Bytes to Bites: Food Safety Investigations in the Cyber-Era

October 24, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
McGill Faculty Club
3450 McTavish St
Montreal, QC H3A 1Y1
Free for members of the SJLS, $12 for non-members
Sam Browman

Dr. Blais will describe how food safety investigators respond to microbiological food contamination events.

He will emphasize the role of leading edge techniques in helping to rapidly identify implicated food products for their timely removal from the market-place in order to minimize public exposure to microbial hazards.

A native of Montreal, Dr. Burton Blais completed his graduate studies in biochemistry at Carleton University. He began his public service career in 1991, serving first as a Biologist in the National Laboratory for Enteric Pathogens (Health Canada), then as a Research Scientist in the Food Laboratory (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada) and currently as Head of Research and Development (Canadian Food Inspection Agency) in Ottawa. His research interests include the development of analytical capacity supporting regulatory food safety programs, with a particular emphasis on the detection and characterization of food-borne bacterial pathogens. Dr. Blais is Adjunct Professor of Biology,Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario.