CHICAGO -- Listeria monocytogenes. Escherichia coli O157:H7. Antibiotic-resistant pathogens. Mad cow disease. What is the latest research on these topics? How is the food sector addressing them? One can find out at IFT's 1999 Annual Meeting.
American and Canadian experts on food microbiology and policy will convene for "Listeria monocytogenes: Scientific and Regulatory Issues from a National and International Perspective" (Symposium 57, July 27, 9 AM) to discuss the pathogen's characteristics, impact of regulatory policies of various countries that seek to control L. monocytogenes, risk of U.S. consumers getting foodborne listeriosis, and risk assessment of the pathogen and its significance in the global food supply. Where L. monocytogenes may lurk and why "zero tolerance" policies may not be effective will be included in this discussion.
"Stressed Pathogens Compromise the Safety of New Generation Foods: Assessment and Control of Pathogens" (Symposium 43, July 26, 1:30 PM) will examine measures to prevent pathogens exposed to stress from becoming resistant to microbial controls and human body defenses. Strategies for dealing with virulent pathogens that have developed resistance to various causes of stress, such as acidity, high pressure, and antimicrobials, will also be covered.
"Pathogen Update: Improving the Safety of Muscle Foods" (Symposium 71,
July 27, 1:30 PM) will provide the latest information about mad cow disease,
antimicrobial-resistant foodborne pathogens, the use of competitive exclusion to
control Salmonella in poultry, strategies to prevent pathogens from developing
antimicrobial resistance, E. coli O157:H7 in fermented sausages, and U.S.
regulatory policy concerning L. monocytogenes. Ways to keep mad cow disease out
of U.S. livestock, the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System,
Salmonella typhimurium DT104, and pros and cons of subtherapeutic use of
antimicrobials in livestock will be to
Contact: Angela Dansby
Institute of Food Technologists