The list below shows upcoming 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.
What Do I Need to Know Before Submitting Samples for Microbiological Testing?
Apr 16, 2020 (11:00 a.m. (Central Time U.S)/12:00 p.m. (Eastern Time U.S.)
Sponsored by the IAFP Foundation
Food manufacturers, importers and consignees, retail establishments, and other food institutions often rely on third party private laboratories to test finished food, ingredients, in-process materials and/or pathogen and indicator environmental samples. Samples are submitted for testing for various reasons – compliance with FSMA regulations, USDA-FSIS mandate, or as a requirement for domestic and international trade. Test results can aid in the verification of the safety of a food product, in the establishment and monitoring of a product’s shelf-stability, and in the verification of the sanitary condition of the post-process production environment. Every food establishment and food-related entity that is involved in microbiological food testing would need to become familiar with the critical food attributes and sampling techniques than can impact the validity and accuracy of testing results. This webinar will help food industry professionals gain knowledge on important considerations prior to the submission of test samples for microbial analyses.
- Rocelle Clavero, Speaker Grab Food Safety Consulting LLC
- Nancy Thiex, Speaker Thiex Laboratory Solutions LLC
Science Connections- Accessing Tools to Support Your Literature Review
Apr 23, 2020 (9:00 a.m. (Central Time U.S)/10:00 a.m. (Eastern Time U.S.)
Recognizing the value of a well-written literature review is critical to food safety research. USDA’s National Agriculture Library (NAL) and its Food Safety Research Information Office (FSRIO) supports students in food safety and food science, as well as the general public domestically and globally. NAL also partners with the Agriculture Research Service (ARS), scientists and other food scientists to share their research and resources on their approaches and strategies using cutting edge tools to answer pressing research questions.
The USDA National Agriculture Library is one of the five national libraries across the United States. It houses one of the world’s largest collections of agricultural data across eight (8) information centers. In addition, the digital resources include; DigiTop, AGRICOLA (AGRICultural On Line Access), NALDC (National Agricultural Library Digital Collections), PubAg, NALT (National Agricultural Library Thesaurus), NAL Internet Archive Collection, Special Collections, Ag Data Commons, Life Cycle Assessment, I5k Workspace @ NAL, VIVO, FoodData Central and the Dr. Dukes Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Database among its key tools.
The FSRIO is the information center that supports the food science community by collecting, organizing & disseminating data. Its information products include a food safety research projects database, a food safety research publications feed, and highlights the work of various food scientists in action. The organization also receives guidance from a working group of federal partners with food safety expertise across the USDA.
This forum will bring an awareness about the information products available to scientists. In addition, participants will learn how to utilize search tools and customize their searches to navigate the resources described above. They will also identify and find research articles that will benefit their work. Search strategies and customizable tools will be shared as an introduction to the systematic literature review process that can be performed through NAL and FSRIO.
- Dawanna James-Holly, Moderator USDA, National Agriculture Library
- Wendy Shaw, Presenter USDA, National Agriculture Library
Making the Most of The Time You Have: Communicating Technical Food Safety Science in a Short Amount of Time
Apr 28, 2020 (1pm - 2pm (EST) / 12pm -1pm (CST))
This webinar will cover how to communicate food safety science to a general audience in a short amount of time. Every scientist has to present complex concepts to a general audience, and understanding how to communicate these concepts clearly and concisely to the general public, a non-scientist co-worker, or even a supervisor is an invaluable skill. This skill is important especially in food safety where scientific discoveries can influence public policy, industry practices, and consumer food safety behaviors. Oral presentations and visuals can be effectively used to facilitate this communication. This webinar seeks to provide useful techniques and insights on how to use both forms of communication effectively to a non-technical audience.
- Katie Overbey, Moderator Johns Hopkins University, Maryland, USA
- Benjamin Chapman, Speaker North Carolina State University, North Carolina, USA
- Laura Strawn, Speaker Virginia Tech, Virginia, USA
- Elizabeth Bradshaw, Speaker NC Department of Health, North Carolina, USA
- Danielle Hennis, Speaker Make It Memorable, North Carolina, USA