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Microbial Food Safety Assurance and Risk Mitigation - Use of ICMSF Methodology

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Added by Harshit Choudhary, 22 Apr 2014

Taking place 27 May 2014 06:00 PM (Single Day Event)

Harshit Choudhary

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Cost of Attendance $199.00
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Event Description

May 27, Tuesday 10:00 AM PDT | 01:00 PM EDT

This webinar will explain International Commission on Microbiological Specifications for Foods (ICMSF) methodology and its statistical basis, assumptions, capabilities and limitations. It will also discuss risk mitigation strategies for detection and prevention of microbial contamination.

Why Should You Attend:

Food safety is of paramount importance to food commodity producers, formulated food manufacturers that use one or more of these commodities and end use customers or consumers in food service, C-stores, retail outlets or other points of purchase and consumption. Failure to comply with industry norms and regulatory expectations may result in product recall with substantial financial consequences. ICMSF has developed sampling plans suitable for contributing to this safety.

This webinar will explain application of this ICMSF methodology and its statistical basis, assumptions, capabilities and limitations. Opportunities for increasing productivity (reduce costs) or growth – rapid introduction of new products, will be explored.

Key goals of this course are:

• To satisfy business needs for: risk mitigation, quality assurance, foster productivity and growth.
• To satisfy technical needs for: robust statistically valid methodology for quality assurance
• To add a “TRUMP CARD” in your hands for supply chain excellence: Tools and Resources Used to Maximize Productivity to achieve Confidence in technology,

Advantages over competition with Robust technical and financial analysis to provide Delightful business decisions.

Learning Objectives:

• ICMSF methodology – Assumptions, capabilities and limitations, excel worksheet
• Statistical distributions – Bi-Nomial, Log-Normal, Poisson and their application in ICMSF
• Microbial contamination such as Salmonella, Listeria, Clostridium botulinum
• Lot acceptance and rejection
• Microbial criteria
• Risk mitigation and tolerance
• Food safety strategies for prevention and detection

Areas Covered in the Webinar:

• Microbiological contamination in food processing – brief overview
• Risk mitigation strategies:

o Prevention – Procurement, processing, sanitation through distribution

o Detection – Sampling and interpretation of results

o Corresponding actionable alternatives

• ICMSF methodology

o Conceptual overview

o Basic definitions – Lot, sample, population, probability, cfu, Log- Normal, case, class, etc.

o The math – statistics

 Binomial distribution

 Log Normal distribution

 Poisson distribution

 Their application in ICMSF sampling methodology

o Assumptions and their implications

 Risk tolerance – technical and business

 Lot - Acceptance and rejection

o So what? – Simple conversation

o What if? Generate and interpret scenarios

o Opportunities for Productivity and Growth – Connect the dots

 Sample size, frequency – procurement, processing, sanitation, storage

 Sampling cost function

 Growth – QA built in at design and engineering

 Use in new product or line extension R&D

 Use in technology sourcing and validation

• FDA perspective

o Is sampling enough?

o Expectations from manufacturers and members in supply chain

• Hands on working session on ICMSF Excel worksheet
• Q and A

Who Will Benefit:

This webinar will provide valuable assistance to all personnel in:

• Procurement – Selection of vendors and approval of lots and payments
• Research and Development – formulation and process design, technology selection
• Quality assurance – setting standards, specification and compliance criteria
• Analytical – testing procedures – accuracy and precision used in use of ICMSF method
• Warehousing and distribution – post processing contamination risks and assessment

Instructor Profile:

Ashok Dhruv, is Principal at Ashok Dhruv, LLC a consulting practice serving Bio-Processing industries, (Food and Beverage, Bio technology and Bio fuels) focused on achieving material Productivity and Growth for his clients by solving complex technical challenges by application of “TRUMP CARD” – Tools and Resources Used to Maximize Productivity to achieve Confidence in technology, Advantages over competition with Robust technical and financial analysis to provide Delightful business decisions.

The tools are proprietary mathematical models for unit operations and unit processes in bio processing. These simulate heat, mass or momentum transfer with bio-chemical, enzymatic or microbial – death as well as growth - kinetics. These have been successfully applied in taking many technologies from “Concept to Commercialization”.

Contributions on extensive product portfolio spans retail – corn and potato chips, soft drinks, fruit or vegetable juices, aseptic juices and dips, real and analog cheese, margarine and salad dressings, artisan bread, pet foods, gums and jellies and many more, as well as commodity – corn wet milling, soy isolate and concentrate, pork and PSE / carcass bulk meat, RBD oil and many more.

Mr. Dhruv is trained with BS and Ms in Chemical Engineering with MS in Management and Administration. His professional services have been provided over a period of 35 years to manufacturers as well as at E/ P/ C companies, both as an employee or as a consultant. Some of these companies are PepsiCo – Pepsi, Frito Lay, Tropicana, Quaker Oats, General Mills, Nestle, EarthGrains, SaraLee, Doskocil, Artuso Pastry, John Brown, Raytheon E&C, A. E. Epstein, Benham amongst others.

Topic Background:

The International Commission on Microbiological Specifications for Foods (ICMSF, the Commission) was formed in 1962 through the action of the International Committee on Food Microbiology and Hygiene, a committee of the International Union of Microbiological Societies (IUMS). Through the IUMS, the ICMSF is linked to the International Union of Biological Societies (IUBS) and to the World Health Organization (WHO) of the United Nations.


ICMSF’s primary goal is to provide timely, science-based guidance to government and industry on appraising and controlling the microbiological safety of foods. The primary objectives of ICMSF include:

1. Provide the scientific basis for microbiological criteria and to promote principles for their establishment and application.
2. Overcome the difficulties caused by nations' varying microbiological standards and analytical methods.


Tools: ICMSF methodology including excel worksheet templates
Resources: Basis in microbiology, food science, statistics and operating practices
Used to: By global community, independent validation
Minimize: Risk from harmful microbes such as Salmonella, Listeria or Clostridium botulinum
Probability: Of acceptance of bad or rejection of good food products – commodity to consumer

That results in:

Confidence in procurement, processing, sanitation, storage and distribution practices in supply chain
Advantage over competition in offering objective assurances
Robust analysis based on sound statistics, food science and microbiology
Deterministic decisions – Your TRUMP CARD in supply chain

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