IAFP 2021

Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Each year, the International Association for Food Protection hosts an Annual Meeting, providing attendees with information on current and emerging food safety issues, the latest science, innovative solutions to new and recurring problems, and the opportunity to network with thousands of food safety professionals from around the globe.

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IFT 2021 Annual Meeting

Virtual, Event

Sodium Reduction in Food: Where Are We Now? Extensive debate continues around the best approach for lowering population sodium intake, particularly given that public health campaigns related to labeling and education have had minimal impact. As a result, experts have more recently suggested that sodium reduction in the food supply is the only recourse. This session looks at that and other alternatives to addressing sodium intakes.

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Science Is Self-Correcting—But the Record Is Not: Building Self-Correction Into the Design of Science

Virtual, Event

In this session, invited speakers will expand upon dialogue from IAFNS’s original “Science is Self-Correcting – But the Record is Not” webinar by exploring how we can achieve an enterprise-wide approach to self-correction that is built into the design of science.

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Each year, the International Association for Food Protection hosts an Annual Meeting, providing attendees with information on current and emerging food safety issues, the latest science, innovative solutions to new and recurring problems, and the opportunity to network with thousands of food safety professionals from around the globe.

This year, IAFNS Food and Chemical Safety Committee and Food Microbiology Committee are supporting the four sessions at the IAFP Annual Meeting.

Progressing Allergen Risk Management: Thresholds and Quantitative Risk Assessment Expand

July 21, 2021, 1:45 PM - 3:15 PM ET

Food allergies constitute a significant public health issue that affects approximately 32 million Americans. The Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) reports a 377% increase in the diagnosis of anaphylactic food reactions between 2007 and 2016. Although research is ongoing for therapeutics, the primary management for food-allergic consumers is strict dietary avoidance. Food choices, however, may be limited for these consumers because of widespread and inconsistent use of precautionary allergen labeling (e.g., statements such as may contain). The concept of reference doses based on a threshold effect is routinely used in public health risk assessment to inform the approach to risk management. For food allergens, dose response modeling of clinical data from oral food challenges in food-allergic individuals has the potential to inform allergen risk management decisions and drive consistency in allergen labeling. This session will explore the current understanding and application of reference doses for food allergens (derived from the modeling of individual thresholds) and consider what information and tools are needed to progress toward reliable allergen risk assessment and management decisions.

Bayesian Hierarchical Evaluation of Dose-Response for Peanut Allergy in Clinical Trial Screening
Lynne Haber, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH Occurrence of Allergens in Pre-Packaged Foods in Conjunction with the Use of Precautionary Labeling in Canada: Learnings and Future Directions
Samuel Godefroy, Université Laval, Department of Food Science, Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences, Quebec City, QC, Canada Practical Applications of Quantitative Risk Assessment of Allergens
Benjamin Remington, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE

 

This session is supported by the IAFNS Food and Chemical Safety Committee.

Developing Atmospheric Cold Plasma as a Nonthermal Food Safety Tool Expand

July 21, 2021, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM ET

Cold plasma is an emerging technology proposed as a nonthermal process to reduce food safety risks on a variety of foods. Atmospheric cold plasma has a benefit in that it can be applied to packaged foods to reduce surface contaminants such as Salmonella or STEC on fresh fruits and vegetables or L. monocytogenes on high-moisture cheeses. This symposium will present an overview of the technology, examples of inactivating microbes as well as demonstrating it as a novel approach to reduce the presence of mycotoxins on grains. Results from validation studies will be presented and challenges to commercialization will be addressed.

Brendan Niemira, PhD, USDA Agricultural Research Service

 

Kevin Keener, PhD, University of Guelph

 

Melha Mellata, PhD, Iowa State University

 

Paula Bourke, PhD, University College Dublin

 

 

This event is supported by the IAFNS Food Microbiology Committee.

Advances in Powdered Food Safety and Quality Sampling Plans: Theory, Simulation and Practice Expand

July 19, 2021, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM ET

Powdered products are burdened by low-prevalence, low-level contamination that is typically heterogeneously distributed. Multiple commodities and products could benefit from improved management of these risks as evidenced by outbreaks of foodborne disease linked to dairy powders, wheat and nut flours, and powdered infant formula. This session will focus on advances in powder sampling and provide depth in one well-studied commodity, dairy powder, upon which other commodities may draw analogous lessons.

