The “Methods of Identification for Shiga-toxin Producing E. coli” course offered by the International Food Safety Training Laboratory at JIFSAN concluded its five days of training on Friday, October 3. The course taught participants the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommended methods for the analysis of E.coli.
Experts from the FDA and USDA alongside Dr. Angela Winslow of JIFSAN taught microbiology analysts who already had experience with laboratory techniques and identification methods. The participants attended lectures and performed hands-on lab work throughout the week. After the course, the participants were able to perform sample-screening methods for EHEC and STEC in foods, use identification tests to isolate and detect pathogenic E. coli, and understand real-time polymerase chain reaction screening of EHEC.