JIFSAN's International Food Safety Training Laboratory (IFSTL) microbiology courses concluded for the summer with two courses entitled: "Pathogen Analysis in Fresh Produce and Juices;" and "Whole Genome Sequencing."
Pathogen Analysis in Fresh Produce and Juices, June 8-12, 2015
While this was IFSTL's first offering of this course, it combined material from courses offered in previous years including: Salmonella in Fresh Produce (September 2012); Determination of EHEC in Fresh Produce and Meats (October 2012); and Listeria monocytogenes in Ready-to-Eat Foods (April 2013). The lab focused on fresh produce (baby spinach, tomatoes, cantaloupe), apple cider and orange juice. The course also incorporated lectures on the Juice Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) Regulation, Outbreaks and Investigations, Incidence of Pathogens in Produce and an overview of the BAM methods for pathogen detection delivered by instructors from the FDA. Field application specialists from 3M, BioMerieux, DuPont and ThermoScientific were also present to assist with the hands-on laboratory exercises. Participants in attendance were from the China National Centre for Food Safety Risk Assessment (CFSA), the Korean National Agricultural Products Quality Management Service, the FDA (College Park, MD), and the Vermont Department of Health.
Whole Genome Sequencing, June 15-19, 2015
This five day training included lectures and hands-on laboratory sessions. Lectures were presented by experts from the FDA who provided an overview of phylogeny, an introduction to bioinformatics and helpful trouble shooting tips. Illumina's field application specialists were also present to assist with sample preparation, library preparation, loading a run, and interpreting run data. Participants from CFSA and the FBI (Quantico, VA) learned the basis of next generation sequencing using Illumina's MiSeq with the Nextera XT Kit.
Please visit our upcoming courses page for a list of our fall courses starting in September.