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COMMENTARY
FROM YOUR PRESIDENT

Mickey E. Parish

As I write this, our IAFP staff
members in Des Moines are preparing
to deliver a warm welcome to our
annual global food safety family reunion
in Salt Lake City. The IAFP Annual
Meeting represents the culmination of
a year's preparation by many Association Members who lead and serve
on various Committees, PDGs and
Affiliates. In this era when science
is under increased public doubt and scrutiny, it is critical that we
maintain our efforts, as we have for more than 100 years, to provide
a forum for the presentation, discussion and debate of new scientific
data generated by food protection scientists from around the world.
This year's Annual Meeting continues the long legacy of
scientific integrity and discovery fostered by IAFP, and promises
to inform and enlighten the global food protection community on
many developing issues of common interest to industry, academia
and government. For example, the Executive Board organized latebreaking sessions that include presentations on the South Africa
listeriosis outbreak and the recent STEC/lettuce outbreak in North
America. The Annual Meeting dates are July 8-11, but don't forget
the pre-meeting workshops and PDG and Committee meetings
July 6 and 7. Your involvement in these activities is vital to our
mission as a scientific professional society and equally supports
your professional development by providing access to new scientific
information as well as opportunities to network with global food
protection experts.

FROM YOUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
In Mickey Parish's column this
month, he reviews some traits and
factors that are unique to IAFP's Annual
Meeting and Membership. Mickey
talks about the "global food safety
family" that comes together each year
at the Annual Meeting. The reason this
annual reunion is so successful is the
active participation of so many IAFP
Members. From exhibitors to speakers,
organizers and convenors; from PDG Chairs and PDG Members
to attendees; all come together to make the IAFP family reunion a
special occasion each year.
Work for each Annual Meeting begins well in advance of the
actual meeting. Site selection for the location takes place four
to five years prior to the event with contracting for many services
being finalized between 12 months and 3 years before the first
attendee arrives. But one of the most important aspects of the
IAFP Annual Meeting is the opportunity for submission of
symposia and technical papers by groups and individuals for
inclusion on the program. Each submission is then peer-reviewed
by Program Committee Members before being included in the
next Annual Meeting program.
More than 90% of symposia and roundtable submissions
come through the Professional Development Group (PDG) system.
IAFP's PDGs have really expanded in the past few years - not only

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While our traditional symposia, poster and technical sessions
will address an abundance of important issues related to food safety
and quality, there are several other general sessions at our Annual
Meeting you are strongly encouraged to attend. Sunday evening at
6:00 p.m. please join us for the Opening Session and Ivan Parkin
Lecture given by Gary Acuff of Texas A&M University, followed on
Monday at 12:15 p.m. with a U.S. Regulatory Update by officials of
the FDA and USDA/FSIS, and finally the John H. Silliker Lecture
by Ann Marie McNamara of Target Corporation at 4:00 p.m. on
Wednesday. This will be followed by the annual Awards Banquet
later that evening where we will recognize the accomplishments of
many of our members.
As my year as President of this organization comes to a close,
I find myself reflecting on the activities and opportunities of the
past four years on the Executive Board. Based on my experience, it
is evident that IAFP has highly dedicated and motivated members
throughout the world. No matter where I had the opportunity
to visit, whether Europe, China, or any one of several Affiliates in
the U.S., I was always impressed by the passion and enthusiasm of
our global food protection family. We are all dedicated to working
together to ensure that the world's food supply is wholesome and
safe for consumption. It has been an enormous privilege to serve
you as an officer with this great organization. And I look forward to
many more years of dedication to the ideals and mission of IAFP.

David W. Tharp
have new PDGs been added but participation in the meetings
taking place at Annual Meeting has grown beyond belief. Many of
the PDG meetings have 150 or more professionals participating
at the Sunday meetings during Annual Meeting. PDGs set their
own agenda; some will have presentations or structured discussion
during their meetings, and others hold less formal discussions or
may break down further into interest groups within the PDG. Most
all PDGs set aside a part of their meeting time to discuss symposium
proposals for the next Annual Meeting. This is where every Member
can become involved; to share your knowledge and experience with
other IAFP Members and interested food safety professionals.
PDGs are not limited only by this "Annual Meeting" activity,
but they can also author articles for publication in IAFP journals or
they can organize webinars to help inform and educate colleagues.
You might have noticed the increase in IAFP webinars lately. Most
of these have come from the PDGs.
If you are not already involved with at least one of IAFP's
PDGs, we encourage you to review the list of 27 topic areas covered
by our Professional Development Groups. A list of PDGs can
be found on the IAFP website that includes the PDG's mission
statement. There is sure to be something of interest to you! If you
need any help in finding this information or need assistance in
making contact with the PDG leadership, feel free to contact the
IAFP office. We look forward to your active involvement and hope
that next year, you will present your knowledge and information
about your area of special interest!



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Evaluating the Implementation of Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) in Small Scale Abattoirs of Tigray Region, Ethiopia
Training Hard-to-Reach Pennsylvanian Cheesemakers about Food Safety, Using a Low-tech Training Tool
Food-handling Behaviors of Student Volunteers Food-handling Behaviors of Student Volunteers
Beoybon Taud thxee Bio
IAFP European Symposium on Food Safety Highlights
IAFP's European Student Travel Scholarship
PDG Highlight Beverages and Acid/Acidified Foods Professional Development Group
General Interest Paper The Very Real Impact of the Food Safety Modernization Act: A Roundtable Symposium Addressing FSMA’s Effect on Academia and Industry
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