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Risks to neonatal health: Cronobacter and Salmonella in infant formula

Date: Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Central
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Cronobacter and Salmonella present risks to neonatal health through the contamination of powdered infant formula. These are the only bacterial pathogens named in the three WHO risk assessments as warranting specific detection and requiring the application of microbiological criteria.

While Salmonella is a well-recognized bacterial pathogen with many years of research into its detection and control, it still can cause major multinational outbreaks through powdered infant formula as occurred in 2017-2018. In contrast, Cronobacter is an emergent bacterial pathogen recognized as causing life-threatening infections through the consumption of contaminated infant formula, yet conventional detection methods can confuse it with other Enterobacteriaceae.

What will you learn?
  • WHO risk assessments and Codex standards for infant formula
  • Description of Cronobacter and how to distinguishing it from other closely related Enterobacteriaceae
  • Salmonella Agona and its link to the 2017-2018 infant formula outbreak
  • The need for DNA-sequence based detection and profiling of Salmonella and Cronobacter
  • Detection of Cronobacter and Salmonella using the 3M™ Molecular Detection System

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Prof. Steve Forsythe

  • International Food Safety Advisor
  • Director of Studies for 30 Ph.D. students during 26-year tenure as Professor of Microbiology at Nottingham Trent University
  • Visiting Professor to Universities of Hong Kong and Vienna
  • Published ~120 peer reviewed papers, of which 80 are on Cronobacter and related organisms
  • Research on the safe feeding of infants was rated 4* (internationally leading) in REF2014
  • Advisor to FAO-WHO on the microbiologically safe feeding of infants
  • Member of European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) advisory panels for 6 years
  • Advisor to two of the UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) committees on the microbiological safety of the food chain (ACAF, ACMSF subgroup on AMR)
  • Executive committee member of Society for Applied Microbiology
  • Author of ‘The Microbiology of Safe Food’ (2nd edition)

Dr. Raj Rajagopal

  • Senior Global Technical Services Specialist at 3M Food Safety supporting pathogen detection solutions
  • Raj’s expertise encompasses microbial physiology, molecular biology, anaerobic microbiology and genetics and he has 25 issued patents and over 30 publications in peer reviewed journals
  • Has been working in 3M for the last 20 years in various groups and functions. Prior to 3M he worked in several academic institutions including University of Iowa, University of Georgia and University of Minnesota.
  • Holds a Masters and Ph.D. in Microbiology from India and MBA from the University of Minnesota

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