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MEDIA ALERT — Food Safety Conference March 12-13

WHAT:
Fifth Annual Food Safety Farm to Table Conference: Emerging food and waterborne pathogens. (While the conference is open to the public, it is designed for professionals.)

WHEN:
Wednesday, March 12, and Thursday, March 13, 1997

WHERE:
University Inn, 1516 W. Pullman Road, Moscow, Idaho, (208) 882-0550

WHO:
Dr. Fred Angulo, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is expected to present results from intensive studies performed on food borne illness at eight sentinel sites around the nation. Other speakers will try to answer such questions as:

  • What are the critical control points for prevention of food borne illness in fresh produce?
  • What is the role of parasites in food borne and water borne illness?
  • What lessons have been learned from recent outbreaks E. coli, etc.
  • Are transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (Mad Cow Disease) a threat to the U.S. meat supply?

WHY:
This is an opportunity for you to learn about emerging food safety issues.

CONTACT:
For more information, contact Dennis Brown at (509) 335-2930 today and Tuesday. I’ll be at the conference on Wednesday and Thursday morning. Leave a message for me there and I’ll get back to you.

PROGRAM

FOOD SAFETY FARM TO TABLE CONFERENCE: EMERGING FOOD AND WATERBORNE PATHOGENS

March 12-13

University Inn, Moscow, Idaho

Wednesday, March 12

9 – 9:10 a.m.
Welcome. Val Hillers, Ph.D., Extension Food Specialist, Food Science and Human Nutrition, Washington State University

9:10 – 10
U.S. sentinel studies of food borne illnesses, Dr. Fred Angulo, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

PREVENTION OF FOOD BORNE ILLNESSES FROM FRESH PRODUCE

10 – 10:45
Report on the National Committee on Microbiological Quality of Fresh Produce, Bert Bartleson, R.S., Office of Community Environmental Health Programs, Washington Dept. of Health

10:45 – 11:15
Break

11:15 – Noon
Control of pathogens on produce, Charles Stoffers, Director of Food Safety, Safeway, Inc.

Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch (To Be Announced. Speaker was forced to cancel.)

FOOD BORNE AND WATER BORNE PARASITES

1:30 – 1:40
Introductory Comments, Mike Davidson, Ph.D., Food Science and Toxicology, University of Idaho

1:40 – 2:30
Cryptosporidim and Cyclospora, LeeAnne Jackson, Ph.D., Division of HAACP Programs Food and Drug Administration

2:30 – 3
Toxoplasmosis, Dale Hancock, Ph.D., D.V.M., Field Disease Investigation Unit, College of Veterinary Medicine, WSU

3 – 3:15
Break

3:15 – 4
Parasites in fish, Ann Adams, Ph.D., Seafood Products Research Center, Food and Drug Administration, Seattle District

4 – 4:30
Panel Discussion

5:30 – 7
Reception, Lewis Alumni Centre, WSU

Thursday, March 13

(Times tentative due to changes in speakers)

8 – 9 a.m.
Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies, Don Hansen, D.V.M., Extension Veterinarian, Oregon State University

LESSONS LEARNED FROM FOOD BORNE OUTBREAK INVESTIGATIONS

Moderated by Rick Roeder, Ph.D., Animal and Veterinary Sciences, University of Idaho

9 – 9:30
Bert Bartleson, R.S., Office of Community Environmental Health Programs, Washington Dept. of Health

9:30 – 10
Robert Jue, Idaho Division of Health

10 – 10:15
Break

10:15 – 10:45
William Keene, Ph.D., Oregon Division of Health

10:45 – 11:15
Paul Chudek, R.S., Environmental Health Supervisor, Whatcom County, WA,Health Department

11:15 – 11:45
Marcia Goldoft, Washington Dept. Of Health

11:45 – 12:45
Lunch

12:45 – 1:15
Tom Besser, Ph.D., D.V.M., Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology, WSU 1:15 – 2
Crohn’s disease: a food borne zoonosis? Clive Gay, P.D., D.V.M., Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology, WSU

2 – 4:30
Research presentations

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