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By: Katie Burns Date: 7/30/10

            Next Monday marks the start of the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP)’s Annual Meeting, and it could not come at a better time.  There has been recent media attention to food safety issues, such as the Food Safety Modernization Act and the safety of seafood from the Gulf shore in the wake of the BP oil spill.  Additionally, our 2010 International Food Information Council Foundation Food & Health Survey results indicate that 44% of Americans feel that foodborne illness from bacteria is the most important food safety issue today. 

            Along with sessions on traditional food safety issues such as microbial pathogens, the IAFP Annual Meeting will also include sessions on cutting-edge and timely issues from global water shortages to “green” food trends to farm-to-fork food safety to food packaging to risk communications.  It serves as a great opportunity for food safety-minded individuals to gather together and learn about and discuss the latest science, emerging technologies, new challenges and potential solutions.  The sessions at the IAFP Annual Meeting at organized by IAFP members, and the International Food Information Council Foundation (the Foundation) has organized a three sessions. 

·         Food Packaging Technology: Opportunities and Challenges that Enhance Food Safety

o    This session will include speakers with different backgrounds and perceptions related to food packaging, from industry to academia to government agencies.

·         Global Issues and Impact of Gluten Allergy and Celiac Disease

o    This session will provide an overview of gluten allergy and celiac disease before addressing international labeling and regulation issues.

·         A Practical Approach to Risk Communication: Engaging Stakeholders and the Public

o    This session will explore the role of risk communication at an international level—US Southeast Asia, South America and Europe—through case studies

            While at the conference, the Foundation will be exhibiting some of our materials, including our Ensuring A Safe Food Supply: A Concise Guide to the U.S. Food Regulatory System and the executive summary from our 2010 Consumer Perceptions of Food Technology Survey and other materials related to the above sessions.  If you happen to be at the conference, be sure to check out the sessions and visit us at booth #627. 

            Will you be attending the IAFP Annual Meeting? What do you consider the most important food safety issue today?


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