2021 Virtual Food Safety Conference

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Wed Oct 20, 2021

1:00 PM Welcome and Introductions
Sadhana Ravishankar, Chair - Food Safety Consortium

1:15 PM Learning, Discovery, and Engagement: Approaches to Building Partnerships with Universities
Alex Strong – Director of Development, UArizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

2:00 PM Impact of Pandemic on Product Development and Food Safety
Craig Slaughter – Director of Development, Bar S

2:30 PM Break

2:40 PM Pre-Harvest Treatments to Control Bacterial Pathogens on Fresh Produce
Jitu Patel – Environmental Microbial & Food Safety Lab, USDA

3:10 PM Student Poster Session Q&A
Moderator - Margarethe Cooper, Assistant Professor of Practice & Victor P. Smith Endowed Chair in Food Safety Education

4:00 PM Adjourn 

Thurs Oct 21, 2021

1:00 PM Welcome and Student Poster Award Presentation
Sadhana Ravishankar, Chair - Food Safety Consortium

1:20 PM Breakout Rooms

  • Water Quality - moderator Channah Rock
  • Cyclospora cayetanensis - moderator Gerardo Lopez
  • Careers in Food Safety - moderator FSC Young Professionals - Speaker Shelby Calvillo
  • Research Needs of Industry - moderator Juanfra DeVillena
  • Improving Communication Between Researchers and Industry - moderator Bibiana Law

1:50 PM Lightning Talks
Moderator - Gerardo Lopez, UArizona Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist 4-H STEM

2:40 PM Break

2:50 PM What an Old, Retired Health Inspector Learned About Hand Washing, and More
Matt Cook – Registered Sanitarian and Cochise County Environmental Health Specialist III (retired)

3:20 PM Extension Role in Promoting Regenerative, Circular Agricultural, and On-Farm Food Safety in Arizonian Small Farms
Isaac Mpanga – UArizona Cooperative Extension, Yavapai County

3:50 PM Conference Wrap-up

4:00 PM Adjourn

Student Poster Entries (listed in presentation order)

Madison Goforth

Title: Bacterial Diversity of Different Melon Types Grown in Different Locations
Authors: Madison Goforth, Victoria Obergh, Kerry Cooper

Abstract

Poster Presentation Video

Shouq Alshahrani

Title: A Comparison of Initial Background Microbiota on Surface of Melons Grown in Different Regions of the United States 
Authors: Shouq Alshahrani, Katharine Getchell, Kristina Raygoza, Kirat Bains, Veronica Murrell, Paul Brierley, Martin Porchas, Bhimanagouda Patil, Sadhana Ravishankar

Abstract

Poster Presentation Video

Cassidy Heiner

Title: Survival of Salmonella in plant-based meat products and impact on the microbiome  
Authors: Cassidy Heiner, Victoria Obergh, Michelle Leal, Jennifer Mydosh, Lauren Salsburg, Craig Parker, Kerry Cooper

Abstract

Poster Presentation Video

Elina Landros Rivas

Title: Prevalence of Cyclospora cayetanensis in irrigation water in the Southwestern region of the US  
Authors: Elina Landeros Rivas, Kaitlyn Benally, Monique Torres, Gerardo U. Lopez

Abstract

Poster Presentation Video

Jennifer Mydosh

Title: Phenotypic and Genotypic Comparisons of Campylobacter jejuni strains with different clinical outcomes  
Authors: Jennifer Mydosh, Craig Parker, Kerry Cooper

Abstract

Poster Presentation Video

Kristina Raygoza

Title: Attachment Strength of Salmonella enterica serovar Newport and Listeria monocytogenes on Melon Hybrids Grown in Five Different Regions of the United States   
Authors: David Rowlands, Kristina Raygoza, Paul Brierley, Martin Porchas, Bhimanagouda Patil, and Sadhana Ravishankar

Abstract

Poster Presentation Video

Justin Clark

Title: Survival of Escherichia coli in Irrigation Waters: Effect of Temperature and Sediment Properties   
Authors: Justin T Clark, Valery Gonzalez, Kelly R Bright, Jennifer Duan, Charles P. Gerba

