Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Des Moines, Iowa, (August 16, 2011) IAFP 2011 was another successful meeting for the International Association for Food Protection. The three-day meeting concluded August 3, 2011 with a record-breaking international audience of more than 2,500 food safety professionals representing 46 countries, 44 states, and six Canadian provinces. The meeting has earned recognition as the leading food safety conference. This year, the association observed its 100th Anniversary with special exhibits and a celebratory evening event.
IAFP 2011's Opening Session recognized one Fellow Award recipient, four Travel Award recipients from State or Local Health or State Agricultural Departments, and nine Student Travel Scholarship Award recipients. The Ivan Parkin Lecture followed, featuring Dr. Roger Cook, who is the Assistant Director of Science and Principal Adviser of Microbiology for the New Zealand Food Safety Authority. Dr. Cook spoke on "100 Years of Food Safety: Putting the Risk in to Take the Risk Out."
The program featured over 800 presentations, within 44 symposia, eight roundtables, 489 poster presentations, and 110 technical presentations. Representatives from a record 128 companies, including 22 new exhibitors, showcased equipment and the latest innovations in food safety services.
On Wednesday, attendees had the privilege to hear U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announce a $25 million research grant awarded to North Carolina State University to study human noroviruses in an effort to design effective control measures across the food supply chain. Wednesday afternoon's John H. Silliker Lecture featured Dr. Jorgen Schlundt, who is Deputy Director of the National Food Institute at the Technical University of Denmark. Dr. Schlundt spoke on "Reducing the Foodborne Disease Burden, Focusing on Risk Assessment Food Safety Objectives, and Analytical Needs."
Wednesday night's Awards Banquet honored excellence in food safety by recognizing 23 individuals and organizations with awards. The evening concluded with the gavel presentation to Incoming President, Dr. Isabel Walls, USDA - The National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Washington, D.C.
The International Association for Food Protection is a non-profit educational association of food protection professionals. The Association is dedicated to the education and service of its Members, specifically, as well as industry personnel. The Association provides Members with an information network and forum for professional improvement through its two scientific journals, Journal of Food Protection and Food Protection Trends, educational Annual Meeting, and interaction with other food safety professionals. Membership information can be obtained by calling +1 800.369.6337; +1 515.276.3344; fax: +1 515.276.8655, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; or Web site: www.foodprotection.org.
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.