Furthering Food Safety Workshop

A Lab Approach with Rapid Detection Techniques
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Learn easy, verifiable, rapid detection techniques you can use in-house.

Aimed at small to medium sized businesses.

Tuesday, July 17th through Thursday, July 19th, 2018
University of Wisconsin-Stout
Menomonie, Wisconsin

Who should attend?

  • Food processors with no formal training in microbiology.
  • Individuals involved in food microbiology or food processing at all levels: lab technicians, lab supervisors, lab directors, safety compliance officers.
  • Those who need to understand levels of microbial contamination in their water and ingredients.

Purpose and Expected Outcomes:

  • Learn conventional and rapid microbiological techniques for isolating and enumerating microorganisms of public health concern.
  • Understand how to interpret testing results with no false positive readings.
  • Decide the best approach depending on your target samples, lab facility and budget.
  • Decide what intervention actions are needed to control the growth and contamination of a particular organism.
  • Develop a detailed understanding of the molecular and conventional methods used to isolate foodborne pathogens.
  • Increase your confidence in making data-driven decisions based on your testing protocol and lab skills.    
  • Understand the role of the food microbiologist and food processor in ensuring safe food products.


  • Learn easy-to-use, inexpensive, reliable methods of detecting Listeria, Salmonella, E. Coli, and Vibrio and other pathogens that you can use right in your facility.
  • Understand and conduct rapid detection techniques for foodborne pathogens (PCR, Real-Time PCR, chromogenic media, and biochemical assays).
  • Learn step-by-step, hands-on techniques from enrichment to separation of target pathogen cells using conventional (FDA vs. USDA) methods.
  • Understand biochemical principles of selective and chromogenic media to avoid false positive readings.
  • Learn quantification methods for spoilage, beneficial and pathogenic microorganisms.
  • Test water quality using filtration method.
  • Learn the principles of intrinsic and extrinsic parameters to control growth of spoilage and pathogenic microorganisms in food.
  • Learn principles of isolation of foodborne pathogens and easy translation of conventional Bacteriological Analytical Method.
  • Understand how listeria is environmentally driven and verify post-cleaning and sanitation.



The fee for this 3-day workshop which includes all your workshop materials, instructors, breakfast and lunch is $950.


Lodging and Parking:

Workshop attendees are responsible for their own transportation to the campus and hotel reservations. The following hotels are located within a short driving distance from the campus:

Cobblestone Inn & Suites (within walking distance from the campus)
149 Main Street East
Menomonie, WI 54751

Best Western Plus
320 Oak Avenue
Menomonie, WI 54751

Hampton Inn and Suites
2017 Stout Street
Menomonie, WI 54751

Upon registration you will be provided with a parking permit to park in Lot #29.  Please display the permit in your front window at all times.  Parking is not allowed overnight in campus lots.  Find the campus map here: http://www.uwstout.edu/guide/index.cfm.