Environmental Controls: Emerging Technologies and Predictive Analytics to Address Complex Sanitation Challenges
The Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH) and the Food Research Institute (FRI) of the University of Wisconsin–Madison partnered again to host a food safety-related symposium on 27 to 30 September 2021. As a follow-up to the 2019 IFSH/FRI symposium, which addressed how microbiological testing could be used to verify preventive controls, the 2021 virtual meeting focused on environmental controls used in food manufacturing facilities. Key topics discussed in the 2021 meeting included hygienic zoning, considerations for low-moisture food processing environments, elimination of pathogen harborage sites, and sanitation. Environmental sampling and testing strategies with traditional and new technologies, including the use of analytics and predictive microbiology to prevent future environmental problems, also were discussed. In addition to presentations and discussions offered by industry, government, and academic leaders, the meeting attendees participated in working groups to develop solutions to real-life sanitation and environmental monitoring challenges that face food manu-facturers.
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