S38 Microbiological Air Quality Considerations in the Processing Environment

Monday, July 27, 2015: 3:30 PM-5:00 PM
B115 - B116 (Oregon Convention Center)
Primary Contact: Yale Lary Jr.
Organizers: Jeff Kornacki and Yale Lary Jr.
Convenor: Yan Zhinong
The role of airborne contamination of processed foods is controversial and fraught with contradictory opinions. Some feel that airborne contamination of foods is of great public health significance, whereas others feel it is of little importance. The proposed symposium will address insights on aerosols as a contamination mechanism with respect to exposed food products and food processing equipment.  Both food processing plant and air handling equipment design and maintenance will be address with regard to traffic routes, turbulent air movement, filtration and air handling unit condensation.  Case studies will be presented along with best practice techniques to monitor air quality.  Finally, applicable air quality regulations will be discussed. The symposium will provide food safety, quality, research and engineering professionals an understanding of plant air as potential contamination source during food processing and present applied solutions.


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