2019 Food Safety Conference

The 2019 Food Safety Conference was held for Food safety researchers, students and industry professionals on October 17, 2019 in Tucson, Arizona.  Invited speakers included representatives from industry, research and public health.  The Food Safety Conference also included a poster session for presentation of food safety related research.

Thank you to our sponsors including The University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, ALVSCE Research, Cooperative Extension Services, CALS Career and Academic Services, Department of Nutritional Sciences, Aquaculture Pathology Lab, Environmental Sciences and the School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences.  The Victor P. Smith Endowed Chair in Food Safety Education, Duncan Family Farms, the Yuma Safe Produce Council, the Barkley Company of Arizona, the Western Growers Association, and Oats Over Night.

Date: 
Thursday, October 17, 2019
Registration: 9:30am
Conference: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Poster Session: 4:00pm - 6:00pm
 
Location: 
The Lodge on the Desert
306 N. Alvernon Way
Tucson, AZ 85711
 

2019 Schedule of Speakers

2019 Student Poster Abstracts

 

 

Student Poster Session Participants

First Place

Pathogen Occurrence in Treated Domestic Wastewater intended for Irrigation

Sarah Abney, Christina Morrison, Justin Clark, Anna De Gresham, Alexander Ignell, Libin Zhu, Sadhana Ravishankar, Luisa Ikner, Kelly Bright, Walter Betancourt, Charles Gerba

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, The University of Arizona

 

Second Place

Green Sanitizers: Improved Safety and Shelf-life of Iceberg Lettuce Washed with Plant-based Antimicrobial Microemulsions

Stephanie Arellano, Bibiana Law, and Sadhana Ravishankar

School of Animal & Comparative Biomedical Sciences, The University of Arizona

 

Third Place

Prevalence of Cyclospora cayetanesis in irrigation water in the Southern region of the US

Breanna Salt, Kaitlyn Benally, Daniela Cabrera, Monique Torres, Gerardo U. Lopez

School of Animal & Comparative Biomedical Sciences, The University of Arizona

 

Honorable Mention

Cyclospora: Potential Reservoirs and Occurrence in Irrigation Waters

Kaitlyn Benally,Shaira Perez, Gloria Villa Barbosa, Monique Torres, Daniela Cabrera, Walter Betancourt, Kelly Bright, Charles Gerba, Paula Rivadeneira, Masaaki Kitajima, Gerardo U. Lopez

School of Animal & Comparative Biomedical Sciences, The University of Arizona

 

Additional Submissions

Identification of sources of fecal contamination in irrigation waters for production of leafy green crops in Arizona

Justin Clark, Anna De Gresham, Christina Morrison, Sarah Abney, Alexander Ignell, Patricia Gundy,Kelly Bright, Charles Gerba, Walter Betancourt

Water & Energy Sustainable Technology Center. The University of Arizona

 

Efficacy of Peracetic Acid (PAA) on Agricultural Irrigation Water to Reduce Microbiological Pathogens and Indicators

Jessica L. Dery (presenting author), Natalie Brassill, Taylor Levy, Alvin Onyango, Andrew Rabe, Stevi Zozaya, and Dr. Channah M. Rock

The University of Arizona

 

Efficacy of Natural Compounds Against Vibrio parahaemolyticus causing Acute Hepatopancreatic Necrosis Disease (APHND) in Pacific White Shrimp (Penaeus vannamei)

Sukanniya Kaneshamoorthy*, Hung N. Mai, Sadhana Ravishankar, and Arun K. Dhar

Aquaculture Pathology Laboratory, School of Animal & Comparative Biomedical Sciences, The University of Arizona

Abstract held from publication pending patent

 

Evaluation of methods for recovery of hepatitis A virus from fruit purée

Christina M. Morrison, Charles P. Gerba, Walter Q. Betancourt

Water & Energy Sustainable Technology Center. The University of Arizona

 

Antibiotic Resistance and Susceptibility of Bacterial Isolates from Various Irrigation Water Sources

Mai Nguyen and Sadhana Ravishankar

The University of Arizona

 

Efficacy of Ozone Against Salmonella Newport in Recycled and Non-recycled Spinach Wash Water

Vimarys Oliveras, Richard Park and Sadhana Ravishankar

School of Animal & Comparative Biomedical Sciences, The University of Arizona