The International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) has opened nominations for the prestigious 2024 Black Pearl Award, recognizing outstanding commitment and achievement in corporate excellence in food safety and quality. The award is a symbol of distinction in the industry, highlighting companies that have demonstrated exceptional dedication to maintaining high

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TORONTO – Looking into the root cause of incidents can help efforts to prevent future issues, according to recent presentations by the new International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) president.

Tim Jackson took up the role of president at the conclusion of IAFP 2023 in Toronto, Canada, replacing Michelle Danyluk.

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TORONTO — Two sessions at the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) conference dealt with the complexities of Listeria and performance standards.

Sanjay Gummalla, from the American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI), said the premise that a single cell of Listeria monocytogenes can cause disease does not have scientific basis.


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TORONTO — IAFP 2023 in Toronto this week was not his first rodeo.

We are talking about Jose Emilio Esteban, our new USDA Undersecretary for Food Safety.

This week’s International Association for Food Protection annual meeting and conference was the first opportunity for him to engage with the larger food

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TORONTO —  Last night, the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) announced its award winners at its annual meeting’s Awards Banquet.

IAFP presented awards recognizing excellence in food safety to the following organizations and individuals:

Gavel Presentation to the Incoming President
Association members saw their organization’s presidential gavel change hands

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TORONTO – Using crowdsourced data for foodborne outbreak investigations can work but poses a number of challenges, according to a session at the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) conference.

Jennifer Beal, from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Laura Gieraltowski, from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and

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TORONTO — Shannon McGraw-Manza, a research bioengineer with the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) – Soldier Center,  highlighted the army’s interest in food safety during her presentation at the 2023 annual conference of the International Association for Food Protection.

McGraw-Manza emphasized the significance of military field feeding and

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TORONTO — Laura Gieraltowski, lead of the Foodborne Outbreak Response Team at the CDC’s Outbreak Response and Prevention Branch, Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases, presented a review of multistate outbreaks of Salmonella infections linked to melons grown in Indiana.

Speaking at the annual conference of the International Association

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TORONTO — Fifteen years ago, a Canadian listeriosis outbreak struck one of the country’s top brands, killing as many as 23 infected for an astounding mortality rate of nearly 40 percent. This outbreak may have faded into the memories of most Canadians, but not to the people of Toronto’s Maple

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