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Rapid Methods in Food Safety Microbiology Symposium

Institute for Food Safety and Health

Thursday, September 18, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (CDT)

Rapid Methods in Food Safety Microbiology Symposium

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Rapid Methods in Food Safety Microbiology Symposium

Current Challenges and Leading Technologies for the Path Forward


Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge, Burr Ridge, IL

Co-organized by IIT’s Institute for Food Safety and Health  (IFSH) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Food Research Institute (FRI).

Synopsis: Advances in molecular and analytical technologies have led to the development of new rapid detection methods that provide improved accuracy, sensitivity, reproducibility and faster time-to-result than traditional methods. Whether used for foodborne disease tracking, surveillance, or regulatory action, methods to detect and identify foodborne pathogens are essential to ensuring the public health. Equally critical to the discussion is an understanding of the relationships among microorganisms and the food processing environment. These interactions influence foodborne pathogen colonization, survival, biofilm formation and detection. This symposium will address the critical role and state of rapid detection methods in key food industry segments. Given that methods and approaches vary widely across and within industry segments - what are the challenges to ensuring a timely and reliable food safety assessment? How can current and emerging methods best be applied? Critical questions like these will be explored in this thought-provoking symposium.

What to expect: Symposium sessions will feature speakers from government, academia and the food industry covering these four important areas:

  • Public Health Considerations: Advancements in molecular microbiology, bioinformatics, and instrumentation technologies with examples of how they are being implemented in public health applications.
  • Sample Preparation and Sampling Plans: The latest developments in methodologies and technologies for the isolation, concentration and enrichment of target organisms from food and environmental samples.
  • New Technologies: New and near market technologies for rapid detection and identification of foodborne pathogens in food and food processing environments.
  • Microbial Ecology: The microbiome of foods, food manufacturing environments and humans in hopes of better understanding the impact of these relationships on product quality, pathogen detection, and health.

Who should attend: This symposium is for food professionals in academia, industry and government in food processing, food safety, quality assurance, regulatory functions, public health administration, and those involved in developing or using pathogen detection equipment and methods.

Location: The symposium will be held at the Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge, Burr Ridge, IL. Early registration will be available on-line at: after July 21, 2014.


Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge
1200 Burr Ridge Parkway
Burr Ridge, IL 60527
$186.00 USD per night + Tax

Book your group rate: Joint Symposium Sep2014 >>

Springhill Suites by Marriott Chicago Southwest
15W090 North Frontage Road
Burr Ridge, IL 60527
$119.00 USD per night + Tax

Please contact Armand Paradis at 708-563-8175 for details.



7:30 – 8:30      Registration

8:30 - 8:40       Welcome and introductory remarks

Chuck Czuprynski, Ph.D., Food Research Institute, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Session 1: Public Health Considerations

Session Chair: Mary Lou Tortorello, Ph.D., Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN)

8:40 - 9:10       Regulatory use of whole genome sequencing

Eric Brown, Ph.D., FDA, CFSAN

9:10 -9:40        Methods for detection and identification of non-O157 STEC

Pina Fratamico, Ph. D., USDA Agricultural Research Service Eastern Regional Research Center

9:40 -10:10      Culture-independent molecular methods in microbial epidemiology

John Besser, Ph.D., Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

10:10 -10:25    Coffee Break


Session 2: Sampling Plans and Sample Preparation

Session Chair: Jason Wan, Ph.D. Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH), Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT)

10:25 - 10:50   Statistical principles for sampling plans and how they also impact conventional and rapid microbiological methods

Robert Buchanan, Ph.D., Center for Food Safety and Security Systems, University of Maryland

10:50 – 11:15  Sample preparation: the forgotten beginning

Keith Lampel, Ph.D., FDA CFSAN

11:15 - 11:40   Environmental and In-process testing considerations

Katie Swanson, Ph.D., KMJ Swanson Food Safety Inc.

11:40 - 12:05   Detection of foodborne viruses – Advances and gaps in methods and sample preparation

Alvin Lee, Ph.D., IIT IFSH

12:05 - 1:20     Lunch and Technology Showcase


Session 3: New Technologies

Session Chair: Robin Kalinowski, IIT IFSH

1:20 - 1:45       The new fast: a review of new and near market technologies

                        Mark Carter, MC2E, Inc.

1:45 – 2:10      Leveraging bacteriophages for high-speed, enrichment-free bacterial pathogen detection

Michael Koeris, Ph.D., Sample6

2:10 – 2:35      Development process for a handheld resistance based biosensor for pathogen detection

Andre Senecal, Ph.D., US Army Natick

2:35 – 3:00      Rapid serotyping of Salmonella in food by microfluidic capillary electrophoresis

Bart Weimer, Ph.D., University of California, Davis

3:00 – 3:20      Coffee Break


Session 4: Microbial Ecology

Session Chairs: Chuck Czuprynski, Ph.D., and Adam Borger, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

3:20 – 3:50      Dissecting diet-gut microbiota interactions and their impact on human health

                        Federico Rey, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

3:50 – 4:20      Accurate detection of Listeria and Salmonella in processed meat products and associated processing environments

                        Peter Taormina, Ph.D., John Morrell Food Group / Smithfield Foods, Inc.

4:20 – 4:50      Beyond the standard plate count: genomic views into food microbial ecology

                        Greg Siragusa, Ph.D., DuPont

4:50 – 5:00      Closing remarks

Robert Brackett, Ph.D., IIT IFSH

Have questions about Rapid Methods in Food Safety Microbiology Symposium? Contact Institute for Food Safety and Health

When & Where

Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge
1200 Burr Ridge Parkway
Burr Ridge, IL 60527

Thursday, September 18, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (CDT)

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Institute for Food Safety and Health

Illinois Institute of Technology's (IIT) Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH) is a one-of-a-kind applied food research institute that provides stakeholders in government, industry and academia the opportunity to develop and exchange knowledge and expertise to address key issues in food safety, food defense and nutrition. Located at IIT's Moffett Campus in Bedford Park, IL, IFSH is also home to the FDA CFSAN Division of Food Processing Science and Technology.

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