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
Ynés Ortega, MPH, PhD
Center for Food Safety, University of Georgia
Dr. Ynés Ortega is an associate professor at the Center for Food Safety w 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.