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PHO Rounds: Visiting Speaker: Food safety: Challenges and opportunities
Thursday, April 2, 2015 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm
Venue: 480 University Ave, Suite 300 Toronto, ON M5G 1V2 Boardroom 350
Environmental and Occupational Health
City: Toronto
Format: In Person; Webinar

​Note: This is an open invitation, and may be forwarded to interested parties.

The WHO has defined the focus of World Health Day 2015—April 7—to be on food safety. In accordance with this date, PHO Rounds offers a special session on this topic. 

Food safety is a dynamic area and we, as a society, face new challenges almost daily. These challenges arise in three major areas: increasing globalization of the food supply, identification of new pathogens or new vehicles for pathogens, and the need to create a strong culture of food safety. 

Dr. Griffiths will present his recommendations on the best way to address these topics. The discussion will focus on the need for robust surveillance systems based on the WHO “One Health” concept, placing greater responsibility for food safety with the industry, developing strong traceability systems to enable rapid identification of the source of problem foods, and addressing the challenges of developing effective training and communication strategies to ensure that people responsible for our food are doing the right thing.

DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies or views of Public Health Ontario, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by Public Health Ontario.

Presenter: Dr. Mansel Griffiths

Dr. Griffiths is a professor in the Department of Food Science at the University of Guelph and is the director of the Canadian Research Institute for Food Safety. In 2006, he was appointed Visiting Professor at Jinan University, China, and has been a Visiting Fellow at ESR, New Zealand, the University of Sassari, Italy, and was an EU Fellow of the Erasmus Mundus Food of Life Master of Science program.

Dr. Griffiths is an editor of Applied and Environmental Microbiology, an associate scientific editor of the Journal of Food Science and serves on the editorial boards of several leading food microbiology journals. He has authored more than 350 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Griffiths’ current research interests include rapid detection of foodborne pathogens, factors controlling growth and survival of microorganisms in foods, and beneficial uses of microorganisms. Dr. Griffiths obtained his doctorate from Leicester University.

Public Health Ontario Rounds are approved for continuing medical education from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons.

PHO Rounds are also approved by Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI).

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