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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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FDA Confirms Salmonella on Sunrise Commodities' Turkish Pine Nuts
Source :
By Bill Marler (Nov 05, 2011)
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers not to eat Turkish pine nuts distributed by Sunrise Commodities, based in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, after FDA tests confirmed the presence of Salmonella on the product. FDA is collaborating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and State public health and agriculture officials to investigate a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis infections. To date, the CDC reports there are at least 42 illnesses associated with the outbreak in Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia. As part of FDA's investigation, the Agency collected samples of Turkish pine nuts from a warehouse used by Sunrise Commodities. Additional testing is underway on FDA's Salmonella positive samples of pine nuts to determine if the Salmonella detected matches the outbreak strain. FDA's State partners also collected samples of pine nuts distributed by Sunrise Commodities; some of those samples tested positive for Salmonella and matched the outbreak strain. Sunrise Commodities has voluntarily recalled four lots of the implicated product, totaling more than 21,000 pounds of pine nuts. Each lot was packed in 22-pound boxes and included the markings:
Warehouse Lot 27963 with the identifying code "PO#: 50165"
Warehouse Lot 29628 with the identifying code "PO#: 50558"
Warehouse Lot 27713 with the identifying code "PO#: 49595"
Warehouse Lot 27427 with the identifying code "PO#: 50032"
Sunrise Commodities distributed the Turkish pine nuts in bulk to various food vendors in Florida, New Jersey, New York and Canada. Sunrise Commodities issued a recall notification to its customers dated November 3, 2011, alerting them of the test results and of the epidemiologic investigation and asking them to notify their subsequent customers of the recall. Wegmans Food Markets, one of the companies that received Turkish pine nuts distributed by Sunrise Commodities, recalled the product from their stores on October 26, 2011. As the investigation continues, additional recalls may take place.

Another poultry Salmonella Heidelberg outbreak: broiled and chopped chicken livers
Source :
by Drew Falkenstein(Nov 08, 2011)
Schreiber Processing Corporation, a Maspeth, N.Y. establishment, is recalling an undetermined amount of broiled chicken liver products that are linked to a cluster of Salmonellosis illnesses in New Jersey and New York, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. FSIS is continuing to work with states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) during this ongoing investigation. The illnesses are linked to the consumption of broiled chicken livers which appear to be ready-to-eat, but are in fact partially cooked and need to be fully cooked before consumption. Illnesses are also linked to chopped liver made from this product at retail stores. The outbreak strain of Salmonella Heidelberg was isolated by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Market from samples of broiled chicken livers from the establishment, and chopped chicken livers produced at retail from these livers. These products would have been repackaged and will not bear the original packaging information. The outbreak strain PFGE pattern does not match another strain of Salmonella Heidelberg associated with ground turkey recalled earlier this year. It is not known at this time if this outbreak strain has any drug resistance, but any finding of drug resistance will be made public by FSIS once it becomes available.
The products subject to recall include:
•10 lb. boxes with two, 5 lb. bags of "Meal Mart Broiled Chicken Liver; Made for Further Thermal Processing"
•10 lb. boxes of loose packed "Chicken Liver Broiled"
Each bag or box bears the establishment number "P-787" inside the USDA mark of inspection. The product was distributed to retail stores and institutional users in Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

Listeria contamination fears push US food recalls figures – report
Source :
By Mark Astley (Nov 08, 2011)
Six times as many foods products were affected by recalls in the US from July to September compared to Q2 - with potential listeria contaminations accounting for 25% of the affected products.
According to a report, the quarterly ExpertRECALL Index, there were 117 documented food recalls reported to the US Food and Drugs Administration (FDA), affecting nearly 40 million products – around six times more than for the second quarter from March to June 2011. The ExpertRECALL Index, which tracks recall data for food, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, consumer and children's products, gathers its data from the two primary US federal agencies which oversee recalls – the FDA and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The prompt for recalls increased in the quarter, with allergen concerns accounting for more than 50% of food recalls reported to the FDA and Listeria accounting for 25% of product returns. The recent cantaloupe related listeria outbreak, which to date has killed 29 people and infected a further 139 across 28 states, was recently declared the worst foodborne outbreak since 1924 and the worst in modern US food safety history. It is essential that food manufacturers and retailers pay close attention to recall trends and the compliance of the recall process.
Class 1 recalls nearly 50%
Of the reported recalls, around 45% were listed as Class 1, where "there is a reasonable probability that the product will cause serious adverse health consequences or death." Around another 45% were listed as Class 2 – "a situation in which the product could cause temporary or medically reversible adverse health consequences or where the probability of serious adverse health consequences is remote." Class 3 recalls, where "the product is not likely to cause adverse health consequences," accounted for the rest of the reported recalls.
Low Salmonella record
Elsewhere, potential Salmonella contamination recalls, which accounted for around 13% of all food recalls during Q3, were at the lowest level recorded in the last five quarters. A further three recalls (5%) were as a result of foreign materials in food products, and E.coli accounted for just 1.8% of recalls. Of the third quarter recalls, 30 affected customers across the US, 17 affected domestic and international customers and six affected only customers outside the US. These trends were calculated from FDA enforcement reports and news releases published in the agency's website.

