Food Microbiology Symposium
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Food Microbiology Symposium is Oct. 6-8 at St. Cloud State.
Industry, academic and government experts will gather Oct. 6-8 at St. Cloud State to discuss advancements in food microbiology testing, research and innovation.
Discounted, early-bird registration ends Sept. 20. Registration closes Sept. 27. See the registration page for discount registration for students and groups, as well as persons from non-profits, academic institutions and the government sector.
Keynote speaker is David Acheson, a partner at Leavitt Partners, a Washington-based healthcare consultancy, and a former Food and Drug Administration associate commissioner for foods. Acheson rose to prominence in the 1993 Jack in the Box E. coli investigation, in which four children died and hundreds got sick eating contaminated hamburgers at restaurants in the Pacific Northwest. Read a news story about his 2012 presentation at the symposium.
Minnesota is home to three (General Mills, Cargill and Hormel) of the top 20 food-and-beverage companies in Canada and the U.S., according to foodprocessing.com. Another five Minnesota food companies are found among the top 75. In addition, numerous non-Minnesota companies, such as Kraft Foods and ConAgra, have major facilities in the nation's sixth most important agricultural state.
Meet the 10 corporate sponsors, which include Microbiologics, St. Cloud; 3M, Maplewood; Thermo Scientific, Waltham, Mass.; and Roka Bioscience, Warren, N.J.
Among the experts presentating are:
Douglas Marshall, chief scientific officer, microbiology, Eurofins U.S.
Purnendu C. Vasavada, principal, PCV & Associates
Michael Robach, vice president, corporate food safety and regulatory affairs, Cargill
Sarah D'Orazio, associate professor of microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics, University of Kentucky
Kristin Gulrud, assistant professor of biological sciences, St. Cloud State
John Mills, senior staff scientist, Industry Scientific Affairs Division, bioMérieux
Dan Edson, president, American Proficiency Institute
Gary Chihos, analysis officer, Food Safety Inspection Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Scott Hood, director for global food safety and regulatory affairs, General Mills
Pamela Wilger, assistant director of global food safety, Corporate Food Safety and Regulatory Affairs Department, Cargill
Direct questions about Food Microbiology Symposium 2013 to Kristin Gulrud at FMS@stcloudstate.edu and 320-308-3207.
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