The microbial safety of foods continues to be a key area of concern and focus for the meat and poultry industry, with fish, dairy, chicken, pork and eggs being the most common foods associated with foodborne outbreaks. Known foodborne disease agents are estimated to cause approximately 9.4 million illnesses each year in the United States.1 From 2009 to 2015, the Foodborne Disease Outbreak Surveillance System (FDOSS) in the US received reports of 5,760 outbreaks, resulting in 100,939 illnesses, 5,699 hospitalizations and 145 deaths. Norovirus was the most common cause of outbreaks (1,130 outbreaks [38%]) and outbreak-associated illnesses (27,623 illnesses [41%]), with Salmonella coming in second with 896 outbreaks (30%) and 23,662 illnesses (35%). Outbreaks caused by Listeria, Salmonella and Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) were responsible for 82% of all hospitalizations and 82% of reported deaths.1
The International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) is the world’s largest annual poultry, meat and feed industry event of its kind. In 2018 it attracted more than 7,000 international visitors from more than 124 countries. Many of these international visitors come from Latin America, but the number of attendees coming from Europe continues to grow. International decision-makers attend this annual event to network and become informed on the latest technological developments and issues facing the industry. This year, IPPE expects to bring together more than 1,200 exhibitors and 30,000 visitors from February 12 to 14 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Visit Thermo Fisher Scientific at Booth B7229 at IPPE’s new Food Safety Pavilion to discover how we’re unlocking the power of the latest technologies to provide rapid and simple solutions for foodborne pathogen detection. Find out how we make sample handling and enrichment quick and easy with our Thermo Scientific Bagged Media solutions, and how you can rapidly and effectively identify the most common foodborne Salmonella serotypes with our Thermo Scientific RapidFinder Salmonella Multiplex PCR workflow.
Our technical and regulatory specialists will be on hand to answer questions and provide updates on our newest solutions and more. We look forward to seeing everyone at IPPE.
Dewey-Mattia, D., Manikonda, K., Hall, A.J., Wise, M.E. and Crowe, S.J. Surveillance for Foodborne Disease Outbreaks — United States, 2009–2015. MMWR Surveill Summ 2018; 67 (No. SS-10):1–11. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.ss6710a1