Webinar Archive

Active IAFP Members can use our search below to find past webinars held by IAFP and IAFP’s Professional Development Groups (PDGs). Please note that all opinions and statements are those of the individual making the presentations and not necessarily the opinion or view of IAFP.

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  • Recommendations for Designing and Conducting Cold-Fill- Hold Challenge Studies for Acidified Foods

    Sponsored by the University of Wisconsin and IAFP's Beverages and Acid/Acidified Foods Professional Development Group

    Safe manufacture of acidified canned foods requires a minimum 5-log reduction in the target pathogen to ensure that public health is protected and to meet FDA guidelines for manufactured foods. 


    This 1-hour webinar will provide an overview of factors to consider when designing and conducting microbial challenge studies to validate a 5-log pathogen inactivation for COLD-FILL HOLD shelf-stable acidified foods in hermetically sealed containers. The research basis for these proposed components for challenge studies will be reviewed. Procedures for challenge testing such as selection of bacteria and strains, inoculation levels, pH and environmental controls, and data points needed for a killing curve will be discussed. Suggestions components for the Challenge Study Report to be submitted to FDA will also be presented. Questions will be addressed at the end of the presentation.

    Who Will Benefit:

    • Thermal processing specialists/authorities
    • University food science and food microbiology faculty, especially those serving as process authorities
    • Regulatory affairs professionals
    • Scientific testing labs
    • Consultants
    • Producers of acidified foods

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    • Fred Breidt, Presenter USDA-ARS, Raleigh, NC
    • Barbara H. Ingham, Presenter Professor and Food Safety Extension Specialist, Department of Food Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    • Elizabeth L. Andress, Moderator Professor and Extension Food Safety Specialist, University of Georgia-Athens
  • Listeriosis in South Africa - Lessons Learned

    Listeria monocytogenes outbreak with ready-to-eat meat products in South Africa has been recognized as the largest among the recorded Listeria outbreaks worldwide, with more than 1000 laboratory-confirmed cases (as of May 10) including approximately 200 deaths since the beginning of 2017. Speakers will review the Listeria outbreak in South Africa and share lessons learned in order to mitigate against future outbreaks.

    This webinar is sponsored by Ecolab and hosted by the GMA Science and Education Foundation and the GMA Science and Regulatory Affairs division

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    • Peter K. Ben Embarek, Speaker International Food Safety Authorities Network (INFOSAN) Management, Department of Food Safety and Zoonoses, World Health Organization (WHO)
    • Henk C. den Bakker, Speaker Center for Food Safety, University of Georgia
    • Scott Burnett, Moderator Director of Food Safety and Quality, Global Food and Beverage Division, Ecolab
  • The Role of Water Quality in Food Safety: Does Water Matter? - Part 3: Does Water Quality Matter to My Food Company?

    An initiative of the Water Quality and Safety PDG of the International Association for Food Protection - where people who know and care about what water safety means to food safety gather and share their expertise.

    Part 1 gave the basics of EPA rules, drinking water monitoring, and disinfection.

    Part 2 described what hazards could be in compliant municipal drinking water. 

    Now In Part 3, learn what to do about it!

    First, University of Arizona’s Dr. Chuck Gerba explains the basics of Quantitative  Microbial Risk Assessment (QMRA) and how to determine your risk profile. EPA’s Ken Rotert highlights which EPA Rules and standards might impact food processing, and how to get information on your water supplier; Dr. Vince Hill of the CDC explains why we don’t hear much about water causing food contamination. Finally, hear valuable advice from Will Daniels, President, Produce Division, IEH Laboratories, with practical approaches to control your risk.

    This webinar is sponsored by the IAFP's Water Safety and Quality PDG, the Microbial Modeling & Risk Analysis PDG & Atlantium Technologies


    • Chuck Gerba, Presenter Professor, Microbiology & Environmental Sciences, Epidemiology and Biostatistics Dept., University of Arizona
    • Kenneth Rotert, Presenter Physical Scientist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
    • Vincent Hill, Presenter Chief, Waterborne Disease Prevention Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    • Will Daniels, Presenter President, Produce Division, IEH Laboratories and Consulting Group
    • Phyllis Butler Posy, Moderator Vice President, Strategic & Regulatory Affairs, Atlantium Technologies