Food Safety Education Professional Development Group

Mission Statement: To provide IAFP Members and their clientele information on food safety education.

Next Meeting

July 21, 2019
Kentucky International Convention Center | Louisville, Kentucky

In conjunction with IAFP 2019

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,, for more information.


2018 Board Response to Recommendations

  1. None.

2017 Board Response to Recommendations

  1. None.

2016 Board Response to Recommendations

  1. The Food Safety Education PDG recommends that the Board approve Francie Buck as Vice Chair to begin serving at the IAFP 2017 PDG meeting.

    Board Response: Agree

  2. Accessibility to information regarding symposium success/failure.

    Board Response: This recommendation is not clear. The Program Committee provides notification to all symposium submitters. If questions remain, submitters may contact the IAFP office.

  3. Provision of a key point sheet of items from the Board to PDG Chair would be helpful where the Board Liaison is unable to make the start of the meeting.

    Board Response: It may be possible to distribute this information prior to the PDG meetings.

  4. Recommendation for Roundtable and Symposium set up that water is provided in the room for all speakers and panel members. This was not available this year in Roundtable organized by the PDG.

    Board Response: Agree. Water should be available in the session rooms.

2015 Board Response to Recommendations

  1. A more efficient method of keeping lists of PDG members up to date is needed. Currently a roster list is generated by the IAFP office and any new member requests have to be manually input by the Chair/Vice Chair during the year. This relies on emails being picked up and actioned one-by-one. A method of automatic updating, perhaps linked to member choices of PDGs on the website, would be more efficient and would make sure that new members are not being missed.

    Board Response: IAFP staff will look into making these changes.

  2. It is recommended that a short break is included in the PDG meeting schedule to accommodate PDGs leaving a room and setting up for the next group before the next PDG is due to start.

    Board Response: IAFP staff will work on schedule to allow for changeover of rooms from one group to another.

  3. It is recommended that a static laptop be provided in the PDG rooms on PDG meeting day that is already linked to the projector and has WiFi Internet capability. This would save set-up time at the beginning and crossovers between meetings where laptops have to be switched.

    Board Response: Computer, projector, and screen will be provided in each PDG meeting room beginning in 2016.

2014 Board Response to Recommendations

  1. Recommends that each PDG be allowed ONE symposium or round table idea that they choose to be in the program since they have worked hard to put this idea together and have a community interested in the topic. The Program Committee will receive the one idea chosen from each of the PDGs and then build the rest of the program around these ideas from all other ideas submitted by Association members

    Board Response: The Board will encourage the Program Committee to consider this request.


  • Best Practices in Training for Effective Food Safety Management in the Processing Sector

    Organized by the Food Safety Education PDG.


    • Carol Wallace University of Central Lancashire, UK
  • Effective Behavior-change Strategies: Where do We Need to Go, What Should be Measured?

    Organized by the Food Safety Education PDG.


    • Lone Jespersen Maple Leaf Foods