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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.

October 17, 2018 RFA Technical Webcast:


“Microbiological Shelf Life Studies for Foods


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

Date and Time:

     * Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 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)



Adam Borger from the University of Wisconsin’s Food Research Institute will discuss microbiological shelf-life studies for foods. He will address both pathogen and spoilage concerns while describing how to design studies, interpret the data and communicate results to food safety and quality associates as well as sales and marketing. Other concerns that will be addressed include maximum limits expected in product specifications and maximum micro limits for incoming ingredients.


Adam Borger, Outreach Program Manager, University of Wisconsin-Madison Food Research Institute

Adam Borger is the Outreach Program Manager for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Food Research Institute. In this role he coordinates research projects between food companies and researchers on campus. Additionally, he routinely educates food industry professionals, the general public, and students on the topics of food safety, food spoilage and general food microbiology. Prior to joining the University of Wisconsin, Adam was a member of the Kraft Foods department of Microbiology and Food Safety from 1998-2009. From 2009-2013 he was the senior microbiologist for Rich Products Corporation in Buffalo, NY. Adam earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Food Science from e Ohio State University and a Master’s of Science in Food Science, specializing in food microbiology and toxicology, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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. There is no travel time, and now provided at NO COST to RFA members!

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!  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.


The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) and the Research Chefs Association (RCA) have cofirmed that continuing education credits are available for numerous RFA technical functions. Depending on the specific educational criteria of these two organizations, credits will be accepted for attendance at 1) RFA Webinars, 2) the RFA Fall Symposium and 3) the RFA Annual Conference.

Contact the RFA office for more information or for proof of participation.


Registration Information:

The cost for this event is as follows:

  • RFA Members: NO CHARGE - Now Included as a Member Benefit!

  • 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 (if applicable). Checks must be made payable to the Refrigerated Foods Association. Forms should be received no later than October 15, 2018.

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.

If you have questions about the RFA Technical Webcasts, please e-mail the RFA office at [email protected].