2016 Food Safety Research Forum

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The Food Safety Research Forum is a great opportunity to share information and connect with other researchers, industry representatives, other stakeholders and ministry staff interested in Ontario's food safety.

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Event details

  • Date: Tuesday May 24, 2016
  • Location: Conference Centre, 1 Stone Rd W, Guelph, ON
  • Time: 9:00 a.m to 3:30 p.m.

Registration

  • In person registration closed May 17, 2016
  • Attend by Webinar (no fee)
  1. Go to the OMAFRA WebEx site
  2. Login by entering your name and e-mail address
  3. For the audio component, click to join the Integrated Voice Conference when prompted

Agenda

8:15 - 9:00 - Registration/Networking/Poster Viewing (Outside of the Conference Centre and in the Atrium)

9:00 - 9:15 - Opening Remarks, Gavin Downing, Director, Food Inspection Branch, OMAFRA

9:15 - 9:45 - Food Safety Guest Speaker

Dr. Jeff Farber, Director, Canadian Research Institute for Food Safety, University of Guelph
Food safety research needs and emerging issues in dairy, meat, produce, fish and seafood

9:45 - 10:05 - Food Safety Research Program - Project Spotlight

Dr. Robert Friendship, Professor, University of Guelph - The use of an antibiotic (flavophospholipol) to improve food safety by reducing antimicrobial resistance and food-borne pathogen shedding in pigs

10:05 - 10:25 - OMAFRA Food Safety Baseline Studies

Dr. Jeanine Boulter-Bitzer, Food Microbiologist, OMAFRA - Overview of baseline studies in pathogen reduction in poultry

10:25 - 10:55 - Break (Networking and poster voting)

10:55 - 11:15 - Food Safety Research Program - Project Spotlight

Dr. Michele Guerin, Associate Professor, University of Guelph - Assessment and Mitigation of Contamination Risks: Critical Knowledge to Reduce Diseases and Increase Biosecurity Compliance

11:15 - 11:45 - Food Safety Speaker Panel Discussion

11:45 - 12:00 - Food Safety Poster Pitches
30-60 second presentation about each poster on display at the event

All three previous speakers respond to questions about food safety research

12:00 - 1:00 - Lunch and poster voting - Students will be at their posters in the atrium to speak with attendees during this time

1:00 - 1:20 - Food Safety Research Program - Project Spotlight

Dr. Ann Huber, Environmental Microbiologist, The Soil Resource Group - Pathogen die-off rates following manure application under Ontario field conditions - relationship to pre-harvest wait times

1:20 - 1:40 - Food Safety Research Program - Project Spotlight

Dr. Keith Warriner, Professor, University of Guelph - Implementation of HACCP in fruit and Leafy Green Processing through an Integrated Intervention Approach

1:40 - 2:00 - OMAFRA Food Safety Baseline Studies

Dr. Robert Blenkinsop, Food Scientist, Food Safety Science Unit, OMAFRA - Overview of baseline studies in fresh produce

2:00 - 2:15 - Break (Stretch and bio break)

2:15 - 2:45 - Food Safety Guest Speaker

Doug Alexander, Director of Engineering, Ippolito Fruit and Produce - Industry perspective on managing food safety in fresh produce - opportunities for research

2:45 - 3:15 - Food Safety Speaker Panel Discussion

All 4 previous speakers respond to questions about food safety in fresh produce

3:15 - 3:30 - Poster Awards and Closing Remarks

Research poster awards will be presented to the top three posters.

OMAFRA closing remarks.

Purpose of the Forum

The Food Safety Research Forum is for you to:

  • learn about the ministry's food safety research projects and programs
  • hear from researchers, government and industry on their food safety priorities
  • network and participate in knowledge sharing activities, including a plain language research poster session
  • join the discussion about food safety research needs for the sector
  • The Forum is delivered as part of ministry's Food Safety Research Program, a competitive research fund to support innovative food safety research projects. The main objectives of this program are:
    • development and validation of testing methods for the detection of pathogens and chemicals for use in laboratory and field settings
    • identification of emerging hazards and contaminants
    • risk assessment and risk management in food safety

Questions

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For more information:
E-mail: research.omafra@ontario.ca
Author: Barbara Dillingham, Senior Research Advisor/RIB
Creation Date: 12 March 2013
Last Reviewed: 29 April 2016