IAFP heading to Anaheim in August

by Keith Nunes
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DES MOINES, IOWA — The International Association for Food Protection will hold IAFP 2010, August 1 - 4 in Anaheim, Calif. The meeting has earned recognition as a leading food safety conference. Registration and housing arrangements are now open via the association web site at www.foodprotection.org.

The IAFP 2010 will feature more than 30 symposia, 80 technical presentations and over 400 poster presentations. In addition to the science-based presentations, the four-day meeting will include committee and professional development group meetings, educational exhibits, and an awards banquet.

Two pre-meeting workshops: “Characterization and identification of spoilage-causing fungi: A hands-on workshop” and “Microbial challenge testing for foods” will be presented.

Issues regarding foodborne disease outbreaks, emerging chemical hazards in food, the effects of climate change, best practices for cleaning and third-party certification are just a few of the issues that will be discussed throughout the educational sessions.

Special presentations will be made at the opening and closing sessions, including the Ivan Parkin Lecture by Mike Taylor, senior advisor to the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, and the John H. Silliker Lecture delivered by Robert Buchanan, professor and director of the Center for Food Safety and Security Systems at the University of Maryland, College Park.
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