1552) notifications. Alert notifications are sent when the food or feed presenting a serious risk is already on the market and immediate action is required. Two-thirds of the alert notifications in 2010 related to products originating in the EU, and most of these problems were detected by controls carried out on the market. Among the risks most reported through these alerts were the presence of pathogenic micro-organisms, heavy metals, allergens and mycotoxins. Information notifications are sent when a risk has been identified but immediate action by other Member States is not necessary either because the product is not yet or not anymore on the market or because the risk is of a non-serious nature. About half of the information notifications (52%) were on products originating in third countries. Among the risks most reported for information notifications were the presence of pathogenic micro-organisms, pesticide residues, heavy metals and non-compliances regarding food additives.
Border rejection notifications concern products that were refused entry into the Community and were given another destination or were destroyed. More than three out of ten (34%) border rejections concerned products refused entry because of high levels of mycotoxins. The second most frequent reason for rejection was the presence of pesticide residues above the limits set in legislation.
Background
The RASFF is a tool enabling quick and effective exchange of information between Member States and the Commission when risks to human health are detected in the food and feed chain. All Members of the RASFF (EU-27, Commission, EFSA, ESA, Norway, Liechtenstein, Iceland and Switzerland) have a round-the-clock service to ensure that urgent notifications are sent, received and responded to in the shortest time possible. Thanks to RASFF, many food safety risks had been averted before they could do any harm to consumers.

No safety concerns on GM pollen - EFSA
Source : http://www.foodproductiondaily.com/Quality-Safety/No-safety-concerns-on-GM-pollen-EFSA?utm_source=copyright&utm_medium=OnSite&utm_campaign=copyright
(October 25, 2011)
There are no current safety concerns related to pollen from the strain of genetically modified corn MON810 when used in food, said Europe's food watchdog.
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) said that pollen from the GM maize is as safe as the corn itself.
The Parma-based body's GMO panel considered the safety of maize MON810 pollen both in food, for example when present in honey, and as food, when pollen is consumed directly.
It had previously stated that MON810 is safe and said yesterday it was "unlikely that pollen derived from MON810 would raise specific concerns as a result of the genetic modification".

Three U.S. companies issue recalls because of listeria concerns
Source : http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/90063313?Three U.S. companies issue recalls because of listeria concerns
By David Goodhue(October 25, 2011)
Three U.S. food companies have issued product recalls because of possible listeria contamination.
The companies announced on the Food and Drug Administration's website that the recalls were decided on out of precaution, and that no one has been reported sick from consuming their products. The recalls come in the wake of a major listeria outbreak linked to cantaloupes from a Colorado farm. The outbreak has been blamed for 21 deaths and more than 100 illnesses.
Late last week, Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market Inc. voluntarily recalled fresh bagged Washed Spinach 12-ounce bags sold under the f&e label. The bags have a sell-by date of Oct. 16. The company said one of the bags tested positive for listeria.
The spinach was distributed to Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market stores in California, Nevada and Arizona.
Yamaya USA, Inc. of Torrance, CA, said that it was recalling containers of its Masago, or capelin roe, that was distributed to retail stores in Los Angeles, CA, Baltimore, MD., Atlanta, GA, and Mexico.
Landshire, a St. Louis, MO, sandwich company, recalled 1,751 cases of the Nike All-American sandwich because a routine sample taken by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services turned up the presence of listeria.
Listeria infections can be especially dangerous to young children, frail or elderly people and people with weakened immune systems.

Suspected Foodborne Illness Strikes 14 in Metro St. Louis, MO Area
Source : http://blog.usfoodsafety.com/2011/10/27/suspected-foodborne-illness-strikes-14-in-metro-st-louis-mo-area/
by foodsafeguru (Oct 27, 2011)
Yesterday, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has been notified of a suspected food borne illness in the St. Louis metro area. In the past 24 hours, St. Louis County Health Department has had 14 reports of food borne illness.
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is assisting local health officials in the investigation, which includes testing for E. Coli at the State Public Health Laboratory in Jefferson City, which has notified the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta.
At this time, the point of origin to the contamination has not been found; but health officials are urging any individuals who have experienced stomach cramps, nausea and diarrhea to seek medical attention.

Pine nuts cause Salmonella outbreak; Wegmans issues recall
Source : http://www.foodpoisonjournal.com/foodborne-illness-outbreaks/pine-nuts-cause-salmonella-outbreak-wegmans-issues-recall/
By Drew Falkenstein (October 26, 2011)
The CDC announced today that a Salmonella outbreak has sickened 42 people in six states, including 26 confirmed cases in New York alone. Wegmans has recalled the pine nuts that the CDC and state health departments have identified as the source of the outbreak.
The CDC's statement about the outbreak:
CDC is collaborating with public health and agriculture officials in New York and other states and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis infections linked to Turkish pine nuts purchased from bulk bins at Wegmans grocery stores. Representatives from Wegmans are cooperating with public health officials. Public health investigators are using DNA "fingerprints" of Salmonella bacteria obtained through diagnostic testing with pulsed-field gel electrophoresis, or PFGE, to identify cases of illness that may be part of this outbreak. They are using data from PulseNet, the national subtyping network made up of state and local public health laboratories and federal food regulatory laboratories that performs molecular surveillance of foodborne infections.
A total of 42 individuals infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Enteritidis have been reported from 6 states. The number of ill persons identified in each state with the outbreak strain is as follows: Arizona (1), Maryland (1), New Jersey (2), New York (26), Pennsylvania (8), and Virginia (4). Among 42 persons for whom information is available, illnesses began on or after August 20, 2011. Ill persons range in age from <1 to 94 years, and the median age is 43 years old. Fifty-seven percent of patients are female. Two patients were hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.

