IAFP 2018 Summary

This July, the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) hosted its Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah. Over 3,600 “top industry, academic and governmental food safety professionals from six continents” attended the week-long event to discuss topics ranging from Food Hygiene to Vital and Parasitic Foodborne Diseases.

Seminars:
3M Food Safety was proud to sponsor several events, talks and poster presentations. During the week, we presented on three key topics during our seminars:

The Intersection of FSMA and Allergen Controls: Requirements, Best Practices and Why We Have Seen Continued Recalls

Allergens are still the leading cause of food recalls in the United States.

3M-Seminar-Allergen-and-FSMA-Controls-and-Best-PracticesMelanie Neumann, President of Newman Risk Services (a Matrix Sciences Company), discusses the evolution of the allergen problem, regulations in place to prevent undeclared allergens, the impact of the U.S. FDA FSMA preventive control rules on allergen controls, and insight into why we are seeing continued recalls and how to avoid a recall.  You’ll also take away practical tips for building and enhancing your allergen control program. Following Ms. Neumann, Gabriela Lopez Velasco of 3M Food Safety presents a risk-based approach to allergen control, allergen testing as a tool for verification, and how 3M™ Allergen Tests can help you streamline your process and simplify your allergen testing.

Environmental Monitoring Case Studies: Things That Went Wrong and Right

3M-Seminar-Environmental-MonitoringIn recent years there has been an increase in environmental monitoring driven by trends and regulations that shift the emphasis of food safety programs from finished product testing to proactive prevention.  Global food safety experts Dr. Martin Wiedmann and Dr. Randy Worobo of Cornell University share a number of case studies and learnings from their work with the food industry and guidance on environmental monitoring for pathogens and spoilage organisms.  Learn how to (and how not to) properly swab for pathogens, how to prevent investigation follow-up and corrective actions from going wrong, and guidance on root cause analysis to identify the source of contamination.

How much do you know about E. coli testing?

E. coli is an indicator organism used to assess hygienic conditions during f3M-Seminar-Ecoli-Testingood processing and overall quality of food.  In this seminar, Dr. Gary Acuff of Texas A&M University reviews a history of E. coli, the significance of E. coli isolation in foods, and its value as a surrogate in process validation studies.  Following Dr. Acuff, Cari Lingle of 3M Food Safety introduces the new the 3M™ Petrifilm™ Rapid E. coli/Coliform Count Plate and discusses the approach in developing a 3M™ Petrifilm™ Plate.

 

 

New Booth:
3M also unveiled its new tradeshow booth – “3M Food Safety Solutions for Environmental Monitoring”. Using technology and innovation, we created a space in which those who attended could not only hear about the breakthroughs in science we’ve made, but visualize them.

The booth also showcased our upcoming Environmental Monitoring Handbook. In partnership with Cornell University and other industry experts, 3M Food Safety has developed a comprehensive guide to help build and enhance your environmental monitoring program within the Food and Beverage Industry.

New products that have launched in 2018:

3M™ Petrifilm™ Plates: Launched in February 2018, the new 3M™ Petrifilm™ Rapid E.coli/Coliform Count Plate, a two-in-one indicator test, gives customers both an E. coli and total coliform count in 18-24 hours, enabling food processors to release their products from inventory faster.

3M™ Allergen Testing: 3M is excited to now offer one of the most comprehensive portfolios of allergen testing solutions. 3M™ Allergen Test Kits are designed to detect both processed and unprocessed allergen proteins in a variety of sample types including environmental swabs, rinse water and food products.

3M™ Molecular Detection System: With the launch of its two newest pathogen detection products, 3M™ Molecular Detection Assay 2 – Campylobacter and 3M™ Campylobacter Enrichment Broth. In combination with 3M™ Molecular Detection Assay 2 – Salmonella, 3M now offers a full portfolio solution of poultry testing products for simultaneous monitoring of both pathogens.

Tech Talks:

Did you know that 3M Petrifilm Plates can be used to control spoilage and indicator organisms though surface contact, swab handling, and air sampling?

During our week in Salt Lake City, we had the opportunity to present Tech Talks – short talks by 3M technical experts that highlighted how a comprehensive and integrated environmental monitoring program can help you ensure food quality and safety.   Each talk featured an aspect of environmental monitoring, including environmental monitoring for allergens, indicator and spoilage organisms, pathogens, and hygiene monitoring using ATP testing, followed by demonstrations of 3M solutions.

To learn more about how 3M solutions can help increase the effectiveness of your environmental monitoring program, click here.

Thank you to all those who came to IAFP, we look forward to seeing you next year at the Annual Meeting in Louisville, Kentucky, on July 21-24, 2019!