The International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) has set the preliminary program for IAFP 2018 – the Association’s Annual Meeting, July 8- 11 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The food safety meeting begins Sunday evening, July 8, with the Opening Session featuring the Ivan Parkin Lecture by Gary Acuff, Ph.D., professor of food microbiology in the Department of Nutrition and Food Science at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. The opening is followed by a cheese and wine reception in the Exhibit Hall.
Monday morning starts three days of sessions with more than 1,100 presentations including 69 symposia, 19 roundtable sessions, 136 technical presentations, and 702 poster presentations. Samples of symposium topics include: One Size Does Not Fit All: Food Defense Planning for FSMA Compliance; Best Practices for Safe Transportation of Food; Food Fraud – Progress and Plans for Prevention and Management; and Novel Processing Technologies to Improve Food Safety and Quality.
The Annual John H. Silliker Lecture will be presented Wednesday afternoon, featuring Ann Marie McNamara, Ph.D., vice president of food and essentials safety and quality assurance at Target, Inc. in Minneapolis, Minn. For additional educational opportunities, IAFP 2018 will present four pre-meeting workshops on July 6 and July 7.
Attendance is expected to exceed 3,600 industry, academic and government food safety professionals. This broad mix of attendees includes professionals in quality control, processing operations, regulatory inspections, food safety consulting, risk assessment, research and development, microbiological research, plant management, technical services, and HACCP management. The meeting will also showcase nearly 200 companies and organizations demonstrating the latest products and technologies in the Exhibit Hall. Online registration and the preliminary program are available at http://www.foodprotection.org/annualmeeting/).