are pleased to be returning to Europe this fall to present our Fourth
European Symposium on Food Safety, to be held November 19–21 in Lisbon,
Portugal. Government, academia, and industry speakers from Europe and
beyond will present their experiences and views on eight critical
sessions specific to food safety issues in European countries.
Additionally, the opportunity for poster presentations will enable
participants to showcase their own work and closely interact with the
audience. Be sure to visit our Web site to review the preliminary
Discount Registration for Latin America Symposium Ends May 10
To take advantage of discounted rates and payment by credit card, those
planning to attend our May 26–28 Latin America Symposium on Food Safety
in Brazil are encouraged to register now. After May 10, registration
will take place on a cash-only basis at the meeting.
[Link to meeting site]
IAFP 2008: Best Rates and Rooms for Early Planners
In just three months, IAFP will welcome
the world's leading food safety professionals to Columbus, Ohio, for
the Association's 95th Annual Meeting. Will you be among them? Visit
our Web site today for information and registration deadlines
[Link to IAFP 2008]
May Food Protection Trends: Abstracts and Monthly Columns by IAFP President and Executive Director
A study comparing the
five-year incidence of salmonellosis in North Dakota to the US average;
an assessment of male and female opinions regarding genetically
engineered (GE) salmon; Gary Acuff ruminates on his days as a graduate
student and how the IAFP Annual Meeting nurtures generations of "food
safety heroes"; David Tharp explains the Association's efforts to
expedite growth through a new communication campaign directed at
[Link to FPT]
Featured Abstract from Journal of Food Protection
"Animal and Environmental Impact on the Presence and Distribution of Salmonella and Escherichia coli in Hydroponic Tomato Greenhouses" was the most widely-read article in the April issue. Read the abstract here.
[Link to abstract]
Food Safety News
EFSA to Examine Transfer of Antimicrobial Resistance through Food
The BIOHAZ Panel of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is
seeking to identify how food serves as a vehicle for
antimicrobial-resistant bacteria to reach humans. Scientific data will
be accepted through May 27.
[Link to EFSA]
Researchers Find Anti-virulence Factor in Salmonella
At the University of British Columbia (UBC), researchers have identified a distinct pathway in Salmonella that acts as an anti-virulence factor during salmonellosis, an insight that may lead to improved Salmonella vaccines.
[Link to UBC]
Nanoparticles to Be Studied for Impact on Microbial Structure or Function
A research project conducted through Iowa State University aims to use
silver nanoparticles in the development of food-related applications
like microbe-resistant fabrics or non-biofouling surfaces, which may
significantly enhance the safety of foods.
[Link to article]
FSIS Revises Reports Following February NACMPI Meeting
Two reports provided to the National Advisory Committee on Meat and
Poultry Inspection (NACMPI) in February, regarding processing and
slaughter establishments, have been revised based on comments from
NACMPI, stakeholders, and peer reviewers. These technical reports,
along with audit reports and issue papers, are available for download
at the Agency site.
[Link to FSIS]
FSAI Announces New Guidance on Food
The Food Safety Authority
of Ireland (FSAI) announced in April the publication of a new guidance,
available in 10 languages, detailing the legal requirements for the
labeling of food.
[Link to FSAI]
Research & Reports
Statement Updates from IFST
In April, the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST) replaced the September 2001 Information Statement on Cryptosporidium and the March 2002 Information Statement on Foodborne Viral Infections. Both updated statements are available below.
[Link to PDF: Cryptosporidium]
[Link to PDF: Foodborne Viral Infections]
FoodNet Releases Data on Multi-state Incidence of Infections
The Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet) of CDC's
Emerging Infections Program has released its preliminary surveillance
data for 2007, collected from 10 US states.
[Link to CDC]
EFSA Opinion on Substances Used to Decontaminate Poultry
The European Food Safety
Authority (EFSA) Panel on Biological Hazards (BIOHAZ) has assessed the
impact of four antimicrobial substances used to decontaminate poultry
[Link to EFSA]
Items of Interest
FDA Calls for Comments on Food Protection Plan
Through July 31, the US
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is accepting comments on its 2007
Food Protection Plan, which aims to protect the US food supply from
both unintentional contamination and deliberate attack.
[Link to FDA]
Online Food Safety Videos from IFIC
The International Food Information Council (IFIC) Web site features a
series of videos on how to determine the safety of what many of us eat
on a daily basis.
[Link to IFIC]
EFSA Work Plan 2008
Visit the European
Public Health Alliance (EPHA) Web site to review the four main goals of
the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) for 2008.
[Link to EPHA]
Household Dust: Bacteria in Business
A Finnish-based research
team found approximately 500 bacterial species in indoor dust samples
taken from two nursing homes during each of the four seasons.
[Link to article]
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