More McNees Meats E. coli O157:NM illnesses in Michigan?
Source : http://www.foodpoisonjournal.com/foodborne-illness-outbreaks/more-mcnees-meats-e-coli-o157nm-illnesses-in-michigan/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+FoodPoisonBlog+(Food+Poison+Blog)
By Drew Falkenstein (October 26, 2011)
Linda Gittleman of the Morning Sun reported this morning that 3 more people have become ill with the same strain of E. coli that (1) infected one of our clients in a ground beef outbreak this summer, and (2) we see relatively infrequently nationally. The strain of E. coli involved in this summer's McNees Meats outbreak was E. coli O157:NM, as opposed to the much more common O157:H7. The NM stands for "non-motile."
Time, with assistance from the Michigan Departments of Health and Ag, will hopefully tell whether these three people (2 of the children possibly developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS)) are part of the McNees Meats outbreak.
Here is the McNees Meats outbreak profile, courtesy of www.outbreakdatabase.com, sponsored by Marler Clark:
An outbreak of E. coli O157:NM was attributed to the consumption of ground beef produced by McNees Meats and Wholesale, LLC, of North Branch, Michigan. The implicated beef was sold to restaurants through a retail establishment owned by McNees Meats and Wholesale, LLC. Illnesses were reported from Genesee, Isabella, Lapeer, and Sanilac counties.

State investigates seven E. coli cases in Wake County
Source : http://www.wral.com/news/local/story/10298459/
By Raleigh, N.C. (October 27, 2011)
The North Carolina Division of Public Health is investigating an E. coli outbreak in Wake County, affecting at least six children and one adult, state health department spokeswoman Renee McCoy said Tuesday.
Four people were hospitalized - two had been discharged and two children were in intensive care Tuesday, McCoy said. The state is working with the Wake County Health Department to determine whether the cases are related.
They were still interviewing patients on Tuesday and awaiting the results of lab tests, which should be completed next week, McCoy said.
E. coli is a serious and potentially lethal form of food poisoning caused by bacteria found in animal feces, according to the state department of Health and Human Services. People can become ill after coming in contact with animal feces or infected food or water. It can also be spread from person to person.
People generally become infected through "improper hygiene habits around preparation of foods," said Sue Lynn Ledford, community health director for Wake County. But, she said, health officials have not gathered enough information to determine a cause for this outbreak.
Symptoms include diarrhea, cramping, fever, nausea and vomiting and usually appear three or four days after exposure.
"It can be a pretty miserable existence for some time," Ledford said.
Anyone experiencing these symptoms should seek immediate medical attention. Ledford also asked anyone who thinks they have E.coli to call the county's communicable disease hotline at 919-250-4462.

7 E. Coli Cases in Wake County, North Carolina
Source : http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2011/10/7-e-coli-cases-in-wake-county-north-carolina/
by News Desk (Oct 26, 2011)
Six children and one adult have been infected with pathogenic E. coli in Wake County, North Carolina, according to the North Carolina Division of Public Health.
Four of the individuals sickened have required hospitalization. Two have since been discharged and two are being treated in intensive care, likely because they had developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). Officials said the two patients in intensive care are children. State health authorities are working with the human services department in Wake County, which includes the city of Raleigh, to determine what caused the illnesses and whether the cases are related. The patients are all from different households. Health officials said Tuesday that they were still interviewing patients and awaiting the results of lab tests.

Three More Deaths in Growing Listeriosis Outbreak
133 Ill, 28 Deaths, 1 Miscarriage in 26 States

