Learnings and Challenges Developing the Largest Gut Microbiome Discovery Platform — From Bench to Commercial Application

Virtual, Event

Ten years ago, two scientists had a hypothesis that the body’s glycemic response to food was personalized and due to not just food, but the person eating the food.  To prove their hypothesis they conducted the largest nutrition trials ever conducted and demonstrated that the gut microbiome has meaningful predictive value.

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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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This unique forum investigated current and emerging challenges related to improving energy balance behavior assessment and intervention via technology, and focused on how the research community might embrace and apply innovative new tools.

Am J Prev Med Theme Section: Innovative Tools for Assessing Diet and Physical Activity for Health Promotion

The Tech Summit resulted in four publications, appearing as a theme section in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine:

Advances and Controversies in Diet and Physical Activity Measurement in Youth

This report reviews current developments in dietary intake and physical activity assessment in youth.

Access the full publication.

Dietary Intake and Physical Activity Assessment: Current Tools, Techniques, and Technologies for Use in Adult Populations

This paper summarizes recent technological advancements, such as remote sensing devices, digital photography, and multisensor devices, which have the potential to improve the assessment of dietary intake and physical activity in free-living adults.

Access the full publication.

Diet and Activity Assessments and Interventions Using Technology in Older Adults

This paper reports on the findings and recommendations specific to older adults from the “Tech Summit: Innovative Tools for Assessing Diet and Physical Activity for Health Promotion” forum organized by the North American branch of the International Life Sciences Institute.

Access the full publication.

Share Save Technology Innovations in Dietary Intake and Physical Activity Assessment: Challenges and Recommendations for Future Directions

Dietary intake (DI) and physical activity (PA) data are used in a variety of ways, including to determine nutrient adequacy and deficiency; to assess nutritional, fitness, and health status; to develop health promotion and behavioral interventions; and to understand food chemical and microbiological exposure, food–drug interactions, and pharmacokinetic effects. Methods used to capture these data must therefore be reliable and accurate to ensure confidence when determining quantitative DI and energy intake (EI), food behaviors, and energy expenditure (EE), especially for real-time monitoring and interventions. Moreover, because the underlying pathways and mechanisms regulating energy homeostasis are not fully understood, improved measures can help address challenges in understanding interrelationships between DI and PA.

Access the full publication.

Organized by:
IAFNS Committee on Balancing Food & Activity for Health
University of California, San Diego 
American College of Sports Medicine
with programmatic input from NIH and USDA ARS

Program

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Welcome & Introductions - Video

IDENTIFY COMMON ISSUES - featured presentations

  • State of the Science of Energy Balance Research Across the Lifespan - David Allison, PhD, University of Alabama at Birmingham Video
  • State of Technology and Innovation related to Physical Activity and Healthful EatingEric Hekler, PhD, Arizona State University Video

Additional Presentations

  • Guidance and Standards for the Responsible Conduct of mHealth Research - Camille Nebeker, EdD, MS, UC San Diego Video
  • Circadian Rhythm as it Relates to Overall Health, Wellness, and Risk for Disease - Satchin Panda, PhD, the Salk Institute Video

CHILDREN & YOUTH -  Moderator: Tom Robinson, MD, Stanford

  • Current Technologies in Diet Assessment & Intervention - Carol J. Boushey, PhD, MPH, RD, University of Hawaii Video
  • Current Technologies in Physical Activity Assessment & Intervention - Jaqueline Kerr, PhD, MSc University of California San Diego Video
  • Advances & Challenges in Measuring Dietary Intake and Physical Activity - Donna Spruijt-Metz, MFA, PhD, University of Southern California Video

Thursday, 1 December 2016

ADULTS - Moderators: Rick Troiano, PhD, NIH - Intro Video

  • Current Technologies in Diet Assessment & Intervention - Rick Weiss, MS, Viocare Video
  • Current Technologies in Physical Activity Assessment & Intervention - Anand Iyer, PhD, WellDoc Video
  • Advances & Challenges in Measuring Dietary Intake and Physical Activity - Lauren Ptomey, PhD, RD, LD, University of Kansas Video 

OLDER ADULTS - Moderators: David Klurfeld, PhD, USDA, & Tamara Harris, MD, National Institute on Aging - Intro Video

  • Current Technologies in Diet Assessment & Intervention - Sai Das, PhD, Tufts University Video
  • Current Technologies in Physical Activity Assessment & Intervention - Jacqueline Kerr, PhD, MSc, University of California San Diego Video
  • Advances & Challenges in Measuring Dietary Intake and Physical Activity - Todd Manini, PhD, University of Florida Video

Concluding Panel & Summit Closing Remarks - Kevin Patrick, MD, MS, UCSD

Full event video playlist can be found on the IAFNS YouTube Channel.

