Food Defense Professional Development Group

Mission Statement: To provide a forum to discuss issues of interest pertaining to food defense.

Next Meeting

October 25, 2020
Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland | Cleveland, Ohio

In conjunction with IAFP 2020

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 Dina Siedenburg,, for more information.


2019 Board Response to Recommendations +

  1. None

2018 Board Response to Recommendations +

  1. The PDG recommends the Executive Board approve the selection of Mark Kazmierczak as PDG Vice Chair.

    Board Response: Agree.

  2. The PDG recommends the Food Defense Conference hosted by FPDI be held in conjunction with the 2019 IAFP Annual Meeting.

    Board Response: Agree. Food Protection and Defense Institute to contact IAFP office to arrange.

2017 Board Response to Recommendations +

  1. PDG recommends no changes to the mission statement.

    Board Response: Agree.

  2. Recommend the approval of Oscar Rodriguez- Gonzalez as Chair of the Food Defense PDG for 2018–2020.

    Board Response: Agree.

2016 Board Response to Recommendations +

  1. To re-evaluate the mission statement for the PDG. The PDG plans to inform all the members of the PDG about the initiative, and assemble a sub-committee to reevaluate the mission, and submit the recommendations to the Board

    Board Response: Mission statements can be re-written and submitted to the Board for approval

  2. Recommend the approval of Oscar Rodriguez-Gonzalez as Vice Chair of the Food Defense PDG who will take over as chair in 2018.

    Board Response: Agree

2015 Board Response to Recommendations +

  1. Recommend approval of Jennifer Pierquet as Vice Chair of the Food Defense PDG who will take over as Chair in 2016.

    Board Response: Approve.

2014 Board Response to Recommendations +

  1. Reserve a session slot for a food defense late-breaking session or special session to cover an intentional contamination event that occurs between the proposal due date in October and the meeting next summer.

    Board Response: The Program Committee holds one (or more) session slot(s) for topics of interest that develop outside of the normal, symposium submission timeline.


  • Food Fraud and Economically Motivated Adulteration: Criminology is the New Challenge for Food Scientists

    The Food Safety Modernization Act has 11 mentions of ‘intentional adulteration’ but the term is not defined. ‘Intentional adulteration,’ regardless of the source or cause, is a food safety and quality issue. Food science and food safety professionals are being held accountable for not only detecting, but deterring these risks. This presentation introduces the Food Fraud and Economically Motivated Adulteration topics that are being researched by Michigan State University and the National Center for Food Protection and Defense.

    Organized by the Food Defense PDG


    • John Spink Associate Director & Assistant Professor, Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection Program, Michigan State University