NewsWorkshop “Industrial needs regarding foodborne pathogens testing and potential role of emerging technologies”, Heraklion, Crete, 11/09/2018

Workshop on Industrial needs regarding foodborne pathogens testing and potential role of emerging technologies
11 September 2018, FORTH, Heraklion, Crete

 

Photograph of participants of the workshop organized at FORTH on the 11/09/18.

Photograph of participants of the workshop organized at FORTH on the 11/09/18.

On the 11th of September,the project coordinator (Prof. E. Gizeli) together with the LF2M consortium organized a one-day workshop on “Industrial needs regarding foodborne pathogens testing and potential role of emerging technologies”. Within this workshop, end-users from a broad range of the food industry were invited to present their needs and current practices concerning microbiology detection in food samples, as well as their opinion on the future of key enabling technologies in food-safety management. Invited speakers were researchers and/or managers of food microbiology labs from the dairy industry (MEVGAL, Greece-LF2M partner), a multinational company with products covering a very large spectrum of foods (Nestle, Switzerland), the meat industry (CretaFarms, Greece), industry producing starch-based products (Jiotis, Greece), a certified food-microbiology lab providing services to customers regarding food analysis of various samples (Agrolab, Greece) and another certified food microbiology lab active also in food-inspections related to public health management (Food Microbiology Lab of the Univ. of Crete, Greece). Presentations were followed by a fruitful discussion coordinated by Dr E. Gogolides, the representative of NCSR-D partner. Some key learning and conclusions from this discussion, regarding industrial needs for foodborne pathogen testing methods, are highlighted below:

  • Need for an internal positive control (known DNA spiked in) within each sample, in addition to a negative one (no target)
  • Need for minimum 10-12 samples testing per day for routine analysis; scaling up would be necessary for larger production lines
  • Semi-automation is desirable with a reduction of pipetting steps; however, there is no preference for using a robot
  • Using the whole sample for the analysis is a favored option

 

Tuesday 11/9/2018