Food Safety

Food Safety Education Month: NEHA Webinar Series

Food Safety Education Month With NEHANEHA Foodborne Pathogen Webinar #4

Norovirus 101: Overview and Updates for the "Perfect Pathogen"

Human norovirus continues to be the leading cause of foodborne illness in the U.S. and the majority of known outbreaks occur in retail and food service establishments. In this webinar, attendees will gain a better understanding of norovirus, including a basic overview of its structure and characteristics, considerations for control in food handling settings, and an update on some of the latest research and scientific advancements.

September 22, 2020
2:00–3:00 p.m. EDT

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Photo of Chip ManuelChip Manuel, PhD
Food Safety Science Advisor
GOJO Industries, Inc.

Dr. Chip Manuel is a food safety science advisor for GOJO Industries, Inc. In this role, he conducts food safety-related research with the intent to improve public health, serves as a food safety microbiology subject matter expert for internal and external stakeholders, and represents GOJO Industries at conferences as a thought leader in food safety. Prior to joining GOJO Industries, Dr. Manuel served as a food microbiologist with Diversey, Inc.

Dr. Manuel’s academic background includes a bachelor of science in food science from Clemson University, a master of science in animal science from Colorado State University, and doctoral degree in food science from North Carolina State University. He is the author of several peer-reviewed manuscripts, primarily focusing on the control of two important foodborne pathogens: Listeria monocytogenes and norovirus. Dr. Manuel has received numerous awards recognizing his achievements in food safety, including awards from the International Association for Food Protection, AOAC International, and the Institute of Food Technologists.


Photo of Matthew MooreMatthew Moore, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Food Science, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Dr. Matthew Moore is an assistant professor in the Department of Food Science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He received his bachelor of science in food science from Cornell University and his doctoral degree under the supervision of Dr. Lee-Ann Jaykus at North Carolina State University. After some time as a postdoctoral research scholar in the Jaykus Lab, Dr. Moore became an ORISE postdoctoral fellow in the National Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance Team at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under the supervision of Dr. Jason Folster and Dr. Jean Whichard. He has been lucky to intern at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Eastern Regional Research Center under the supervision of Dr. Xuetong Fan, as well as at bioMerieux.

Dr. Moore is currently teaching a food microbiology undergraduate writing class and a biosensors and pathogen detection journal club. His research focuses on applied and environmental virology. He has published 27 works in peer-reviewed journals, was on the editorial board of a textbook (Emerging and Re-Emerging Viral Pathogens, 2019, Elsevier), and has delivered numerous invited talks at national and international venues such as Sweden, India, South Korea, China, and Thailand.

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Food Safety Education Month: NEHA Webinar Series

Food Safety Education Month With NEHANEHA Foodborne Pathogen Webinar #3

Cyclospora cayetanensis: Implications in Production and Processing of Fresh Produce

Cyclospora has been implemented in several recent outbreaks. This webinar will discuss Cyclospora and its implications in the production and processing of fresh produce.

September 15, 2020
1:00–2:00 p.m. EDT

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Photo of Ynes OrtegaYnés Ortega, MPH, PhD
Associate Professor
Center for Food Safety, University of Georgia

Dr. Ynés Ortega is an associate professor at the Center for Food Safety with the University of Georgia. She received her undergraduate degree at the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Master of Public Health in international health from Johns Hopkins University, and doctorate in microbiology and immunology at the University of Arizona.

Her research is focused on food and waterborne pathogens. She is currently studying the dynamics of disease transmission that take place in the production and processing of food products. Dr. Ortega's research evaluates detection assays used in food production that are sensitive and specific for pathogenic parasites in both biological and environmental samples in domestic and international settings. She has also expanded her efforts to the development and testing of disinfectants for use in fresh produce and to the study of risk factors associated with parasitic foodborne transmission.

Dr. Ortega has been a science advisor for 9 years for FDA-SRL, was part of the FAO/WHO expert team that addressed prioritization of foodborne parasites for risk management, has authored many peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters, and is editor of three books on foodborne parasites. She is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal for Food Protection, Food and Waterborne Parasitology Journal, and Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems. She is also a review editor for Frontiers in Microbiology: Infectious Diseases and a member of the Journal for Food Protection Management Committee.

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Food Safety Education Month: NEHA Webinar Series

Food Safety Education Month With NEHANEHA Foodborne Pathogen Webinar #2

Seafood Pathogens of Concern in Retail Establishments

During this webinar, attendees will learn about different seafood pathogens of concern at retail food establishments. 

September 8, 2020
2:00–3:00 p.m. EDT

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Eugene E. Evans, CFP
Supervising Food Inspector
New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets

Eugene Evans is a supervising food inspector with the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets where he has been employed for 19 years. Evans is an International Food Protection Training Institute fellow (Cohort 4) with a published fellowship project (Surface Pathogen Elimination Practices for Ready-to-Eat Fishery Products). He is an active member of Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO), Association of Food and Drug Officials of the Southern States, Central Atlantic States Association of Food and Drug Officials (CASA), and International Association of Fish Inspectors. He currently serves as vice president of the CASA New York Chapter. As a long-time member of the AFDO Seafood Committee, Evans was the project leader for the 2019 revision of the Cured Salted and Smoked Fish Establishments Guidance Document and created the AFDO Fish Evisceration Video.

In 2019, Evans volunteered with Land O' Lakes International's Venture 37 Farmer to Farmer Program as a seafood expert in Egypt. He spent 2 weeks in Egypt providing guidance to seafood and dairy processing facilities across the Nile Delta. He has been published numerous times for articles related to food and seafood safety, is a Certified Fisheries Professional with the American Fisheries Society, an AFDO/SHA Seafood HACCP Trainer, a seafood processing subject matter expert, holds a U.S. Coast Guard 100-Ton Master Captain’s license, and is an avid fisherman.

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Food Safety Education Month: NEHA Webinar Series

Food Safety Education Month With NEHANEHA Foodborne Pathogen Webinar #1

Salmonella: Job Security for Food Microbiologists

During this webinar, Dr. Donald W. Schaffner will present his reflections on 30 years in food safety and risk assessment as reflected through Salmonella. He will present some of his own research, unpublished research, and reflections on current events.

September 1, 2020
2:00–3:00 p.m. EDT

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Photo of Don SchaffnerDonald W. Schaffner, PhD
Distinguished Professor and Extension Specialist
Rutgers University

Dr. Donald W. Schaffner is an extension specialist in food science and distinguished professor at Rutgers University. His research interests include hand washing, cross-contamination, and quantitative microbial risk assessment. He is a fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists, the American Academy of Microbiology, and International Association for Food Protection (IAFP). Dr. Schaffner was the president of IAFP from 2013–2014. In his spare time, he cohosts the Food Safety Talk and Risky or Not podcasts. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic he has been interviewed for TV and print media, including The New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal, on SARS-CoV-2 and the risks of COVID-19.

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