Integrated Environmental Monitoring

March 14, 2024

About the Webinar

Driven by food safety regulations and international food safety standards, the significance of environmental monitoring programs (EMPs) is gaining more attention. Although traditionally associated with controlling environmental pathogens, EMPs can extend beyond that scope, covering various testing objectives and serving as a comprehensive strategy to help guard the safety and quality of food.

Explore the development of a holistic and integrated environmental monitoring program with experts from our Neogen Food Safety technical team, Gabriela Lopez Velasco and Ana Maria Lozano.

What was covered:

  • Importance of environmental monitoring
  • Risk-based strategy for environmental sample collection
  • Guidance for building components of a holistic program, including testing for ATP, indicator and spoilage organisms, pathogens, and allergens
  • Approaches for data analysis and trending

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About the Speakers

Gabriela Lopez Velasco, Field Technical Service Specialist, Neogen®

Gabriela is a Senior Technical Services Specialist at Neogen, supporting the United States and Canada Division. She provides guidance and technical support for the implementation and execution of analytical methods provided by Neogen. Previously, Gabriela worked as a Global Technical Applications Specialist for 3M Food Safety on different R&D projects, collaborating with product developers and regulatory teams in product validations internally and externally. In this position, she also worked on preparing validation packages to support matrix extensions. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Chemistry and a Master of Sciences degree in Biochemistry from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. She obtained her Ph.D. in Food Science and Technology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Gabriela also worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Postharvest Research Center at UC Davis. She is also active in various AOAC and ISO working groups, providing input on allergen and pathogen detection methods.

Ana Maria Lozano, Technical Services Representative, Neogen

Ana is a Technical Services Representative at Neogen, supporting the United States and Canada Division. She has over 18 years of experience working in different food industries, including dairy, water, and condiments. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from the University of Los Andes and a Master of Sciences degree in Food Safety and Quality Assurance from the University of Guelph. Ana is also an internal auditor of ISO 9001 and a SQF practitioner with diverse expertise ranging from quality assurance, quality control, good manufacturing practices (GMPs), and the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) system.


Category: Webinars, Food & Beverage, Laboratory, Pathogens, Environmental Monitoring