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Tuesday, 24th November

  • Opening lecture: Visión general de los métodos rápidos y miniaturizados, y la automatización en microbiología [Overview on rapid methods, automation and miniaturization in microbiology] (Dr. José Juan Rodríguez Jerez, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Bellaterra -Cerdanyola del Vallès-, Barcelona): 10:15-11:35 a.m.
    • Sampling of solid and liquid foods, surfaces, and air
    • Miniaturization: microtiter plate, most probable number (MPN), viable cell counts. Diagnostic kits
    • Methods for viable cell counts: hydrophobic grid, spiral plating, flow cytometry, direct epifluorescence filter technique (DEFT), turbidity
    • Methods for viable cell counts, based on electric impedance and conductance
    • Methods for viable cell counts, based on ATP – bioluminiscence and colorimetry
    • Immunological methods for microbial and toxin detection and identification: immunomagnetic separation, ELISA and ELFA, lateral immunomigration, immunoprecipitation, reversed passive latex agglutination
    • Molecular biology methods for microbial detection and identification: hybridization (DNA and rRNA probes); polymerase chain reaction (PCR); DNA and rRNA characterization (fingerprinting, riboprinting); sequencing; proteomics
  • La polymerase chain reaction (PCR) y la secuenciación genómica masiva aplicadas a la seguridad alimentaria [Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and massive genome sequencing applied to food safety] (Dr. Armand Sánchez BonastreUniversitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Bellaterra -Cerdanyola del Vallès-, Barcelona): 11:50 a.m.-1:10 p.m.
  • No sé mucho sobre (micro)biología… ¿y sobre responsabilidad legal en las industrias alimentarias? [Don't know much (micro)biology... but, what do you know about legal responsibility in food industries?] (Ms. Sara García-Gurtubay, Compliance&Values, Leioa, Vizcaya): 5:50-6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, 25th November

  • Contamination routes, adaptation and growth of spoilage bacteria associated with meat processing (Dr. Johanna Björkroth, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland): 12:10-12:50 p.m.
  • Garantía de inocuidad y minimización del deterioro [Safety assurance and spoilage minimisation]: 5-6 p.m.
    • Milk industry (Ms. Carmen Madera González, Corporación Alimentaria Peñasanta, SA -CAPSA-, Siero, Asturias)
    • Plant-based beverages industry (Ms. Andrea Eguíluz Girauta, Liquats Vegetals, SA, Viladrau, Girona)
    • Fruit juices and nectars, and soft drinks industries (Ms. Alba González Orellana, Cítricos y Refrescantes, SAU, Suntory Beverage & Food Europe, Tordera, Barcelona; and Dr. Raúl Jesús Mesa González, Coca-Cola European Partners, Martorelles, Barcelona)
    • Bottled water industry (Mr. Jorge Ferri Díaz, Aguas de Cortes, SA, Grupo Bebidas Naturales, Cortes de Arenoso, Castellón)

Thursday, 26th November – Thanksgiving day

  • ¿Cómo minimizar el riesgo asociado a Listeria monocytogenes? Eficacia de estrategias de gestión del riesgo [How to minimise the risk associated with Listeria monocytogenes? Efficacy of risk management strategies] (Dr. Sara Bover Cid, Institut de Recerca i Tecnologia Agroalimentàries -IRTA-, Monells, Girona): 11:55 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
  • ¿Se ha implementado correctamente un método microbiológico en mi laboratorio? Verificación según ISO 16140-3. Ejemplos prácticos [Has been a microbiological method well implemented in my laboratory? Verification according to ISO 16140-3. Practical examples] (Mr. David Tomás Fornés, Working Group on ISO/CEN microbiological methods standardisation, Valencia): 5:10-6 p.m.
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