Pathogen Environmental Monitoring (PEM) Workshop
December 10 @ 8:00 am - December 11 @ 3:00 pm
Food processing, handling and storage facilities can create conditions that allow microorganisms to become established and thrive. Though most microorganisms in these environments are abundant, natural and harmless, some have the potential to cause foodborne illness if they contaminate food products. Identifying niche locations and hotspots that house these microorganisms through both routine and investigative environmental programs is critical for producers of ready-to-eat foods and raw agricultural commodities. This two-day workshop is intended to provide you with knowledge and best practices on developing and implementing an effective Pathogen Environmental Monitoring (PEM) program in ready-to-eat and raw agricultural commodity handling and processing food industry.
This hands-on training will introduce you to environmental foodborne pathogens, teach you how to collect swabs, walk you through case studies from the industry, provide guidance on establishing and designing a PEM program, and through small working groups provide you with opportunities to discuss effective controls and corrective action steps.
Who should attend?
Individuals who are in charge of developing and maintaining Pathogen Environmental Monitoring programs in food processing industry, particularly those with food safety, quality assurance or compliance roles. Attendance from specialty crop food industries is especially encouraged.
Are prerequisites required?
Previous training in food safety is not required.
What is included?
- All course materials.
- Certificate of course attendance.
- Meals (lunch and refreshments) provided.
**Please note: NO substitutions, transfers, or refunds will be issued within one week of the training start date.**
Registration is limited. For general registration questions, contact Catherine Haye at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 503-872-6680.
The fee for the training is $150 per person; $125 for 2 or more registrations within a company. The course is subsidized through the OR Specialty Crop Block Grant Program grant #ODA-5010-GR.
Registration includes the training materials, lunch, refreshments, and a Certificate of Course Attendance.