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Water Quality and Food Safety Symposium

Institute for Food Safety and Health

Thursday, September 19, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (CDT)

Water Quality and Food Safety Symposium

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 Water Quality and Food Safety Symposium September 19, 2013

Hyatt Regency O’Hare, Rosemont, IL


The Nexus of Water Quality and Food Safety – Identifying Risks and Mitigation Strategies from Farm to Table


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

Water touches all aspects of the food chain from farm to table. Water is the most common food or beverage component ingredient and is also critical in cleaning operations. In the past water quality was not always scrutinized with the same rigor as other ingredients. This symposium will address recognition of the critical role of water quality throughout pre and post-harvest food production. Speakers will consider whether current water quality standards are sufficient to address the needs of the food industry. Given that sources of water quality vary widely from field to processors, what are the best approaches to ensure safety and quality? How can risks be reduced? Critical questions like these will be explored in this thought-provoking symposium.


This symposium will provide a forum for exchange of knowledge and developments among government, academia and the food industry on how water quality throughout the agrifood production chain impacts food safety and public health.

Sessions will include keynote speakers covering four major areas of concern: Public Health and Potable Water; Water Use in Agriculture; Water Use During Food Processing, and Water Reclamation and Reuse. Speakers will highlight issues of concern to produce, meat and poultry, dairy and beverages.



Joint IIT IFSH/UW FRI Water Symposium


September 19, 2013

Hyatt Regency O’Hare

Rosemont, Illinois




 7:30 – 8:30      Registration


 8:40 - 8:40      Welcome and Introductory Remarks

                        Robert Brackett, Ph.D., IFSH 


 8:40-9:10       Keynote Presentation: FSMA and Water


                       Erick Snellman, Ph.D., FDA CFSAN


 Session 1: Public Health Considerations


Session Chair: Sharon Long, Ph.D. /Vince Hill, Ph.D. 


9:10 - 9:40       Model Aquatic Health Code Issues Relevant to

                         Wash Water Systems

                        Vince Hill, Ph.D., Center for Disease Control and  



9:40-10:10        Beyond Bacteria: Managing Food Safety Risks

                         from Waterborne Viruses, Parasites, and 


                        Sharon Long, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison


10:10-10:40      The Water We Eat: How Water Leads to

                         Foodborne Outbreaks

                         Hannah Gould, Ph.D., Center for Disease Control and



10:40 –10:55  Coffee Break


Session 2: Agriculture Water Safety


Session Chairs: Chuck Czuprynski, Ph.D. and Mark Borchardt, Ph.D.


10:55-11:25      Water Quality and Produce Safety

                         Trevor Suslow, Ph.D., University of California-Davis


11:25 – 11:55    Food Safety Risks Associated with Ground Water

                          Contaminants in Irrigation Systems

                         Mark Borchardt, Ph.D., USDA ARS


11:55 - 12:25     Initiatives in Water Quality and Safety

                         Jeanette Thurston, Ph.D., USDA NIFA


12:25 - 1:35      Lunch and Technology Showcase


Session 3: Process/Wash Water Safety


Session Chairs: Ruth Petran, Ph.D. & Lou Tortorello, Ph.D.


1:35 - 2:05         Regulatory Considerations for Food Wash Water


                          Kelly Magurany, Ecolab


2:05 – 2:35         Quantifying Microorganism Transfer in Flume

                           Washing Systems- A Process Analysis Approach


                           Greg Fleischman, Ph.D., FDA/IFSH


2:35 – 3:05          Integrated Solutions for Flume Water


                           Kristopher Olson, Ecolab

                           Tracey Guddendorf, Ecolab


3:05 – 3:20      Coffee Break


Session 4: Reclamation and Reuse Water Safety


Session Chairs: Armand Paradis, Sharon Long, Ph.D., and

                        Jason Wan, Ph.D.


3:20 – 3:50          Water Reuse System for Aquaculture


                            David Garman, Ph.D., Institute for Fresh Water

                            Science, Wisconsin


3:50 – 4:20           Analytical Techniques for the Detection of

                             Chemical Contaminants to Ensure Water Safety

                             and Quality in the Food Industry

                            Daniel Quinn, ThermoFisher Scientific


4:20 – 4:50           Water Consumption: Challenges and

                             Opportunities for the Dairy and Cheese



                            Jean Pierre Berlan, Ph.D., TetraPak


4:50 – 5:00           Closing Remarks


                            Chuck Czuprynski, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-







Have questions about Water Quality and Food Safety Symposium? Contact Institute for Food Safety and Health

When & Where

Hyatt Regency O'Hare
9300 Bryn Mawr Avenue
Rosemont, IL 60018

Thursday, September 19, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 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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