The scientific breakout sessions will cover the following topics:

  • Antimicrobial Use, Resistance and Residues
  • Meat Safety Approaches
  • Zoonotic Agents
  • Animal Health and Welfare
  • Food Safety Regulations, Trade, and Industry Sustainability and Food Security
  • Sustainability
  • Food Safety Education and Workforce
  • Food Safety, Swine Health and Production Considerations in low- and middle-income countries
May 15
7:30 – 8:30 AM Breakfast included at hotel

9:00 AM -1:00 PM Pre-Conference Workshops

Development of Risk-Based Meat Safety Assurance Systems (RB-MSAS)
Workshop on 15 May 2023, held in relation to SafePork 2023 in New Orleans, USA

Many resources are spent on ensuring meat safety – either during the preharvest phase, at harvest or during postharvest. The question is how this could be made in a more cost-effective way than seen at current. An international network called RIBMINS is working on this through the development of risk-based meat safety assurance systems (RB-MSAS) in Europe.

At the workshop, the basic principle of RB-MSAS will be presented. This will be divided into four areas: 1) MSAS definition and implementation, 2) farm risk categorization and pre-harvest strategies, 3) abattoir risk categorization and harvest strategies, and 4) risk-based meat inspection. Furthermore, case studies using new vision-based technologies will be presented.

Different representatives have been invited to provide feedback/critics about the feasibility of the whole concept while also giving a status for the modernisation of meat inspection including way of working with this issue in their country.

Draft agenda

9.00-9.05        Introduction to the workshop and the concept of RB-MSAS – Lis Alban (DK)
9.05-9.25        Farm risk categorization and pre-harvest strategies – Diana Meemken (DE)
9.25-9.45        Abattoir risk categorization and harvest strategies – Bojan Blagojevic (SR)
9.45-10.05        Risk-based meat inspection – Madalena Vieira-Pinto (PT)
10.05-10.25       New vision-based technologies – Andrea Capobianco Dondona (IT)
10.25-10.45       Meat inspection from a distance – Arja Helena Kautto (SE)
10.45-11.05       Ante-mortem inspection from a distance – Maybritt Kiel Poulsen (DK)
11.05-11.20       COFFEE BREAK
11.20-11.40       Views on RB-MSAS from USA – Andrew Bailey (US)
11.40-12.00       Views on RB-MSAS from Brazil – Elenita Ruttscheidt Albuquerque (BR)
12.00-12.20       Views on RB-MSAS from Denmark – Anne Klottrup (DK)
12.20-12.40     Views on RB-MSAS from low- and middle-income countries – Fred Unger / Delia Randolph (International Livestock Research Institute VN)
12.40-13.00       Views from a Food Business Operator’s point of view – Derk Oorburg (NL)
13.00-13.10      Summing up – Lis Alban

Organizers: Lis Alban, Bojan Blagojevic, Madalena Vieira-Pinto, Arja-Helena Kautto, Diana Meemken

Outreach: Based on the workshop, a paper will be written and published in the popular-scientific journal Fleischwirtschaft International ( with all presenters invited as coauthors.

For more information about RIBMINS, please see:

WGS, NGS, and ’Omics: What are they and how can I use them?
Workshop on 15 May 2023, held in relation to SafePork 2023 in New Orleans, USA

Sequence data – including whole-genome, next-generation and ‘omics – are becoming more common within the food safety arena. These data can provide a lot of results, but what information do they contain; how can they be interpreted appropriately; and how can they be used within the context of food safety research and practice?

At this workshop, we will provide a high-level overview of the steps necessary to generate sequence data. We will then discuss the advantages and limitations of the resulting information, and how it can be applied to food safety questions. The workshop will focus primarily on whole-genome sequence (WGS) data, but we will include comparisons to ‘omics data, including microbiome and metagenomic data.

Participants can expect to achieve a basic understanding of how sequence data are generated; the different types of sequence data; what the data can and cannot answer; advantages and limitations of different types of sequence data; and how these data can be applied to food safety today and in the future.



9.00-9.10        Introduction to the workshop – Noelle Noyes
9:10-9.50        Initiating a sequencing project: key ingredients, important considerations, and what to (not) expect – All Presenters
9.50-10.30      Overview of the WGS workflow, from the field to phylogenies – Noelle Noyes
10.30-10.50      How to interpret the outputs of WGS data – Noelle Noyes
10.50-11.20      Overview of ‘omics workflows and outputs, with comparison to WGS – Noelle Noyes
11.20-11.40      COFFEE BREAK
11.40-12.05      Applications of WGS and ‘omics data, perspectives from a food company – Aaron Asmus
12.05-12.30      Applications of WGS and ‘omics data, understanding pathogen behavior – Shawn Bearson
12.30-13.00      Open discussion and Q&A – ALL

