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Our Experiences
By the Recipients of the IAFP 2017 Travel Award for State
or Provincial Health or Agricultural Department Employees
Sponsored by

IAFP's Annual Meeting is the paramount food safety meeting to attend each year.
Workshops, PDGs, lectures by leading food safety experts, poster presentations, and
exhibits offer abundant food safety educational opportunities. Meeting the presenters,
panelists, exhibit vendors, and IAFP Staff and Members from around the world greatly
enhances this educational opportunity.
At the Opening Session, the Ivan Parkin Lecture, "The Anthropologist, the Chef,
and the Kitchen Sink," was equally thought provoking and entertaining. The Opening
Session also provides an opportunity for award recipients to meet, bond, and in some
cases, renew acquaintances.
As a Food Safety Microbiologist for the State of Michigan, I found numerous
symposia, technical sessions, and roundtable discussions that relate directly to my
work. Each day there were presentations about the new FSMA rules, Whole Genome
Sequencing, and foodborne pathogens, all relevant to my work. The poster sessions
provided an opportunity to discuss current research with food safety professionals,
instructors, and students. After reviewing many graduate student and undergrad
student posters, I am confident that the future of scientific research is in good hands.
Ted Gatesy
The Exhibit Hall provided ample opportunities to learn about new food safety test
East Lansing, Michigan
methods and instruments from industry representatives. It also provided a place to
socialize with friends and colleagues.
This meeting is an excellent forum for regulatory agency, academia, and industry representatives to meet and
discuss how we can protect our health and food supplies through research, technology, and regulation.
Thank you to the IAFP Foundation for providing this Travel Award that allowed me to be a part of this evergrowing, educational experience. I look forward to implementing methods learned at IAFP 2017 and to attending
future IAFP Annual Meetings.

I want to thank the IAFP Foundation and the Travel Award Selection Committee
for selecting me as a recipient of the Travel Award for State or Provincial Health or
Agricultural Department Employees. This honor provided me the opportunity to attend
IAFP 2017 in Tampa, Florida. This being only my second occasion to attend an IAFP
Annual Meeting, I was still a little unsure of what to expect. However, I knew from the
start of the Professional Development Groups that this meeting was going to be filled
with useful information, great networking opportunities, and an overwhelming desire
to share experiences from other attendees.
I also knew that this meeting was going to provide me with a new perspective
on food safety and communication, from Sunday's Opening Session where Dr. Jose
Emilio Esteban delivered the Ivan Parkin Lecture, "The Anthropologist, the Chef, and
the Kitchen Sink." I have had the opportunity to travel across the world presenting and
attending meetings, and I will be referencing this lecture in my future presentations
because of the unique perspective that was taken.
While it is always a struggle to determine which sessions to attend, I was very
excited
to see that topics in Food Defense were being covered. Not only was I able to
Michael Perry
hear
about
the impact of food defense with the Food Emergency Response Network
Saratoga Springs, New York
(FERN) and methods for the detection of Yersinia pestis, I was also lucky enough
to present some of the work being conducted at the New York State Department of Health Wadsworth Center. By
presenting on "Identifying Clostridium botulinum and Ricin toxins in foods by mass spectrometry," I was able to form two
relationships with other professionals who both had a focus on food defense. I foresee these relationships forming into
new collaborations that will greatly shape how high-risk pathogens will be detected in the future.
Again, I am very thankful for being able to attend this meeting and take part in this experience and this community.
I hope to be able to attend IAFP 2018 and provide my contributions so that others may be given the opportunity to travel
to future IAFP Annual Meetings.

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The Cleanliness of Resusable Water Bottles: How Contamination Levels are Affected by Bottle Usage and Cleaning Behaviors of Bottle Owners
Impact of Carcass Anatomical Location on the Microbiological Profile of Beef Trimmings
Thermal Processing Parameters to Ensure a 5-log Reduction of Escherichia coli O157:H7, Salmonella enterica, and Listeria monocytogenes in Acidified Tomato-based Foods
Experimental Evaluation of Performance of Sampling Techniques for Microbiological Quantification on Carcass Services
Effect-based Analytics for Toxicological Screening - Concepts for Future Developments
Beyond the Bio - John Luchansky
PDF Highlight - Food Chemical Hazards and Food Allergy PDG
IAFP 2017 In Review
Industry Products
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