Environmental Monitoring - Hands-On Training Workshop

Presented by the Food Processing Center and Merieux NutriSciences

Purpose of Workshop

Understanding the microbial condition of your plant is key to the overall success of your food 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 in pathogen and indicator –organism environmental monitoring programs. 

Recent outbreaks have created a unique need for training for training participants to develop hands-on knowledge in the development and management of environmental monitoring programs.  Locations in equipment where product entrapment could occur leading to growth niche development – a major source for pathogen contamination of ready-to-eat foods will be emphasized. 

Recent events in the U.S. have created a need to revisit the basics of environmental monitoring while providing advanced instruction in investigation techniques.  Deadly pathogens like Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes shows up in food production facilities where post-cooking contamination of product occurs when product is exposed to the facility environment and processing equipment.

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

Dates & Location

July 9-10, 2019 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.


Attendees are responsible for their own hotel reservations. A limited number of rooms at The Graduate Lincoln Hotel, 141 North 9th Street, 402-475-4011, have been reserved at a discounted price of $109 + tax per night. This rate is for 1-2 people per room and includes a grab and go breakfast in the hotel restaurant each morning. This special pricing will be available until June 1 or until the room block is full. To obtain the discounted pricing please reference the FSPCA Workshop.

Hotel Reservations Link

In addition, the hotel has a parking garage ($15 per day – self parking) and offers free shuttle service to and from the Lincoln airport. Attendees can also make arrangements with the hotel for free shuttle service to and from the campus seminar location each day.  This hotel is located in the Lincoln Hay Market area with many restaurants and shops within walking distance.  The location and services provided by this hotel will allow you to visit Lincoln without needing to rent a car or utilize a taxi.

Registration Deadline June 20, 2019

Space is limited - early registration is encouraged.

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



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