Alliance for Advanced Sanitation holds annual meeting

AAS Meeting
Angela Anandappa leads a session during the annual meeting of the Alliance for Advanced Sanitation May 22-24 in Lincoln.

May 31, 2018

Lincoln, Neb. — The Alliance for Advanced Sanitation held its annual meeting May 22-24 in Lincoln. The meeting brought together alliance members and industry professionals to discuss topics concerning sanitation in the food industry 

“Getting together to reflect on food safety has never been this focused on sanitation,” said Angela Anandappa, director of the alliance. “In the past few months, we are reminded of the importance of sanitation in business. With thousands sickened by pathogens in food, and millions of dollars in recalled product directly linked to sanitation failures, the time to focus on sanitation technology, expertise and advancement is now.”

The meeting featured presentations by a number of distinguished speakers, including Karl Thorson, food safety and quality manager of global sanitation at General Mills. Thorson spoke about the danger uncontrolled water can be as a contributor to the growth and persistence of pathogens in food processing environments. Thorson stated that conversion to water-controlled methods has the potential to improve microbiological results during validation and verification of all sanitation tasks.

A breakout session on specific topics of relevance to food manufacturing hygiene and a research poster session were other highlights of the meeting. The poster session highlighted a few of the research projects the alliance has led, such as a study investigating microbial communities in food and the food processing environment. The research outlined some of the tools that might be of benefit to the industry, thanks to recent advances in tools for molecular genetics.

Launched by the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and founding industry partners in 2015, the alliance works to improve sanitation approaches and practices with and for the food industry. Alliance activities are focused on all manners of food safety hazards, including microbial pathogens, allergens, toxic chemicals and water conservation in sanitation operations.

The meeting was held at Nebraska Innovation Campus, home of the university’s Food Processing Center. Much of the research conducted in the center is used by alliance members to improve sustainability and productivity practices.

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Angela Anandappa
Alliance for Advanced Sanitation