Organizers: Noelle Noyes, Aaron Asmus, Shawn Bearson

Noelle Noyes is an Assistant Professor at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota ( Her lab uses molecular and traditional epidemiological methods to improve our understanding of microbial ecology within protein production systems. Areas of focus include microbial ecology related to food safety, antimicrobial resistance and public health, pathogen behavior and animal health and performance. She specializes in molecular and bioinformatic methods development, and she is the co-founder of the MEGARes database and AMR++ bioinformatic pipeline (

1:00 - 2:00 PM Lunch (included at hotel) – Esplanade Complex

2:00 - 2:15 PM Welcome – Noelle Noyes – East & Center Salon

Sustainability and Food Safety – East & Center Salon

2:15 - 3:00 PM Keynote

Margit Andreason, Danish Crown

3:00 - 3:15 PM Food Safety, Public Health, and the Planet, Oh My: Advances in Sustainability in the Swine Industry

Heather Fowler

3:15 - 3:30 PM Remote meat inspection with digital devices in small-scale pig slaughter in Sweden

Arja Helena Kautto

3:30 - 3:45 PM Assessment of the sanitory impact of two transport practices not provided for by the Regulation (EC) 2017/1981

Alain LeRoux

3:45 - 4:00 PM Indirect economic impacts for the pig value chain of eradication measures for African swine fever

Patrik Buholzer

4:00 - 4:30 PM Coffee Break and Poster Session – Josephine Bonaparte & Grand Salon Foyer

Pork Safety in Low- and Middle-Income Countries – East & Center Salon

4:30 - 4:45 PM Salmonella contamination and food safety practices along the pork value chain in a rural east African setting

Fred Unger

4:45 - 5:00 PM Consumer willingness to pay a premium for safer and more hygienic pork: an experimental study in Vietnam

Delia Grace

5:00 - 5:15 PM Microbial contamination at slaughter and retail points of the pork value chain in Uganda

Velma Kivali

5:15 - 5:30 PM Efficacy of light-touch interventions to improving the safety of pork from small-scale pig slaughterhouses and traditional pork shops in Vietnam

Hai Hoang Tu Ngo

5:30 - 8:30 PM Opening Reception and Poster Session – Josephine Bonaparte, Grand Salon Foyer, and West/Center/East Salon

May 16
7:30 – 8:30 AM Breakfast included at hotel

Maintaining Food Safety in the Face of Workforce and Educational Challenges – East & Center Salon

9:00 – 9:45 AM Keynote

Mindy Brashears – Texas Tech University, Former USDA Undersecretary for Food Safety

9:45 - 10:00 AM Collaborative Development of a National Veterinary Accreditation Module on the Veterinarian’s Role in Microbial Preharvest Food Safety

Abbey Cannon

10:00 - 10:15 AM Food safety risk communication: A One Health approach to improve knowledge and practices along pork value chains in Vietnam

Sinh Dang-Xuan

Approaches to Meat Safety – East & Center Salon

10:15 - 10:30 AM Meat juice as an alternative sample to Hepatitis E virus ELISA: a pilot study in wild boar

Ana Carolina Abrantes

10:30 - 10:45 AM Assessing the role of pig bile for the exposure of Salmonella to humans

Lis Alban

10:45 - 11:00 AM Characterization of the microbial ecology of two fresh pork cuts throughout a production schedule at a pork fabrication facility

Aaron Asmus

11:00 – 11:30 AM Coffee Break and Poster Session – Josephine Bonaparte & Grand Salon Foyer

11:30 -11:45 AM Cooperation between a competent authority and stakeholders

Anne Klottrup

11:45 - 12:00 PM Challenges and opportunities of the European risk-based pig meat safety assurance system

Bojan Blagojevic

12:00 - 12:15 PM Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli in pork, are they really only a problem for beef?

Mick Bosilevac

12:15 - 12:30 PM Fully automatic scoring of pleurisy in slaughtered pigs: first trial under field conditions

Andrea Capobianco Dondona

12:30 – 1:30 PM Lunch and Poster Session – Esplanade Complex

1:30 – 1:45 PM Longitudinal studies of total viable counts on pig skin surface along the slaughter process by using a modified agar contact method

Roland Fürstenberg

1:45 - 2:00 PM Salmonella enterica prevalence and serotype distribution in lymph nodes from market swine

Steven Larsen

2:00 - 2:15 PM Survival of Salmonella enterica and E. coli O157:H7 in environmental biofilms isolated from pork plants as compared to beef plants

Rong Wang

Antimicrobial Use, Resistance and Residues – East & Center Salon

2:15 - 2:30 PM Development of best practice models for monitoring and control of residues of antimicrobial origin in pigs delivered to an abattoir

