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Breakout Session 1.2

  • The Commons Hotel- Think 615 South Washington Avenue Minneapolis, MN, 55415 United States (map)

Identifying & Measuring Hazards


The Latest Trends in Global Food Safety and Integrity Issues

Jordina Farrus Gubern- Development Manager of Knowledge Solutions, FERA Sciences, Ltd.

Though many food safety risks are well known they are usually difficult to predict. Recognizing the need for a comprehensive source of accurate data on which to base food safety research and risk management practices, our organization has developed a database of over 85,000 global food integrity issues from 1999 to the present. Updated daily from over 110 reliable sources this database (trade named HorizonScan) tracks incidents affecting over 500 food commodities from more than 180 countries, including microbiological contaminants, pesticide residues, veterinary drug residues, mycotoxins, allergens, heavy metals, and fraud/authenticity. In this presentation, we discuss the most recent worldwide trends and statistics for food hazards and illustrate how a global perspective of both current and historical incidents could assist in predicting future risks and in making risk management decisions.

Brief Bio
Jordina Farrus Gubern is the Development Manager for Fera Science Ltd.’s Knowledge Solutions Team. With a degree in Veterinary Science from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain and a Master Degree in Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health from the Royal Veterinary College, University of London, Jordina has worked at Fera since March 2013. Her main role is ensuring the currency of HorizonScan and providing scientific support to the database in order to help the food industry keep abreast of any potential threat to their customer wellbeing, loyalty and brand identity.


SafetySpect: A Multimode, Hyperspectral Imaging Approach to Food Safety and Defense

Daniel Farkas- CEO & Chairman, Spectral Molecular Imaging Inc., SafetySpect, Inc., Chief Scientific Architect (Founder)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates a high incidence of foodborne illness in the US: 3,000 deaths, 128,000 hospitalizations, and 48 million illnesses annually. The most common foodborne illnesses are caused by noroviruses and by the bacteria Salmonella, Clostridium perfringens, E. coli and Campylobacter. Optical imaging could be used in real time at critical control points of food processing to inspect for potential contaminants of the supply of meats, produce, and grains. In this presentation, we will discuss the fundamentals of hyperspectral imaging for food quality and contamination analysis, from principles to instrumentation and image processing methods, and the competitive advantages of such imaging approaches to food safety

Brief Bio
Daniel L. Farkas, PhD, a former Fulbright scholar, directed a National Science and Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University that won the Smithsonian Award for Science. He was Professor of Bioengineering, Univ. of Pittsburgh, and Vice-chairman for Research and Professor, Department of Surgery, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. With several prestigious awards, 200+ publications, 11 editorial boards, and chairing of 32 international conferences, his focus is on translational biomedical optical imaging, in startups and academia.


Screening and Specific Detection of Pathogens in One Hour

Minh-Phoung Bui- Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, UMN

A large number of techniques have been used for the detection of foodborne microbes or their byproducts including enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), enzyme immunoassays (EIA), flow cytometry, bioluminescence,fluorescence and DNA-based methods. A number of commercial detection kits are labeled for “rapid microbial detection”. However, these techniques often require 12 – 48 hours of cell enrichment before testing. Here, we introduce a novel homogeneous chemiluminescence assay for sequential microbial screening and specific identification.

Brief Bio
Dr. Minh Phuong Bui obtained a Ph.D degree in Bionanotechnology at Hanyang University, South Korea and a B.S degree in Biology at University of Sciences, Vietnam. Currently, he is a postdoctoral research associate in the department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. His current research focuses on the development of methods and technologies for rapid detection of foodborne pathogens and chemical toxins for environmental monitoring, food safety.

Earlier Event: May 3
Breakout Session 1.1
Later Event: May 3
Plenary Session