2019 Food Safety Conference

October 17, 2019
The Lodge on the Desert
9:30am - 6:00pm

Food safety researchers, students and industry professionals are invited to attend the 2019 University of Arizona Food Safety Conference. Attendees will find ample opportunities to network and engage in information-sharing between University food safety researchers and stakeholders.

The Food Safety Conference will also include a student poster session for presentation of food safety related research. Posters will be judged by a panel of industry and academic professionals and cash awards will be presented following the poster session.

Safer Food Cats UA summer program had high school students studying food safety

Sampling meat for bacteria is probably not how a typical teenager would like to spend part of their summer.

But for 13 Arizona high school students in the SaferFoodCats summer program, this was exactly what they had in mind.

The University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences hosted high school students from across Arizona this month for a 12-day summer camp where they were introduced to career pathways in food safety and worked in a food safety lab. This was the inaugural year for the SaferFoodCats program.

 

FSC Speaker Seminar - Dr. Gerardo Lopez

“CYCLOSPORA OUTBREAKS AND THE IMPORTANCE OF WORKING WITH STAKEHOLDERS”

Cyclospora cayetanensis has been implicated in cyclosporiasis illness outbreaks in the United States associated with produce imported from Mexico since the mid ’90s. Recently domestically and imported fresh produce samples have tested positive for C. cayetanensis. Collaborative efforts with stakeholders are critical to help reduce Cyclospora fresh produce outbreaks.

Presented by:

GERARDO LOPEZ, M.A.T., M.ED., PH.D.
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR AND STEM EXTENSION SPECIALIST
SCHOOL OF ANIMAL AND COMPARATIVE BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES
UNIVERISTY OF ARIZONA

 

FSC Speaker Seminar - Dr. John Engeljohn

Dr. Engeljohn will share information about his distinguished career with the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), US Department of Agriculture (USDA) from which he retired in 2017. He served in both supervisory and non-supervisory positions. During this time period, he became the USDA spokesperson on food irradiation, an FAO/WHO advisor on shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli, and primary author of several precedent-setting policies addressing the major pathogens of public health concern in meat, poultry, and egg products.

UA Offers New Food Safety Undergraduate Degree

An interdisciplinary program offered through the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will prepare students to handle the evolving safety challenges facing the food industry.

A breach in food safety can be catastrophic to individuals and businesses. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one in six Americans gets sick from contaminated foods or beverages and 3,000 die each year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that foodborne illnesses cost $15.6 billion annually.

Education in the food industry is becoming increasingly important as companies realize they can't just assign food safety duties to someone already on staff who may not have a background sufficient for the job. The stakes are too high.