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Food Safety ~ Pathogen Detection and Microbiological Testing

May 03, 2018

AMSA 71st RMC Food Safety ~ Pathogen Detection and Microbiological Testing Speakers Announced

Champaign IL. April 13, 2018 – The American Meat Science Association (AMSA) is pleased to announce, Dr. Jessica Prenni, Nicole Comstock, and Dr. Alex Brandt will be the featured speakers at the AMSA 71st Reciprocal Meat Conference (RMC) Symposium titled “Food Safety ~ Pathogen Detection and Microbiological Testing,” on Tuesday, June 26 in Kansas City, MO sponsored by Texas Tech University International Center for Food Industry Excellence. The general theme is Current and Future Perspectives on Food Safety Methodologies. This session will begin with an overview of current food safety methodologies, followed by an in-depth discussion on validation of new, rapid, and user-friendly methods for characterizing Salmonella. This session will wrap up with a presentation intended to explore whole genome sequencing—specifically at the intersection of food safety and public health.

Current Perspectives in Microbiological Testing for the Meat Industry: The meat industry is familiar with microbiological testing procedures such as N60 excision sampling and testing of beef trim for E. coli O157:H7 and testing environmental sponge samples for Listeria spp. However, new microbiological testing procedures are continually emerging, such as new cellulose sponge sampling devices for E. coli O157:H7 testing of beef trim and “limits testing” for Salmonella in poultry. In this presentation Dr. Alex Brandt, Chief Science Officer at Food Safety Net Services, will highlight these new trends in meat industry microbiological testing that are already in place, along with some food for thought on where testing is headed.

Identification and Characterization of Bacteria using Mass Spectrometry: Chemical based approaches to bacterial identification can offer advantages in throughput, cost, and ease of use as compared to traditional microbiological techniques.  Dr. Jessica Prenni, Associate Professor at Colorado State University will give an overview of mass spectrometry identification of bacteria will be presented as well as examples of advanced applications for strain and serotype characterization. 

Outbreak Detection and Investigation:  Role of Public Health: Nicole Comstock, Field Epidemiology and Enteric Disease Program Manager with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment will outline the role of state and local public health agencies in detecting and investigating disease outbreaks, especially foodborne outbreaks.  She will also be discussing several outbreak case studies during her presentation.

The AMSA 71st RMC will be held June 24-27, 2018 at the Westin Crown Center in Kansas City, Missouri. For more information regarding the AMSA 71st RMC please visit: http://www.meatscience.org/rmc or contact Deidrea Mabry 1-800-517-AMSA ext. 12.

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