Food Microbiology Short Course: Do-It-Yourself Spoilage and Pathogen Testing

Module One
Food Microbiology Short Course:
Do-It-Yourself Spoilage and Pathogen Testing


September 16, 2013

9:00-10:30 am Introduction to Food Microbiology

A. Basics of Food Microbiology

B. Spoilage Organisms

C. Pathogens

D. Why Do We Test and What Do We Test?

10:30-10:45 pm Break

10:45-12:15 pm Introduction to the Food Microbiology Lab

A. Biosafety Plans

B. GLP

C. Basics of Aseptic Technique

12:15-1:00pm    Lunch

1:00-2:15 pm     Laboratory Demo 1 - Indicator Organism Testing

 A. Sample Preparations, Dilutions, Aseptic Technique

 B. Aerobic Plate Counts, Escherichia coli, Coliforms,
     Bacillus cereus and Staphylococcus aureus

2:15-3:00pm      Microbial Test Methods

  A. Reference Methods

  B. Rapid Methods

  C. Confirmation and Identification

3:00-3:15pm      Break

3:15-4:30pm      Lab Demo 2 - Pathogen Testing

A. VIDAS and VITEK analysis for Listeria spp.
     Salmonella and E. coli O157:H7


September 17, 2013

9:00-10:30am   Significance and Control of Microorganisms in Foods

10:30-10:45am Break

10:45-Noon       Laboratory Demo 3 - Finalization of Pathogen Testing

Noon-1:00pm    Lunch

1:00-1:30pm     Environmental Testing

1:30-2:30pm     Laboratory Demo 4 - Results

2:30-3:00pm     Shelf Life and Spoilage Analysis