Environmental Controls: Emerging Technologies and Predictive Analytics to Address Complex Sanitation Challenges

Sep 27-30, 2021




A joint virtual learning workshop hosted by the Food Research Institute and the Institute for Food Safety and Health

Cleaning and sanitation are crucial components of a good food safety plan.  Many outbreaks have occurred due to inappropriate sanitation protocols or ineffective planning of hygienic zones.  A good sanitation plan involves careful planning and knowledge (and some would say an art) to identify harborage sites, appropriate sanitizers and their usage, and implementation of sampling and detection technologies that will yield meaningful results.

This workshop is an unique opportunity for participants to partake in platform presentations where they will gather from experts information on hygienic zoning principles, sanitation and decontamination strategies for processing of difficult food matrices determining potential harborage sites and strategies to eliminate them, technologies used in environmental sampling that are fit for purpose and how advances in molecular biology and predictive analytics can be used to enhance a sanitation plan.  The participants will then engage in working groups to design sanitation protocols for various food matrices, and discuss challenges associated and how to enhance sanitation protocols.

Finally, the wrap-up session will feature panel speakers from regulatory agencies and the food industry using case studies to address the sanitation challenges and response to regulatory guidance and policies.

The agenda will include platform presentations, working groups, presentations from facilitators from working groups, panel discussion and exhibitor displays.


$199 - Industry
$129 - Academic/Regulators

The registration fee includes access to all platform presentations and one (1) working group exercise. In the working group exercises, you will have an opportunity to work collaboratively with peers on a specific topic and will be guided by experienced industry facilitators.

Buy 3 Get 1 Free: If three people from one company register, that company can get one additional registration for free. Once three people have registered, contact Tina Gettis (tgettis@iit.edu) with the information for the fourth registrant (first/last name, email, and preferred breakout session).

Registration closed September 24 at noon central.

Refund Policy: No refunds will be given after registration payment has been completed. Should you need to cancel, we will credit your registration towards a future joint IFSH - FRI event. If IFSH cancels the event, all attendees will receive a full refund.

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Contact Information

Akhila Vasan
Email: avasan@iit.edu