This three and one-half day basic to intermediate level workshop will feature in-depth presentations and hands-on sessions on bacterial foodborne illness. Experts will present the most current information on test methodologies including separation techniques, PCR technology, and toxin testing. The role of the public health laboratory (PHL) in foodborne illness investigation will be discussed. Strategies in laboratory safety and method validation will be presented. Participants will perform a variety of testing methods using selected foodborne etiological agents such as Bacillus cereus, Escherichia coli O157:H7 and non O157:H7, Listeria sp., Salmonella, and Staphylococcus enterotoxin). For more information, please see the registration flyer.