Sprouted seed firms should improve safety: EU watchdog
by rEUTERS (Nov 15, 2011)
Producers of sprouted seeds should tighten safety measures along the production chain as the ready-to-eat food can cause large outbreaks of illness, the EU food safety agency said after thousands of people were hit by E.coli infection this year.
Pathogenic bacteria such as Escherichia coli (E.coli) can contaminate the seeds intended for sprouting during production, storage and distribution through contaminated irrigation water and soil particles, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) said in a statement on Tuesday.
The high temperatures and humidity needed for the germination and sprouting of seeds are also favorable conditions for bacteria to grow and spread, while consumption of raw or minimally processed sprouted seeds pose additional safety concerns, EFSA said. "Preventing initial contamination during production, storage and distribution of seeds is of the foremost importance as sprouted seeds have the potential to cause large food-borne outbreaks," the Parma, Italy-based agency said.
More than 4,100 people in Europe and North America have been infected in two outbreaks of E. coli infection this year -- a very large one centered in northern Germany and a smaller cluster focused around the French city of Bordeaux. Almost all of those affected in the first outbreak -- the deadliest on record -- lived in Germany or had recently travelled there. The infection has killed 48 people in Germany and one person in Sweden. General European Union food safety hygiene rules should be applied across the whole chain from seed production to the final sprouted product, EFSA said. Producers should ensure safe use of fertilizers and irrigation water, minimize contamination of seeds with soil during harvest and prevent mechanical damage of seeds, it said. Producers should also make sure that seeds are transported, processed and stored under conditions minimizing the potential for microbial contamination. They should remove damaged seeds and improve the ability to trace seed lots, it said.

Olives stuffed with almonds linked to European botulism outbreak
Source :
By David Goodhue(Nov 07, 2011)
An Italian olive company has been linked with a botulism outbreak in Europe. As a result, Pure Italian, LLC of Watertown, MA, which distributes the olives in the United States, has issued a recall and is warning customers not to eat Bio Gaundiano brand Organic Olives Stuffed with Almonds.
There have been no reported illnesses associated with the products in the United States. European health officials have identified two cases of botulism in Finland that they linked with the consumption of Organic Olives Stuffed with Almonds from Bio Gaudiano.
Botulism attacks the nervous system and can cause respiratory failure in extreme cases. Symptoms include double and blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, dry mouth and muscle weakness. Symptoms usually begin 18 to 36 hours after eating contaminated food, but they can also occur as early six hours or as late as 10 days, according to a Food and Drug Administration statement.

Animal building ID'd as source of NC E. coli cases
Source :
By RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov 10, 2011)
Health and agriculture officials say a building that houses sheep, goats and pigs at the North Carolina State Fair is the likely source of an E. coli outbreak that sickened 27 people.
They say the illness likely was transmitted in the Kelley Building, a permanent structure on the fairgrounds in Raleigh where animals were housed. No other exhibits, food or activities were linked to the infections.
State Epidemiologist Megan Davies says the illnesses were likely related to animal contact. Officials with the state Division of Public Health and the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services say they're working to identify additional protective measures for fairgoers in the future.

Utah tracks raw milk Salmonella to 'Mr. Cheese'
Source :
By foodsafeguru(Nov 07, 2011)
Public health authorities estimate 2,000 people in Utah may have been infected with Salmonella since 2009 by eating soft cheese made from raw milk by an unauthorized food producer, the Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News reported November 3.
According to the news reports, the queso fresco was homemade by a man called "Mr. Cheese," who supplied it to Salt Lake City delis or restaurants. An investigation was launched in 2009 after people began to get sick with Salmonella Newport. Since then, health department officials confirmed about 70 cases of Salmonella Newport linked to raw milk cheese, but believe as many as 2,000 Utahns in 6 counties may actually have been affected, the director of Salt Lake Valley Health Department's Environmental Health Division told Deseret News. After samples of queso fresco collected at a restaurant were tested and resulted in a positive DNA match with the outbreak strain, the owner identified his source from a photo lineup, and called him "Mr. Cheese."
Investigators from the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food found the man's cheese-making operation at his Salt Lake City home, and learned the unpasteurized milk he was using came from a dairy located outside of Heber. Raw milk sales are allowed in Utah, but only from the farm directly to consumers. Dairies must also have a permit or license to sell raw milk, and the Heber dairy had neither.


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

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

- 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


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


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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