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Discover the future of food safety at IAFP 2021

It’s almost time for the International Association for Food Protection’s 2021 Annual Meeting (IAFP). After the fully virtual show last year, IAFP 2021 is back in person July 18–21 in Phoenix, Arizona (there’s also a virtual option for those unable to travel). 

Join other food safety professionals for this leading global food safety conference to explore current and emerging food safety issues, the latest science, and innovative solutions to new and recurring problems.  

Don’t miss your chance to hear from leading experts on a variety of timely topics! 

3M at IAFP  
3M Food Safety will convene two symposia at IAFP with experts from the food industry and academia. Check out the details of our sessions below: 

Shelf Life Testing: Problems, Pitfalls and Promise 
Symposium T21  
Tuesday, July 20, 2021 
12:45 – 2:15 p.m. 
Online Program Link 

In this symposium, presenters will begin by providing a detailed overview of the definitions and methodologies surrounding shelf life determination. Included in the lab method overview will be the process to identify potential risks associated with product shelf life and how to interpret and utilize the data of a shelf life study. The symposium will also look towards the latest research in accelerated methods to aid in shelf life determination. Finally, a discussion on environmental monitoring programs will provide a holistic view of factors that can influence product shelf life and safety. 

Each presentation will include an application of the concepts in real situations, prospective on areas in which problems may arise and an explanation of how a proper shelf life determination can lead to success. 

Presentation Speaker 
What Is (and Is Not) Shelf Life? Nicole Martin, Ph.D., Cornell University 
An Approach to Accelerated Shelf Life Determination (and Case Study) Bradley Stawick, Stawick Laboratory Management  
Why Environmental Monitoring Programs Appropriately Executed Can Reduce Costs and Improve Shelf Life and Product Safety Jeffrey Kornacki, Ph.D., Kornacki Microbiology Solutions, Inc. 

Managing Meat and Poultry Safety: Uniting Food Safety Regulations and Industry Efforts for Process Control 
Symposium W13 
Wednesday, July 21, 2021 
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. 
Online Program Link  

Salmonella remains a major cause of foodborne illness in the U.S. despite tremendous effort by the meat and poultry industry to incorporate antimicrobial interventions1. The USDA FSIS published a Roadmap to Reducing Salmonella – Driving Change through Science-based Policy and outlined its efforts to modernize inspection systems. Currently, the USDA FSIS has implemented a New Poultry Inspection System (NPIS) for the poultry industry and has proposed the same for the swine industry. With the proposed revision of USDA FSIS food safety performance standards for Salmonella for beef, pork, and poultry and Campylobacter in poultry, there is increased scrutiny by regulatory agencies and efforts by the meat and poultry industry to mitigate contamination. 

Controlling and monitoring Salmonella and Campylobacter is critically important to meet the revised performance standards. The goal of this symposium is to address challenges in controlling these pathogens and how the changing regulations for poultry, beef and pork processing may impact sampling and testing methods. Each presentation will include a review of the current and proposed USDA FSIS regulations impacting the industries and approaches to process control. 

Presentation Speaker 
Challenges in Poultry Processing for the Control of Salmonella and Campylobacter Manpreet Singh, Ph.D., University of Georgia 
Salmonella and STECs in Beef – Changing Regulations Thomas M. Taylor, Ph.D., Texas A&M University 
Pork Safety and the New Swine Inspection System James Dickson, Ph.D., Iowa State University 
  1. Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration. Foodborne illness source attribution estimates for 2017 for Salmonella, Escherichia coli O157, Listeria monocytogenes, and Campylobacter using multi-year outbreak surveillance data, United States. GA and D.C.: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, CDC, FDA, USDA-FSIS. 2019.