The University of Queensland (UQ) and Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST) have co-organized UQ – PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR SERIES 6 on “Global Food Safety” April 9, 2013 at HUST. Food Safety is of fundamental importance to food security, which no country can afford to overlook. Significant morbidity, mortality and economic loss due to foodborne illness occur in both developing and industrialized countries. This seminar presented information regarding important foodborne illness causing agents; approaches taken for improving food safety; details on recent large food poisoning outbreaks in the US, Europe and in Vietnam; and analysed the steps that were carried out in outbreak investigations. New technologies which are useful in characterising food poisoning microbes (eg. next generation genome sequencing) and the potential of antimicrobials derived from herbs/spices and bacteriophages have also been examined. Emerging issues have been discussed in food safety (eg. antibiotic resistance, pathogen evolution). The keynote speakers at this seminar were:
- Dr Turner is a Senior Lecturer in Food Microbiology in the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences at The University of Queensland. He teaches into Food Microbiology, Food Safety and Food Biotechnology courses. Dr Turner is also the Co-ordinator for the Postgraduate Coursework Programs in Food Science (eg. Masters of Food Studies) and leads a research group working in areas of lactic acid bacteria genetics, genomics and applications and dairy sporeformer molecular diagnostics
- Dr Ho Phu Ha is Deputy Head of the Department of Food Technology, School of Biotechnology and Food Technology, HUST. She is working on the flora of lactic acid bacteria isolated from Vietnamese traditional food
- Assoc Prof Nguyen Thi Minh Tu is Head of Department of Quality Management, School of Biotechnology and Food Technology, HUST. She is working on exploring bioactive compounds from vegetal sources and its applications to improve food quality and safety
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