Low Water Activity Foods Professional Development Group
Mission Statement: To promote and disseminate practical and scientific knowledge on the production of safe and wholesome low water activity products.
July 21, 2019
Kentucky International Convention Center | Louisville, Kentucky
How to Join
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Non-members can contact Didi Loynachan, email@example.com, for more information.
2018 Board Response to Recommendations
Pablo Alvarez and Larry Steenson were elected as Chair
and Vice-Chair, respectively. We kindly ask the IAFP Board
for the acceptance and support of Pablo and Larry for these
Board Response: Agree.
2017 Board Response to Recommendations
2016 Board Response to Recommendations
Recommend approval of Laurie Post as Vice Chair.
Board Response: Agree
2015 Board Response to Recommendations
Pardeepinder Brar stepped down as Student liaison because she has graduated. Requesting board approval for Manoj K. Shah, North Dakota State University – as Student Liaison.
Board Response: Approve.
2014 Board Response to Recommendations
Appoint Edith Wilkin to be Vice Chairperson.
Board Response: Approved.
Appoint Ian Hildebrandt and Pardeepinder Brar as student liaisons.
Board Response: PDGs may establish Student Liaisons for their PDG without Board action.
Try not to schedule Low Water Activity Foods PDG at the same time as Food Hygiene and Sanitation PDG. Many members of these PDGs overlap, as well as themes of discussion, and this would allow more robust attendance at each PDG meeting.
Board Response: Efforts will be made to accommodate these requests.
Low Moisture (Low Water Activity) Foods: Microbiological Safety and Current Regulatory Requirements
Sep 27, 2018
Organized by the IAFP Low Water Activity Foods Professional Development Group
The speakers will provide an overview of current food safety issues with low moisture (low water activity) foods and the evolving regulatory requirements for these products in view of the Food Safety Modernization Act.
At the completion of this webinar participants will be able to:
- Explain the importance of pathogen control for low-moisture foods
- Describe regulatory/FSMA requirements
- Provide examples of validation pitfalls
- Understand how to make a validation acceptable to a regulator
- Dr. Bradley Marks, Presenter Michigan State University
- Dr. Nathan Anderson, Presenter FDA
- Dr. Harshavardhan Thippareddi, Moderator University of Georgia - Professor, Dept. of Poultry Science
Contamination Control and Decontamination of Low Moisture Food Processing Facilities Using Chlorine Dioxide Gas
Oct 27, 2017
This presentation will discuss the chlorine dioxide gas fumigation method of sanitation within low water activity food processing facilities. Chemical properties, disadvantages of traditional sanitation, and a case study will be presented.
- Kevin Lorcheim ClorDiSys Solutions, Inc.
Sanitation in Low Water Activity Environments: New Technologies and Verification/Validation of Processes
May 29, 2015
Processors of low water activity foods face unique challenges with water control, effectiveness of sanitation methods, as well as verification of those processes. This webinar discusses methods of addressing those challenges, including novel technologies, and what you need to know on verification of your sanitation processes.
Organized by the Low Water Activity Foods PDG
- Richard Nixon MOM Brands
- Amie Lijewski Ecolab
- Dr. Kristen Hunt Deibel Labs