Program Information

IAFP 2022 Schedule

2022 Meeting Calls 

  • 2022 Call for Symposium and Roundtable Proposals - deadline was October 5, 2021
  • 2022 Call for Workshops - deadline was October 5, 2021

Please note: At this point in time, we expect all presenters and panel members will be in Pittsburgh to interact directly with attendees.  We will monitor COVID-19 conditions and guidance making modifications, if necessary.

Preliminary Program Topics

Acidified Foods: Addressing Challenges in Product Classification Beyond Food Safety. What Role Do Water, Syrups, and Other Low Water Activity Ingredients Play?
Addressing the Global Threat of Antimicrobial Resistance Using One Health Approach
Addressing Urban Agriculture with a One Health Approach to Food Safety Vulnerabilities and Successes
Adjunct Antimicrobial Treatments – What Are They, and How Do They Fit into a Sanitation Program?
Advances in Antimicrobial Technologies and Their Translation into Industry Practices
Advances in Pedagogy, Modality, and Accessibility for Virtual Food Safety Education
Agricultural Water Quality for Produce: Recent Advances, Current Challenges, and Future Opportunities
Application of New Technologies for Improved Food Safety
Back to Front and Front to Back: How to Manage out Toxins and Naturally Occurring Hazards throughout the Supply Chain
Can We Rely on Third Party Auditors to Assess Whether a Supplier’s Microbial and/or Chemical Test Methods Are the Right Fit for the Food Commodity?
Challenges in Implementing Food Safety Management Systems in Multinational Companies
Cleaning: The Perennial Overlooked Step in Sanitation and Vital Importance to Proper Environmental Surface Sanitization and Disinfection
Clean-Label Antimicrobial Innovations and Applications
Climate Change: The Impacts of Extreme Weather Events of the Safety of Our Food Supply
Computer Modeling - the Next Step in the Dairy Industry Evolution
Consequences of Proliferating Listeria Species for Detection Methods
Continuing the Comanagement Conversation: Establishing a Conceptual Framework for Understanding Trade-Offs and Synergies between Food Safety and Conservation Aims
COVID-19 Risk Management Practices in Food Markets: What Are the Impacts on Food Safety?
COVID-19: What Have We Learned to Make Our Food Systems More Resilient in the Future?
Cyber Attacks on the Food Industry: Virtual Threats with Real Consequences
Data Trusts for Food Protection
Data-Driven Sanitation Chemistry Selection: Does It Work Against Biofilms?
Developments in Sample Preparation: Implications in Pathogen Detection When Difficult Matrices Are Involved
E. coli Takes the Cake
Familiar Tools Made Better – Recent Developments and Applications of Risk Assessment and Predictive Modeling in Government and Industry
Flour and E. coli (STEC): What Can be Done to Prevent Outbreaks?
Food Defense: Proactive Approaches to Risk Mitigation
Food Safety Aspects of Controlled Environment Agriculture Systems for Fresh Produce Production: Current Industry Practices and Future Needs
Food Safety By Design
Food Safety in Hydroponic and Aquaponic Operations: Best Practices and the State of Research
Food Safety within Food Security in Africa: The Dilemma between Informal and Formal Markets
Foodborne Disease Outbreak Update
Foodborne Pathogens and Vulnerable Populations: Protecting and Educating the Immunocompromised
Get-Connected Market: Connecting IAFP Professionals on Food Safety in Africa
Global Recommendations on Risk Assessment of Allergens from the Ad Hoc Joint FAO/Who Expert Consultation
Gluten in Fermented or Hydrolyzed Foods- Regulatory, Consumer, and Analytical Perspectives
Goodbye Old Friend
Hold the Phone! the Role of Celebrity Chefs and Influencers in Food Safety Messaging
How Much S.M.a.R.T.E.R. Have Agricultural Water Quality Metrics Become?
How Relevant Is Finished Product Testing for Pathogens to Public Health Outcomes?
Identity Matters: Building a More Inclusive Workplace for Women in Food Safety
Implementation of HACCP-Based Egg Product Inspection
Increasing Access to and Cultivating Diversity within Food Safety Spaces
Infectious or Not Infectious? Advances in Virus Quantification and Translation to Health Risk
