Your place or our place? On-site support and expert training

Food protection is a complicated field. So, there will probably be times when you need direct support with a specific aspect of food microbiology or how to use modern food preservation technologies to best effect. At ISI Food Protection, we can provide the advice you need either at your site or online. We also run a series of training sessions at our facilities. Topics range from basic food microbiology and preservation to advanced risk assessments and tools for genetic analyses.Not sure what you’re looking for? Check out our training modules.

Training module BASIC:
Basic principles of food microbiology

  • ‘Shelf life’ versus ‘food safety’

  • Microorganisms in food: the good, the bad and the ugly

  • Growth of microorganisms in food - influencing parameters

Training module DETECT 1:

Modern food safety risk assessment

  •  Factors with an effect on food safety and how to measure them

  •  Risk assessment in three steps: cut-off values – predictive modelling – challenge tests

  •  Decision trees

  •  Examples and exercises

Training module DETECT 2:

Spoiled or not – how to assess shelf life

  •  Spoilage defects and major spoilage microorganisms

  •  Modern methods to identify and assess the microbial landscape in food and processing: single sequencing, next generation sequencing, 3rd generation sequencing, genotyping, whole genome sequencing, result interpretation

  •  How to assess if a food product is stable: shelf-life assessment by predictive modelling, shelf-life tests, open shelf-life evaluation

Training module PROTECT:

How to ensure food safety and how to avoid untimely spoilage

  •  The 3-pillar-concept

  •  Modern food preservation concepts: processes (e.g. non-thermal technologies), antimicrobials (e.g. biopreservation: protective cultures & bacteriophages), active & intelligent packaging systems, enablers

  •  Combinations & hurdle concepts

  •  Microbiota management

Training module PROTECT:

Food preservatives

  •  Food preservatives: “E-number” preservatives, ‘multifunctionals’, biopreservatives

  •  How to choose the most efficient solution

  •  Examples

Training module PROTECT:

Modified atmospheres

  •  The ambient atmosphere as an extrinsic growth factor

  •  Effect on microorganisms

  •  Controlled/modified atmospheres

  •  Gases and their shelf-life extending effects

  •  Sealing and other technical details

  •  Active packaging

  •  Intelligent packaging