Fruit and Vegetable Safety and Quality Professional Development Group

Mission Statement: To provide a forum to discuss items of interest to the safe production of fruit and vegetable products and to develop program topics and symposia for presentation at the IAFP Annual Meetings.

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

2016 Board Response to Recommendations

  1. Recommend to the Board that the Humberto Maldonado from Driscolls be approved as Vice Chair of the PDG.

    Board Response: Agree

  2. Recommendation to the Board to find a way to better determine the size and number of chairs needed for the PDG meeting; many members were standing or sitting on the floor. Additionally, it’s recommended that further consideration be made for the design and set-up of the room to better facilitate discussion and PDG member interactions, and/or PDG be allowed to modify the room set-up and put it back before the next meeting in the room (note: this may not be practical).

    Board Response: Badge scanning was used this year to obtain a more accurate number of attendees. This will help in room set up and making room assignments for 2017.

  3. Recommend to the Board that there be continued support and encouragement to hold Webinars.

    Board Response: Agree. Please contact the IAFP office to schedule a Webinar.

2015 Board Response to Recommendations

  1. Recommend to the Board that the website be enhanced to enable the selection and deselect- ion of PDG(s) that a member (or non-member) can join and that updated information be automatically sent to the IAFP staff, and Chairs and Vice chairs of the applicable PDG(s).

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

2014 Board Response to Recommendations

  1. Recommend to the Board that Sherri McGarry serve as the Vice-Chair for this PDG.

    Board Response: Approved.

  2. Recommend to the Board that the arrangement of the furniture in the PDG meeting space be more conducive to discussions with large numbers of people. Typically we have had a large circle of chairs with a second set of chairs around the perimeter. This previous set-up is advantageous compared to the lecture-style format of today’s meeting.

    Board Response: Because rooms are used for more than one Committee or PDG meeting, it is not feasible to make changes to room sets during the day. Some Members did not like the chairs around the perimeter of the room (did not feel a part of the conversation) so classroom set ups were used for large Committee and PDG meetings.

Resources

Webinars

  • Cyclospora: It’s Not Just for Parasitologists Anymore!

    This webinar provides information on basic challenges associated with learning more about the protozoan parasite Cyclospora and about the investigation of the 2013 outbreaks of Cyclospora cayetanensis associated with fresh produce.

    Organized by the Fruit & Vegetable Safety & Quality PDG

    Presenters

    • Dr. Ynes Ortega Center for Food Safety, University of Georgia
    • Ms. Kari Irvin FDA-CORE
  • From Challenges Come Opportunities

    Good Agricultural Programs have been widely implemented since the mid-1990’s, specific details of “how often, how many, how far” necessary to assure the safety of fresh produce continue to elude the fresh produce industry. This knowledge gap has resulted in food safety specifications based on opinion and speculation rather than scientific data. This webinar discusses the research needs identified during development of the California and Arizona LGMA food safety practices, and how recent research has been targeted to addressing those needs, providing the science to validate or revise the LGMA “metrics”.

    Organized by the Fruit and Vegetable Safety and Quality PDG.

    Presenters

    • Michelle Smith Senior Policy Analyst, US FDA, Office of Food Safety
    • Tracy Vanderpool Fruit and Vegetable Section chief, Colorado Dept. of Ag.
    • Randy Worobo Professor of Food Science, Cornell University
    • Bonnie Fernandez-Fenaroli Executive Director, Center for Produce Safety
    • Michael Roosevelt FDA Office of Compliance, Acting Director
  • "FDA’s Proposed FSMA Produce Rule" Webinar - Learn from the Experts

    International Association for Food Protection teamed up with the United Fresh Produce Association to bring together this webinar providing details about the FDA’s proposed Produce Rule under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The webinar offers insights and analysis of the draft FSMA rules from the FDA, university experts, food safety leaders and legal counsel.

    Co-hosted by the International Association for Food Protection and United Fresh Produce Association

    Organized by the Fruit and Vegetable Safety and Quality PDG

    Presenters

    • Dr. James Gorny Senior Advisor, Office of Food Safety, FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN)
    • David Durkin Legal Counsel, OFW Law
  • Quantitative Assessment of the Microbial Risk of Leafy Greens from Farm to Consumption: Preliminary Framework, Data, and Risk Estimates

    This presentation presents the findings from a project that was undertaken to relate what is known about the behavior of E. coli O157:H7 under laboratory conditions, and integrate this information to what is known regarding the 2006 E. coli O157:H7 spinach outbreak in the context of a Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment (QMRA). The QMRA explicitly assumes that all contamination arises from exposure in the field, but the mechanism is unspecified.  This QMRA model represents a preliminary framework that identifies available data and provides initial risk estimates for pathogenic E. coli in leafy greens. Important data gaps that were identified include retail storage times, correlations between storage time and temperature, determining the importance of E. coli O157:H7 in leafy greens lag time models, and validation of the importance of cross-contamination during the washing process.

    Organized by the Fruit and Vegetable Safety and Quality PDG and the Microbial Modelling and Risk Analysis PDG

    Presenters

    • Dr. Don Schaffner Rutgers University
  • The Role of Product Testing in Assuring Food Safety: a Produce Perspective

    When is testing of produce useful, when can it be misleading, and what are the considerations and unknowns? This webinar address both the policy considerations and science issues related to produce microbiological testing, the science and statistics behind testing, and the benefits of product testing from a customer’s perspective.

    Organized by the Fruit and Vegetable Safety and Quality PDG.

    Presenters

    • Craig Wilson Costco
    • Don Schaffner Rutgers University
    • Don Zink FDA-CFSAN
  • Water of Appropriate Quality for Its Intended Purpose

    Agricultural water has been identified as a significant risk factor for produce contamination. How “clean” does it need to be, how does a grower know, what does a grower do when it’s not, and what are the research questions still out there?

    Organized by the Fruit and Vegetable Safety and Quality PDG.

    Presenters

    • Michelle Smith FDA
    • Rick Gelting CDC
    • Mike Villaneva California Leafy Green Handlers Marketing Agreement
    • Michelle Danyluk University of Florida
  • Reportable Food Registry and the Produce Safety Alliance

    The FDA began implementing the Reportable Food Registry in September of 2009. This presentation  describes why the registry was created, who it applies to and what the findings were for the first year of the program.

    Organized by the Fruit and Vegetable Safety and Quality PDG.

    Presenters

    • Ted Elkin Director, Office of Food Defense, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    • Elizabeth Bihn, Ph.D Cornell University
  • Industry-Directed Food Safety Research

    While Good Agricultural Programs have been widely implemented since the mid-1990’s, specific details of “how often, how many, how far” necessary to assure the safety of fresh produce continue to elude the fresh produce industry.  This knowledge gap has resulted in food safety specifications based on opinion and speculation rather than scientific data.

    This presentation discusses the research needs identified during development of the California and Arizona Leafy Greens Handlers Marketing Agreement (LGMA) food safety practices, and how recent research has been targeted to addressing those needs, providing the science to validate or revise the LGMA “metrics”.

    Organized by the Fruit and Vegetable Safety and Quality PDG.

    Presenters

    • Bob Mills Director of Technical Services, Misionero Vegetables
    • Trevor Suslow Extension Research Specialist, University of California-Davis