Lessons Learned from Produce Safety Rule Trainings to International Audiences in Latin America
Let’s Have the Talk: Are Cannabis-Infused Edibles Safe?
Life after Graduate School and Beyond Academia
Life at the Extremes: Fungal Spoilage in Low Water Activity, High Acid, and Thermally Processed Foods and Beverages 
Look Around, You Have All It Takes to Make Your Food Safe!
Making a Big Deal over Small Things: Omics-Based Microbiological Risk Assessment
Managing Your Salmonella Risk: How Investing in Early Detection and Quantitation Methods Can Protect Your Poultry Business?
Metagenomics: Where Do Viruses and Parasites Fit in?
Method & Validation Hurdles to Substantiate Allergen Claims
Mind the Gap: The Role of the Frontline Voice in Food Safety Culture Improvement
Mission Impossible? Bringing Equivalency to Virtual Audits and Inspections
Mitigating the Risk of Pathogens in Food Products
Moving Closer to Zero – Challenges and Opportunities for Reducing Children’s Exposures to Toxic Elements from Foods
New Advances in Alicyclobacillus Detection, Differentiation, and Control 
Non-Destructive Superior Sampling
Not All Acids Are Created Equal.
Novel Foods, Novel Challenges: Food Safety Concerns in Plant-Based and Novel Food Products
Parasites of Global Public Health Relevance
Persistence of Enteric Viruses in Low Moisture Environments
PMO Vs. FSMA: Is There a Win-Win Ahead?
Practical Approaches to Enhance Food Safety Culture: Shared Learnings from a Dairy Industrywide Program
Precision Genomics and the New Era of Food Safety
Public-Private Data Sharing: A New Opportunity for Risk-Based Decision Making in Food Safety
Rapid Enumeration and Viability: How Flow Cytometer Can Help with Dairy Quality, Water Quality, and More
Rapid Methods and Automation in Food Microbiology: 40 Years of Developments, Promises, and Disappointments
Rapid Response Research to Support the Food Industry through COVID-19
Recent Advances in Control of Bacillus spp. – A Pathogen of Renewed Concern
Recent Advances in Phage-Based Systems for Food and Water Analysis
Recent Developments in Applications of Predictive Tools for Meat and Poultry Products
Recent State and Local Outbreak Investigations
Safety and Quality of Water Used and Reused in Fresh Produce Supply Chains
Spoiled Rotten Seafood? Advancements in Detecting Decomposition
Strengthening Food Safety Education and Research across Programmes and Departments in the Universities
Surrounded on All Sides: A Dive into the Unseen Microbiomes of Residential and Industrial Built Environments and Food Safety Implications
The Intersection of Adjacent and Nearby Land Use and Produce Safety
The Regulation of Food Ingredients in Diverse Global Markets
The Silent Pandemic: The Emergence and Spread of Antimicrobial Resistance in Food Systems in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region
The Use of Qmra for Food Safety Interventions in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
To Biofilm, or Not to Biofilm: Listeria Monocytogenes’ Emerging Existential Dilemma
Transmissible Locus of Stress Tolerance (tLST) in Bacteria, a Potential Threat to Food Safety and Public Health
Troubles with Traceability: Working with Underserved Audiences to Help Reach Compliance
Understanding and Overcoming Challenges in Helping Underrepresented Minority Audiences Meet the FSMA PSR 112.22(c) Training Requirements
Using a HACCP-Mindset to Enable Enhanced Food Traceability
Using Consumer Research to Inform Labeling Policy for Food Products
Virtual Food Safety Monitoring, Auditing and Artificial Intelligence Applications
Watching GRAS Grow: Understanding What It Means to be GRAS in the U.S.
What Do Fresh-Cut Produce and Low Moisture Foods Processors Have in Common? New Considerations for Environmental Monitoring Programs
What Do We Know and Still Not Know about Pathogen Control in Low-Moisture Foods?
What Environmental Surveillance and Water Quality Can Tell Us about Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria in Pre-Harvest Environments
What to Expect When You're Exporting: Using FDA's Export Certification Program
Where the Wild Things Are: Foraging for Fungi Food Safety
Whole Genome Sequencing: Challenging and Defining Foodborne Pathogen Species, Risk, and Virulence