Providing guidance on microbial issues for efficient food safety systems

Objectives

The Task Force aims at facilitating the development of harmonised, science-based approaches to predict and prevent risks. Those approaches may serve as decisionmaking support for regulators and food industry.
Reviewing the existing knowledge on current and (re-) emerging pathogen behaviour and ecology is also key. The Task Force will also try to answer the reason why the pathogens persist by detecting and typing methods, as well as reviewing potential control options available.

Impact

This Task Force has published 9 peer reviewed publications and 4 Back & White reports in less than 9 years. Its significant
contribution to the state-of-the-art and its research findings are widely spread. The Task Force frequently collaborates with the International Association for Food Protection International (IAFP).
Since 2016 they have organised 12 dissemination activities such as the round tables and follow-up webinar, webinars
and sessions at the IAFP Annual Meeting and IAFP European symposium.

For more detailed information, please contact Angeliki Stavropoulou at astavropoulou@ilsieurope.be or Toula Aslanidis at taslanidis@ilsieurope.be

Task Force Members

*Scientific Advisor

Expert Groups

Environmental Monitoring in Dry production environments – Are we looking for the right thing(s) / microorganism?

Background & Objectives
Environmental monitoring (EM) program are gaining increasing importance in the context of food safety plans / HACCP programs.
Recent outbreaks have shown the relevance of the environment to ensure the safety of products. However, there are still many uncertainties on how to set up a meaningful program, which would provide early warnings of potential product contamination.

Output
The current activity aims to evaluate existing scientific information on microorganisms of importance and/or concern in dry production environments.
The resulting evaluation would help industry and regulators to focus and set up targeted EM programs depending on their purpose.

Process Validation Study Protocols for Control Measures of Foodborne Pathogens in Foods

Background & Objectives
There are no generic protocols available to guide manufacturers and ensure that all relevant aspects are considered when undertaking a validation. The expert group aims to develop a recommended protocol to control foodborne pathogens in various food matrices.

Output
This publication will help to establish an industry wide standard protocol to validate the critical control points (CCP) in the Hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP) plan. It will also eliminate or reduce the variation issues among food safety professionals, consultants and third party laboratories to conduct a validation study.
The output would especially support small and medium size businesses that have fewer resources to those tasks available. It would also improve the overall understanding of validation processes in practice.

Expert Group Members

Environmental Monitoring in Dry production environments – Are we looking for the right thing(s) / microorganism?

Process Validation Study Protocols for Control Measures of Foodborne Pathogens in Foods

Publications

The task force organised a webinar designed for industry experts and regulatory agencies on the relevance of end-product testing in food safety management, on November 2015, with the support of IAFP.’

Monographs

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Webinars

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