The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has issued a scientific opinion identifying FDA-iRISK®, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s innovative risk-assessment tool, as “the most appropriate tool for risk ranking of microbiological hazards.”
The JIFSAN International Food Safety Training Laboratory will be the host of a private course for U.S. public health laboratories entitled "Laboratory investigation of foodborne illness" April 28-May 1, 2015.
This fall, JIFSAN offered the Advanced Quantitative Risk Assessment Training course with an emphasis on applying modeling methods to real-world risk analysis problems. The course had only been offered once before, and this year, eight participants completed the class.
This fall, JIFSAN offered four weeks’ worth of courses on Risk Analysis Overview, Risk Management, Risk Assessment, Risk Communication and Introductory through Advanced Quantitative Risk Analysis. Participants had the option of signing up for as little or as many courses as they preferred during the four weeks.
JIFSAN’s work doesn’t only apply to professionals already in their career fields; JIFSAN also supports students working towards a future in food safety. Sarah Allard, a University of Maryland PhD student in the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, is one of the students that JIFSAN helps support with career goals and research.
Whole genome sequencing is a technology that can be used to detect and track foodborne pathogens. Whenever there is an outbreak of a foodborne illness, the technology can be used to find out which pathogen caused the outbreak and where it originated.
The videos and slide presentations from the two-day “FDA-JIFSAN Dietetics and Nutrition Webinar” held last month are now available for the public to view online. The posted information includes most of the updates and proposals presented during the webinar.
The International Food Safety Training Laboratory (IFSTL) trained six participants in the “Methods of Determination for Drug Residues in Fish, Meat, and Poultry”. The course focused on regulations regarding veterinary drugs and fit-for-purpose laboratory methods.
Dr. Jianghong Meng, Director of JIFSAN, attended the 2014 Plenary Meeting of the International Scientific Committee of China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment, and the International Symposium on Food Safety Emergency Response in Kunming, China on October 13 and 14.
JIFSAN and U.S. FDA trainers conducted a Train-the-Trainer program on Good Aquacultural Practices (GAqP) this September in Jakarta, Indonesia. JIFSAN partnered with the Republic of Indonesia Fish Quarantine and Inspection Agency to train 32 participants on improved aquacultural practices.