Workshop 2 - Microbiological Sampling and Testing: ICMSF Workshop for Risk Managers and Food Business Operators

Workshop Registration Fees

  • Members $580.00
  • Non-Members $680.00
  • Student $290.00
  • Late-fee $100.00

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Cancellation Policy:  Registration fees, less a $100 administration fee and any applicable bank charges, will be refunded for written cancellations received by July 7, 2022.  No refunds will be made after July 7, however, the registration may be transferred to a colleague who is NOT currently registered with written notification.  Registrations cannot be carried to any future meetings.

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Workshop Description

The workshop introduces the principles and practices of microbiological sampling and testing for food safety and quality assessment in the context of the verification of process control and food lot acceptance.

The set-up of the workshop is designed to provide the bigger picture of the roles of food business operators and competent authorities in food safety assurance, drilling down to the purpose and best practices concerning microbiological monitoring.

The workshop is relevant for most food professionals attending the IAFP annual meeting: regulatory, industry, academia, developing professionals, students; all need a good understanding of the key role that microbiological criteria have in regulatory standards and operational management and of the tools available to work with them

The statistics underlying useful sampling and testing will be shared and practiced with participants. Participants are requested to bring their own laptops to the workshop (working in groups of two, one laptop could suffice per two participants, Excel is needed).

Participants will learn about useful microbiological testing in the context of different types of food commodities as well as international and national food safety standards. They will be able to practice using the ICMSF statistical sampling plan tool for designing and assessing the performance of microbiological sampling plans.

The information provided in the workshop and the ‘hands-on’ learning of the participants is expected to help them to develop or assess microbiological monitoring programs of food business operators, which are critical tools for controlling food safety and quality in day-to-day food business operations.

Who Should Attend

Regulatory, industry, academia, developing professionals, students

Workshop Topics

  • Sampling plans
  • Operating characteristic curves
  • Using the ICMSF sampling plan tool
  • Hands-on work

Workshop Instructors

  • Leon Gorris, Food Safety Expert, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  • Marcel Zwietering, Wageningen University, Wageningen, Netherlands

Workshop Organizers

  • Leon Gorris, Food Safety Expert, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  • Marcel Zwietering, Wageningen University, Wageningen, Netherlands