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.

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, dloynachan@foodprotection.org, for more information.


2018 Board Response to Recommendations

  1. 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 roles.

    Board Response: Agree.

2017 Board Response to Recommendations

  1. None.

2016 Board Response to Recommendations

  1. Recommend approval of Laurie Post as Vice Chair.

    Board Response: Agree

2015 Board Response to Recommendations

  1. 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

  1. Appoint Edith Wilkin to be Vice Chairperson.

    Board Response: Approved.

  2. Appoint Ian Hildebrandt and Pardeepinder Brar as student liaisons.

    Board Response: PDGs may establish Student Liaisons for their PDG without Board action.

  3. 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

    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:

    1. Explain the importance of pathogen control for low-moisture foods
    2. Describe regulatory/FSMA requirements
    3. Provide examples of validation pitfalls
    4. 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

    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.

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    • Kevin Lorcheim ClorDiSys Solutions, Inc.
  • Sanitation in Low Water Activity Environments: New Technologies and Verification/Validation of Processes

    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