Applied Laboratory Methods Professional Development Group

Mission Statement: To provide a forum for the exchange and sharing of information related to the development and use of laboratory methods for the analysis of food and related commodities.

Next Meeting

July 8, 2018
Salt Palace Convention Center | Salt Lake City, Utah

In conjunction with IAFP 2018

How to Join

Involvement in committees and professional development groups (PDGs) offers Members the opportunity to share a wealth of knowledge and expertise. Members of committees and PDGs are the architects of the Association structure. They plan, develop and institute many of the Association's projects, including workshops, publications and educational sessions. Technical challenges facing the food safety industry are discussed, examined and debated. Members may volunteer to serve on any number of committees or PDGs that plan and implement activities to meet the Association's mission.

Membership on a PDG is voluntary (not by appointment) and may vary from year to year.

IAFP Members can manage their PDG involvement by logging in to the IAFP Web site. At the Member Dashboard, click “Edit Profile.” Your profile has two tabs: Contact Info and Professional Info. Select the Professional Info tab and update the PDGs you would like to participate in. We highly recommend that you contact the PDG chairperson for each group to let them know you have joined their PDG.

Non-members can contact Didi Loynachan, dloynachan@foodprotection.org, for more information.

Minutes

2017 Board Response to Recommendations

  1. If a full symposium is accepted as a half symposium, please allow for the 6 speakers to talk albeit for 15 minutes. This will enable the organizers to address the subjects of the title of the symposium as designed. Selecting only 3 speakers may not fully address the objectives of the symposium and omit critical talks to that subject.

    Board Response: The Program Committee agreed to only allow 30 minute presentations in symposia.

2017 Board Response to Recommendations

  1. If a full symposium is accepted as a half symposium, please allow for the 6 speakers to talk albeit for 15 minutes. This will enable the organizers to address the subjects of the title of the symposium as designed. Selecting only 3 speakers may not fully address the objectives of the symposium and omit critical talks to that subject.

    Board Response: The Program Committee agreed to only allow 30 minute presentations in symposia.

2016 Board Response to Recommendations

  1. Request a different setup for the meeting, with a large table in the middle where the officers will sit. Request 2 hand-held microphones.

    Board Response: Staff will address the room set up for 2017 with the convention center staff.

2015 Board Response to Recommendations

  1. None.

2014 Board Response to Recommendations

  1. Recommend the Board approve the new Advanced Molecular Analytics PDG.

    Board Response: Approved.

Webinars

  • What are the “Standard Methods” and What Makes Them So Special?

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

    This 60-minute FREE webinar will review the process for the development and revisions of standards by the Food and Drug Administration (Bacteriological Analytical Manual) of the USA and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and Comité Européen de Normalisation.

    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.

    Presenters

    • Thomas Hammack Food and Drug Administration, USA
    • Paul in’t Veld Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority
    • Omar Oyarzabal, Moderator University of Vermont
  • Validation, Verification or Just Semantics?

    Sponsored by the University of Vermont and the IAFP Applied Laboratory Methods Professional Development Group.

    Method validation and method verification are two distinct procedures required to comply with ISO/IEC Standard 17025 for a microbiology laboratory accreditation. Unfortunately, the two terms are often used interchangeably with serious consequences. This webinar will not only address the semantics but will also discuss the appropriate analytical and statistical approaches to achieving successful validation and verification studies.

    Presenters

    • Michael Brodsky Consultant
    • DeAnn Benesh 3M Food Safety Department
    • Stephanie Pollard Clear Labs
  • Applied Laboratory Methods PDG Presents: Complexity of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli Strains in Flour – Implications on Testing Procedures

    Presenters

    • Peter Feng FDA CFSAN
    • Karen Jinneman FDA PRL-NW
    • June Wetherington FDA PRL-NW
  • Eleven Listeria New Species and Counting: What do They Mean for Your Food Safety Testing and Environmental Monitoring?

    Testing for Listeria spp. is often used in environmental monitoring programs.  In the last few years 11 new Listeria species have been reported. This webinar will help in understanding the significance of new species for food processing industry and what exactly do they mean for day-to-day food laboratory testing and new assay developments.

    Organized by the Applied Laboratory Methods PDG

    Presenters

    • Martin Wiedmann, Ph.D. Gellert Family Professor in Food Safety, Cornell University
  • Testing the Test Methods: User's Perspective on non-O157 STEC Methods

    Dr. Mick Bosilevac and Dr. Carol Iverson present their experiences with their evaluation and use of non-O157:H7 STEC testing methods in meat and other food matrices.

    Organized by the Applied Laboratory Methods PDG

    Please note: The recorded presentation is clear and complete. However, technical problems were encountered during the Q & A section that occurred after the presentation concluded.

    Presenters

    • Dr. Mick Bosilevac USDA/ARS
    • Dr. Carol Iverson Nestec SA
  • Infrared Spectroscopy and Imaging for the Classification of Whole Bacteria Cells and Detection of DNA Microarrays

    Organized by the Applied Laboratory Methods PDG

    Presenters

    • Magdi M. Mossoba
  • Detection of Food Allergens: Current Analytical Methods and Future Needs

    Organized by the Applied Laboratory Methods PDG

    Presenters

    • Lauren Jackson
  • Campylobacter spp. in Foods and Their Implications for Public Health

    Organized by the Applied Laboratory Methods PDG

    Presenters

    • Omar A. Oyarzabal
  • Clostridium Perfringens

    Organized by the Applied Laboratory Methods PDG.

    Presenters

    • Dr. Keith Schneider Professor, University of Florida
    • Dr. Vijay Juneja Lead Scientist, USDA-ARS-ERRC
  • Use of Predictive Microbiology Information Portal, the USDA-Pathogen Modeling Program and ComBase

    Organized by the Applied Laboratory Methods PDG.

    Presenters

    • Dr. Vijay Juneja USDA-ARS-ERRC