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August 2008
Vol.2, No. 8

     In this issue:

IAFP Updates

Food Safety News

Regulatory Updates

Research & Reports

Items of Interest



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As of today, your IAFP office staff has begun arriving in Columbus, Ohio, to set up headquarters for IAFP 2008, the Association’s 95th Annual Meeting. Again this year, it is our commitment and pleasure to offer a program unrivaled in quality, with prime networking opportunities and cutting-edge resources from our generous exhibitors.

Both new and returning Annual Meeting attendees are encouraged to participate in the Committee and Professional Development Group meetings that precede the Sunday evening Opening Session. Be sure to visit our Web site today to review the Sunday schedule and other opportunities you won’t want to miss.

See you in Columbus!

IAFP Updates

Latin America Symposium Presentations Available

Held May 26–28 in Campinas, Brazil, IAFP’s inaugural Latin American Symposium on Food Safety drew over 400 attendees for three days of first-rate presentations and networking. Photos and highlights of the meeting are featured in Food Protection Trends, while more than 25 of the presentations are accessible from our Web site.
[Link to presentations]

August Food Protection Trends: Abstracts and Monthly Columns by IAFP President and Executive Director

A review of hand hygiene techniques to prevent cross contamination, with recommendations for specific environments; a study of the food safety awareness levels of 30 college students; in his last column as Association President, Gary Acuff reflects on the events and people upholding the mission of IAFP; David Tharp explains the process through which symposia and technical presentations make their way into the Annual Meeting program each year.
[Link to FPT]

Featured Abstract from Journal of Food Protection

“Risk Factors for Salmonella and Hygiene Indicators in the 10 Largest Belgian Pig Slaughterhouses” was the most widely-read article in the July issue. Read the abstract here.
[Link to abstract]

Food Safety News

FSIS Releases Sign Language Resource

In this June 26 release, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) introduces SignFSIS, a series of video-casts created to keep deaf and hard-of-hearing consumers informed about foodborne illness and other food safety topics.
[Link to FSIS]

Investigation of Salmonella Saintpaul Continues

The focus shifts from tomatoes to raw jalapeno peppers as the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues its investigation of Salmonella Saintpaul, which has recently sickened more than 1,250 consumers in the US and Canada.
[Link to FDA]

Making Health a Habit Not to Break

Motivated to save children from disease and death, an anthropologist appealed to major multinational corporations for assistance in how to “sell” the routine of hand-washing as they would sell their most famous products—through manipulating the habits of consumers.
[Link to article]

Regulatory Updates

NZFSA Proposes Food Control Plan

The New Zealand Food Safety Authority (NZFSA) has launched a plan, currently in the proposed law phase, providing a food safety management system for the food service and catering sectors. The Food Control Plan (FCP) is available for download in seven languages.
[Link to NZFSA]

FSIS to List Stores Carrying Recalled Meat and Poultry Products

As part of its Class I recall process, beginning in August the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) will be tracing the distribution of recalled foods to the retail store level and posting this information on its Web site to aid consumers’ ability to identify and discard these products.
[Link to USDA]

Research & Reports

CDC Studies Contaminated Cheese

This report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) examines the March 2006–April 2007 outbreak of Salmonella enterica serotype Newport infections in consumers of unpasteurized Mexican-style aged cheese (cotija) in Illinois.
[Link to CDC]

Strengthening the US Food Safety System

The Rapid Response Public Health Policy Response Project of the School of Public Health and Health Services at The George Washington University (GWU) in Washington, D.C., has released this 12-page white paper outlining recommendations for protecting the nation’s supply of fruits and vegetables.
[Link to paper]

Fungal Kingdom Poses Threat, Offers Hope

Following a November 2007 colloquium on fungal biology research (mycology), the American Academy of Microbiology (AAM) published “The Fungal Kingdom: Diverse and Essential Roles in Earth’s Ecosystem,” a report offering recommendations for advanced research on the mysterious microorganisms known as fungi.
[Link to report]

EFSA Advises on Risk Assessment in Animal Feed

The European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) Biological Hazards Panel (BIOHAZ) published in July its scientific opinion on the potential for Salmonella and other bacteria to be present in feed provided to food-producing animals.
[Link to EFSA]

Items of Interest

FSA Annual Report

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) of the United Kingdom released in July its annual report for 2007–2008.
[Link to FSA]

FAO Invites Network Participation

Through the Animal Production and Health Division of its Agriculture and Consumer Protection Department, the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) invites participation in its global and regional Networks on Veterinary Public Health, Zoonoses, Feed and Food Safety.
[Link to FAO]

Household Food Safety During Inclement Weather

In response to recent severe weather conditions, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued this consumer alert on maintaining the safety of household food before, during, and after a weather emergency.
[Link to FSIS]

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

Thank You to Our Contributors

Media image: SignFSIS, FAO (VPH map)
Photos: shiitake mushroom (Science Photo Library: Keith Weller, USDA-ARS)

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