Descriptions for 4 of the session topics:
Recent Developments in Food Safety
In recent times many food recalls, precipitated by the detection of pathogens in various meat and produce products, have highlighted the need for superior interventions and early detection of responsible microbes. This session will highlight the impact of new and impending changes to regulations and an assessment of the ability of current intervention practices to meet these changes, with special focus on meat and poultry processing industries. New developments presented will highlight the evolution of microbial detection methods and new opportunities for rapid methods of identification of pathogens. An exciting and emerging new technology that addresses the industry’s unmet needs with use of bacteriophages in specific foods and food processing settings, will round up this session.
Devices that come in contact with humans, whether they be catheters, or stents, or intraocular lenses, or prosthetics or contact lenses or cosmetics and personal hygiene represent a special relationship, and a need for microbial control. This special relationship also applies to animals. The need for devices that exhibit microbial control properties in this area is well documented. The costs and resources required to obtain regulatory approval have continued to increase, and the likelihood of new control agents is in many cases not considered to be practical.
New approaches and solutions for both detection of microorganisms and control of microorganisms are needed in the arsenal for industrial applications. Advances in fields such as genomics, microfludics and nanomaterials have enabled some of these novel technologies. In this session you will hear advances in rapid detection using genomics and microfluidics, non-chemical microbial control, antimicrobial nanocomposite films, and antimicrobial peptides as well as using microorganisms for microbial control.
Microbial Control of Water Systems and Environments
The potential of diverse microbial species to survive, persist, or flourish in water systems and environments presents challenges to public health and industry. Too many of the wrong microbe in the wrong place at the wrong time can create a “perfect storm” as disease, a failed process, or a spoiled product. Consequently, microbial control strategies are essential to limit problematic microbes and provide wholesome waters, safe environments, and productive industrial processes. This session presents challenges for controlling various microorganisms (bacterial enteric pathogens, Cryptosporidium species, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Legionella species) encountered in drinking water and sewage systems, agricultural watersheds, recreational waters, spacecraft water systems, and cooling towers. Presentations address microbial survival attributed to innate tolerance of recalcitrant microbes and protection by association with biofilms and protozoa.