Meat and Poultry Safety and Quality Professional Development Group

Mission Statement: To provide a forum to discuss items of interest to the safe production of meat and poultry 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,, for more information.


2017 Board Response to Recommendations

  1. Recommend that Wendy White, Golden State Foods, be recognized as Vice Chair.

    Board Response: Agree.

  2. Recommend that the PDG Chair be notified, in addition to the organizer, for education programs not accepted by the Program Committee. This will ensure that topics of interest could be developed for future webinar educational programming.

    Board Response: Chairs and Vice Chairs are encouraged to follow up with the submitters of session proposals to determine whether the submission was accepted or not.

  3. Recommend IAFP offer pre-paid ticket lunch on Sunday with PDG meetings to facilitate PDG attendance in afternoon sessions.

    Board Response: Providing lunch and charging to PDG members is cost prohibitive. Lunch at convention centers would exceed $30 per person.

2016 Board Response to Recommendations

  1. None

2015 Board Response to Recommendations

  1. None.

2014 Board Response to Recommendations

  1. Recommend that the Board approve the nomination of Betsy Booren as Meat and Poultry Safety and Quality PDG Vice Chair to begin at IAFP 2015.

    Board Response: Approved.

  2. Recommend that the Board consider shortening of PDG times to 2 hour slots and staggering the PDGs so that members can attend multiple PDG sessions. With the new PDG chair/vice chair meeting to collaborate on topics the group felt this should enhance and shorten discussions within the PDG allowing the time to be shorter and therefore facilitating participation at multiple PDGs.

    Board Response: PDGs may request the amount of time for their meeting that they feel best serves their PDG Members. They also set their own agenda and may choose to have presentations, reports and discussions.



  • Practical Applications of Microbial Modeling Webinar Series: Part I of III

    Applications of microbial modeling and risk assessment are critically important to the food industry. This webinar series aims for a deeper-dive into practical considerations in applying modeling tools to inform decisions. Structured around specific food matrices (such as meat and poultry, multi-component foods, and fresh produce), the webinars will focus on examples that may be of practical applications in day-to-day problem-solving.

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    • Dr. Tom Ross University of Tasmania
    • Dr. Peter Taormina Etna Consulting Group
    • Dr. Betsy Booren, Moderator Olsson, Frank, Weeda, Terman, and Matz
  • Overview of the New Public Health Information System

    The Food Safety and Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture are implementing its new Public Health Information System, a user-friendly, Web-based application that will replace existing applications such as the Performance Based Inspection System.

    OPEER Assistant Administrator Bill Smith provides a presentation on the Public Health Information System, to include an overview of the system, its components and capabilities, as well as a current status update on implementation.

    Organized by the Meat and Poultry Safety and Quality PDG.


    • William C. "Bill" Smith Assistant Administrator, Office of Program Evaluation, Enforcement & Review (OPEER), USDA-FSIS