Furthering Food Safety Workshop

A Lab Approach Using Unique Rapid Detection Techniques
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Furthering Food Safety Workshop / Logan Myhre

TBD - Tuesday-Thursday.

Learn easy, rapid detection techniques to control foodborne pathogens. These methods are unique and based on current research.  

Hands-on. Bring your own food, water, or environmental samples to test. Designed for small to medium sized businesses.


  • Learn unique, rapid, easy-to-use, inexpensive, reliable methods of detecting Listeria, Salmonella, E. coli, and Vibrio.
  • Understand and conduct rapid detection techniques for foodborne pathogens (PCR, Real-Time PCR, chromogenic media, and biochemical assays).
  • Improve your workflow & process protocols while increasing safety.
  • Learn step-by-step, hands-on techniques from enrichment to separation of target pathogen cells using conventional (FDA vs. USDA) methods.
  • Understand biochemical principles of selective and chromogenic media to avoid false positive readings.
  • Learn quantification methods for spoilage, beneficial and pathogenic microorganisms.
  • Test water quality using filtration method.
  • Learn the principles of intrinsic and extrinsic parameters to control growth of spoilage and pathogenic microorganisms in food.
  • Learn principles of isolation of foodborne pathogens and easy translation of conventional Bacteriological Analytical Method.
  • Understand the nature of seasonal pathogens like Listeria and Salmonella and adjust testing schedules accordingly.
  • Learn how to verify post-cleaning and sanitation.
  • Understand best practices in order to plan what works for your facility/methods/processing lab.

Who should attend?

  • Food processors with no formal training in microbiology.
  • Individuals involved in food processing and safety at all levels: QA/QC managers/technicians, production managers, lab technicians, safety compliance officers.
  • Those who need to understand levels of microbial contamination in their water and ingredients.
  • Those who need to monitor environmental pathogens in preparation for Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

Purpose and Expected Outcomes:

  • Learn conventional and rapid microbiological techniques for isolating and enumerating microorganisms of public health concern.
  • Understand how to interpret testing results with no false positive readings.
  • Decide the best approach depending on your target samples, lab facility and budget.
  • Decide what intervention actions are needed to control the growth and contamination of a particular organism.
  • Develop a detailed understanding of the molecular and conventional methods used to isolate foodborne pathogens.
  • Increase your confidence in making data-driven decisions based on your testing protocol and lab skills.    
  • Understand the role of QA manager/supervisor in ensuring safe food products.


The fee for this 3-day workshop which includes all your workshop materials, instructors, breakfast and lunch is $950.

Lodging and Parking:

The following hotels are located within a short driving distance from the campus. Permit for on-campus parking will be provided via email.

Cobblestone Inn & Suites (within walking distance from the campus)
149 Main Street East
Menomonie, WI 54751

Best Western Plus
320 Oak Avenue
Menomonie, WI 54751

Hampton Inn and Suites
2017 Stout Street
Menomonie, WI 54751

Upon registration you will be provided with a parking permit to park in Lot #29.  Please display the permit in your front window at all times.  Parking is not allowed overnight in campus lots.  Find the campus map here: Maps & Directions.