Food Law Professional Development Group

Mission Statement: To provide an international forum for the exchange of information on the scientific issues associated with food laws, regulations and policy.

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. Recommend approval of Rosetta Newsome as Vice Chair of the Food Law PDG beginning at the IAFP 2017 Annual Meeting.

    Board Response: Agree.

2016 Board Response to Recommendations

  1. Recommend approval of Tim Jenkins as Chair beginning at the IAFP 2017 Annual Meeting.

    Board Response: Agree

2015 Board Response to Recommendations

  1. None.

2014 Board Response to Recommendations

  1. Approve Christie Gray as Vice Chair of the Food Law PDG starting at the 2014 IAFP meeting.

    Board Response: Approved.

  2. Approve Tim Jenkins as Vice Chair of the Food Law PDG starting at the 2015 IAFP meeting.

    Board Response: Approved.

  3. Recommend Lester Brown as a speaker for the Ivan Parkin Lecture for next year. He is the author of Full Planet, Empty Plates: The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity, which was released in September 2012.

    Board Response: This recommendation will be forwarded to the selection committee.

Resources

Webinars

  • The Global Burden of Foodborne Disease - Results and perspectives of WHO’s Foodborne Disease Burden Epidemiology Reference Group (FERG)

    The WHO Foodborne Disease Burden Epidemiology Reference Group is providing estimates of the global burden of foodborne diseases, according to age, sex and region, for a defined list of causative agents of microbial, parasitic, and chemical origin, thereby strengthening the capacity of countries to assess the burden of foodborne disease and increasing awareness and commitment for the implementation of food safety standards. These estimates provide valuable information for food safety professionals.

    This webinar is sponsored by Wageningen University, Marcel Zwietering, Leon Gorris, Arie Havelaar and an anonymous MMRA PDG Member.

    Webinar Slides

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    Presenters

    • Arie Hendrik Havelaar Emerging Pathogens Institute, University of Florida
    • Marcel Zwietering, Moderator Wageningen University
  • The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act: Discussion of the Final Rules on Preventive Controls for Human Food and Produce Safety

    Now that the rules for Preventive Controls for Human Food and Produce Safety have been finalized, this webinar answers questions about the farm definition and what has changed for both rules since they have become final.

    Organized by the Food Law PDG

    Webinar Slides (without audio recording)

    Presenters

    • Jenny Scott Senior Advisor, Office of Food Safety, FDA-CFSAN
    • Samir Assar Supervisory Consumer Safety, Office of Food Safety, FDA-CFSAN
  • FSMA Proposed Rule for Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food

    This presentation describes the proposed rule for Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food that was developed in response to the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011. When finalized, the rule will establish requirements for certain shippers, carriers and receivers engaged in the transportation of food to prevent contamination of foods during transportation.

    Organized by the Food Law PDG

    Presenters

    • Dr. Michael Kashtock Consumer Safety Officer, Office of Food Safety, FDA/CFSAN
  • Overview of the Safe Food for Canadians Act: CFIA Food Safety Regulatory Modernization

    The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is developing new food regulations to fully support the new inspection approach and bring the Safe Food for Canadians Act into force. New food regulations will aim to better prevent food safety issues, emphasize better food safety outcomes and allow more consistent oversight. This session provides an overview of key elements of the new federal food inspection regulations.

    Organized by the Food Law PDG.

    Presenters

    • Lyzette Johnston Director, Agrifood Division, Canadian Food Inspection Agency
  • FDA's Proposed FSMA Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule

    This webinar provides details about the FDA’s proposed Preventive Controls rule under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The speakers offer insight and analysis of this draft FSMA rule.

    Organized by the Food Law PDG

    Presenters

    • Ms. Jenny Scott Senior Advisor, FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
    • Mr. Joseph Levitt Partner, Hogan Lovells Law Office
    • Dr. Timothy Jackson Director of Food Safety, Nestle USA, Inc.
  • The Food Safety Modernization Act

    The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act has passed the US Congress and is expected to be signed by the President.  Caroline Smith DeWaal, who has spent years in working toward passage of a food safety bill, provides an overview of the bill

    Organized by the Food Law PDG.

    Presenters

    • Caroline Smith DeWaal Food Safety Director, Center for Science in the Public Interest
  • Assuring Safety of Imported Foods: Public and Private Roles in Risk-Based System - Food Safety Legislation

    Organized by the Food Law PDG.

    Presenters

    • Caroline Smith DeWaal Int'l Food Safety Policy Manager, FDA CFSAN