RFA Technical Webcasts


The RFA hosts quarterly Technical Webcasts on timely food safety and regulatory topics affecting
the prepared foods industry. The Webcasts are live, interactive events that you can join from your office!

See below for details on the latest Technical Webcast.

RFA Members can access slide presentations from past Technical Webcasts at anytime in the Member Center.

November 15, 2017 RFA Technical Webcast:


“Taking the Mysteria Out of Listeria


REGISTER HERE for this live, interactive Webcast that you can join from your office!

Date and Time:

     * Wednesday, November 15, 2017, from 2:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time 

      (1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Central, 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. Mountain, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Pacific)



Understanding how and where to test for Listeria augment proactive measures in reducing its presence in Ready-to-Eat processing environments.   This webinar describes the conditions that promote Listeria presence and describes steps to take if a positive result is identified.    We will provide key points gathered from a Listeria investigation and what you can do to augment your environmental monitoring program.   The webinar will also provide examples for concepts germane to implementing an effective program such corrective and preventative actions, intensified sampling, harborage site, investigation, vector sampling and root cause.  Don't miss out on this important webcast! 



Virginia Deibel, PhD, Director of Microbiology, Covance Food Solutions

Virginia is a recognized expert in the areas of microbiology and food safety.  She began her career at Deibel Laboratories, and went on to co-found TRAC Microbiology while still in graduate school.  Covance acquired TRAC Microbiology in 2011, and she began working at Covance at that time.  She is a Consultant with the British Retail Consortium, is an International HACCP Alliance-Lead Instructor, and is an FSCPA-Lead Instructor.  Virginia is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, earning her PhD in Food Microbiology and majoring in Bacteriology.  She is well published, has numerous professional affiliations and serves as editor for Food Safety Magazine and Food Quality Magazine. 

How does the webcast work?

It's easy and convenient!  A virtual seminar is one that you can "attend" and participate in right from your offices. The savings are significant - no travel time or hassle and no travel expense.

The RFA Technical Webcast will include live audio along with a slide presentation on the Web. You just need a phone connection for the audio and an Internet connection.  

In addition, the webcast will allow you to comment and ask questions at specified times during the event using your phone.

You can invite staff members to listen and participate too - all for one connection fee!  To get the most out of a webcast, it is recommended that you have no more than five people at any one computer connection. If you have multiple locations, please register each location separately.

Registration Information:

The cost for this event is as follows:

  • RFA Members: $210 per computer/audio connection

  • Non-Members: $310 per computer/audio connection

To attend the meeting, you can either:

  • Download and complete a Registration form and send it in to the RFA office by fax or mail with your payment. Checks must be made payable to the Refrigerated Foods Association. Forms and payment should be received no later than November 8, 2017.

Once you have registered for the meeting, you will receive an email message inviting you to attend the web conference with instructions on how to attend. This message will provide the information that you need to join the meeting.

Please note: You must have JAVA enabled on your computer to participate in the web conference.

Space is limited to 25 connections per meeting so sign-up today!

If you have questions about the RFA Technical Webcasts, please e-mail the RFA office at