12:00 pm - 12:05 pm - Welcome and Introductions
Maria Fontanazza, Editor-in-Chief, Food Safety Tech
12:05 pm - 12:35 pm - Listeria Control and New Approaches to Addressing Risks
Sanjay Gummalla, Ph.D., Sr. VP, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, AFFI
As part of the American Frozen Food Institute’s (AFFI) strategy to tackle risks associated with the prevalence of Listeria monocytogenes (Lm) in the food manufacturing, a panel of global experts was assembled to examine available Listeria science and regulatory policies. The panel’s work led to an alternate regulatory framework that has the potential to allow food processors to operate in a proactive and transparent manner and thus address the true public health risks associated with the presence of this pathogen in foods. The first presentation of the virtual event will cover an overview of Listeria control and prevention, share key recommendations of the panel and discuss possible implications to the food industry.
12:35 pm - 12:50 pm - TechTalk
12:50 pm - 1:20 pm - Managing Food Safety and Sanitation in the Digital Age
April Bishop, Sr. Director, Food Safety, TreeHouse Foods
A brief manufacturing perspective on how to use your sanitation data to drive improved microbiological health in your facility and increase confidence in your food safety program. Taking the more labor intensive manual plotting and data interpretation to a digital tool that assists in visualizing where the issues are and helping you spend more time driving to root cause and corrective action versus pivots tables and paper maps.
1:20 pm -1:40 pm - TechTalk
1:40 pm - 2:10 pm - Listeria Testing: Choosing the Right Method and Target
Douglas Marshall, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, Eurofins
Testing for Listeria species or Listeria monocytogenes may seem easy; however, you can really mess up your Listeria control program if your choices are not carefully considered. This talk will address the impacts of method choice, choosing the right target for the right reasons, and what to do when the laboratory provides ambiguous results.
2:10 pm - 2:30 pm - Expert Panel & Q&A Session
2:30 pm Session Concludes