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Packaging is an indispensable component of the food manufacturing and food supply process. It is a system for preserving the safety and quality of food products throughout the distribution chain to consumer. In addition to containing the food products, food packaging serves the important functions of protecting food products from outside influences and damage, as well as providing consumers with ingredient and nutritional information. Materials that have traditionally been used in food packaging include: glass, metals, paper and paperboards, and plastics. These materials and the other materials (i.e. inks, adhesives, coatings, etc.) used in food packaging have the potential to come in contact with food presenting the possibility of unwanted chemical substances migrating into the food. To ensure safe use of packaging materials and food contact materials, regulatory agencies around the globe have conducted research and developed both guidance and regulations for materials intended to come into contact with food.

 

As research to improve food packaging continues, the objective of this full-day workshop is to provide a scientific forum to discuss the state of the science on toxicology, exposure and risk assessment as it relates to the safety of food packaging. It will bring together scientists from government, academia and industry to discuss the advances in science which demonstrates the safety of food packaging, identifies research gaps and gains consensus on the path forward on how to fill those research gaps. The opening session of this workshop will focus on scientific challenges in safety assessment of food packaging materials. Experts from this field will present on analytical methods for safety evaluation of packaging materials, nanomaterials in food packaging, migration of contaminant residues from food packaging and use of improved exposure assessment models for food packaging materials. The second half of the workshop will focus on recycled packaging and sustainability. Experts will discuss the application of recycled materials in food packaging, recycling processes, contaminant residues from recycled packaging, challenges in safety assessment of recycled materials and emerging innovations and technologies in food packaging.  These presentations will prepare the audience for panel discussions covering the advancements in analytical methodologies and their utilization in safety assessment of packaging materials, the challenges in utilizing recycled packaging materials in food contact applications, and the challenges in identification and safety evaluation of non-intentionally added substances (NIAS) in food contact materials with the goal of identifying areas where additional research is needed. IAFNS has invited key members from government, academia, and industry to participate as both speakers and panelists. In an effort to facilitate a productive discussion, the panels will be moderated by IAFNS member scientists of the IAFNS Technical Committee on Food and Chemical Safety. The panel discussions will conclude with generating ideas of how to communicate these complex issues to broader audiences, including the public. This is a unique feature of the workshop and will provide insights into how the scientific community can work to effectively communicate the information resulting from the workshop. 

Read the proceedings from this workshop.

Agenda

Welcome 
Mansi Krishan, IAFNS

Introduction 
Ron Osborn, IAFNS Member Scientist

Challenges in Safety Assessment of Food Packaging Materials- Toxicology -
Jason Aungst, Division of Food Contact Notifications, U.S. FDA - Video

Challenges in Safety Assessment of Food Packaging Materials – Chemistry
Kirk Arvidson, Division of Food Contact Notifications, U.S. FDA - Video

Migration of Contaminant Residues from Food Packaging
Greg Pace, Sun Chemical Corporation - Video

Analytical Methods for Evaluating Components of Food Packaging Materials
Tim Begley, U.S. FDA - Video

Use of New/Improved Tools and Exposure Assessment Models for Food Packaging Materials
Cian O' Mahony, Crème Global - Video

US Regulatory Perspective
Paul Honigfort, Division of Food Contact Notifications, U.S. FDA - Video

Global Regulatory Perspective
Jim Huang, IAFNS Member Scientist - Video

Panel Discussion - Video
Moderator: Ron Osborn, IAFNS Member Scientist
Panelists: Jason Aungst, Kirk Arvidson, Greg Pace, Tim Begley, Cian O’Mahony, Paul Honigfort

  • In light of advancements in analytical methodologies which are allowing for progressively lower detection limits resulting in unexpected chemicals being detected in air, water, food, etc., how do we access and utilize this information for safety assessment of packaging materials?
  • How do we evaluate the safety of nanomaterials in food packaging?
  • In terms of assessing the safety of packaging materials, how much is enough?

Sustainability and Packaging: Process of Recycling Packaging Materials and Recycled Materials in Food Packaging
Susan Selke, Michigan State University - Video

Contaminant Residues in/from Recycled Paper-Paperboard and Plastics: Contaminant Identification, Food Safety Concerns and Regulatory Controls
Vanee Komolprasert, Division of Food Contact Notifications, U.S. FDA - Video

Case Studies:
i. Mineral oil saturated hydrocarbons (MOSHs) and mineral oil aromatic hydrocarbons (MOAHs)
Stephen Klump, Nestle - Video

ii. a) Di-isopropylnapthalene; and b) Poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs)
Paul Honigfort, Division of Food Contact Notifications, U.S. FDA - Video

Emerging Innovations and Technologies in Food Packaging
Young Kim, Virginia Tech University - Video

Panel Discussion - Video
Moderator: Doug Copen, IAFNS Member Scientist
Panelists: Susan Selke, Vanee Komolprasert, Stephen Klump, Paul Honigfort, Jim Huang, Young Kim

  • What are the challenges in utilizing recycled packaging materials in food contact applications and how do we address these challenges?
  • What are the challenges in identification and safety evaluation of non-intentionally added substances (NIAS) in food contact materials? What are the potential approaches for considering NIAS in the risk assessment of food contact materials?
  • The challenges of communicating scientific information to a nonscientific audience, particularly the importance of communicating the entire story (example- what we know, what we don’t know, not just what we want them to know) while making the information as relevant as possible.

