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0 Comments The testing of agricultural irrigation water for bacterial pathogens with Michael Casteel, Ph.D., President, Microbial Intelligence Group.
Posted by Andy Moreno on October 12, 2010 at 2:54 AM

The testing of agricultural irrigation water for bacterial pathogens with Michael Casteel, Ph.D., President, Microbial Intelligence Group.
Click: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ame-foodtestingshow/2011/11/10/testing-agricultural-irrigation-water-bacterial-pathogens
Duration: 44 minutes, 35 seconds.

Previously a Research Microbiologist San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. His responsibilities included biosafety and QA/QC programs.
His research at the Univ. of North Carolina involved the development of methods for the isolation of human enteric pathogens on fruits and vegetables, in water, and in soil followed by detection using PCR and RT-PCR, in-vitro methods the detection of traditional (fecal coliforms; E. coli), microbial indicators in environmental media, and the development of methods for the chemical disinfection of enteric pathogens and microbial indicators on produce and in water.
Dr. Casteel earned his PhD in Environmental health microbiology/ infectious disease epidemiology and a MSPH, Environmental health microbiology at the Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He obtained a BSEH from Old Dominion University.

Agenda:

1. Your introduction and background.
2. Why should agricultural irrigation water be tested for bacterial pathogens?
3. Which tests are traditionally performed?
4. What are the governmentally-required tests and reports?
5. Is there a difference between well water, canal water and rention pond water?
6. What products and services does the MICROBIAL INTELLIGENCE GROUP offer?

Contact:

Michael J. Casteel, Ph.D.
President
Microbial Intelligence Group, L.L.C.
Tele: 650-863-3453
Fax: 650-340-0391
[email protected]
www.microbial-intelligence-group.us

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Tags: Agricultural water irrigation water testing pathogens pcr water testing
0 Comments Enhanced Food Safety--From Ship and Pray to Test and Release with Andy Moreno
Posted by Andy Moreno on October 12, 2010 at 2:54 AM

Enhanced Food Safety--From Ship and Pray to Test and Release with Andy Moreno.
Click: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ame-foodtestingshow/2011/12/20/enhanced-food-safety-from-shippray-to-testrelease
Duration: 7 minutes, 18 seconds.

Traditional Food Production has been described as the "ship and pray" model due to the grab sampling of the finished product with culture testing.
The "Test and Release” mode of agricultural operations requires the surveillance of the entire process during several steps: irrigation water, pre-harvest, post harvest, wash water cycle, and finished products.  Should the surveillance program indicate an "alert" to the presence of a bacterial pathogen, then the lot should be withheld from the market.  A Test and Release” Surveillance program employs PCR tests to validate production with Statistical Process Control (SPC). This program allows for Periodic Testing of Randomized samples against established upper control limits.

Contact:

Andy Moreno
Microbiological Surveillance Systems
AME
559-827-8245
[email protected]
http://www.ame-qpcr.com
Linkedin: Andy Moreno
Founder: Food Pathogen Outbreak/Recall Response Group

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Tags: Food safety food testing food quality pcr test and release programs

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