Wednesday, August 25, 2010, 1:00PM CST

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A clearer path for pathogen testing

Processors are doing more testing for pathogens in their meat and poultry products than ever before. However, they continue to question its significance in the overall realm of food safety, and are flustered by government standards that can act as a disincentive to finding microbes. Nonetheless, the incentives to verify that products are clean are there: preventing sicknesses and financial losses, to name a couple. This Webinar will address the overarching issue of where pathogen testing should be going while providing guidance to processors who want to improve their internal programs.

What is achievable in pathogen reduction?

SindelarWhile this may be just an interesting question to an academic, for meat processors the answer to this question can mean the difference between success and failure. Unfortunately, there is no simple answer.  Pathogen reduction is a complicated series of events that involves HACCP, carcass intervention technology, validation of processes and microbiological testing.  How does one keep all of this in balance to achieve the desired outcome? Dr. Acuff will address these issues and provide suggestions for how to move forward in the future. MORE

Current sampling and testing programs for E. coli O157:H7

SteinbornBeef processors are getting more accustomed to sampling and testing for pathogens such as E. coli O157:H7 in order to verify their process controls are working, but there is still significant variation throughout the industry in terms of quality. Biela will break down how the industry currently is verifying process control using sampling and testing, how samples are taken, what the samples represent and what happens after a positive result, all while posing a key question: “What are we testing for?”MORE

Building the laboratory relationship: Keys to understanding test methodology, fit-for-use validations and laboratory performance

KochIt’s one thing to test for pathogens; it’s another to understand the resulting information. And that information varies, depending on the method a processor uses. Brown will explain what different testing methods tell you -- Is the method fit for use and validated for your application? What do you do if it is not? – and guide processors in choosing the right laboratory for their methods. MORE

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