Microbiological Contamination of Foods: Rapid Detection
|When|| May 28, 2008 08:00 AM
May 30, 2008 04:30 PM
|Where||North East FDA Regional Laboratory - Liberty Avenue|
|Contact Name||Cynthia Murphy|
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The presence of pathogens in foods is of global concern. The Commissioner of Food and Drugs, Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach, issued a Food Protection Plan in November, 2007 charging the agency with preventing, intervening and responding to foodborne hazards.
The Plan states, "The emergence of new foodborne pathogens requires updated technologies that can detect the presence of new agents in a variety of foods. Addressing these emerging hazards requires cooperation among industry, academia, and government to share information and establish testing protocols."
Regulatory agencies in every country and international organizations such as the World Health Organization are also seeking ways to address the problem. The proposed workshop differs from many others in that it is a hands-on laboratory course.
This perspective adds depth and value to material presented in other meetings. It is anticipated that participants will be international in scope representing both government and industry laboratories.