Friday, August 12, 2016
Des Moines, Iowa - IAFP 2016 was another successful meeting for the International Association for Food Protection. Held in St. Louis, Missouri, the three-day meeting concluded August 3, 2016 with a record-breaking international audience of more than 3,450 registered attendees representing 56 countries, 48 states, and six Canadian provinces. The meeting has earned recognition as the leading food safety conference.
IAFP 2016’s Opening Session recognized five Fellow Award recipients, five Travel Award recipients
from State or Provincial Health or Agricultural Departments, two Travel Award recipients from a Country with a Developing Economy, and 16 Student Travel Scholarship Award recipients. The Ivan Parkin Lecture followed, featuring Dr. Jeffrey Farber, Full Professor in the Department of Food Science at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. Dr. Farber spoke on “Food Safety Advice for the Soul.”
The program featured more than 1,000 presentations including 76 symposia, 13 roundtable sessions, 140 technical presentations, and 580 poster presentations. Representatives from 176 companies, including 37 new exhibitors, showcased equipment and the latest innovations in food safety services in the Exhibit Hall.
On Wednesday afternoon, the John H. Silliker Lecture featured Dr. Renata Clarke, Senior Food Safety and Quality Officer with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Rome, Italy. Dr. Clarke spoke on “Improving Food Safety Globally: Developing and Applying Science for the Common Good.”
Wednesday night’s Awards Banquet honored excellence in food safety by recognizing 28 individuals and organizations with awards. The evening concluded with the gavel presentation to Incoming President, Dr. Linda J. Harris, Cooperative Extension Specialist in Cooperative Extension and Chair of the Department of Food Science and Technology with the University of California – Davis.
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.