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Guidance on Environmental Monitoring and Control of Listeria for the Fresh Produce Industry with Elis Owens, Ph.D.
Elis is active in developing Birko’s antimicrobial product line and attendant delivery systems.
He oversees field trials at customer plants, works with university research partners and outside labs
and acts as a government liaison for antimicrobial approvals.
Elis earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wales in Cardiff.
He conducted post-doctoral research at Michigan State University’s Center for Microbial Ecology.
He has published papers in Federation of European Microbiological Societies (FEMS) Microbiology Ecology
and FEMS Microbiology Letters. Elis has been a presenter at the Produce Marketing Association,
the Beef Industry Food Safety Council (BIFSCo) and the North American Meat Association.
He is a member of the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP), Master Brewers Association of the Americas (MBAA),
American Oil Chemists’ Society (AOCS) and the American Society of Brewing Chemists (ASBC).
Guidance on Environmental Monitoring and Control of Listeria for the Fresh Produce Industry United Fresh Produce Association
2. What is listeria?
3. How can we minimize microbial food safety hazards of fresh cut fruits and vegetables?
4. What are some listeria control measures relevant to fresh produce?
5. How do you kill listeria and control its growth?
Elis Owens, Ph.D.
Director of Business Development and Food Safety for Produce
Salmonella, E. coli, listeria, yeast and mold, FFA/POV, aflatoxin in almonds and walnuts production with Pamela Sweeten, P. Sweeten Consulting. She is the owner of P. Sweeten Consulting, since 2006 to present, Greater San Joaquin Valley, CA. Pamela worked with Ryan-Parriera Almond Company, from 1992 to 2005, Los Banos, CA. Experience: • Experienced professional with skills in sales and marketing services to potential clients • Proven ability to manage key account relationships and large-scale projects • Experience presenting to senior management • Representing senior management in discussions with clients • Product training and assisting clients in set up of recordkeeping • Deep understanding and effective management of product price fluctuation; knowledge and application of computers for increased productivity; and great planning skills with extraordinary goal setting ability, as well as excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Education: California State University Stanislaus.
Agenda: 1. Intoduction. 2. What are the bacterial contamination issues for almond and walnut producers? 3. Which human pathogens are of interest: Salmonella, E. coli, Listeria? 4. Is yeast and mold a challenge? 5. What is Free Fatty Acid (FFA) in nut products? 6. What is Peroxide Value (POV) or rancidity? 7. What are the current methods to screen products for these issues? 8. Are there government standards? 9. New methods on the horizon. 10. Conclusion.
Contact: Pamela Sweeten P. Sweeten Consulting 209-606-1418 www.trackmycrop.com Twitter - @trackmycrop Facebook – P. Sweeten Consulting Pamela@trackmycrop.com
Live Broadcast of Part 2 Week #3.5 May 2014 in Review. We talk about several eye-opening issues such as: FRANKEN FOODS, FRANKENSTEIN FEATS, HUMANIMALS,HUMACHINES, CYBORGS, ROBOTS, IMPLANTS, BRAIN CHIPS, BIG BROTHER, ROAD RAGE, ROAD WRECKS, ROAD POLLUTION, PESTILENCES, DISEASES, COSMICS SIGNS and more, on this exciting week ending updating episode! JOIN IN ON THE LIVE BROADCAST!...
