The list below shows upcoming webinars held by IAFP and IAFP’s Professional Development Groups (PDGs). Please note that all opinions and statements are those of the individual making the presentations and not necessarily the opinion or view of IAFP.

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  • The Role Of Water Quality In Food Safety: Does Water - Part 2: What Could be in Municipal Water?

    Sponsored by Atlantium Technologies and IAFP's Water Safety and Quality PDG 

    Presentation topics to  include:

    • What do indicators really indicate?
    • Do they predict presence/absence of microbes of significance to food safety?
    • What guarantees do we get from municipal treatment and monitoring?
    • De facto reuse- when and where does this occur? How do wet weather and variability impact municipal water and what can that mean for organisms of food safety significance when it is used for food processing?
    • Emerging issues: resistant microbes and VBNC - what might they mean to food processors? 


    • Elisabetta Lambertini. Moderator RTI International
    • Norman Neumann School of Public Health, University of Alberta
    • G. Shay Fout U.S. EPA, National Exposure Research Laboratory
    • Paul Westerhoff Arizona State University
  • What are the “Standard Methods” and What Makes Them So Special?

    Sponsored by the University of Vermont and the Applied Laboratory  Methods PDG

    More than 70 International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and Comité Européen de Normalisation (CEN) standard methods for specific food organisms have been published. This webinar will review the process for the development and revisions of standards by the ISO and CEN. In the United States, unlike the EU where ISO/CEN methods serve as standard reference methods, the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Bacteriological Analytical Manual (BAM) serves as the repository of standard reference methods for the microbiological analysis of all foods other than meat and egg products. This presentation will include a brief history of the BAM, an overview of the methods that it contains, and a description of how methods get into the BAM.

    Paul in’t Veld is working as a food microbiologist for the competent authority in the Netherlands. Active in the standardization of methods at ISO (worldwide) and CEN (European) level. He is the Chair of ISO WG3 on method validation standards (ISO 16140 series).

    Thomas Hammack is a Supervisory Research Microbiologist at FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. Chair of FDA’s Microbiology Methods Validation Subcommittee, past Chair of FDA’s Bacteriological Analytical Manual (BAM) Council, and a current member of BAM Council. He is active in ISO and AOAC International.


    • Thomas Hammack Food and Drug Administration, USA
    • Paul in’t Veld Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority
    • Omar Oyarzabal, Moderator University of Vermont
  • Practical Applications of Microbial Modeling Webinar Series: Part III of III

    Sponsored by 
    Microbial Modelling and Risk Analysis and Meat and Poultry Safety and Quality PDGs 

    Applications of microbial modeling and risk assessment are critically important to the food industry. This is part III in a webinar series that aims for a deeper-dive into practical considerations in applying modeling tools to inform decisions. Structured around specific food matrices (such as meat and poultry, multi-component foods, and fresh produce), the webinars will focus on examples that may be of practical applications in day-to-day problem-solving.

    Speaker's and Moderator Biographies


    • Betsy Booren Olsson Frank Weeda Terman Matz PC
    • Yuhuan Chen FDA CFSAN
    • Tom Ross University of Tasmania.
    • Peter Taormina Etna Consulting Group
    • Marcel Zwietering Wageningen University
    • Bala Kottapalli, Moderator Conagra Brands