As manufacturers supply domestic and global markets, they must continue to manage rare microbiological contamination with foodborne pathogens such as Salmonella, chemical contamination with mycotoxins such as aflatoxin, and meet increasingly stringent customer quality requirements for indicator and spore counts, to ensure product compliance with regulatory standards. While product testing is one fundamental component of food safety and quality management, traditional best practices like ICMSF-style manual N60 grab sampling is underpowered when those hazards are at low prevalence and level. Modern technologies like autosamplers provide opportunities to improve practice by automating the process of sample collection. This opens the possibility to take many more, smaller samples with complex stratification and true randomness.

Currently, the food industry is needing improvements in practices to meet safety and quality challenges. This session meets that need by addressing knowledge gaps around the benefits of improved sampling plans, technologies and implementation strategies, using dairy powders as an example case. The session will start with a speaker presenting recent statistical theory modelling powder sampling to define the performance of traditional grab compared to auto sampling approaches. The next speaker will present work simulating dairy powder sampling to better define the variability of sampling plans when applied to specific production and hazard scenarios. Finally, we will hear from an industry speaker providing perspective on the value and practicality of getting this done in a multinational company.

Modelling the Effect of Sampling Methods on Detection Tests for Powdered Products
Roger Kissling, Fonterra Simulating Production and Hazard Scenarios in Powdered Product Sampling to Improve Food Safety Sampling Plans
Matthew J. Stasiewicz, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Industry Need and Role for Improved Sampling of Powdered Products
Pamela Wilger, Cargill

 

This session is supported by the IAFNS Food Microbiology Committee.

 

 

 

Emergency Use of Microbial Methods of Detection by Industry - Alternative Routes Proving Fit for Purpose Expand

July 20, 2021, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM ET

The food safety industry must ensure analytical methods designed to detect hazards are fit-for-purpose for their specific commodities. Meanwhile, the food industry is developing hundreds of new ingredients and products that will require screening for microbial hazards. With the ever-expanding diversity of these food products, what happens when a testing laboratory is presented with an urgent request for testing a matrix that was not included in the method's original validation study? The laboratory is asked to deviate from the intended use of the method by testing a different matrix or a different test portion size.

This situation can occur when a food manufacturer requires a faster turn-around time for product release than their standard method allows, when there is a sudden issue with the performance of a rapid test kit, or if a test kits from the manufacturer are backordered. Do these situations constitute an emergency? Arguably, this upset in product distribution could constitute an emergency in terms of the supply chain which is already under stress due to pandemic disruptions - with real effects on consumer well-being and the economy.

This roundtable will consider the key components required for a matrix validation and acceptable strategies for matrix validation that can be used in emergency situations. What approaches will allow expediency while assuring that the method is fit for purpose?

Invited panel participants:
• Deann Akins-Lewenthal, ConAgra Brands
• Patrick Bird, Technical Consultant, AOAC INTERNATIONAL
• Megan Brown, Eurofins
• Tom Hammack, US Food and Drug Administration
• Kelly Stevens, General Mills

 

This session is supported by the IAFNS Food Microbiology Committee.

 

 

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				IAFNS 2021 Annual Meeting
									Overview			
					
					
				Overview
							

Join us for the inaugural Annual Meeting of the Institute for the Advancement of Food and Nutrition Sciences! Leveraging our operative model focused on collaboration and inclusion across industry, government, and academic scientists, sessions will highlight and explore:

  • -Food supply and formulation decisions
  • -Food for health promotion and disease management
  • -New frontiers in food allergen management
  • -Measurement of protein digestibility
  • -Novel environmental controls for food safety - and more!

The IAFNS 2021 Annual Meeting will take place on June 16-17th, with an opening reception on June 15th.

