IFSH Meetings and Events Calendar
IFSH holds member meetings and special focus workshops for its stakeholders each year. The next Annual Meeting will be held on September 16-17, 2014. Members can access detailed information through the Members Only Section of this website.
IFSH Mid-Year Meeting 2014
The IFSH Mid-Year meeting agenda included breakout sessions that discussed Preventive Controls for Sanitation, Retail Food Safety, Chemical Food Safety and Toxicology, and Dairy Food Safety. A panel discussion, including panelists Kevin Waters, President and CEO, The National Food Lab, Jeff Barach, Ph.D., Barach Enterprises LLC, and Dale Morton, M.S., Senior Director - Global Food Safety, PepsiCo, reviewed the events of the 2013 Preventive Controls Summit. Topics covered included the goals of the summit, the need for validation and verification, and the industry’s perspectives on preventative controls. A second panel discussed the FDA Proposed Rule to Protect Food against Intentional Adulteration. Panelists included David Gombas, Ph.D., Senior Vice President for Food Safety and Technology, United Fresh, and Ryan Newkirk, Ph.D., Policy Analyst, Food Defense and Emergency Coordination Staff, Office of Analytics and Outreach, CFSAN, FDA. Other invited speakers at the meeting included Jessica Cooper, Ph.D., Review Chemist, CFSAN, FDA, Michele Jay-Russell, Western Center for Food Safety, University of California Davis, Daryl Kellenberger, Director of Food Safety, US Operations, McDonald’s Corporation, Mike Landa, J.D., Director of CFSAN, FDA, Lori Ledenbach, M.S., Principal Scientist-Microbiology and Food Safety, Kraft Foods, Obianuju Nsofor, Ph.D., Division of Plant and Dairy Food Safety, CFSAN, FDA, Mickey Parish, Ph.D., Senior Advisor, CFSAN, FDA, Staci Richardson, Food Safety & Sanitation Systems Program Director, Schreiber Foods, John Sheehan, J.D., Director - Division of Plant and Dairy Food Safety, CFSAN, FDA, Kevin Smith, Ph.D., Director, Retail Food & Cooperative Programs Coordination Staff, CFSAN, FDA, Tim Stubbs, Vice President-Product Research, Dairy Research Institute, Katie Swanson, Ph.D., KMJ Swanson Food Safety Inc., Paula Trumbo, Ph.D., Nutrition Science Review Team, Marcia Walker, Ph.D., Senior Manager, Corporate HPP Process Authority, Evolution Fresh/Starbucks Coffee, and Stephen Walker, Ph.D., Research Scientist, CFSAN, FDA. Further details on the program and speakers and presentation slides are available in the Members Only Section. Also available on the website is information on the Low Moisture Foods Safety Task Force meeting held immediately prior to the Mid-Year meeting.
IFSH Annual Meeting 2013
The IFSH Annual Meeting was held at the Burr Conference Center (BRCC), Burr Ridge, IL on September 17 and 18, 2013. This year’s meeting marked the 25th Anniversary of the FDA Cooperative Research Agreement with IIT, which established the nation’s first true joint FDA, university and industry collaborative research model, which remains so to this date. The meeting featured presentations on the state of IFSH, overviews of the IFSH NCFST collaborative research programs, and updates on its other three centers. Invited speakers included Mike Landa, J.D., Director, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), FDA and Capt. Domenic Veneziano, Office of Enforcement and Import Operations, ORA/FDA, Ricardo Carvajal, Partner at Hyman, Phelps & McNamara, P.C., Lauren Robin, Ph.D. Review Chemist, Office of Food Additive Safety, CFSAN/FDA, Shelley Feist, Executive Director, Partnership for Food Safety Education, and Mike Adams, Ph.D., Deputy Director, Office of Food Additive Safety, CFSAN/FDA, speaking on the topics related to food safety, FDA mission, FSMA and preventive controls. Two task forces, Low Moisture Food Safety, and Sprout Safety working groups met at the BRCC on the margins of the opening session. The Annual Meeting 25th Anniversary Dinner event was capped off with three significant distinguished awards. These were The Darsh Wasan IFSH Food Safety Award to Dr. Donald L. Zink, FDA CFSAN for Outstanding Contributions to Food Safety across Government, Academia and Industry; A Special Achievement Award to Dr. Phillip L. Minerich for his Lifetime Contributions to Food Safety across Government, Academia, and Industry; and A Legacy Award to Dr. Darsh Wasan for his Vision and Leadership in Establishing NCFST and IFSH. The Annual Meeting recorded the highest ever number in attendance at 185. This year also marked the highest ever enrolled IFSH membership at 65 member companies. Five companies that recently joined IFSH participated in the technology showcase session with either a podium introduction and/or an exhibit table. The five companies were BASF, MedTech Bioscience, Napasol North America, Northland Laboratories, and Roka BioScience. This session provided members insights for future collaborations. A total of 25 posters representing various aspects of the current collaborative science projects were presented on the second day in a round robin followed by a one hour networking at the posters. Many of the poster presenters were IFSH/FdSN students. IFSH Members can view the slides presented at the Annual Meeting by clicking on Meetings and Materials > Annual Meeting.