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IAFP 2017 Annual Event

July 9, 2017 - July 12, 2017

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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. Held in various locations throughout North America, this meeting has grown over the years to become the leading food safety conference worldwide. IAFP 2017 will be held at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida.


Commercial Food Sanitation representatives will be speaking in various sessions at the IAFP 2017 annual meeting. Mark your calendars to join them for the following sessions.



Session: Novel and Not-So-Novel Cleaning and Sanitizing Methods

Tuesday, July 11, 2017: 8:30 AM-12:00 PM
Primary Contact and Organizer: Richard Brouillette

Low moisture foods are often associated with allergen recalls and there is an increased number of recalls associated with microbial contamination of ready-to-eat low moisture foods.  While many of the allergen recalls are labeling related, using verified cleaning methods to prevent cross-contamination continues to be a preoccupation for the industry.  In addition, following the publication of warning letters and recalls associated with the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in low moisture foods, many are challenged to find effective remediation methods.  During this symposium, we will discuss and provide examples of novel and not-so-novel cleaning methods that industry can use to prevent chemical and microbial cross contamination.  A number of technologies exist that provide alternative approaches; these include pathogen phages, sterilant gases, CO2 entrained alcohol, heat (hot oil, dry, and wet heat), dry ice blasting, and others.  There is also confusion about the need to verify or validate, or both, cleaning and sanitizing methods in the FSMA-era and to reconcile what needs to be done to meet the different audit schemes.  We intend to provide examples and solutions that will generate discussions with the attendees and introduce new ideas.

  • 8:30 AM: Overview of the Problems and Technologies Associated with Traditional Cleaning and Sanitization in Both Wet and Dry Environments.
    Jeffrey Kornacki, Kornacki Microbiology Solutions, Inc.
  • 9:00 AM: Experiences with Dry Ice Blasting for Cleaning.
    John Merenick, Sargento
  • 9:30 AM: Using Phage Technology to Control Pathogens in a Plant Environment
    Robin Peterson, Micreos
  • 10:00 AM: Novel and Not-so-Novel Cleaning Methods for Low-water Activity Foods
    Jaime Vaca, The Hershey Company
  • 11:00 AM: Verification or Validation of Sanitation Controls:  What Should We Do?
    Evan Rosen, PacMoore



Session: Cross Pollination of Listeria Learnings across the Industry

Tuesday, July 11, 2017: 1:30 PM-5:00 PM




Session: Preventive Controls Other Than CCP:  Choosing, Verifying, and Validating

Tuesday, July 11, 2017: 1:30 PM-5:00 PM



Check out the complete IAFP 2017 Annual Meeting program here. CFS is looking forward to meeting you in Tampa!



The IAFP Annual Meeting is attended by more than 3,400 of the top industry, academic and governmental food safety professionals from six continents. This renowned event owes its reputation and success to the quantity, quality, and diversity of each year’s program; the quality and relevance of exhibits sharing the latest in available technologies; leading experts speaking on a variety of timely topics; and special recognition of outstanding professionals and students for their contributions in the food safety field.





July 9, 2017
July 12, 2017
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