UNL Presents Food Microbiology Workshop for the Food Manufacturing Industry

Aug. 21, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. — A University of Nebraska-Lincoln food microbiology workshop will focus on the basics of food safety and the microbiological testing methods commonly used by the food industry. 

The workshop, presented by UNL's Food Processing Center March 24-26, 2015, will provide basic food microbiology training to those individuals working in testing laboratories, with no formal training in microbiology.

"The workshop is delivered in both the classroom and laboratory environments and includes fundamental principles, demonstrations and hands-on sessions covering general microbiology and pathogen detection," said Jayne Stratton, research assistant professor and laboratory services manager. "Attendees will acquire an understanding of the methods used to isolate important spoilage and indicator microorganisms along with a variety of techniques utilized for food-borne pathogen detection. The program also provides curriculum on the ecology of microorganisms and pathogens in foods, and what measures are used to prevent their growth. The importance of using validated testing methods will also be discussed during the workshop."

Faculty and staff experts from UNL's Department of Food Science and Technology and the Food Processing Center will present lectures and interactive sessions to workshop participants. In addition, experts from leading rapid pathogen detection equipment manufacturers will be present to provide demonstrations and overviews of the latest technology.

UNL is one of only a few universities that offer a food microbiology workshop to the food industry and it is anticipated that food industry professionals from throughout the country will attend this workshop. The Food Processing Center is nationally recognized for its support of the food industry. The center, created in 1983, provides comprehensive services to food manufacturers throughout the country and in many foreign countries.

Workshop capacity is limited and pre-registration is required.  For more information or to register visit the website fpc.unl.edu/training or contact Jill Gifford at 402-472-2819 or e-mail jgifford1@unl.edu.

Jill Gifford
Food Processing Center

Dan Moser
IANR News Service