International Association for Food Protection Holds 2010-2011 Secretary Election
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Des Moines, Iowa (January 26, 2010) The International Association for Food Protection is proud to announce Dr. Maria Teresa Destro and Dr. Donald W. Schaffner as candidates for the 2010-2011 Secretary. The elected Secretary will assume their position following IAFP 2010 in Anaheim, California this coming August and will serve a five-year term of successive positions. Ballots will be provided to all Association Members and the election will remain open through March 16, 2010. Election results will be announced on the IAFP Web site, in the April issue of the IAFP Report and in the May issue of Food Protection Trends.
Dr. Maria Teresa Destro is an Associate Professor of Food Microbiology in the Department of Food and Experimental Nutrition at the University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil. As a professor at USP, Dr. Destro dedicates her time to three areas: teaching, research and extension. Her responsibilities include teaching food microbiology to undergraduates and mentoring graduate students in their studies on Gram-positive foodborne pathogens. She also delivers regular courses at several universities in Brazil and in other South American countries.
Dr. Destro joined IAFP in 1994 and has attended the association's annual meetings since 1999. She has served as Member, Vice-Chair and Chair of the Journal of Food Protection Management Committee (2000-2008); and Vice-Chair and Chair of the Awards Committee (2007-2008). As Affiliate Council Secretary and then Affiliate Council Chair (2005-2007), she had the opportunity to join the IAFP Executive Board as the first non-North American member of the Board. Dr. Destro currently serves as a member of the IAFP Program Committee (2008-2011) and on the Meat and Poultry Safety and Quality PDG. In addition, Dr. Destro was partially responsible for the establishment of the Brazil Association for Food Protection, the first IAFP Affiliate organization in South America.
Dr. Donald W. Schaffner is Extension Specialist in Food Science and Professor at Rutgers University. He also serves as the Director of the Center for Advanced Food Technology.
Dr. Schaffner is active in several scientific associations including IAFP, IFT, Society for Risk Analysis (SRA), American Society for Microbiology (ASM), and Conference for Food Protection (CFP). Dr. Schaffner is an Editor for the ASM Journal, Applied and Environmental Microbiology, and serves on CFP, Council III - Science and Technology. He has served on a variety of national and international
expert committees. His recent service to IAFP includes membership on the Journal of Food Protection Editorial Board, IAFP Foundation Committee, Program Committee, Organizing Committee for IAFP's Second European Symposium on Food Safety, GMA Food Safety Award Jury and Nominating Committee. He currently serves as Vice Chairman for the IAFP Membership Committee. Dr. Schaffner was awarded the IAFP Elmer Marth Educator Award in 2009 for outstanding service to the public and IAFP in the area of food safety and food protection education.
Dr. Schaffner holds a B.S. in Food Science from Cornell University and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Food Science and Technology from the University of Georgia.
For complete biographies of the candidates visit the IAFP Website at: http://www.foodprotection.org.
About International Association for Food Protection
The International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) represents more than 4,300 food safety professionals committed to Advancing Food Safety Worldwide®. The association includes educators, government officials, microbiologists, food industry executives and quality control professionals who are involved in all aspects of growing, storing, transporting, processing and preparing all types of foods. Working together, IAFP members, representing more than 70 countries, help the association achieve its mission through networking, educational programs, journals, career opportunities and numerous other resources.