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CAFPA-ASM Washington, D.C. Branch 

​October 31, 2018

DC area microbiologists (professionals and students) gathered at the Harvey W. Wiley Federal Building on October 31, 2018 for an exciting afternoon of microbiology, networking, and refreshments. The meeting is jointly hosted by the Capital Area Food Protection Association (CAFPA)


( and the American Society of Microbiology (ASM) Washington, D.C. Branch



Keynote Lecture:

One Microbial Risk Assessor looks at Listeria monocytogenes 

Dr. Donald W. Schaffner
Extension Specialist in Food Science and Distinguished Professor
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey 



ASM DC Branch Lecturer:

The role of sequencing in understanding our microbes

Dr. David Rasko
University of Maryland School of Medicine




Cyclospora cayetanensis and Cyclosporiasis Outbreaks: The Challenges Ahead

Dr. Alexandre DaSilva
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
​U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Risk Assessment:  FSIS' Science-Based and Data-Driven Approach to Food Safety

Dr. Gurinder Saini
Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)
U.S. Department of Agriculture

L. monocytogenes in ready-to-eat food surveys a decade apart: uncertainty in prevalence estimates and molecular subtyping insights for risk assessment

Dr. Yuhuan Chen
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
​U.S. Food and Drug Administration


Poster Presentations:

The Effect of the Kashering Process on Safety and Quality of Meat
Robert Sherman-Wood and Rohan Tikekar
University of Maryland, College Park
A PCR Assay for Determining Alteromonas macleodii Presence and Diversity in Marine Environments
Brianda Beverley and Kathleen Cusick 
University of Maryland-Baltimore County

Characterization of E. coli Isolated from Residential Water Wells in South Central Virginia
Chyer Kim¹, Madeline Fulke², Ali Rahemi1, Toktam Taghavi¹, Atalay Asmare¹, Paul Kaseloo², Eunice Ndegwa¹, Edward Sismour¹, and Gernice Richardson³
¹Agricultural Research Station, Virginia State University
²Department of Biology, Virginia State University³Department of Agriculture, Virginia State University 
Use of Risk Assessment Modeling Techniques to Develop Quantitative Risk-Based Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point Plans (Rb-Haccp)
E. Noelia Williams¹ and Robert L. Buchanan²
¹Department of Nutrition and Food Studies, George Mason University
²Department of Nutrition and Food Science and Center for Food Safety and Security Systems, University of Maryland College Park
Metagenomic Characterization of Alfalfa Sprout Spent Irrigation Water from Salmonella Contaminated Seeds
Elizabeth Reed, Padmini Ramachandran, Andrea Ottesen, Eric Brown, Christina Ferreira, and Jie Zheng
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Efficacy of Octanoic Acid for Decontaminating Fresh Produce Surface During Washing at Different Temperatures and Its Mode of Action Against Escherichia coli O157:H7
Hongchao Zhang & Rohan V. Tikekar    
Department of Nutrition and Food Science, University of Maryland
​Mega-plasmids in highly copper-tolerant marine bacteria
Kathleen Cusick and Amelia Price
University of Maryland-Baltimore County

BAX(R) System Detection of Salmonella from Environmental Surfaces Using a Reduced Enrichment Volume
Julie Weller, Priyanka Surwade, Anastasia Likanchuck
Incorporating Molecular Data into a Risk Assessment Framework to Re-evaluate the Prevalence Estimates for Salmonella in Chicken
Shraddha Karanth¹ and Abani K. Pradhan²
¹Department of Nutrition and Food Science, University of Maryland College Park 
²Department of Nutrition and Food Science & Center for Food Safety and Security Systems, University of Maryland College Park

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