What: QA New Technologies in Food Plant Pest Control Virtual Conference
When: April 14, 2020, from 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. (EDT)
As long as humans have been farming, producing, processing, and storing food, they have had to deal with pests able to wreak havoc on that food. According to Britannica.com, grain from the Stone Age has been found infected with fungal diseases, and locusts have plagued humans throughout history. Pest control has, of course, evolved significantly in the subsequent millennia — and that evolution is expected to reach considerable heights in the new decade with new technologies being developed for pest detection, prevention, and elimination – particularly related to the greatest of these in food plants: rodents and stored product insects. To provide a fundamental understanding of today’s technologies; their benefits for proactive, preventive pest control; and their applications with respect to today’s global standards and regulations, QA is bringing together an impressive array of speakers for its upcoming virtual conference, New Technologies in Food Plant Pest Control. If you’re considering installation of an electronic monitoring system or other pest control technology – or just want to learn more – you’ll want to attend QA’s New Technologies in Food Plant Pest Control Virtual Conference
on Tuesday, April 14. Sponsors include ActiveSense System
. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available — click here
to learn more.
1:30 PM – 2:15 PM EST
New Technologies in Stored Product Insect Detection, Prevention, and Elimination
Stored product pests can significantly contaminate stored foods resulting in economic loss, regulatory penalties, customer rejection, and adverse consumer reaction. But the insects are often difficult to detect until populations build and are difficult to control because of their high reproduction rates, mobility, and ability to survive on very small amounts of food. In this session, Dr. James Campbell shares the knowledge he has gained about these insects from his more than 20 years in stored product insect research. He also will discuss the new and developing technologies for their detection, prevention, and elimination in food and beverage processing plants and warehouses.
Speaker: Dr. James CampbellSpeaker: Dr. James Campbell, Supervisory Research Entomologist, USDA
2:15 PM – 2:25 PM EST - Sponsor Presentation
2:30 PM – 3:15 PM EST
Today’s Trends in Rodent Monitoring Technologies
Rodents consume large amounts of food, and contaminate even more with their urine, feces, and hair, spreading filth and disease. In fact, we lose more than 20% of the world’s food to rat and mice each year. Although these sly, elusive creatures can be difficult control, new technologies, particularly electronic monitoring, combined with a robust Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program, are helping food and beverage processors win the war against rodents. With her background in public health, her extensive experience in IPM education and implementation, and key focus on rodents, Janet Hurley provides a look at today’s innovative detection and control methods and technologies – and their application in your facility.
Janet HurleySpeaker: Janet Hurley, Extension Program Specialist III, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
3:15 PM – 3:25 PM EST: Sponsor Presentation
3:25 PM – 3:35 PM EST: Sponsor Presentation
3:40 PM – 4:25 PM EST
How These New Technologies Work Within Current Standards and Regulations
Standards and regulations are generally developed to meet current conditions, thus the advent of new technologies and innovations can cause the standard developers and regulators to have to modernize their approaches to enable a “fit,” and allow for the advancement of continued innovation. Geoff Farrell’s 25+ years of expertise in global standards and program development connects the dots between pest control technologies and the global GFSI standards, along with a look at various applicable regulations of the U.S. and Canada. Discover how the new technologies in food plant pest control can fulfill the standards and where concerns and challenges lie.
Geoff FarrellSpeaker: Geoff Farrell, Technical Manager, NSF International
4:25 PM – 4:30 PM EST: Conference Wrap-Up
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