In the US and Canada, there is a rapid increase in demand for marijuana for recreational and regulatory purposes with the relaxation of marijuana law. The estimate value of this market is $2.6bn with a growth forecast of 20% per year within the US. Moreover, incorporation of marijuana into edibles is a sector that is experiencing tremendous growth. Food safety issues linked to marijuana edibles have been recorded over the last decade and several product recalls have been issued due to microbial contamination levels in excess of the regulatory microbiological criteria. Besides, those taking marijuana may also have underlying conditions that make them susceptible to foodborne illnesses.
The biggest challenge for marijuana producers is the limited interventions that can be applied at post-harvest. Hence, there is a need for a preventative approach to ensure the production of a safe product. An ideal food safety system would be based on the well established Hazard Analysis of Critical Control Points (HACCP). Though, at present there are too many knowledge gaps with respect to the pathogens of concern and entry points.
Join expert speaker Dr. Keith Warriner in this informative audio session to get an overview of food safety issues linked to marijuana with examples of outbreaks and recalls associated with the drug. This session will highlight pathogens of concern along with potential contamination routes. Keith will review the microbiological criteria for marijuana and the challenges in meeting the regulatory limits. Plus, he will describe the interventions for pre- and post-harvest operations.
At the end of the session participants will:-
Who should attend
Dr. Keith Warriner is currently a Professor within the Department of Food Science at University of Guelph, Canada. Dr. Warriner received his BSc in Food Science from the University of Nottingham, UK and PhD in Microbial Physiology from the University College of Wales Aberystwyth, UK. He later went on to work on biosensors within the University of Manchester, UK and subsequently returned to the University of Nottingham to...
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