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Basic Food Microbiology

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  • The role of microbiologists and quality control and quality assurance personnel is key to the safe production of food products. Develop an understanding of foodborne pathogens, control methods for biological hazards commonly associated with foods, basic laboratory techniques and how to troubleshoot food safety and quality problems in this three-day, hands-on workshop. Case study exercises will be used to apply problem-solving skills to troubleshoot food safety and quality problems commonly encountered in food plants. Participate in laboratory exercises on the sampling, isolation, identification, and enumeration of bacteria in foods. At the end of the program, you will be able to:

    • Classify types of microorganisms causing food spoilage and food safety problems
    • Describe the effect of microorganisms in food and factors affecting the growth of bacteria in foods
    • Predict spoilage type and microorganism responsible in various food commodities
    • Suggest methods of prolonging shelf life using various food preservation methods and hurdle technologies
    • Design sampling plans for microbiological testing
    • Enumerate, isolate and identify microorganisms
    • Examine plates for colonies and perform CFU/g calculations

    Detailed Program Agenda (pdf 464kb)

    As an IACET Accredited Provider, NSF-GFTC offers CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard. NSF-GFTC is authorized by IACET to offer 2.0 CEUs for this program.

Who Should Attend?

  1. Food Safety Personnel
  2. Food Service Managers and Personnel
  3. Global Food Safety Coordinators & Managers
  4. HACCP Coordinators
  5. HACCP Team Members
  6. Laboratory Personnel
  7. Microbiologists
  8. Owners/Operators of Food Businesses
  9. Plant Managers and Supervisors
  10. Public Health Inspectors

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The following recognition will be awarded for participation in this course.

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Logistics & Lunch

Lunch is from 12:00pm - 1:00pm, and is on your own.

Cancellation Policy:

Substitutions (in writing) are welcome anytime, but please notify us as soon as possible.

Early Cancellations (more than two weeks prior to the course date):
A refund will be issued for the registration fee paid, less a 25% processing charge.

Late cancellations (less than two weeks prior to the course date):
Refunds cannot be issued for late cancellations.

Program cancellation: GFTC reserves the right to cancel or postpone a program due to unforeseen circumstances. Should this occur, you will be notified as soon as possible. All efforts will be made to notify participants at minimum two weeks before the scheduled event. If GFTC cancels a course, your entire registration fee will be refunded.

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