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Pet Food Safety Workshop



Join Chestnut Labs October 3-4, 2017 for a special Pet Food Safety Workshop in Kansas City. Your registration includes two days of presentations from experts in the field of Pet Food Safety. More information is coming soon. 


Topics include: 

  • Controlling Food Safety Issues in Pet Food
  • Basic Microbiology and Testing Alternatives (Aflatoxins)
  • Control of Salmonella in the Manufacturing Environment
  • Construction Program Planning and Maintenance Food Safety Programs
  • Validation of Thermal Processes against Salmonella Species
  • Food Safety Modernization Act
  • Sanitation Best Practices
  • Sanitary Equipment Design

Special guest presenters will join Chestnut Labs' experts to form a dynamic team of presenters. Special guests will join:

KRISTEN ACKER, M.B.A.
GENERAL MANAGER & VICE PRESIDENT

As general manager and vice president of Chestnut Labs, Kristen Acker provides strategic leadership for the organization including all divisions and locations. Acker additionally provides Food Safety consulting to clients, assisting with mitigation strategies for microbial issues as well as proactive Food Safety Risk Assessments. Acker earned her B.S. in Biology and Chemistry from Missouri State University and holds an M.B.A. from Drury University.

DR. MARY BANDU-VINZANT
DIRECTOR OF TECHNICAL SERVICES

Mary Bandu-Vinzant, Ph.D. serves as the Director of Technical Services at Chestnut Labs. Mary earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Houston and a doctorate degree in analytical chemistry from the University of Kansas. She has over 10 years of experience in analytical chemistry and has authored numerous publications relevant to her research in mass spectrometry. 

MATT OLTMAN, RESEARCH MICROBIOLOGIST

Matt has extensive experience utilizing DNA, ELISA and EFLA based technologies and evaluating the performance of new technologies prior to implementation. In his current role as a Research Microbiologist, Matt conducts process validation studies, microbial challenge studies, shelf-life studies, and in-plant validation studies. Matt has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Truman State University.


The workshop location will be finalized soon. The event will take place in the Kansas City area. 


Cost TBD