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“REFLECTIONS” OF YOuR president H appy New Year to all, and especially to IAFP! As we enter our Association’s 100th year, I would like to do some reflection on my personal memories from the last five decades of food safety. As you will see, it seems like I was destined to become a food scientist/ microbiologist from the time I was a very little girl! One of my first memories is of sitting in the car driving to Hartford to visit my mom’s best friend. The year, 1963; I was 6 years old. The news was on the radio, the anchor discussing the deaths of two women from botulism associated with eating canned tuna fish. I remember being really disturbed (we ate a lot of canned tuna in those days!) that we were all going to get botulism and die. It took a lot on my mom’s part to convince me otherwise. That’s when I learned about looking for swollen cans in association with botulism. Way to go, Mom! Fast forward to 1971, and the Bon Vivant Soup Company vichyssoise botulism outbreak. This time, what the heck is vichyssoise (cold potato soup) and why would it cause botulism? This was the first time I had ever heard of a food recall. Or learned of its potential implications…Bon Vivant’s plant was closed by the FDA and the company went out of business shortly thereafter. Of course, in the interim (between 1963 and 1971), there were other incidents. For example, my baby sister (Beth) was born in 1968 when I was 11 years old. When my mom went back to work, we took Beth to the home of a good friend for daycare. One day, her whole family came down with vomiting and diarrhea, and as might be expected, our whole family was sick 24 hours later. My mom called it the “24 hour bug.” Who would have guessed that this was probably caused By LEE-ANN JAYKUS PRESIDENT “So, Happy Birthday, IAFP” by a norovirus (my all-time favorite foodborne pathogen)? Or when Beth (age 2) ended up in the hospital for severe diarrhea in association with a gastrointestinal disease? In hindsight, probably a rotavirus infection. All through those growingup years I was busy doing other “food-ish” things. For example, my first science fair project in 2nd grade was demonstrating how to make butter by whipping heavy cream. In middle school, I did a project related to milk pasteurization. My honors high school biology project had to do with feeding gerbils vitamin D deficient diets and looking for evidence of rickets. I worked in a seafood restaurant in the summers during high school and early college. Perhaps shades of future shellfish research? Of course, by the time 1975 came along and I entered college, botulism was well under control. As a food science student, Salmonella and nitrates were all the rage. So was concern about the harmful health effects associated with applying ionizing radiation to foods (thank goodness that one is solved, or, well, is it?). My senior summer college project was looking for Yersinia enterocolitica in fresh pork, under the direction of none other than Bala Swaminathan, then an assistant professor at Purdue University. Did you even know that Swami served in the academic sector at some point in his career? So that brings me to adulthood (if one can say that age 21 is an adult!). Graduate school in food microbiology (I was Maribeth Cousin’s first grad student) and then marriage, a job, and a child. In 1984, I reentered the food safety scene as food microbiology manager of a growing commercial testing lab in the central San Joaquin Valley of California. Along comes the winter and spring of 1985,and a strange cluster of cases of a rare disease in Southern California—listeriosis. This one really hit home as I was pregnant with my second child at the same time that Listeria monocytogenes hit the scene. Our company had dozens of phone calls from state health departments,industrial clients… could we test for this organism? Yes we could, using a lengthy method called 14 FOOD PROTECTION TRENDS | JANUARY 2011

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Food Protection Trends - January 2011

Food Protection Trends - January 2011
Table of Contents
A Note from the FPT Scientific Editor
Sustaining Members
Reflections of Your President
Commentary from the Executive Director
Consumer Knowledge and Handling of Tree Nuts: Food Safety Implications
Potential Change in Performance-Based Dairy Farm Inspection Frequency Resulting from Increased Reporting Frequency for Bulk Tank Unpasteurized Milk Somatic Cell Count Results
Executive Summary: The Significance of Non-O157 Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia coli in Food
Highlights from the China International Food Safety & Quality Conference + Expo 2010
FPT Instructions for Authors
IAFP 2011 Award Nominations
Executive Board Meeting Topics
New Members
What’s Happening in Food Safety
Industry Products
Coming Events
Advertising Index
Journal of Food Protection Table of Contents
Audiovisual Library Order Form
Booklet Order Form
Membership Application
Celebrating 100 Years of IAFP: Pre-1940

Food Protection Trends - January 2011