Food Microbiology Symposium

Monday, September 22, 2014

Logo for Food Microbiology Symposium 2014
Logo for Food Microbiology Symposium 2014 Bart Weimer, food safety scientist at University of California, Davis, keynotes Food Microbiology Symposium 2014 Andy Moreno, engineer at California-based AME Certified Laboratories 

The director of a landmark global food-safety database will keynote the Food Microbiology Symposium Sept. 22-24 at St. Cloud State.

Industry, academic and government experts are gathering in Atwood Memorial Center and ISELF to discuss advancements in food microbiology testing, research and innovation. Learn the latest in proficiency testing, pathogen testing, regulation and technology at Food Microbiology Symposium 2014.

Keynote speaker Bart Weimer directs the 100K Foodborne Pathogen Genome Project at University of California, Davis, northeast of San Francisco. Weimer and his colleagues are creating a genetic database of the most common foodborne disease-causing microbes. They plan to catalogue 100,000 genomes of pathogens such as E. coli, Listeria monocytogenes and Campylobacter. Weimer hold a doctorate in microbiology from the Utah State University, Logan.

Among the other speakers will be a U.S. Department of Agriculture inspector, marketing director for a chicken-processor, president of a food-safety consultancy, food-safety systems engineer and the chief scientific officer of a global life sciences company. Meet the speakers.

Among the discussions will be an industry safety panel that features experts from General Mills, Cargill, Land 0'Lakes, GNP and Life Technologies. 

In its third year, the 2014 symposium is titled "Experiences in Food Safety." New this year will be a technology showcase at which participants can see live, side-by-side demonstrations of technology, equipment and products.

For more information, Kristin Gulrud at and 320-308-3207. Gulrud, an associate professor of biology, holds a doctorate in microbiology and immunology from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver.

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