S76 Strategies to Identify Foodborne Parasites: A Global Perspective toward Improving the Safety of Food Supply

Wednesday, August 3, 2016: 1:30 PM-3:30 PM
230 (America's Center - St. Louis)
Sponsored By:
Primary Contact: da Silva Alexandre
Organizers: da Silva Alexandre and Simone Caccio
Convenor: Helen Murphy
This symposium will describe the latest efforts by academia, industry, public health agencies in the U.S. and abroad on test development and NGS approaches to detect and characterize foodborne parasites on a variety of samples. The speakers, representing institutions from North America, Europe and South America, will describe recent efforts in developing advanced strategies for foodborne parasites based on both conventional and next generation sequencing methods. The main objective of the symposium is to highlight current accomplishments, as well as, future opportunities and challenges to control, minimize or eliminate the presence of foodborne parasites in different food commodities.  Due to the globalization of foods, extensive international collaborative efforts are needed to harmonize strategies that can improve the food safety at a global level.  This symposium will target laboratory scientists, epidemiologists and regulators interested in knowing more about the global efforts in foodborne parasitology.


2:30 PM
Integrating qPCR and NGS-based Strategies to Improve Produce Safety
Alexandre DaSilva, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
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