Program Information

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Call for Abstracts - deadline was January 16, 2018

Preliminary Symposium and Roundtable Topics

Pending final acceptance

  • “One Size Does Not Fit All”: Food Defense Planning for FSMA Compliance
  • 2018 Foodborne Outbreak Updates
  • Ag Water Quality Standards: Striving for Safety with Incomplete Science Because Doing Nothing Was Not an Option
  • Alignment between Reference Microbiological Methods. Reality or Dream?
  • Antimicrobial Resistance: Current Knowledge and Steps Towards Understanding the Relative Role of Food and Other Resistance Sources
  • Best Practices for Safe Transportation of Food
  • Biological Variability in Thermal Processing: Impact for Process Control and Validation - What You Need to Know about Microbiological Variability for Food Quality and Safety Control -
  • Building a Network of Accredited Governmental Human and Animal Food Laboratories: Benefits to Public Health and Industry
  • Building a Strategic Alliance for Sustainable Food Safety Risk Analysis Capacity Building in the Americas
  • Can We Ever Accomplish a Standardized Protocol for Validating WGS-Based Assays for the Detection of Foodborne Pathogenic Microbes?
  • Challenges for HACCP and Food Safety Systems in Multi-Jurisdiction Food Facilities
  • Cleaning Validations – Approaches in Retail Food and Food Manufacturing Facilities
  • Closing in on the Research Gaps with Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella, and Viruses in Low Moisture Foods
  • Collaboration in Food Safety:  A Variety of Approaches
  • Complex Risk Assessment and Classic Hazard Analysis on a Spectrum – Do We Really Need Both/Can We Really Do Both?
  • Controlling Chemical Hazards in International Supply Chains-New Challenges with FSMA
  • Converting WGS and Bioinformatic Jargon into Plain Language and Understanding the Science.
  • Culturally Targeted Messages and Methods: The Next Generation of Food Safety Education Strategies
  • Developing a Risk-Based Food Safety Plan for Fresh Produce in Retail Food Establishments
  • Developments and Novel Applications of Microbiome Research for Pre- and Post-Harvest Food Safety and Quality
  • Do Lawsuits Play a Productive Role in Advancing Food Safety?
  • Edible Insects: Food Safety Considerations for a Food Security Solution
  • Enhancing Food Safety: Translating Molecular Biology to Microbiology.  a Dialog between Molecular and Traditional Microbiologists
  • Environmental Pathogen Monitoring and Control for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Preventive Controls Implementation
  • Food Fraud – Progress and Plans for Prevention and Management
  • Food Safety Considerations in Alleviating Hunger and Food Insecurity
  • Food Safety in Aisle 8: Science-Based Messages for Consumer Food Safety Education Campaigns at Retail
  • Food Safety of Hydroponic Fruits and Vegetables-What We Do and Don’t Know
  • Food Safety Recalls in the Age of Online Grocery Stores
  • Food Safety and Hurricanes - The Eye of the Storm
  • From Cow to Curd: Defining Microbiomes in the Dairy Industry
  • Global Food Protection Issues: Contemporary Chemical Challenges
  • Global Perspectives on Strengthening Food Safety Performance: How to Keep up in a Changing World
  • Heat Resistant E. coli – Some like It Hot
  • Help! I'm New Management. How Do I Convince My Colleagues Food Safety Is Important?
  • How Much of a Mystery Remains with Whole Genome Sequencing?
  • How Omics Is Changing the Food-Safety Landscape in Foodborne Parasitology: Sequencing, Not Just Seeing Is Believing!
  • How to Show "Done" Is Done: Designing Cooking Procedures for RTE Foods
  • How Well Do We Understand Microorganisms in a Food Handling Environment?
  • Identifying Knowledge Gaps Surrounding the Safe Production, Sale and Consumption of Cannabis and Cannabis-Related Products
  • Impacts of Marine Biotoxins and Lessons from the Past to Protect the Future
  • Insights into Food Safety Careers Roundtable
  • Integrated Approaches to Measure and Impact Consumer Food Handling Behaviors
  • International Experiences with Systems for Hazard Monitoring and Rapid Risk Assessment
  • International Recognition of National Food Safety Systems
  • Is There Such a Thing As Too Much Transparency? Different Perspectives on Deciding When to Communicate during a Food Safety Outbreak
  • Marrying Nanotechnology and Food Packaging: Benefits and Issues for Food Safety
  • Maximising Food Safety and Quality through Good Hygienic Design
  • Multi-level Approach to Combating Antimicrobial Resistance
  • NGS Case Studies Beyond WGS and Outbreak Investigations
  • No Nodding Off: Creative Ways to Make Food Safety Fun
  • Non-NGS Methods for Foodborne Pathogen Identifications
  • Nonthermal in-Package Pasteurization of Food
  • Norovirus and Hepatitis A Virus Contamination: Emerging Monitoring Methods and Their Future Applications
  • Novel Processing Technologies to Improve Food Safety and Quality
  • Pathogen Detection and Food Microbiome Characterization Using a Metagenomics Approach
  • Pathogenic E. coli in Low-Moisture Food Systems, Contamination, Survival, and Risks
  • Pathogens in Soil: A Focus on Salmonella and Stec Survival in Biological Soil Amendments of Animal Origin
  • Precious Water - the Tricky Business of Balancing Water Sustainability and Food Safety
  • Process Validations – Stories From The Trenches
  • Producing Safer Seeds for Food Use
  • Rapid Testing Methods for Spoilage in the Dairy Industry - What Is Needed, What Works and What Does Not
  • Responsible Use of Antibiotics. Are We Making Progress?
  • Risk Assessment of Listeriosis: Latest Developments for Food Safety Risk Management
  • Rock on! Interdisciplinary Teams Protecting Nachos at a Concert Near You.
  • Salmonella in Poultry: Where Do We Go from Here?
  • Science, Safety, and Sanity: Hot Topics in Food Toxicology
  • Soil Contamination with Foodborne Bacteria
  • Spores in the Global Dairy Industry Significance, Issues and Challenges"
  • Starting Up After A Contamination Related Shut Down
  • State and Local Regulatory Agency Foodborne Illness Investigations
  • Surreptitious Connections: Exploring the Emerging Role of Heavy Metals in Antimicrobial Resistance
  • The Awakening to Enteric Yersinia
  • The Challenge of Challenge Studies
  • The Conundrum of Campylobacter Source Attribution
  • The Future of Food Microbiology Is Extra CRISPy: Novel Applications of CRISPR Technology
  • The Global Food Safety Impact of Cyclospora Cayetanensis: An Issue Crossing Continents
  • The Grey Area of Science: “Predatory” Publishers and Questionable Conferences
  • The Meaning of "Clean" – Fit for Purpose Water for Field, Factory and Food Preparation
  • The Mitigation and Regulation of Heat-Formed Substances Produced in Foods during Cooking: What Are the Unintended Consequences on Public Health?
  • The Saga Continues……. What’s on Your Coa?   How Can We Effectively Utilize This Tool?
  • Understanding Antibiotic Resistance from an Environmental Perspective
  • Updates on the Impact of Sampling Plans on Microbiology Results
  • Use of Whole Genomic Sequencing Data for Source Attribution of Foodborne Pathogens
  • Using "Big Data" to Predict Critical Food Safety Violations
  • Utilizing Big Data to Revolutionize Food Safety, Traceability and Transparency in Food Systems
  • Validation and Verification – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  • WGS & Mass Spectrometry: The Paved Road to Routine Food Applications!
  • What Do Genomics Tell Us about Controlling Campylobacter in Poultry and the Risk of Poultry Associated Illness?