Schedule Registration Details

Registration is $150, with the following discounts available:

Price Use Code
Government Employees FREE GOVERNMENT (must register with .gov email address)
Students FREE STUDENT (must register with .edu email address)
Academic Faculty $30 FACULTY (must register with .edu email address)
Nonprofit Employees $50 NONPROFIT (must register with .org email address)
Healthcare Providers (including RDNs) $50 HCPIAFNS
Current IAFNS Industry Member $100 MEMINDUSTRY

 

Press registration:

IAFNS has reserved a select number of complimentary registrations for members of the media covering the IAFNS 2021 Annual Meeting. Press can request a complimentary registration by sending an email to science@iafns.org. This email should include your name and the news outlet you represent. Please list "Journalist" in the subject line of your email. Press registration will be granted at the discretion of IAFNS.

The symposium is supported by the IAFNS Scientific Leadership Council.

Register

Opening Reception

Happy Hours

"Let's Talk!" Interviews

Connecting Food and Agriculture

Food Innovation:
10 Year Futurecasting

Learn about new members of the IAFNS community

Science Symposium

Nutrition Keynote

Wednesday, June 16th, 11:30am-12:15pm ET

Food Safety Keynote

Thursday, June 17th, 10:00-10:45am ET

What's on Our Plates? The Role of Food in Maintaining Health and Managing Disease

Wednesday, June 16th, 12:30-1:45pm ET

Session and Presenter Details

Environmental Controls for Food Safety: Managing Outside the Box

Wednesday, June 16th, 2:30-4:00pm ET

Session and Presenter Details

New Innovations in Food Allergy Testing and Patient Care

Wednesday, June 16th, 4:30-6:00pm ET

Session and Presenter Details

Low- and No-Calorie Sweeteners: How Much is Too Much?

Thursday, June 17th, 11:30am-1:00pm ET

Session and Presenter Details

Avoiding Health Flip-Flops in a Changing Food Supply

Thursday, June 17th, 2:00-3:30pm ET

Session and Presenter Details

Establishing in vitro Protein Digestibility as an Alternative to Animal Testing

Thursday, June 17th, 4:30-5:30pm ET

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Register for the complete series here.

Webinars will be held from 3pm to 430pm ET across four Thursdays. Time is reserved for Questions & Answers in each session. Details for each session are noted below.  The series is free and open to the community.

Current research on aging reveals it is possible to extend healthspan while delaying, and in some cases, preventing many chronic diseases associated with aging through nutrition and interventions targeted at cellular degeneration.

This webinar series is a collaboration with the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University (HNRCA). HNRCA is a leader in food, nutrition, and healthy aging research and has trained hundreds of Tufts University students who have become successful in academia, industry, and government. Join current scientists from the HNRCA as they share their latest research on how food and nutrition are critical determinants to a healthy and independent lifestyle for older adults. Talks will present research that focuses on the biology of aging at the cellular level all the way to how to directly impact healthspan through diet and physical activity.

 

We know age is a risk factor for many chronic diseases and research also shows that disease can accelerate the aging process and shorten a person's healthspan. During this webinar we will examine the role of inflammation and other cellular processes in older adults and possible interventions, including diet, that may slow or stop degenerative diseases and extend quality of life. Understanding the biology of aging is a vital part of unlocking many of the unknowns associated with aging.

Sarah Booth, Ph.D.
Center Director; Senior Scientist and lead, Vitamin K team Simin Meydani, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Senior Scientist and lead, Nutritional Immunology Team Christopher Wiley, Ph.D.
Scientist II, Nutrition, Metabolism and Cellular Aging Team

This webinar addresses the fact that older adults need to reduce their daily calorie intake. How do you do this and maintain a healthy body weight and be sure we address bone and muscle health? To maintain bone health, it's vital to obtain calcium combined with vitamin D, which helps the body absorb calcium. Continuing their ground-breaking research on musculoskeletal health, HNRCA scientists will share their latest findings on the detrimental effect acid-producing diets have on bone and muscle and considering what we have learned from the recent vitamin D mega-trials.

