Kali Kniel assumed the presidency of the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) at the conclusion of IAFP 2019 in Louisville, Ken. Kniel is a professor in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences at the University of Delaware in Newark, where she has been since 2004. Her teaching responsibilities include courses on epidemiology and foodborne disease; controversial and social issues of food science; and food security. Kniel leads an active research program studying issues related to food safety education; produce safety; and environmental transmission and persistence of bacteria, viruses, and protozoa. She is also active with local growers and food producers in the Delmarva area and abroad.
An IAFP Member since 1999, Kniel is a member of several professional development groups and has served on numerous committees throughout her membership, including the program committees for IAFP’s Annual Meeting and the IAFP European Symposium; the Black Pearl Award Selection Committee; Food Protection Trends’ Editorial Board and Management Committee; and Journal of Food Protection’s Management Committee. She currently serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Food Protection and is a member of the IAFP Affiliate, the Capital Area Food Protection Association. She was the recipient of the IAFP Elmer Marth Educator Award in 2015.
Kniel received her B.S. in biology, M.S. in molecular cell biology, and Ph.D. in food science, all from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. From 2002 to 2004, she served as a postdoctoral research microbiologist with the Animal Parasitic Diseases Laboratory at the USDA Agricultural Research Service.
Other members of the Executive Board include:
- President-Elect Roger Cook, New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries, Wellington, New Zealand
- Vice President Ruth Petran, Ecolab Inc., St. Paul, Minn.
- Secretary Michelle Danyluk, University of Florida, Lake Alfred, Fla.
- Past President Tim Jackson, Driscoll’s of the Americas, Watsonville, Calif.
- Affiliate Council Chair Maria Ma, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Ok.
Held in Louisville, Ky., the three-day IAFP meeting concluded July 24 with a record-breaking international audience of more than 3,800 registered attendees representing 51 countries, 50 states, and seven Canadian provinces. On Sunday evening, President Tim Jackson officially welcomed attendees to Louisville at IAFP 2019’s Opening Session. Those honored throughout the session included four Fellow Award recipients; five Travel Award recipients from State or Provincial Health or Agricultural Departments; three Travel Award recipients from a Country with a Developing Economy; and 21 Student Travel Scholarship Award recipients. The Ivan Parkin Lecture closed the session and featured Dr. Barbara Chamberlin, Professor of Extension Instructional Design and Education Media Specialist at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Dr. Chamberlin spoke on “The Power of Play: Using Media to Educate Our Stakeholders.”
IAFP 2019’s program featured more than 1,000 presentations including 71 symposia, 22 roundtable sessions, 131 technical presentations, and more than 765 poster presentations. Representatives from 187 companies, including 41 new exhibitors, showcased equipment and the latest innovations in food safety services in the Exhibit Hall.
Monday’s agenda included a U.S. Regulatory Update on Food Safety, featuring Mindy Brashears with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Frank Yiannas with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
On Wednesday afternoon, the John H. Silliker Lecture featured Robert Tauxe, MD, MPH, Director, Division of Foodborne, Waterborne and Environmental Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia. Tauxe spoke on “From Outbreak Catastrophes to Clades of Concern, How Whole Genome Sequencing Can Change the Food Safety Landscape.”
Wednesday night’s Awards Banquet honored excellence in food safety by recognizing 32 individuals and organizations with awards. The evening concluded with the gavel presentation to Incoming President Kali Kniel