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September 17, 2004

24th Food Microbiology Symposium Set at UW-RF

The 24th annual Food Microbiology Symposium and Workshop will be held at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls Oct.17-20.

The Food Microbiology Symposium covers current topics in foodborne pathogens and rapid and automated methods in food microbiology. Speakers from academia, business and industry, and government regulatory agencies will provide an overview and update on pathogens, toxins, safety, quality and shelf-life issues.

Speakers include: Mike Osterholm, Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy, University of Minneosta; Joseph Meyer from Kraft Foods in Madison; Rod Nilsestuen, Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection; Carl Custer from USDA-Food Safety and Inspection Service, in Washington D.C.; Lisa Szabo from Food Science Australia in Sydney; and Peter Raspor from University of Ljubljana, in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Other speakers are scheduled to present as well.

In addition, presentations will also be given by representatives of companies involved in developing and marketing rapid and automated methods for microbiological analysis of food, water and the environment. The presentations offer opportunities to discuss applications and suitability of methods for microbiological analysis and pathogen detection. A few participating companies are Microbiology International, BioSys Inc., Strategic Diagnostics Inc., and BD Diagnostic Systems.

The symposium attracts a diverse community of attendees. The program is appropriate for food scientists, quality assurance supervisors, managers and technicians, microbiologists involved in food safety, regulatory agency personnel and advisors, and graduate students interested in food microbiology.

Registrations for the symposium are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The $600 fee includes workshops, conference manual, abstracts of the presentations, breaks, a banquet on Oct. 19.

For additional information on the symposium, email to or visit the Web site at, click on the links to workshops and then Food Microbiology Symposium.


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