Environmental Monitoring - Hands-On Training Workshop

Presented by the Food Processing Center and Merieux NutriSciences

Purpose of Workshop

Understanding the microbiological condition of your plant is key to the overall success of your food safety system. The Food Processing Center and Merieux NutriSciences have teamed together to provide a unique training opportunity. Together they will provide classroom instruction and hands-on training in the Food Processing Center pilot plants for those individuals looking to expand their knowledge of pathogen and indicator organism environmental monitoring programs.

Recent outbreaks have created a unique need for training quality assurance and plant personnel to develop hands-on knowledge in the development and management of environmental monitoring programs. An emphasis will be placed on finding locations in equipment where product entrapment could occur, leading to the development of a growth niche. These niches are a major source of pathogen contamination in ready-to-eat foods.

Recent events in the U.S. have created a need to revisit the basics of environmental monitoring while providing advanced instruction in investigation techniques. Pathogens such as Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes are particularly hazardous when allowed to establish their presence in food production facilities where post-cooking contamination of ready-to-eat products is possible.

Companies are showing a renewed interest in evaluating their environmental monitoring programs regardless of the pathogen of concern and to meet the increased regulatory scrutiny.

Dates & Location

July 17-18, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska

The workshop will be conducted on the University of Nebraska – Lincoln Nebraska Innovation Campus.

Complete information and registration for this workshop is available at the Merieux NutriSciences link below.


Registration Deadline June 27, 2018

Nebraska companies may be eligible for funding assistance through Nebraska Workforce Development. Please visit the following website for additional information.


Space is limited - early registration is encouraged.

All participants must pre-register. Walk-ins cannot be accommodated!