National Biofilms Innovation Centre

Microbes and Biofilms in the Food Industry

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We are excited to be hosting a webinar with the Society for Applied Microbiology (SfAM) titled ‘Microbes and Biofilms in the Food Industry’ which will take place on Thursday 4 February from 10am – 4pm.

The webinar will include a series of talks from industry professionals and academics discussing the challenges facing the food industry in managing microbes & biofilms and the evolving regulatory context of achieving microbial control using interventional approaches.

There will be 8 UK and international speakers from industry and academia, including speakers from Campden BRI, Center for Biofilm Engineering (US), Diamond Pet Foods (US), Kersia, Chilled Food Association, APC Microbiome Ireland, Cardiff University and the USDA. The full speaker list, including timings and subjects are given below.

Who will be interested in the event?

This should be of interested to anyone working in either the production of food or in researching/controlling the role that microbes and biofilms play in the whole food chain.


  • 10:00 – Introduction from Dr Mark Richardson, CEO NBIC and Prof Brendan Gilmore, Queen’s University Belfast and President of SfAM.
  • 10:05 – ‘Food Hygiene Biocides – Regulation and Reality’ from Karin Goodburn MBE, Director General, Chilled Food Association.
  • 10:40 – ‘Drawing back the veil: a metagenomic study of species diversity in UK food industry biofilms’ from Rob Limburn. Heat Resistance & Decontamination Group Manager, Campden BRI.
  • 11:15 – ‘Control of Listeria and Salmonella ‘biofilms’ in the Food Chain’ from Dr John Holah, Principal Corporate Scientist: Food Safety & Public Health, Kersia.
  • 11:50 – ‘Food and the microbiome; from farm to colon’ from Prof Colin Hill, Principal Investigator, APC Microbiome.
  • 12:25 – ‘CIELs engagement in microbial control within the food supply chain’ from Lyndsay Chapman, CEO, Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock (CIEL).
  • 12:40 – 13:30 Lunch
  • 13:30 – ‘Beware of Dry surface biofilms: implications for the food processing environment’ from Prof Jean-Yves Maillard, Professor of Pharmaceutical Microbiology, Cardiff University.
  • 14:05 – ‘Cold plasma as a novel nonthermal control process for foodborne pathogen biofilms’ from Dr Brendan Niemira, Research Leader, USDA Agricultural Research Service.
  • 14:40 – ‘Evaluation of the effect of Chlorine Dioxide gas and a liquid probiotic application on hydrated and dehydrated biofilms’ from Dr Michele Sayles, Executive Director, Food Safety & Quality, Diamond Pet Food.
  • 15:15 – ‘US EPA regulatory guidance: the path to anti-biofilm products in the marketplace’ from Darla Goeres. Research Professor of Regulatory Science, Center For Biofilm Engineering.
  • 15:50 – Final wrap up.
  • 16:00 – Webinar ends.

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Date And Time

04/02/2021 @ 10:00 AM to
04/02/2021 @ 04:00 PM


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