Microbes and biofilms in the food industry

4 February 2021 10am – 4pm Webinar

Overview of event

SfAM and the National Biofilms Innovation Centre (NBIC) collaborate to bring you this one-day webinar.   

The webinar includes 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.

Who will be interested in the event?

Anyone working in either the production of food or researching /controlling the role microbes and biofilms play in the whole food chain.


Registration is free.  To book your place please email [email protected] or you may book on this page by clicking Book Now.  (By registering through this page you agree for SfAM to send your booking details to NBIC who will email you the joining instructions). 


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', 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', Rob Limburn. Heat Resistance & Decontamination Group Manager, Campden BRI

11:15 - 'Control of Listeria and Salmonella ‘biofilms’ in the Food Chain', Dr John Holah, Principal Corporate Scientist: Food Safety & Public Health, Kersia

11:50 - 'Food and the microbiome; from farm to colon', Prof Colin Hill, Principal Investigator, APC Microbiome

12:25 - 'CIELS engagement in microbial control within the food supply chain' (tentative), Lyndsay Chapman, CEO, Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock (CIEL)

12:40 - Lunch

13:30 - 'Beware of Dry surface biofilms: implications for the food processing environment', Prof Jean-Yves Maillard, Professor of Pharmaceutical Microbiology, University of Cardiff

14:05 - 'Cold plasma as a novel nonthermal control process for foodborne pathogen biofilms', 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', Dr Michele Sayles, Executive Director, Food Safety & Quality, Diamond Pet Food Diamond

15:15 - 'US EPA regulatory guidance: the path to anti-biofilm products in the marketplace', Darla Goeres, Research Professor of Regulatory Science, Center For Biofilm Engineering

15:50 - Final wrap up

16:00 - Webinar ends