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September 27, 2002

Food Safety and Bioterrorism Topic of Address at UW-RF

The opening session for a seminar for ensuring that America's food supply stays safe by being informed about the latest news on food safety issues and bioterrorism will kick off on Sunday, Oct. 13, at the 22nd Annual Food Microbiology Symposium at UW-River Falls, in the River Room of Rodli Commons. The seminar is sponsored by the department of animal and food science in the College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences.

Secretary James Harsdorf, of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection and owner of a dairy farm in Beldenville, will begin the opening session with a discussion titled "Food Safety Issues in Wisconsin" at 7:00 p.m. Immediately following, Lt. Colonel Leslie Huck, chief of the Food Safety and Quality Assurance Division, U.S. Army Veterinary Corps, San Antonio, Texas, will address the topic of bioterrorism with a presentation titled "Assuring Safety of our Food and Water in the Wake of Terrorism" at 7:30 p.m. A welcome reception will follow the presentations.

The opening session on Sunday is free and the public is invited to attend.

The symposium will continue with a technical program Oct. 14 to 16 for about 100 technicians, researchers, government regulators and inspectors from the United States and abroad. Attendees will include international speakers and participants from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, France, the U.K. and Sweden. The fee for the symposium is $500.

Interim Dean Stephen Ridley of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, stated "Not only is the symposium important for the River Falls campus, but it is also important for the public health community in general. Statistics show that this year, one out of every four Americans will experience some sort of food borne illness and an estimated 5,000 Americans will die of a food borne illness. This is a conference that is covering a major issue concerning the public. It really is a significant event."

The symposium's technical program consists of lectures and discussions relevant to food borne pathogens, toxins, safety, quality and shelf life of foods by speakers from academia, industry and regulatory agencies. It also includes presentations by representatives of various companies involved in developing and marketing rapid and automated methods for microbiological analysis of food, water and the environment.

The conference provides a basic understanding of the strategies and approaches available for the detection, enumeration, isolation and characterization of microorganisms and toxins of interest in food microbiology and emphasizes the practical application of the information to the solution of problems dealing with microbiological safety and quality of food.

For more information or to register, contact Doreen Cegielski in the Department of Animal and Food Science at 715/425-3704. Email: foodmicro@uwrf.edu. Website: www.uwrf.edu/food-science/foodmicrosymposium/welcome.html.

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