On this Live Sunday Evening Broadcast, we talk about several eye-opening issues such as FRANKEN FOODS like GMO's; Toxic Dogfood Treats; Hepatitis Hamburgers; Listeria-infected Walnuts; Paul Ehrlichs SOLENT GREEN SOLUTION; and also FRANKEN FEATS such as the ERA OF CHIMERAS with Lab-made HUMANIMAL HYBRIDS. Then we tackle even more HUMACHINE STORIES from the TWOFOLD MOVEMENTS OF CYBORGS & ROBOTS with the STORIES OF THE WEEK being "The Proposed Magna Cortica" future bill of rights for Artificial Lifeforms; and the NEW RICE-SIZED BRAIN IMPLANTS POWERED W/O BATTERIES! More updates on European DRIVERLESS CARS and the PUSH TO REPLACE HUMANS W/ ROBOTS IN WAREHOUSE & FAST FOOD JOBS! Also new Tech Start-up called Place-A-Vote wants to REPLACE ALL OF POLITICAL CONGRESS MEMBERS W/ COMPUTER SOFTWARE SYSTEM instead! Are these signs that THE ROBOTS ARE RISING UP TO TAKE OVER, as many writers & movie makers have predicted? Then we talk about more BIG BROTHER TECH updates. We also discuss several ROAD RAGE & ROAD WRECK prophecies coming to pass this week! We also give many updates on RISING PESTILENCES & NEW INCURABLE DISEASES! We hope to bring the latest updates on COSMIC SIGNS in the Sun, Moon, and Stars; as well as, a Host of other prophetic topics, on this exciting episode!.. DONT MISS THIS LIVE BROADCAST! CALL IN AT ANY TIME DURING THE SHOW! ALSO CATCH ENCORE EPISODE OF THIS SHOW LATER THIS COMING WEEK.. Join in and enjoy the show!...
Government Censorship of Organic Food Benefits with Mischa Popoff, B.A. (Hons.) Univ. of Sasketchewan. Mischa Popoff is a former organic farmer and USDA-contract organic inspector. Bachelor of Arts from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon Author of “History of nitrogen for warfare and fertilizer” Author of “Is it Organic? The inside story of the organic industry”--Some people won't like this book, but you will. Policy Advisor for The Heartland Institute. Res
Wilson interviews Joel Salatin from the movies Food, Inc., Farmageddon, and more.
"I had arranged a long time in advance to actually get to speak with Joel Salatin himself. From that time together, we bring you this great interview. I always thought that Joel was inspirational and pretty cool from the books and Youtube videos, but I have to admit that he is even cooler and more inspiring in person. Relax and take a listen to this great interview with one my personal heros, Joel Salatin.
We talk about:
Joel loves what he does, and likes to share the kind of things that they have learned over the years in farming
Polyface Farm mission statement: “We develop environmentally, emotionally and economically enhancing agricultural prototypes and to facilitate their reproduction around the world.”
Things that I did NOT see at Polyface Farms
Plants an animals are biological not mechanical
Need for disturbance in the progress cycle
E. Coli, Salmonella, Listeria, Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, Campylobacter, MRSA, C. Diph, food allergies—all this is part of Nature saying, “Enough!”
Churches turning lawn into farm land
Leveraging portability, profitability and fertility on the small scale homestead (stacking functions—Permaculture)"
Read Wilson's blog post Day at Polyface Farm
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Environmental Risk Concerns: The Dangers of Pallets with Karl Kolb, PhD., Chief Science Officer of the High Sierra Group.
Karl Kolb, PhD., Chief Science Officer of the High Sierra Group which provides nation’s largest purveyor of food safety products and services.
Agenda: 1. Introduction. 2. What are pallets used for in food production? 3. What materials are used in their construction? 4. Environmental risk analysis concerns. 5. Listeria and pathogenic transmission characteristics of pallets. 6. Floors, pallets and trucks as transmission vehicles. 7. How do pathogens prosper on pallets? 8. How do pallets transfer bacteria? 9. How long can bacteria survive on pallets? 10. Why is a 3rd party important? 11. What are the concerns for organic production and agricultural sites? 12. Why is testing difficult for the average facility? 13. What can be done to eradicate the problem at the time of receipt? 14. Conclusion.
Contact: Karl Kolb PhD. Chief, Science Officer The High Sierra Group 715.723.4915 (office) 715.723.4956 (fax) 702.523.2068 (cell) http://highsierracorp.com/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Listen to AME Food Testing Show podcasts: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ames-food-testing-show-blog/id447337326 http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ame-foodtestingshow.rss
A Primer on Molecular epidemiology with Stephen J. Knabel, Ph.D., Professor of Food Science, College of Agricultural Sciences, Penn State University.
Iowa State University, Microbiology and Food Technology, Ph.D., 1989, M.S., 1986, B.S., 1973.
