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International Food Microbiology Symposium Set

OCT. 13, 2008--The 28th annual Food Microbiology Symposium and Workshop will be held Oct. 19-22 at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. This year the focus will be on food allergen issues and testing.                  

The symposium also features presentations and discussion on foodborne pathogens, toxins, and other food safety and quality issues by speakers from academia, industry and regulatory agencies.

A mini-symposium will be devoted to food allergen issues and methodologies in association with the Food Allergen research and Resource program (FARRP), the International Association for Cereal Science and Technology (ICC) and R-Biopharm.

Speakers include: J. Stan Bailey, bioMerieux; Reginald Bennett, CFSAN, FDA; Larry Cohen, Kraft Foods; Beth Ann Crozier-Dodson, Kansas State University; Jonathan DeVries, Medallion Laboratories, General Mills; Sigrid Hass-Lauterbach, R-Biopharm; Wilhelm Holzapfel, Institute of Hygiene and Toxicology, Karlsruhe, Germany; Karen Mullery, 3M Microbiology; Tadhg O'Sullivan, Heineken, The Netherlands; Scott Russell, University of Georgia; Rick Stier, Consulting Food Scientists; Steve Taylor, FARRP; Sereban Teodoresco, Johnson Diversey; and Jeff Varcoe, Schwan's Research and Development.

The symposium is for anyone interested in a small, interactive program to learn from outstanding national experts.

"As an international conference, it attracts participants from academia, research and government labs and food industry," said Purnendu (P.C.) Vasavada, a professor of food science at UWRF and conference founder/coordinator.

A registration fee of $700 includes conference manual, abstracts of various presentations at the symposium, breaks and banquet on Oct. 21, as well as participation in the workshop.

In association with the FARRP and the ICC, Wednesday will be devoted to food allergen issues and methodologies. Registration is on a fist-come, first-serve basis. More information about group registration rates for the symposium is available from Doreen Cegielski at or call 715-425-3704.

For more information on the symposium, email or visit the Web site at .


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