Concluding Remarks
Doug Copen, IAFNS Member Scientist

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This unique forum investigated current and emerging challenges related to improving energy balance behavior assessment and intervention via technology, and focused on how the research community might embrace and apply innovative new tools.

Am J Prev Med Theme Section: Innovative Tools for Assessing Diet and Physical Activity for Health Promotion

The Tech Summit resulted in four publications, appearing as a theme section in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine:

Advances and Controversies in Diet and Physical Activity Measurement in Youth

This report reviews current developments in dietary intake and physical activity assessment in youth.

Access the full publication.

Dietary Intake and Physical Activity Assessment: Current Tools, Techniques, and Technologies for Use in Adult Populations

This paper summarizes recent technological advancements, such as remote sensing devices, digital photography, and multisensor devices, which have the potential to improve the assessment of dietary intake and physical activity in free-living adults.

Access the full publication.

Diet and Activity Assessments and Interventions Using Technology in Older Adults

This paper reports on the findings and recommendations specific to older adults from the “Tech Summit: Innovative Tools for Assessing Diet and Physical Activity for Health Promotion” forum organized by the North American branch of the International Life Sciences Institute.

Access the full publication.

Share Save Technology Innovations in Dietary Intake and Physical Activity Assessment: Challenges and Recommendations for Future Directions

Dietary intake (DI) and physical activity (PA) data are used in a variety of ways, including to determine nutrient adequacy and deficiency; to assess nutritional, fitness, and health status; to develop health promotion and behavioral interventions; and to understand food chemical and microbiological exposure, food–drug interactions, and pharmacokinetic effects. Methods used to capture these data must therefore be reliable and accurate to ensure confidence when determining quantitative DI and energy intake (EI), food behaviors, and energy expenditure (EE), especially for real-time monitoring and interventions. Moreover, because the underlying pathways and mechanisms regulating energy homeostasis are not fully understood, improved measures can help address challenges in understanding interrelationships between DI and PA.

Access the full publication.

Organized by:
IAFNS Committee on Balancing Food & Activity for Health
University of California, San Diego 
American College of Sports Medicine
with programmatic input from NIH and USDA ARS

Program

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Welcome & Introductions - Video

IDENTIFY COMMON ISSUES - featured presentations

  • State of the Science of Energy Balance Research Across the Lifespan - David Allison, PhD, University of Alabama at Birmingham Video
  • State of Technology and Innovation related to Physical Activity and Healthful EatingEric Hekler, PhD, Arizona State University Video

Additional Presentations

  • Guidance and Standards for the Responsible Conduct of mHealth Research - Camille Nebeker, EdD, MS, UC San Diego Video
  • Circadian Rhythm as it Relates to Overall Health, Wellness, and Risk for Disease - Satchin Panda, PhD, the Salk Institute Video

CHILDREN & YOUTH -  Moderator: Tom Robinson, MD, Stanford

  • Current Technologies in Diet Assessment & Intervention - Carol J. Boushey, PhD, MPH, RD, University of Hawaii Video
  • Current Technologies in Physical Activity Assessment & Intervention - Jaqueline Kerr, PhD, MSc University of California San Diego Video
  • Advances & Challenges in Measuring Dietary Intake and Physical Activity - Donna Spruijt-Metz, MFA, PhD, University of Southern California Video

Thursday, 1 December 2016

ADULTS - Moderators: Rick Troiano, PhD, NIH - Intro Video

  • Current Technologies in Diet Assessment & Intervention - Rick Weiss, MS, Viocare Video
  • Current Technologies in Physical Activity Assessment & Intervention - Anand Iyer, PhD, WellDoc Video
  • Advances & Challenges in Measuring Dietary Intake and Physical Activity - Lauren Ptomey, PhD, RD, LD, University of Kansas Video 

OLDER ADULTS - Moderators: David Klurfeld, PhD, USDA, & Tamara Harris, MD, National Institute on Aging - Intro Video

  • Current Technologies in Diet Assessment & Intervention - Sai Das, PhD, Tufts University Video
  • Current Technologies in Physical Activity Assessment & Intervention - Jacqueline Kerr, PhD, MSc, University of California San Diego Video
  • Advances & Challenges in Measuring Dietary Intake and Physical Activity - Todd Manini, PhD, University of Florida Video

Concluding Panel & Summit Closing Remarks - Kevin Patrick, MD, MS, UCSD

Full event video playlist can be found on the IAFNS YouTube Channel.

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