Food Microbiology Symposium

Monday, September 17, 2012

Photo of microbiologist David Acheson

David Acheson, renowned microbiologist, will keynote the Oct. 15-17 Food Microbiology Symposium.

Photo of microbiologist David Acheson Logo for the Oct. 15-17 Food Microbiology Symposium 

One of the world's leading experts on E. coli will keynote the Food Microbiology Symposium Oct. 15-17 at St. Cloud State.

David Acheson, a physician and former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) associate commissioner for foods, will address new trends in food safety. He is a partner at a health care and food safety consultancy. View his biography.

The Food Microbiology Symposium targets food-focused technologists, quality assurance professionals, laboratory professionals, microbiologists, chemists and safety consultants.

Register by Sept. 1 at the $600 early-bird rate. Register Sept. 2-Oct. 1 and the rate is $700. Groups registering five or more participants receive a 20 percent discount.

Students are encouraged to participate at a discounted $200 rate.

Parking is free on streets adjacent to campus and a dollar per hour in the 4th Avenue Parking Ramp.

Keynote speaker Acheson rose to prominence in public health circles when his research on E. coli O157:H7 became part of the 1993 Jack in the Box investigation. Four children died and hundreds got sick eating contaminated hamburgers at restaurant locations in the Pacific Northwest.


Explore opportunities to be a Food Microbiology Symposium sponsor and exhibitor.

Support the symposium at one of four sponsorship levels or sponsor a portion of the symposium, such as the wine and cheese social or a meal.

A booth is a great way to start conversations about your organization's place in the world of food.

He is a 1980 graduate of the University of London Medical School. He has published extensively and is internationally recognized for his public health expertise in food safety and his research in infectious diseases.

View the symposium's growing list of industry and academic presenters:

  • Purnendu Vasavada is an emeritus professor at University of Wisconsin-River Falls. His expertise is the microbiological quality of milk and dairy products.
  • Reginald Bennett is an FDA senior policy analyst. A microbiologist and 52-year veteran of the agency, he conducts research on and analyzes food involved in bacterial food poisoning.
  • Joseph Odumeru directs the Laboratory Services Branch of the Ontario Ministry of Environment. A microbiologist, he is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Guelph, where he's taught a food safety class and guest lectured on the microbiology of fruit and vegetables.
  • Arthur Liang directs the Food Safety Initiative Activity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. A physician, he serves on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods.
  • Kurt Westmoreland is division vice president of sales for Silliker Incorporated, a multinational that that provides food safety and food quality services through more than 50 laboratories.
  • Dan Edson is president of the American Proficiency Institute, a Michigan-based firm that assesses the accuracy of laboratory tests.
  • Randall Querry is the life sciences accreditation manager for the Maryland-based American Association for Laboratory Accreditation.
  • Brian Beck is the bacteriology program manager for ATCC, a Virginia-based provider of products and services to the private and public research communities. A physician, he manages the bacteriology and mycology collections.

For more information, email

- Jeff Wood

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