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Food Safety, Emerging Trends Shared at Symposium

By Melissa Klein
UWRF University Communications

NOV. 12, 2007--Almost 100 people from the United States, Canada, and other countries attended the 27th Annual Food Microbiology Symposium hosted by the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. The four-day conference covered a variety of topics ranging from food safety to genetic detection systems to homeland security from farm to plate.

David Lineback, retired director of the Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition at the University of Maryland, spoke about issues in food safety. He focused on the current and emerging issues that can be chemical or microbial. He explained that such issues can be reduced, but not eliminated. He said attendees would gain the big view of food safety issues and prevention measures.

Another presenter, Reginald Bennett, of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, spoke about the direct microbiologist methods for food-born toxins. Bennett has attended and presented at the symposium for more than 18 years during its 27-year history. He explained that having this event serves as continuing education.

"It gives the scientists current information on trends, development and new methods," said Bennett. "All the information helps take care of the well-being of all humans."

Purnendu (P.C.) Vasavada, professor of food science and the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and conference founder/coordinator, said the symposium was a success.

"I am very grateful for the support of the staff," said Vasavada. "This is the best symposium we have done."

The evaluations received from the symposium were positive and gave new ideas for next year's symposium, Vasavada said. Many of the attendees enjoyed having the events in the new University Center at UWRF.

One attendee said, "The speakers were all very knowledgeable and passionate about their topics. ... This is an incredibly beautiful part of the country. The UWRF staff was incredibly nice and helpful. It was nice that everything was in one building."

Photo cutline: A panel addressed recent global food safety issues including the recalls of spinach, frozen prepared pot pies and pizza, and peanut butter as well as other products at the 27 th annual Food Microbiology Symposium at UWRF. L to R: Jan McClure of Unilever Food, U.K.; David Lineback, retired director of the Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition at the University of Maryland; Reginald Bennett, of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in Washington, D.C. ; and P.C. Vasavada, UWRF professor of food science and symposium founder/coordinator. Not pictured is panel moderator Julie Brixher, editor of Food Safety magazine.


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