Lisa Ceglia, M.D.
Scientist II and Director, Metabolic Bone Diseases Clinic, Tufts Medical Center Bess Dawson Hughes, M.D.
Senior Scientist, Bone Metabolism Team Susan Roberts, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist and Lead, Energy Metabolism Team

The risk of age-related eye diseases such as macular degeneration, cataracts, and glaucoma can be reduced by eating a dietary pattern with plenty of fruits and vegetables and complex carbohydrates such as whole grains. HNRCA investigators have shown that diets high in simple carbs such as white bread and carbonated beverages create spikes in blood sugar leading to widespread inflammation, a condition linked to age-related macular degeneration. In this webinar they will share novel findings on the link between the gut microbiota and eye health and possible interventions to delay eye disease in older adults.

Sheldon Rowan, Ph.D.
Scientist II, Nutrition and Vision Research Team Kelsey Smith, M.S.
Tufts Doctoral Student, Nutrition and Vision Research Team

Regular exercise and healthy dietary patterns that focus on whole grains, berries, leafy green vegetables and healthy fats are proving to have a positive effect in improving or delaying cognitive decline in older adults. HNRCA researchers will share observational findings as well as the results of community-based programs promoting the benefits of physical activity on cognition. In this webinar HNRCA scientists will also discuss promising results of animal studies involving the generation of new brain cells that may lead to interventions that improve memory function in older adults.

Paul Jacques, D.Sc.
Senior Scientist and lead, Nutritional Epidemiology Team Kieran Reid, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Scientist I, Nutrition, Exercise Physiology and Sarcopenia Team Tong Zheng, Ph.D.
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Join us for the inaugural Annual Meeting of the Institute for the Advancement of Food and Nutrition Sciences! Leveraging our operative model focused on collaboration and inclusion across industry, government, and academic scientists, sessions will highlight and explore:

  • -Food supply and formulation decisions
  • -Food for health promotion and disease management
  • -New frontiers in food allergen management
  • -Measurement of protein digestibility
  • -Novel environmental controls for food safety - and more!

The IAFNS 2021 Annual Meeting will take place on June 16-17th, with an opening reception on June 15th.

Schedule Registration Details

Registration is $150, with the following discounts available:

Price Use Code
Government Employees FREE GOVERNMENT (must register with .gov email address)
Students FREE STUDENT (must register with .edu email address)
Academic Faculty $30 FACULTY (must register with .edu email address)
Nonprofit Employees $50 NONPROFIT (must register with .org email address)
Healthcare Providers (including RDNs) $50 HCPIAFNS
Current IAFNS Industry Member $100 MEMINDUSTRY

 

Press registration:

IAFNS has reserved a select number of complimentary registrations for members of the media covering the IAFNS 2021 Annual Meeting. Press can request a complimentary registration by sending an email to science@iafns.org. This email should include your name and the news outlet you represent. Please list "Journalist" in the subject line of your email. Press registration will be granted at the discretion of IAFNS.

The symposium is supported by the IAFNS Scientific Leadership Council.

Register

Opening Reception

Happy Hours

"Let's Talk!" Interviews

Connecting Food and Agriculture

Food Innovation:
10 Year Futurecasting

Learn about new members of the IAFNS community

Science Symposium

Nutrition Keynote

Wednesday, June 16th, 11:30am-12:15pm ET

Food Safety Keynote

Thursday, June 17th, 10:00-10:45am ET

What's on Our Plates? The Role of Food in Maintaining Health and Managing Disease

Wednesday, June 16th, 12:30-1:45pm ET

Session and Presenter Details

Environmental Controls for Food Safety: Managing Outside the Box

Wednesday, June 16th, 2:30-4:00pm ET

Session and Presenter Details

New Innovations in Food Allergy Testing and Patient Care

Wednesday, June 16th, 4:30-6:00pm ET

Session and Presenter Details

Low- and No-Calorie Sweeteners: How Much is Too Much?

Thursday, June 17th, 11:30am-1:00pm ET

Session and Presenter Details

Avoiding Health Flip-Flops in a Changing Food Supply

Thursday, June 17th, 2:00-3:30pm ET

Session and Presenter Details

Establishing in vitro Protein Digestibility as an Alternative to Animal Testing

Thursday, June 17th, 4:30-5:30pm ET

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