Abstract

Poster Presentation Video

Cesily Cirerol

Title: Determine the prevalence and transmission of C. cayetanensis in Lake Okeechobee, South Central, FL   
Authors: Cesily Cirerol, Amber Notah, Dominic Rodriguez, Chi Nguyen, Tommey Jodie, Janell Kartoz, Brawnson Gould, Gerardo Lopez

Abstract

Poster Presentation Video

Dominic Rodriguez

Title: Understanding the prevalence and transmission of Cyclospora cayetanensis in Produce Growing Regions in Southwest and Mexico   
Authors: Dominic Rodriguez, Cesily Cirerol, Amber Notah, Chi Nguyen, Janell Kartoz, Tommy Jodie, Brawnson Myron, Gerardo Lopez

Abstract

Poster Presentation Video

 

Non-Award Seeking Student Poster Entries

Amber Notah

Title: Understanding the prevalence and transmission of C. cayetanensis in the West Coast    
Authors: Amber Notah, Cesily Cirerol, Dominic Rodriguez, Chi Nguyen, Tommey Jodie, Brawnson Gould, Janell Kartoz, and Gerardo Lopez

Abstract

Poster Presentation Video

On Day 2 of the conference (Thurs. Oct 21) attendees will join smaller breakout rooms to meet other attendees and engage in discussions around current issues in food safety.  Rooms will be moderated by food safety researchers, professors, industry professionals, and food safety experts.  Breakout rooms will be accessed directly from within the main meeting space.

  • Water Quality - moderator Channah Rock, UArizona Cooperative Extension
  • Cyclospora cayetanensis - moderator Gerardo Lopez, UArizona
  • Careers in Food Safety -  Speaker Shelby Calvillo, MGM Resorts - moderator FSC Young Professionals
  • Research Needs of Industry - moderator Juanfra DeVillena, Wayne Farms
  • Improving Communication Between Researchers and Industry - moderator Bibiana Law, UArizona

Lightning Talk Participants (listed in presentation order)

Kirat Khushwinder Bains

Title: Biofilms: Significance in Food Processing and Control Strategies
Authors: Kirat Khushwinder Bains, David Rowlands, Aishwarya Rao, Sadhana Ravishankar

Abstract

Cesily Cirerol

Title: Determine the prevalence and transmission of C. cayetanensis in Lake Okeechobee, South Central, FL 
Authors: Cesily Cirerol, Amber Notah, Dominic Rodriguez, Chi Nguyen, Tommey Jodie, Janell Kartoz, Brawnson Gould, Gerardo Lopez

Abstract

Madison Goforth

Title: Bacterial Diversity of Different Melon Types Grown in Different Locations  
Authors: Madison Goforth, Victoria Obergh, Kerry Cooper

Abstract

Gabrielle Peterson

Title: Gene-Environment Interactions in Motor Neuron Disease 
Authors: Gabrielle Peterson, Suvithanandhini Loganathan, Daniela Zarnescu

Abstract

Natalie Brassill

Title: Evidence of Microbial Transfer from Furrow Water to Leafy Greens during Irrigation.  
Authors: Natalie Brassill, Jessica Dery, Ban Saber, Channah Rock

Abstract

Victoria Obergh

Title: Assessing potential microbiome alterations due to sanitizer treatment of agricultural water   
Authors: Victoria Obergh, Madison Goforth, Natalie Brassill, Zoe Scott, Jessica Dery, Hannah Crean, Braden Smith, Ban Saber, Amandeep Singh, Harris Jebrini, Cassidy Hiener, Manuel Pagen, Shane Sieckenius, Channah Rock, Veerachandra Yemmireddy, Kerry Cooper

Abstract

Richard Park

Title: Why We Peel Melons: A Peek into the Prevalence of Foodborne Pathogens Among Field-Grown Melons in Arizona   
Authors: Richard Park, Aishwarya Rao, David Rowlands, Qi Wei, Paul Brierley, Martin Porchas, Bhimanagouda Patil, and Sadhana Ravishankar

Abstract

Libin Zhu

Title: Isolation of Indicator and Foodborne Pathogenic Bacteria from Non-traditional Irrigation Water Sources in Arizona   
Authors: Libin Zhu, Huruy Zerzghi, Walter Q. Betancourt, Charles Gerba, Kelly Bright, Channah Rock, Sadhana Ravishankar

Abstract

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