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“FOOD FOR THOuGHT” from YOuR PrESIDENT O ne of our goals at IAFP is to provide professional development opportunities for our members. Recently I participated in a Webinar on “Assessment of the Microbial Risk of Leafy Greens from Farm to Consumption,” organized by the Microbial Modeling and Risk Analysis PDG and the Fruit and Vegetable PDG Don Schaffner gave the presentation, which was well attended, with 96 participants logged in. It reminded me of how great IAFP members are – willing to share their time and talents with us, for free! Don is an extension specialist, whose job it is to provide outreach and education to the community. There are many food safety extension specialists in the U.S., and many of them also do research and teach students in college. This is a real strength of the U.S. university system, where individuals develop expertise and share it with those who need to know. Extension specialists work with small food processors and retailers, teaching HACCP and helping to ensure they are familiar with safe food-handling practices. Extension is funded by the government and provided by each state through the land grant universities. The land grant universities were established 150 years ago, when each state was given land to set up a university to educate citizens in agriculture, home-economics and other practical professions. Extension was formalized in 1914, to develop practical applications of research knowledge and give instruction and practical demonstrations of existing or improved practices or technologies in agriculture. Undoubtedly the extension service helped to increase the amount of food grown, and taught families how to store surplus food through By ISABEL WALLS PRESIDENT “We have a global food supply, and everyone deserves to eat safe food” canning. When I came to the U.S. I was surprised at how many people canned their own food at home! It is a tradition that has been handed down for generations. Today, growing food at home is enjoying a resurgence and creating many first time gardeners who may know little about food safety or risks associated with chemicals and microorganisms in soil or water. Urban gardening is becoming increasingly popular. Even Michelle Obama is planting fruits and vegetables in the White House garden. Fortunately, the extension service still provides advice on food safety and home canning to prevent outbreaks of botulism. Ben Chapman, another IAFP member and extension specialist, has developed a series of fact sheets related to various food safety issues, which he posts on Doug Powell’s blog at www.bites. These provide useful information in an interesting format. A recent fact sheet, written during hurricane season, focuses on risks associated with flooding in home gardens. A number of extension offices provide training in Good Agricultural Practices, including Cornell University, that offers an online course. We need to ensure that the messages reach those who need to know. A colleague told me of a recent experience where she went to stay with friends who were growing food on a small plot of land shared with other families. One family member had been advised that animal manure would help her crops grow better, but she used untreated animal manure to fertilize her plot. It spread over the entire plot and contaminated all the crops being grown. Lessons learned through food safety extension in the U.S. could be shared globally, where relevant, to ensure the safety of the food supply. One project I have participated in involves developing food safety education programs for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) region. In 2007, APEC established a Food Safety Cooperation Forum, which in turn established a Partnership Training Institute Network (PTIN) to undertake a series of food safety related workshops for the APEC 112 FOOD PROTECTION TRENDS | MARCH 2012

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Food Protection Trends - March 2012
Sustaining Members
Food for Thought from Your President
Commentary from the Executive Director
Teaching Children to Wash Their Hands – Wash Your Paws, Georgia! Handwashing Education Initiative
Motivation for Unpasteurized Milk Consumption in Michigan, 2011
IAFP 2012–2013 Secretary Election
New Members
What’s Happening in Food Safety
Industry Products
General Information
Registration Information
Special Contributors and Sponsors
Coming Events
Advertising Index
Journal of Food Protection Table of Contents
Booklet Order Form
Membership Application

Food Protection Trends - March 2012