IAFP 2009 - A Great Success
Thursday, July 30, 2009
IAFP 2009 was another successful meeting for the International Association for Food Protection. The three-day meeting concluded July 15, 2009 with an international audience of more than 1,700 food safety professionals representing 39 countries, 43 states, and 6 Canadian provinces. The meeting has earned recognition as the leading food safety conference.
Dr. Paul A. Hall, AIV Microbiology and Food Safety Consultants, LLC, Hawthorn Woods, IL, opened IAFP 2009 with the Ivan Parkin Lecture at Sunday's Opening Session entitled, "Navigating Food Safety through Times of Economic Chaos: A Call to Action".
IAFP 2009 program featured over 500 presentations including 29 symposia, 3 round-tables, 95 technical and 333 poster presentations. The John H. Silliker Lecture entitled "The 2008 Irish Dioxin Crisis: A Public Health, Food Safety, Economic, Legal, or a Risk Communication Challenge?" featured Dr. Patrick Wall, University College Dublin School of Public Health and Population Sciences Belfield, Ireland, speaking on Wednesday afternoon. Three pre-meeting workshops were conducted to provide additional educational opportunities for attendees. Representatives from more than companies exhibited equipment and the latest innovations in food safety services.
IAFP's Awards Banquet honored excellence in food safety by recognizing 27 individuals and organizations with awards. The evening concluded with the gavel presentation to Incoming President, Vickie Lewandowski, Kraft Foods, Glenview, Illinois.
IAFP 2010 will be held in Anaheim, California, August 1-4, 2010.
About International Association for Food Protection
The International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) represents more than 4,300 food safety professionals committed to Advancing Food Safety Worldwide®. The association includes educators, government officials, microbiologists, food industry executives and quality control professionals who are involved in all aspects of growing, storing, transporting, processing and preparing all types of foods. Working together, IAFP members, representing more than 70 countries, help the association achieve its mission through networking, educational programs, journals, career opportunities and numerous other resources.