Workshop 6 - Microbiological Sampling and Testing: ICMSF Workshop for Food Safety Authorities and Food Business Operators

Workshop Registration Fees

  • Members $585.00
  • Non-Members $685.00
  • Student TBD
  • Late-fee $75.00

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Workshop Description

The workshop introduces the principles and practices of microbiological sampling and testing for food safety and quality assessment in the context of the verification of process control and food lot acceptance.

The set-up of the workshop is designed to provide the bigger picture of the roles of competent authorities and food business operators in food safety assurance, drilling down to the purpose and best practices concerning sampling and testing in microbiological monitoring and verification.

Participants will learn about useful microbiological testing and microbiological criteria developed in the context of different types of food commodities as well as of international and national food safety standards.

The statistics underlying useful sampling and testing will be shared and practiced with participants. Participants are requested to bring their own laptops to the workshop (working in groups of two, one laptop could suffice per two participants, Excel software is needed).

Participants will be introduced to and will be able to use the ICMSF statistical sampling plan tool for designing and assessing the performance of microbiological sampling plans.

The information provided in the workshop and the ‘hands-on’ learning of the participants is expected to help participants from food safety authorities to establish and interpret regulatory standards involving metrics for microbiological food safety compliance and to assess microbiological monitoring programs of food business operators.

Food business operators will gain key insights concerning the role of microbiological criteria in food standards and in microbiological monitoring programs of food business operators, which are critical tools for controlling food safety and quality in day-to-day food business operations.

Who Should Attend

Regulatory, Academia, Industry Professionals; developing scientists and students.

Workshop Instructors

  • Leon Gorris, Food Safety Expert, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  • Marcel Zwietering, Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands

Workshop Organizers

  • Leon Gorris, Food Safety Expert, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  • Marcel Zwietering, Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands