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IAFP 2016 — Food safety conference explores other side through debates

ST. LOUIS — Cable news is programmed to attract only people who agree with a network’s point of view, college campuses are snuffing out debates before they begin, and many an organization wants only to dictate how their members think. Then there’s the International Association for Food Protection. IAFP first made debates a part of… Continue Reading

IAFP 2016 — Annual conference kicks off in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS  — The International Association for Food Protection is bringing more than 3,000 professionals to St. Louis this week for more than 900 technical papers, posters and symposia dealing with current information on the topic off food safety. The IAFP annual meeting is viewed as one of the world’s leading annual food safety conferences… Continue Reading

IAFP 2016 — Big data analytics on epidemics could help prevent outbreaks

After today, it won’t be a secret anymore. Nathan Wolfe, whose been called the Indiana Jones of virology and who is usually found in Asia or Africa predicting epidemics, is, through his company, Metabiota Inc., bringing his comprehensive risk analytics to the U.S. food industry. Today at the annual conference for the International Association for… Continue Reading

FDA warns consumers against eating any raw dough or batter

At the 2010 International Association for Food Protection meeting in Anaheim, CA, speakers from such food giants as Nestlé and ConAgra went public with their concerns about the widespread practice of people eating not just raw cookie dough but even raw frozen pizza. That discussion, which was prompted by a severe 2009 E. coli outbreak, included… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Food Safety News Begins Seventh Year


Food Safety News is six years old this week. We are not planning on gathering around a birthday cake at some undisclosed location. I think we tend to think of it less as a birthday and more as a beginning — of our seventh year, to be exact. What I would like to do is… Continue Reading

IAFP 2015: Interview with Frank Yiannas, Vice President of Food Safety for Walmart

Frank Yiannas, food safety expert and Vice President of Food Safety for Walmart, sat down with Food Safety News at IAFP 2015 in Portland, OR, to discuss how he manages his responsibilities, how technology influences food safety, and the role of litigation in cases of foodborne illness. Watch the interview here, or read the highlights… Continue Reading

IAFP 2015: A Word of Caution About STEC CAP Research for the Beef Industry

One reason food safety experts attend the annual International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) annual meeting is to be reminded of the really big things that are going on. One of those is definitely the Shiga-toxigenic E. coli Coordinated Agricultural Project, or STEC CAP for short. It’s a $25-million multi-disciplinary, multiple-year project at multiple land-grant… Continue Reading

IAFP 2015: Taylor and Almanza Share the Same Stage in Portland

Tuesday’s schedule at the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) annual meeting in Portland, OR, featured the “Mike and Al Show” competing with lunch, but there still was a large crowd at the Oregon Convention Center to hear two of the nation’s top food safety officials. Mike Taylor, Deputy FDA Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary… Continue Reading