Rapid Microbiology: A Workshop for the Food Industry

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Department of Food Science, Room 128

University of Guelph

465 Gordon Street

Guelph, Ontariao


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Developed with support from Neogen, one of the foremost providers of rapid methods for the food, beverage and agriculture industries, this highly interactive hands-on workshop combines concepts with real-world applications. Participants will learn best practices in food microbiology testing including sample preparation and investigatory methods. In addition, you will have the opportunity to network and share best practices with other food safety professionals.

This workshop provides an opportunity to review current best practices in sampling plans, sample preparation, quality indicator testing, pathogen testing, metagenomics and data management and utilization. Groups will work together to solve industry case studies involving quality indicator microorganism and pathogen testing program improvement or development. In the laboratory, participants will focus on running traditional and rapid quality indicator and pathogen test methods with a food from a category of their choosing. They will also learn basic microbiological investigatory techniques to help with root cause analyses in the laboratory. 


  • Sample preparation challenges and best practices

  • Quality indicator organism testing and sampling plans

  • Rapid pathogens test methods and testing plans

  • Quality indicator testing lab session

  • Metagenomics applications

  • New approaches to data management and utilization

  • Advantages of rapid method utilization: industry perspective

  • Pathogen testing lab session

Lead Instructor:

Dr. Lawrence Goodridge


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$999 CAD

Includes workshop materials, parking, lunch and refreshments.


A discount is available at the Hampton Inn & Suites - Guelph until Friday March 29, 2024. Please call the hotel directly at 519-821-2144 and mention the name "University of Guelph Food Science" for the special rate.

Hampton Inn & Suites - Guelph (10 min drive to University of Guelph)

725 Imperial Road North
Guelph, ON N1K 1X4


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