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Tuesday, 22nd November

  • Opening lecture: 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, reversed passive latex agglutination, lateral immunomigration, immunoprecipitation
    • 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
  • 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.
  • Microbiological surveillance programmes and evaluation of results. Practical cases on alert management (Ms. Eva Tolosa Muñoz, Catalan Health Department, Subdirecció General de Seguretat Alimentària i Protecció de la Salut, Barcelona) 5:45-6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, 23rd November

  • Food quality and safety from the distribution sector perspective (Mr. Ricardo Fernández Casal, Centros Comerciales Carrefour, Madrid) 12:10-12:45 p.m.
  • Safety assurance and spoilage minimisation. Ready-to-eat fresh vegetables, ready-to-eat meals and catering 4:50-6 p.m.
    • Ms. Clara Munilla Esparza, Florette Ibérica, Milagro, Navarra
    • Ms. Erika Blašková, Heura Foods, Barcelona
    • Mr. Roger Sellarés Pujol, Audens Food, Balsareny, Barcelona
    • Ms. Anna Moliner Ràfols, Càtering Cal Blay, Sant Sadurní d'Anoia, Barcelona
    • Ms. Raquel Arrebola Fernández, Establiments Viena, Terrassa, Barcelona

Thursday, 24th November – Thanksgiving day

  • Microbiota: a change of paradigm in personalized medicine (Dr. Ignacio López Goñi, Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona) 11:55 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • ISO standards. What are the current and future considerations? (Mr. David Tomás Fornés, Working Group on ISO/CEN microbiological methods standardisation, Valencia) 5:15-6 p.m.
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