WCFS - Western Center for Food Safety

eNewsletter, October 2017

WCFS & WIFSS Newsletter
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We've been hard at work this month making food safer and more secure. Please have a look at where we've been. We hope you find it informative. Stop by our websites at either www.wcfs.ucdavis.edu or www.wifss.ucdavis.edu. Thank you for your continued support!

University of California, Davis


121st Meeting of the United States Animal Health Association (USAHA) Annual Meeting | October 15, 2017, San Diego, CA

Michele Jay-Russell gave two presentations at Sunday's Food Safety Symposium during the USAHA annual meeting. The session was hosted by the American Association of Food Safety and Public Health Veterinarians (AAFSPHV) jointly with the National Association of Federal Veterinarians (NAFV).  The first presentation, Overview - A One Health Approach to Wildlife and Food Safety, was followed by a talk entitled Foodborne Pathogens in Wildlife Populations.   The conference agenda may be found here.

USAHA, the nation's animal health forum for over a century, is a science-based, non-profit, voluntary organization. Its 1,100 members are state and federal animal health officials, national allied organizations, regional representatives, and individual members. USAHA works with state and federal governments, universities, veterinarians, livestock producers, national livestock and poultry organizations, research scientists, the extension service and several foreign countries to control livestock diseases in the United States.

Amir Mokhtari, Yuhuan Chen, Michele Jay-Russell, and David Oryang (left to right) 
7th Annual FDA Foods and Veterinary Medicine Science and Research Conference | October 17-18, 2017, College Park, MD

Food Safety, Veterinary Medicine, Nutrition and Cosmetics Research: Meeting the Challenges of a Global Supply Chain

This year’s conference was opened by Susan Mayne, Director of FDA CFSAN, and Stephen Ostroff, Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine (FVM), Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine. Over the two days, FVM research impact and case studies were highlighted by multiple guest speakers, along with oral and poster presentations by FDA scientists and affiliates including CFSAN’s Centers of Excellence. Michele Jay-Russell, representing WCFS, presented a poster with members of CFSAN’s Divisions of Risk and Decision Analysis, Fresh Produce Branch and the Whole Genome Sequencing Program. The multi-state project includes collaborators from the University of Arizona, University of Delaware, and the University of Florida.
Jay-Russell, M.,  Y. Chen, P. AminabadiK. Kniel, P. Rivadeinera, K. Schneider, M. Danyluk, R. Bell, D. Oryang, D. T. Ingram. 2017. Prevalence and levels of STEC and Salmonella in cattle and poultry raw manure in different geographical regions.  7th Annual FDA Foods and Veterinary Medicine Science and Research Conference, October 17-18, College Park, MD.
Annual Centers of Excellence Directors Meeting | October 19, 2017, College Park, MD

Rob Atwill, Linda Harris, and Michele Jay-Russell attended the Annual Centers of Excellence (COE) Directors Meeting.  Each year the FDA hosts a meeting at the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) for the four FDA COEs: IFSHJIFSANNCNPR and WCFS. This meeting facilitates interactions among the COEs and scientists from CFSAN. Rob, Michele and Linda each presented brief research updates at this year’s COE meeting in College Park.
Incidents Involving Animals Conference | October 21-22, 2017, Davis, CA

On October 21 and 22, the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine hosted Incidents Involving Animalsthe third international conference of the British Animal Rescue and Trauma Care Association (BARTA). Attendees included veterinarians, firefighters, animal control officers and emergency planners from across the globe including UK, France, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. The October conference was building on foundations laid during the 2015 Prague meeting, to exchange information on how to improve welfare of animals and responders during emergencies and disasters.  Michael Payne, part of the WIFSS Animals in Disaster Preparedness team, and a volunteer firefighter with the Vacaville Fire Protection District, participated, sharing information and ideas with other first responders.


UC Davis WIFSS with Delegates from Sweden
Swedish Delegation | October 10-13, 2017, Davis, CA

UC Davis WIFSS hosted a consortium of Swedish university and government agencies to strategize a framework for addressing agroterrorism. The delegation is interested in approaches to civil defense, including threats that would destabilize their agriculture and food systems. The four day conference, “Societal Security and Civil Defense with the Agricultural and the Food Chain Sector” involved representatives from the Swedish Defense University, Institute for National Defense and Security Policy Studies, Swedish Board on Agriculture, National Food Agency, National Veterinary Institute, and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences as well as faculty from the University of California, Davis, and representatives from California’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES), the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the California Department of Food & Agriculture.  During breakout sessions teams worked to formalize goals for an agreement of cooperation between UC Davis WIFSS and Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.


All Hazards Preparedness for Animals in Disasters | October 7, 2017, Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN

The All Hazards Preparedness for Animals in Disasters workshop (AWR 328) on the University of Minnesota (UM) campus had 56 participants. Many were UM College of Veterinary Medicine veterinarians and veterinary students including University of Minnesota Veterinary Public Health residents and Ecosystem Health fellows. Other participants included USDA Animal Care, MN Board of Animal Health, MN National Guard, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, county Emergency Management personnel, University of Minnesota Center for Bioethics, University of Minnesota Medical Reserve Corps, Minnesota Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps, and MN Hooved Animal Rescue. Tracey Stevens, an Instructor/Trainer with WIFSS, presented the course, with the support of Michelle Willette, a staff veterinarian at the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine’s Raptor Center.


WIFSS Receives Two Specialty Crop Grant Funding Awards

FSMA Produce Safety Rule Alignment for California Specialty Crop Growers  
WIFSS received funding from the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program administered by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) to create and deliver educational materials for growers to assist in conducting agricultural water sampling and environmental assessments.  We will also help growers develop and keep accurate record systems in efforts to meet FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act) standards for safe foods.  Training materials, including on-line and face-to-face field exercises, will be developed for extension specialists and farm advisors. The funding award for the FSMA Produce Safety Rule Alignment for California Specialty Crop Growers grant is $385,842 for 2 1/2 years.

Food Defense and FSMA: How to Model Risks, Vulnerabilities and Implement Mitigation Plans
Members of the WIFSS training team are looking forward to begin work with the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) on elements contained in the proposal for “Food Defense and FSMA: How to Model Risks, Vulnerabilities and Implement Mitigation Plans.” The 2017 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) award for $375,000 through the CDFA calls for WIFSS to help specialty crop processing plants conform to the Food Safety Modernization Act requirement for developing food defense plans to protect against intentional food adulteration. WIFSS will develop model templates for different commodities that will be presented at in-person training workshops throughout the state. The grant also includes an online training component to assist processing plants meet their future regulatory requirements to mitigate vulnerabilities.


Linda Harris and Katherine Soule have a new publication in the UC ANR Catalog, Guidelines for Safe Canning of Acid Foods in a Steam Canner (ANR Publication 8573). This is a free publication and can be easily accessed through the statewide website --> Resources --> Publications.   See it here.