News archive - Listeria and food inspection seminar - Division of Food Safety

A one day seminar on 06 June 2013 at the University of Birmingham

Student looking into microscope

The seminar examines the issues associated with the investigation and detection of Listeria monocytogenes in food premises (production lines, retailers) and general food safety.  New and current developments in controlling Listeria including the perspectives of food authorities, approaches followed by the industry and applied research will also be covered.

The course will look at following key areas:

  • An update on Listeria developments
  • Approaches to control including typical barriers and limitations
  • Understanding of methodologies available for the detection of Listeria in food and food premises, their advantages and limitations and interpretation of results
  • The implications of Listeria for enforcement and the industry
  • Case studies and actions in the case of contraventions and/or health risks 

Speakers will be from Central and Local Government, the food industry and academia. 

This seminar will be of interest to EH practitioners from industry and local government, safety/quality managers from industry and food business operators.

Seminar Fee £125 per delegate (to include lunch and refreshments)


9:30 – 9:50 Coffee & Registration

Morning Session

9:50 - 10:00 University Welcome
Madeleine Smith, Division of Food Safety, School of Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham.
10:00 - 10:45 Listeria, Public Health England
Andrew Fox, Public Health England (HPA)
10:45 - 11:15 Listeria: case studies
Rob Johnston, Food Water and Environmental Scientist, Public Health England (HPA)
11:15 - 11:45 Coffee break
11:45 - 12:30 Reducing the risk of Listeriosis for vulnerable consumers
Kathryn Callaghan, Senior Scientist, FSA
12:30 - 13:00 Dealing with listeria in food. New developments and applications in industry.
Panos Chanos, Antimicrobials and Antioxidants, DuPont-Danisco R&D Centre, Denmark
13:00 - 13:45 Lunch

Afternoon Session

13:45 - 14:15 Approaches for detection of microorganisms in food. Advantages and limitations of techniques.
Kostas Gkatzionis, University of Birmingham
14:15 - 15:15 Listeria: case studies and enforcement
Jane Phillips, EHO, University of Birmingham 
and Gemma McClay, EHO, Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
15:15 – 16:00 Summary and networking

We reserve the right to change the timetable without further notice.

For further information please contact:

Gill Burrows 
Phone: (+44)(0) 121 414 9151