Source : http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2011/10/three-more-deaths-reported-in-growing-listeriosis-outbreak/
by Dan Flynn(Oct 26, 2011)
Cantaloupe-related listeriosis has killed three more people and infected another 10, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported Tuesday.
In the 12th update since the multistate outbreak of listeriosis linked to whole cantaloupes from Colorado's Jensen Farms began, CDC said that as of 9 a.m. on Oct. 24, 2011, a total of 133 people were infected with at least one of the four outbreak associated strains of Listeria monocytogenes that have been reported from 26 states. With three additional fatalities, the death toll in the outbreak is also still growing and has reached 28. Colorado, Kansas, and New York State have each suffered one additional death during the past week. Colorado has had the most deaths with seven, and the overall fatality rate stands at 21 percent.
The breakdown by state of confirmed cases and deaths:
Alabama: 1 illness
Arkansas: 1 illness
California: 2 illnesses
Colorado: 37 illnesses, 7 deaths
Idaho: 2 illnesses
Illinois: 3 illnesses
Indiana: 3 illnesses, 1 death
Iowa : 1 illness
Kansas: 10 illnesses, 3 deaths
Louisiana: 2 illnesses, 2 deaths
Maryland: 1 illness, 1 death
Missouri: 6 illnesses, 2 deaths
Montana: 1 illness
Nebraska: 6 illnesses, 1 death
New Mexico: 14 illnesses, 5 deaths
New York: 2 illnesses, 2 deaths
North Dakota: 1 illness
Oklahoma: 11 illnesses, 1 death
Oregon: 1 illness
Pennsylvania: 1 illness
South Dakota: 1 illness
Texas: 18 illnesses, 2 deaths
Virginia: 1 illness
West Virginia: 1 illness
Wisconsin: 2 illnesses
Wyoming: 4 illnesses, 1 death
The latest CDC report says those who have died in the outbreak ranged in age from 48 to 96 years. The median age of those who have died is 84 years. CDC also said four of the illnesses were related to pregnancy; one infection was diagnosed in a newborn and three were diagnosed in pregnant women. One miscarriage has been reported. The agency said other pregnancy outcomes are being monitored.
Almost all -- 98 percent -- of those stricken with listeriosis have required hospitalization. In addition to pregnant women, the elderly are the most impacted by Listeria.
In the current outbreak, CDC says it is finding that some ill persons are not sure when symptoms began, but the time between when symptoms are reported and when a clinical specimen is being collected for testing for listeriosis is about two days. Because of reporting delays, CDC says it may be difficult to tell when the current outbreak will be considered over. Currently, no cases after Sept. 28 are included in the tally so the outbreak numbers may continue to grow.
The incubation period for Listeria is unusually long, running from about 48 hours to more than two months from exposure to the pathogen to showing symptoms.
The outbreak has affected people in 26 states, although Jensen Farms says it distributed its "Rocky Ford" cantaloupes to 24 states. On Sept. 14, it recalled its entire distribution, all the cantaloupe it shipped from July 29 to Sept. 10. At least 1.5 million individual cantaloupes were involved in the recall.
It is highly unlikely any contaminated melons remain in circulation or even in private refrigerators.
The cantaloupe contamination is believed to have occurred in the Jensen Farms packing house in Granada, CO. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found outbreak strains on the packing equipment and in pooled water on the floor. It faulted the operation for lapses in basic sanitation practices.

6 ill from Organic Eggs - What's in your kitchen
Source : http://blog.usfoodsafety.com/2011/10/24/6-ill-from-organic-eggs---whats-in-your-kitchen/
by foodsafeguru (Oct 24, 2011)
The FDA has issued a consumer warning for a multi-state organic egg recall. The eggs contain Salmonella. Here is what the warning has said, in part, "To prevent illness, it is important for consumers to cook eggs thoroughly before eating in order 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."
Should a consumer assume that Organic eggs or any Organic product is safer? Manufacturers would like consumers to buy onto the Organic is better theory. Strictly on a recall basis, Salmonella doesn't discriminate. There is no way of knowing that your Organic product may contain Salmonella, Listeria, E.Coli or any other nasty organism that can cause disease or death.
Link : http://www.usfoodsafety.com/zr110277.aspx

Improper handwashing in school factor in Wisconsin E. coli outbreak
Source : http://blog.usfoodsafety.com/2011/10/21/handwashing-in-school-factor-in-wisconsin-e-coli-outbreak/
by Ben Chapman (Oct 21, 2011)
Yesterday I gave a talk to child nutrition directors and administrators about foodborne illness and creating a good food safety culture within their schools. During the session I talked about the fact that illness control measures extend beyond the traditional food channels (the cafeteria, lunch and breakfast programs) and into the restrooms, halls, classrooms and community events (like bake sales, gardens and socials). While food is a potential source of a problem, not having soap in the bathrooms or hot-holding correctly at a teacher-run event matters.
The example-of-the-day is an outbreak in Wisconsin, linked to at least one death and 12 illnesses. Health officials in WI have said that while they haven't been able to pinpoint a source, a 3-month E. coli O157:H7 outbreak grew larger due to improper handwashing, and a classroom was a node for a new cluster.
Karen Herzog of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal writes, "Most of those sickened are children younger than 6, according to Green County Health Department Officer RoAnn Warden."
Two elementary school children from Monroe were hospitalized last week with E. coli O157: H7 infections that officials confirmed were the same bacteria strain responsible for the deadly outbreak in this south-central Wisconsin county from mid-July through the first week of September, Warden said Thursday.
The first case in the outbreak was reported in mid-July, followed three weeks later by a second case and a cluster of seven more within several weeks of each other. Two people were hospitalized.
Then last week, three students in 4-year-old kindergarten and kindergarten at Lincoln Elementary School in Monroe were confirmed to have the bacterial infection. Two of the three were hospitalized, Warden said. An adult in the same household as one of the three sickened school children also was confirmed this week to have an E. coli infection, Warden said. The adult has not been hospitalized.





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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