RT13 Campylobacter: Can We Solve the Problem? 

Wednesday, August 3, 2016: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
222 (America's Center - St. Louis)
Sponsored By:
Primary Contact: Omar Oyarzabal
Organizers: Omar Oyarzabal and Maarten Nauta
Convenors: Omar Oyarzabal and Manpreet Singh
Panelists: Catherine Carrillo , Maarten Nauta and Marta Cerda-Cuellar
There have been major advances in the understanding of the epidemiology of Campylobacter. However, control of Campylobacter has so far not been very successful and we still have limitations in quantifying the contribution of each known food reservoir on the public health impact of this foodborne disease. Some of the advances and also limitations include quantitative risk assessment and risk-based microbiological criteria and sampling tools; the methods that we currently use to detect and enumerate this organism in foods; the public health report system; the tracking of this pathogen through the food chain, and the limited interventions available to control this pathogen in food animals. This roundtable has been organized by member of several PDGs and will comprise a group of experts from the industry, academia and regulatory agencies. These experts are working in different aspects of this complex issue but with the same goal of reducing the public health impact of Campylobacter. Participants will have the opportunity to learn the latest information about Campylobacter through a panel discussion with key questions, some of which will be:

  1. Why is campylobacteriosis still so prevalent?
  2. Are we tackling the right sources of transmission?
  3. What are the most appropriate sampling methods to detect Campylobacter in foods?
  4. Are the intervention methods really reducing this pathogen in foods?
  5. What do we consider the most promising interventions?
  6. What can we learn from the experiences in other countries?
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