In collaboration with the Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Food Research Institute
Chicago, IL, USA
September 28, 2017
Chicago Marriott Southwest Hotel

The Microbiome in Food Safety, Food Quality and Human Health – September 28th, 2017

The influence of gut microbiota on human health is now well documented. Each person carries a microbial community of several trillion cells that outnumber their own cells by 10-fold.  In conjunction with the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Institution for Food Safety and Health (IFSH) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Food Research Institute (FRI), the IAFNS Gut Microbiome sponsored as session on “The Microbiome in Food Safety, Food Quality and Human Health” on September 28th.   Leading academic and industry practitioners discussed the relationship between the microbiota of our foods and those of our gut.  Academic and industry practitioners spoke on the current understanding of food and gut microbiomes and their interconnectedness. Over 125 food safety and nutrition professionals from industry, academia, and government attended this conference.  IAFNS was pleased to co-sponsor this year, for the annual IFSH and FRI program “Current Perspectives for Food Safety and Health.”


Welcome and Introduction – Bob Brackett and Chuck Czuprynski

Overview of the microbiome in health and disease
Cindy Davis, NIH [Video

Influence of the microbiome on food allergies
Ann Marie Singh, UW-Madison

Effect of the microbiome on cardiovascular health
Federico Rey, UW-Madison

Microbiome impact on diabetes and obesity
Andre Marette, Laval Univ.

Influence of probiotics and prebiotics on the microbiome
Maria Marco, UC-Davis

The microbiome; a key player in foodborne infections
Colin Hill, Cork Univ. [Video

Morning Summary and Best Practices
David Klurfeld, USDA [Video

Microbiome of food animal species and the effects of antibiotics
Paul Morley, Colorado State [Video

Microbiome of fresh produce
Andrea Ottesen, FDA/CFSAN [Video

Microbiome of cheese
Joelle Salazar, FDA

Microbiome in a food processing facility
Andy Benson, Metagenome Analytics

Panel Discussion – representatives from industry, government and academia
Panel leaders: Adam Borger and David Klurfeld

  • Andy Benson, Metagenome Analytics
  • Bob Baker, Mars
  • John O’Brien, Nestle
  • Miguel Freitas, Danone
  • Eric Brown, FDA
  • Greg Siragusa, Eurofins
  • Marge Leahy, ILSI