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May 2008
Vol.2, No. 5

     In this issue:

IAFP Updates

Food Safety News

Regulatory Updates

Research & Reports

Items of Interest



This issue of
IAFP Report is
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We 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 program.

IAFP Updates

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 potential members.
[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]

Regulatory Updates

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 carcasses.
[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]

Comments or suggestions for IAFP Report may be sent to report@foodprotection.org, or directly to the Contents Editor, Dr. Jeff Farber, Bureau of Microbial Hazards, Health Canada. E-mail jeff_farber@hc-sc.gc.ca

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