4:00-6:00pm Thursday, 15 November 2018
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

"Victorian death linked to listeria outbreak" - SMH

"Frozen vegetables recalled from Woolworths, Aldi, IGA supermarkets over listeria concerns" - ABC News

"Lethal Listeria Outbreak Prompts Massive Recall Of Rockmelon In Australia" - Pedestrian.TV


There have been many outbreaks of listeria in Australia this year, which has caused serious health problems for consumers, substantial loss in the food industry and the recall of products. The AIFST WA Community of Interest is pleased to invite you along to an educational evening to discuss listeria outbreaks and the lessons learnt from past experiences. Over the course of the evening, our two excellent presenters will discuss outbreaks, causes and prevention using real-world examples.


At the end of the presentations, there will be light nibbles and refreshments and time to network with the presenters, other attendees from the WA food community. So register now and come along! 



AIFST Student/Graduates: $20.00

AIFST Members: $25.00

Non-members: $50.00

AIFST members, ensure you are logged into the website to receive your discounted ticket! Not a member? Join online today!



4.00pm – 4.05pm    Welcome
4.05pm – 4.35pm    Presentation 1 
4.35pm – 5.05pm    Presentation 2
5.05pm – 5.15pm    Q&A session
5.15pm – 6.00pm    Networking & Nibbles
6.00pm                    Event close



Presentation 1

Prof Elna Buys - University of Pretoria

Listeria Monocytogenes outbreak in South Africa


Elna Buys is Professor and Head of the Department of Consumer and Food Sciences at the University of Pretoria.  Her research focuses on the food safety, shelf life and overall quality of meat and dairy products.  She obtained her PhD from the University of Wiwatersrand in 2000.  She has a C1 NRF rating, has published more than 75 peer-reviewed research papers, 4 book chapters and has a registered patent related to active packaging.  She has a passion for post graduate teaching and has been the supervisor for more than 50 MSc and PhD students.


Presentation 2

Ms Elizabeth Frankish, University of Tasmania

Listeria – Realities of Risk


Elizabeth has a degree in Agricultural Science, completing Honours in food microbiology.  She is a fellow of AIFST and a member of ASM (Australian Society for Microbiology) and IAFP (International Association for Food Protection).  Elizabeth has spent over 25 years operating and managing microbiology laboratories and consulting to industry.  After moving to Perth, Elizabeth established Microserve Laboratory, now Merieux Nutrisciences. She now works as an independent food safety consultant whilst completing a doctorate in risk management strategies and guidelines for fruit packing houses.