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Molecular Detection of Cyclospora cayetanensis

September 18th - September 22nd, 2017
Price: $2500
Registration Deadline: September 1st, 2017
Instructor: Dr. Alexandre da Silva , Ms. Helen Murphy
FDA, Microbiology, Real-time PCR, ABI 7500, Cyclospora,

This course will provide hands-on analysis of Cyclospora cayetanensis in fresh produce using Real-Time PCR.  C. cayentanensis is a protozoan parasite responsible for waterborne and foodborne human diarrheal illness called cyclosporiasis.  This disease occurs in developed and developing nations with certain seasonality.  Due to the challenges with microscopic identification and culture techniques, the FDA has developed and validated an improved and streamlined molecular detection method for recovery and identification of C. cayetanensis from produce.  This course will guide participants through the process for molecular identification following the methods outlined in the FDA's Bacteriological Analytical Manual (BAM) Chapter 19B.

LC-MS/MS for the Identification of Chemical Contaminants in Foods

September 25th - October 4th, 2017
Price: $3500
Registration Deadline: September 20th, 2017
Instructor: Dr. Janie Dubois
FDA, Chemistry, LC-MS/MS, Pesticide Residue, QuEChERS, USDA, Waters, Mycotoxins, Contaminants, Vicam, Xevo-TQS,

This course provides lectures on the regulations in place in the United States regarding chemical contaminants in foods and theoretical and hands-on practice of FDA-recommended fit-for-purpose laboratory methods. Liquid and gas chromatographic methods are presented for the quantitative and confirmatory determination of triazines, furans, and acrylamide in foods. Materials and techniques of sample preparation will be reviewed and practiced for foods with different lipid content. Participants will learn how to implement these methods in their own laboratories through expert instruction and hands-on laboratory training.

Whole Genome Sequencing

September 25th - September 29th, 2017
Price: $2500
Registration Deadline: September 8th, 2017
Instructor: Dr. Angela Winslow , Dr. Errol Strain , Dr. Ruth Timme , Dr. Eric Stevens , Dr. Mustafa Simmons , Dr. James Pettengill , Dr. Michael Feldgarden , Ms. Sabina Lindley , Dr. Eija Trees
FDA, Microbiology, Genome Trakr, WGS, Illumina MiSeq,

IFSTL in collaboration with FDA/CFSAN will hold a hands-on training in Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS). The course will consist of lectures on WGS, to include a comparison on the different technologies, overview of FDA's Genome Trakr and trouble shooting. Participants will be guided in laboratory exercises by subject matter experts from the FDA using Illumina's MiSeq.


Methods of Determination for Mycotoxins

October 16th - October 25th, 2017
Price: $3500
Registration Deadline: September 24th, 2017
Instructor: Dr. Janie Dubois , Dr. Mary Trucksess
FDA, Chemistry, LC-MS/MS, USDA, Mycotoxins,

This course is designed for professionals who need to perform detection and measurement of mycotoxins in food. After reviewing the relevant compliance programs from FDA and USDA, the students will learn and practice traditional and modern laboratory methods to prepare samples and standards, run ELISA plate and lateral flow methods, fluorescence and UV detection, and LC-MS/MS analyses.

USDA Microbiological Methods for Meat and Poultry

October 30th - November 3rd, 2017
Price: $2500
Registration Deadline: October 13th, 2017
Instructor: Dr. Angela Winslow , Dr. Mustafa Simmons , Dr. Stephanie Defibaugh-Chavez Ph.D., Mrs. Tina Shaffer , Mr. John Bosland
Microbiology, USDA, DuPont, BioMerieux, ThermoScientific,

This course will explore the USDA Microbiology Laboratory Guidebook methods for the detection, isolation and identification of food borne pathogens commonly found in meat and poultry products.

Determination of Filth

November 13th - November 17th, 2017
Price: $3500
Registration Deadline: October 30th, 2017
Instructor: Dr. George Ziobro , John Gecan , Mickey Anderson , Dr. Monica Pava-Ripoll , CAPT JoAnn Hittie

Hands-on workshop performed in a laboratory covering methods for the determination of filth in food samples. Teaching cadre composed of FDA and other specialists. Course topics include: Microanalytical filth extraction methods; Filth plate reading; Filth element identification; Regulatory issues related to filth.

FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food Training

November 14th - November 16th, 2017
Price: $795
Registration Deadline: November 10th, 2017
Instructor: TBA

JIFSAN is hosting a two-and-a-half-day training/workshop that will provide you with the information needed to comply with the Hazard Analysis and Risk-based Preventive Controls for Human Foods rule. The course is focused on food safety activities and documentation that support the development and implementation of a preventive controls Food Safety Plan. This is an interactive program where you will participate in exercises and hear events, challenges and success stories of both food company personnel and regulators toward becoming compliant with the newly issued FDA regulations.