Food Protection Trends - May 2012 - (Page 230)

from the executive director hen you read this issue of Food Protection Trends, it will be only about twomonths until the start-up of IAFP 2012 in Providence, Rhode Island. I had mentioned this in a previous column, but it is hard to believe that the last time we met in the northeastern part of the USA was in 1965 when we met in Hartford, Connecticut. That is almost 50 years ago! In talking to Members and attendees, we have found that a lot of people have not been to the northeast or if they had, they had not been there for many years. Having traveled to Providence a few times over the past couple of years, I can tell you that Providence is a beautiful city and a very friendly city. Attendees at IAFP 2012 are really going to enjoy the location. There are so many great restaurants within walking distance of the Rhode Island Convention Center (where our meeting will take place); it will be a wonderful gathering of the food safety community. Just a short taxi ride away, you will find more restaurants and shopping areas. Federal Hill is an easy walk from our site and contains a number of ethnic restaurants and shops in addition to being the old, Italian business district. Thayer Street is the “university town” for Brown University and there you can find fun shopping and night life. Just a little further away is Wayland Square with more (you guessed it!) shopping and restaurants. Providence has an abundance of up and coming chefs because of being home to Johnson and Wales “COMMENTARY” W By DAVID W. THARP, CAE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR “Providence is a beautiful and very friendly city” University. In addition to their College of Culinary Arts, they offer hospitality degree programs. Both of these lend themselves very well to the entire meeting experience in Providence! We benefit directly from the University being there in Providence by having good food and well trained staff at the hotels. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised by the polite and friendly people in Providence. Not only in the hotels, but just in general wherever you meet and see people. Since I am from the Midwestern United States, we tend to think everyone is friendly and outgoing. Sometimes in travelling around the country, we find this is not the case. But not in Providence! I think you will find the city to be relaxing, open, friendly and fun to explore. Since it has been a long time since IAFP has made it to the northeast, you might want to consider taking some additional time before or after IAFP 2012 to explore beyond Providence. You can sightsee close by and visit the beautiful, summer resort area of Newport. Or, you could venture further away to Boston or Cape Cod. You might even consider a longer “road trip” to Maine, New Hampshire or Vermont to really discover the northeast! The options are really endless. Most importantly, we want to see you in Providence – for the IAFP 2012 Annual Meeting! So first off, I hope you have registered for IAFP 2012 and that you have made your hotel reservations. Secondly, I hope you will come with an open mind; ready to learn new things from your colleagues. And thirdly, I hope that you leave Providence after the meeting with a newfound love for the city of Providence and the northeastern United States. 230 FOOD PROTECTION TRENDS | MAY 2012

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Food Protection Trends - May 2012

Food Protection Trends - May 2012
Sustaining Members
Food for Thought from Your President
Commentary from the Executive Director
Assessing Food Safety Practices in Farmers’ Markets
Managing Food Safety Hazards: Shiga Toxin-producing Escherichia coli and Antibiotic-resistant Pathogens
IAFP Secretary Announcement
New Members
What’s Happening in Food Safety
Industry Products
IAFP 2012
Coming Events
Advertising Index
Journal of Food Protection Table of Contents
Booklet Order Form
Membership Application

Food Protection Trends - May 2012