Food Protection Trends - May/June 2013 - (Page 126)
FROM YOUR PRESIDENT
Katherine M.J. Swanson
Food safety professionals from Europe and
around the globe are gathering in Marseille,
France, May 15–17 for the 2013 IAFP European
Symposium on Food Safety. France is well known
for its culinary traditions, and I look forward to
sampling the local cuisine while at the meeting.
I also look forward to hearing about food safety
topics of concern in this important region of
With a global food supply, understanding the needs, concerns and
underlying infrastructure available to support food safety programs in
different regions can be very enlightening when assessing the needs of a
truly global food safety system. For example, in the U.S., Wash-Rinse-Sanitize
is the expectation for food contact surface sanitation. However, in some
regions, Wash-Disinfect-Rinse is the standard procedure because disinfecting
chemicals must be rinsed off prior to use. Each country has the right to address
their needs for food safety, hopefully based on science and societal concerns.
FROM YOUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
This issue of Food Protection Trends is full
of information to help prepare you for the Annual
Meeting, for FSMA and in general, to keep you
informed and updated on food safety. On page 195,
a special Annual Meeting section is presented.
There you will find the tentative schedule of
presentations, the list of exhibitors, our sponsor
recognition, titles of workshops and a list of
Committee and Professional Development Groups
(PDGs) that will meet at IAFP 2013. Take some time to review this printed
information and for up-to-date details about the meeting, you can always visit
the IAFP Web site.
We are expecting more than 2,500 attendees in Charlotte this year for IAFP
2013. The program is ready, the Carolinas Association for Food Protection is
ready, exhibitors and sponsors are ready, and now it is time for you to get ready
for your time in Charlotte. In addition to the education offered by IAFP 2013,
Charlotte and the surrounding area have a lot to offer so you should consider
coming early or staying after the meeting. We have links on our IAFP 2013 Web
site that can help you plan additional activities in the Charlotte area. Of course
if you are a NASCAR fan, you must visit the NASCAR Hall of Fame. It is very
interesting and is located just across the street from the Convention Center!
There are opportunities also to visit some of the team garages and the Charlotte
Motor Speedway all in the nearby area.
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This is what I find so interesting about attending international meetings –
listening and seeking to understand a different approach to achieving the same
goal – safe food for the consuming public.
The European Symposium Program Committee has assembled a worldclass program with plenary sessions addressing inspections, risk assessment,
methods standardization and risk communication. Submitted symposia on
raw milk, quantitative microbiology, biofilms, allergens, waterborne pathogens,
STECs, parasites, animal warfare and “reasonably foreseen abuse” of food will
also inform the audience. In the tradition of IAFP government, academic and
industry food safety professionals are represented because it takes different
perspectives to truly make positive impact in food safety management.
While many of you cannot attend the European meeting, hopefully
you are planning to attend IAFP’s Annual Meeting in Charlotte from July
28–31. IAFP international symposia and affiliate meetings also provide great
venues for exchange of food safety information. IAFP meetings on different
continents play an important role to Advance Food Safety Worldwide. I
look forward to seeing as many IAFP Members as possible at upcoming
David W. Tharp
As Katie mentions in her column above, the European Symposium on
Food Safety is May 15–17 in Marseille, France. We expect to see a record
number of attendees this year based on the interest expressed through abstract
submissions. They nearly doubled over the prior year! We want to thank our
sponsors for the meeting in Marseille as we would not be able to support such a
meeting without their help.
Looking forward to the fourth quarter of this year, we have lots planned.
First up is the Asia Pacific Symposium on Food Safety that will be held in Taipei,
Taiwan over the dates of October 29 to November 1. Immediately following that
meeting, the China International Food Safety and Quality Conference + Expo
will take place in Beijing. It is scheduled for November 6 and 7. Then, to finish
out the year, the Dubai International Food Safety Conference will be in Dubai (of
course) on November 17, 18 and 19.
International meetings where IAFP has been involved now for the past
six to eight years have really expanded our network. The meetings have
directly attributed to IAFP’s Membership growth and to our increased Annual
Meeting attendance. They have also opened up communication among food
safety professionals around the world. We hope you might be able to join us
at one of the IAFP meetings held outside of North America – if not this year,
maybe in the future.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Food Protection Trends - May/June 2013
Food Protection Trends - May/june 2013
Measuring Self-Efficacy of Food Safety in Middle School Populations
Food Safety Knowledge Among Restaurant Food Handlers in NeuchâTel, Switzerland
Video Observation and Data Coding Methods
Fsma: Article 3
General Interest Paper: Food Safety Risks of Mycotoxins
General Interest Paper: Fao/who Project Report
Food Protection Trends - May/June 2013