Madalina Belous

2:30 -2:45 PM Sanitary aspects of pigs reared in a prototype farm free of in-feed antimicrobials: a case report

Jalusa Deon Kich

2:45 - 3:00 PM Use of antibiotics and vaccines in herds under the “PurePork” program in Denmark

Jan Dahl

3:00 - 3:15 PM Effect of commingling and dietary fiber interventions on select performance metrics of suckling and weaned pigs

Tara N. Gaire

3:15 – 3:45 PM Coffee Break – Josephine Bonaparte & Grand Salon Foyer

3:45 – 4:00 PM USDA APHIS collaboration to study antimicrobial use and resistance

Alice Green

4:00 - 4:15 PM Antimicrobial Resistance in Salmonella enterica: Trends and Risk Factor Analysis using Scanning Surveillance Data

Andrea Minter

4:15 - 4:30 PM Genomic sequencing of STEC isolates from feral pigs and outdoor-raised pigs in high-risk contact areas in California

Alda Pires

4:30 - 4:45pm Productivity and Salmonella seroprevalence in pigs administered organic acids

Manuela Roldan

6:00 PM Gala and Award – The Court of Two Sisters

The Court of Two Sisters is a third generation locally owned and operated Creole restaurant.  The building dates back to 1832 and was once the home to two aristocratic Creole sisters, Emma & Bertha, for whom the restaurant is named.  The Tuesday evening gala will be held in the beautiful Terrace Dining Room which features hand painted murals of New Orleans and a stunning view of the courtyard.  The menu for the night has been specially prepared by Chef to showcase multiple uses of pork throughout classic New Orleans dishes.

613 Royal St.
New Orleans LA 70130




May 17
7:30 – 8:30 AM Breakfast (included at hotel) – Esplanade Complex

9:00 – 10:00 AM A Discussion on the Future of Pork Safety Initiatives

Drs. Jan Dahl and Diana Meemken
Moderated by Dr. Julie Funk

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Approaches to Meat Safety – East & Center Salon

10:00 - 10:15 PM Food Chain Information for Pigs in Europe – Sufficient in its Current Form?

Ting-Ting Li

10:15 - 10:30 PM Modeling exposure to Toxoplasma gondii tissue-cysts from consuming pork products in Denmark

Abbey Olsen

10:30 - 10:45 PM Judgement criteria variation during meat inspection of slaughtered finishing pigs - Importance in the quality of collected condemnation data

Madalena Vieira-Pinto

10:45 - 11:00 AM Interventions against multidrug-resistant, metal tolerant Salmonella enterica serovar I 4,[5],12:i:-

Shawn Bearson

11:00 – 11:30 AM Coffee Break – Josephine Bonaparte & Grand Salon Foyer

Antimicrobial Use, Resistance and Residues, Animal Health and Welfare Impacts to Pork Safety – East & Center Salon

11:30 - 11:45 AM Monitoring antimicrobial resistance in commensal Escherichia coli isolated from cecal content of market swine and sows at slaughter in the United States, 2013-2019

Csaba Varga

11:45 - 12:00 PM Changes of antimicrobial use and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in fattening pigs in Germany between 2014 and 2021

Bernd-Alois Tenhagen

12:00 - 12:15 PM Analysis of the drivers of ASF introduction into the officially approved pig compartments in South Africa and implications for the revision of biosecurity standards

Patrik Buholzer

12:15 -12:30 PM Determination of the prevalence of Salmonella spp. in three Colombian pig abattoirs

Irina Alejandra Barrientos Anzola

12:30 – 1:30 PM Lunch (included at hotel) – Esplanade Complex

Zoonotic Agents – East & Center Salon

1:30-1:45 PM Enterisol Salmonella T/C® Vaccine Reduces the Clinical Impact and Colonization of Monophasic Salmonella enterica serovar I 4,[5],12:i:-

Fernando Leite

1:45 - 2:00 PM Investigating the genetic diversity of Listeria monocytogenes strains at the pig slaughterhouse to understand the source of strains isolated in the pork meat processing sector

Carole Feurer

2:00 - 2:15 PM Semi-quantitative assessment of the risks of bi-directional transmission of influenza between pigs and workers on an indoor hog grower unit

Eric Kontowicz

2:15 - 2:30 PM Profiling the agricultural labor-OME: Showering disrupts work-related shifts in swine worker skin microbiomes, resistome, and mobilomes

Ilya Slizovskiy

2:30 - 2:45 PM Assessing pig farm biosecurity measures for the control of Salmonella on European farms

Richard Smith

2:45 - 3:00 PM Epidemiology of Hepatitis E Virus in UK pig farms

Chelsea Voller

3:00 – 3:30 PM Concluding Session

Introduction of plans for SafePork 2025
Presentations and vote for location of SafePork 2027
Recognition of Sponsors