Dr. Knabel's studies: Detection, tracking and control of foodborne pathogens: Listeria monocytogenes, E. coli O157:H7, Salmonella and Campylobacter. Development of novel methods for the recovery of injured foodborne pathogens and detection by conventional and molecular methods. Contamination of raw animal foods by gram-negative foodborne pathogens and destruction by high pH. Understanding and enhancing the mechanisms of action of foodgrade microbial inhibitors. Metal ion interactions with spoilage and pathogenic microorganisms. Role of heat shock proteins in induced thermotolerance. Research on the long-term-survival phase of Listeria monocytogenes and its effect on changes in barotolerance, thermotolerance and cellular morphology.
2. What is a bacterial pathogen?
3. Which technologies have been employed to detect them?
4. What is molecular epidemiology and how is it different than detection?
5. What is the goal of molecular epidemiology?
6. How has molecular epidemiology evolved (from biochemical testing to DNA fingerprinting to DNA sequencing)?
7. Listeria discussion.
8. What recent advances have been made in your lab in the area of molecular epidemiology?
9. Overall conclusions and wrap-up.
Stephen J. Knabel, Ph.D.
Professor of Food Science
College of Agricultural Sciences
Penn State University
437 Food Science Building
University Park, PA 16802
*Stimulating political talk* American Ambassador to Libya killed by fundamentalist Muslims, Mitt Romney politicizes the tragedy, Where do we place the blame for this tragedy? Sarah Palin babbling on facebook about Obama, Rep. West of Florida blames Obama for killing of Ambassador, Romney talks down to Putin ~ leads to retaliation, Beck gets his own TV channel, New Economic Poliy Institute #'s, listeria outbreak from cheese, Rand Paul compares US Government to
Implementation of PCR Surveillance in Food Production with Dongyu Liu, DVM, Ph.D, former Assistant Research Professor, CVM Basic Science, Mississippi State University. Dr. Liu has authored five (5) texts on Polymearse Chain Reaction as a detection methodology for human pathogens. He has published twenty-five (25) articles in peer-reviewed journals on topics ranging from microbiology to PCR surveillance of food for human pathogens. In his text, "Molecular Detection of Foodborne Pathogens,&
Linda B. James, "The Lady With The Moves" (www.TheLadyWithTheMoves.com) interviews Kat Wright, health, wellness and nutrition expert. We all want to eat well and serve healthy meals to our families, but that’s not easy to do. From the constant stream of ads for convenience foods to the confusing language on ingredients lists, it’s challenging to figure out which foods to buy. This shows uncovers the hazards lurking in the food we eat.
In the words of health, wellness and nutrition expert Kat Wright, “Food manufactures don’t care what happens to your health—their job is to sell food products. If you have a health problem as a result, that’s your problem, not theirs.” She will reveal: 7 toxic food ingredients found in many mass-produced foods. Which lunch meats are full of potent cancer causing chemicals called nitrosamines. How to avoid food-born illnesses like the recent listeria outbreak from cantaloupe. Soft drink and beverage companies are peddling drinks full of formaldehyde and formic acid. Why the FDA looks the other way when it comes to dangerous ingredients found in America’s food supply. Kat Wright is a respected wellness educator, speaker, author, nutritionist and naturopathic doctor with over 30 years experience in helping people live longer, healthier lives. Wright is the author of YOUR HEALTH IN YOUR HANDS and YOUR HEALTH TURNED ON. She is also producer and host of YOUR HEALTH IN THE KITCHEN cooking DVD, the CEO of an anti-aging skin care company and founder of the Avenues to Wellness Culinary Institute.
This week's topics were: vitamin controversies--a) does vitamin D help treat TB; b) folate does help in pregnancy; c) does vitamin E cause prostate cancer?; d) is calcium supplementation healthy or harmful?; e) do dietary supplements harm postmenopausal women? (hint -- probably not -- don't believe the hype just yet). More topics: raw vegetables may counteract genetic predispositions; the truth about the Listeria epidemic; PSA and prostate cancer screening controversy.