Date: Jan 25, 2011 - Apr 23, 2014
Location: The Pew Charitable Trusts, 901 E St. NW, Washington D.C.

Managing the Risk of Foodborne Hazards: STECs and Antibiotic-Resistant Pathogens

The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) co-hosted a one-day conference titled, Managing the Risk of Foodborne Hazards: STECs and Antibiotic-Resistant Pathogens, in Washington, D.C. on January 25, 2011.

The conference gathered over 130 government, academic and industry experts to discuss the current science, knowledge gaps, public health implications and practical solutions related to the growing problems of antibiotic-resistant pathogens and emerging strains of shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STECs) in the food supply.

The goal of the conference was to gather recommendations from expert panelists and participants that will be captured in a report summarizing the discussions and specific suggestions to enhance the collaborative response to emerging foodborne hazards for federal agencies and other stakeholders.

AGENDA AND PRESENTATIONS

Opening Keynote:
Elizabeth Hagen, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Morning Session: Antibiotic-Resistant Pathogens

  • Environmental and Societal Impacts of Antibiotics
    Stuart Levy, Center for Adaptation Genetics and Drug Resistance, Tufts University School of Medicine, Alliance for Prudent Use of Antibiotics (Presentation PDF)
  • History of Antibiotic-Resistant Outbreaks in the U.S.
    Caroline Smith DeWaal, Center for Science in the Public Intereset (Presentation PDF)
    CSPI White Paper: Antibiotic Resistance in Foodborne Pathogens: Evidence of the Need for a Rish Management Strategy (Presentation PDF)
  • The Public Health Impact of Antibiotic-Resistant Pathogens in Food
    Moderator: Craig Hedberg, University of Minnesota
    Lance Price, Translational Genomics Research Institute (Presentation PDF)
    Henrik Wegener, Technical University of Denmark (Presentation PDF)
    Qijing Zhang, Iowa State University (Presentation PDF)
  • Strategies for Risk Management
    Moderator: Gail Hansen, The Pew Charitable Trusts
    Scott Brown, Pfizer Animal Health (Presentation PDF)
    H. Morgan Scott, Kansas State University (Presentation PDF)
    Henrik Wegener, Technical University of Denmark (Presentation PDF)

Keynote: Effective Surveillance Presentation
Danilo Lo Fo Wong, World Health Organization (Presentation PDF)

Afternoon Session: STECs

  • State of the Science - Knowledge and Gaps on STECs
    Patricia Griffin, Centers for Disease Control and Presvention (Presentation PDF)
  • The Public Health Impact of STECs in Food
    Moderator: Nancy Donley, STOP - Safe Tables Our Priority
    Peter Gerner-Smidt, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Presentation PDF)
    Craig Hedberg, University of Minnesota
    William Marler, Marler Clark LLP, PS (Presentation PDF)
  • Strategies for Risk Management
    Moderator: H. Morgan Scott, Kansas State University
    Dane Bernard, Keystone Foods LLC (Presentation PDF)
    Jeff LeJeune, The Ohio State University (Presentation PDF)
  • Enhancing the Collaboratibe Response to Foodborne Hazards
    Moderator: Caroline Smith DeWaal, Center for Science in the Public Interest
    Chris Waldrop, Consumer Federation of America
    Michael Robach, Cargill, Inc.
    Mary Torrence, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Summarizing Keynote
Michael Taylor, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

EVENT PHOTO GALLERY

REPORT

Discussion highlights and specific suggestions to enhance the collaborative response to emerging foodborne hazards for federal agencies and other stakeholders has been compiled into a conference summary report. (Summary Report PDF)