Conference Starts Tuesday!!!

Dear Food Safety Professional,

 

Please register for the 10th Annual Arkansas Association of Food Protection (AAFP) conference held September 17-20 at the Fayetteville Town Center on the beautiful square in downtown Fayetteville, AR.  The presentations start Tuesday.  We are so honored to recognize Dr. Michael G. Johnson with the Lifetime Achievement award for his legacy in the industry.   AAFP is also proud to sponsor a Regulatory Q&A networking event for the USDA (AR, MO and KS District).   USDA District Personnel will attend the industry only meeting to answer Industry submitted questions and on-site discussion.  

 

Please review the full speaker schedule (tentative) in the link below.  We are honored to have prestigious speakers such as, Frank Yiannas of Wal-Mart, Dr. Gary Acuff - Ivan Parkin Speaker for IAFPs 2018 Meeting, Dr. Matthew Wise of the CDC, Shawn Stevens of Food Industry Counsel LLC, Laura Bachmeier of the National Pork Board, Natalie Dyenson of Dole Company, and many more below.  We are a Regional Meeting with National Level speakers.

 

Please go to the Conference link for access to the Agenda and to register.  https://www.arkafp.org/conferences/

Please let us know if you have any questions.

 

Thanks!

 

Brian Umberson

President

AAFP

 

Barbara Smith

Vice President

AAFP

AAFP Conference Update - Please join us to honor Dr. Michael G. Johnson with the Lifetime Achievement award

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Dear Food Safety Professional,

 

Since the news has leaked out, we are so Honored to recognize Dr. Michael G. Johnson with the Lifetime Achievement award for his legacy in the industry.  The Spirit of the Industry and the Arkansas chapter are influenced by Dr. Johnson’s DNA just like that of the UofA Division of Agriculture, Food Safety research foundations that he initiated and developed.  Please come shake his hand and share some stories with him.

 

We love our history with him and have established the Michael G. Johnson Endowed Fund in Food Science at the University of Arkansas in honor of Dr. Michael G. Johnson, emeritus professor of food science.  https://center-for-food-safety.uark.edu/michael-g.-johnson-endowed-fund.aspx

 

Dr. Johnson taught and mentored students that are at all levels of our industry.   Some of his former students will help us recognize him for his Legacy with the Lifetime Achievement Award at AAFP on Sept 19th at 5:00pm.   Please attend this special event to recognize a man that made a special impact upon us all.

 

Sincerely,
 


Brian Umberson
President
 
Barbara Smith 
Vice President

Speaker Schedule 10th Annual AAFP Conference

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Dear Food Safety Professional,

 

Please review the full speaker schedule (tentative) below for your review.  We are honored to have prestigious speakers such as, Frank Yiannas of Wal-Mart, Dr. Gary Acuff - Ivan Parkin Speaker for IAFPs 2018 Meeting, Dr. Matthew Wise of the CDC, Shawn Stevens of Food Industry Counsel LLC, Laura Bachmeier of the National Pork Board, Natalie Dyenson of Dole Company, and many more below.  We are a Regional Meeting with National Level speakers.

 

The 10th Annual Arkansas Association of Food Protection (AAFP) conference will be held September 17-20 at the Fayetteville Town Center on the beautiful square in downtown Fayetteville, AR.  We think you will enjoy the after-hours events for this year’s conference.  The conference presentations are on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday until mid-day.
 
Have you already registered?  If not, go here  https://www.arkafp.org/conferences/
 

The Arkansas Chapter of the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) is known as the Arkansas Association for Food Protection (AAFP) and we are a premier farm-to-fork region with some of the world’s largest companies in food safety, AAFP has the obligation to explore and provide cutting edge research about emerging pathogen and adulterant issues. The Arkansas chapter of AAFP is rare in that we have the world’s largest retailer/grocer, the largest meat company, and leading distribution/refrigerated transport companies headquartered within our state. We have an impressive and diverse group of food processors, produce, poultry, and livestock growers located around the state ranging from produce, fruit, prepared meals, canned foods, frozen foods, juices, wine, meat, sliced meats, etc.

 

Full Schedule

We will also have a pdf version available on the website that is printable. 

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KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 | Ozark Room

Introduction by Brian Umberson, Novolyze

 

8:00 AM Frank Yiannas, Wal-Mart

 

REGULATORY UPDATES

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 | Ozark Room

Chair Brian Umberson, Novolyze

Moderator Kendra Waldbusser, Pilgrim’s

 

8:50 AM Dr. Scott Updike, USDA/FSIS - 2017 Salmonella and Stabilization Compliance Guidelines

 

9:30 AM Dr. Ashley Williams, FDA – Trending FDA Food Safety Topics

 

10:10 AM Dr. Matthew Wise, CDC – Evolution of Multistate Foodborne Outbreak Investigations: New methods, New Vehicles

 

VENDOR TALKS

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 | Ozark Room

 

10:55 AM Lance Reeves, Nationwide Insurance – Business Risk and Food Safety

 

11:30 AM Antoince Giros, Maxxam Analytics - Origin

 

IT’S TOUGH OUT THERE – FOOD SAFETY PROFESSIONAL’S ROADMAP TO SUCCESS

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 | Ozark Room

Chair Brian Umberson, Novolyze

Moderator Kendra Waldbusser, Pilgrim’s

 

1:30 PM Panelist Speakers

Dr. Gary Ades, G&L Consulting Group

Ken Leith, (e) Gauge Group

Patti Leith, EDGES, INC

 

VENDOR TALKS

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 | Ozark Room

 

3:40 PM Thibault Wauters, Realzyme

 

4:15 PM TBD

Platinum Sponsors

FUTURE DIRECTIONS FOR MOLECULAR DETECTION, NEXT GENERATION SEQUENCING AND MICROBIOMES IN FOOD SAFETY

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 | Ozark Room

Co-Chairs Dr. Steve Ricke, University  of Arkansas; Dr. Michael Rothrock Jr., USDA-ARS

Moderators Dr. Kristina Feye and  Dr. Michael Rothrock Jr., USDA-ARS

 

8:00 AM Michael J. Rothrock, Jr., USDA-ARS – Application of Microbiome Analysis in Conventional and Alternative Poultry Production Systems

 

8:35 AM Steve Ricke, University of Arkansas – Microbiome and Metabolomic Analyses for Feed Additives in Poultry

 

9:10 AM Young Min Kwon, University of Georgia – Future Directions for Development of Functional Probiotics via Microbiome Analysis

 

9:45 AM Todd Callaway, University of Georgia – Future Directions for Exploring Cattle Rumen Microbiomes: Challenges and Opportunities

 

10:20 AM Brooke Schwartz, Rheonix, Inc. – Listeria Strain Typing: Which Molecular Subtyping Method is Right for You?

 

VENDOR TALKS

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 | Ozark Room

 

11:00 AM Dr. Alex Brandt, FSNS – Whole Genome Sequencing

 

11:35 AM Lindsey Ross, Charm Scientific – Ready to use Charm Peel Plate EB test using the new Neutralizing Buffered Peptone Water for Poultry Carcass Sampling

 

EMERGING ISSUES/PATHOGENS

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 | Ozark Room

Co-Chair Karen Beers, Pilgrim’s; Brian Umberson, Novolyze

Moderator Dr. John Marcy, University of Arkansas

 

1:30 PM Dr. Gary Acuff, Texas A &M – Process Validation: Do I Have What It Takes From a USDA and FDA Perspective?

 

2:30 PM Jonathan McKoy, Pilgrim’s – Semicarbazide Testing and It’s Implications

 

3:00 PM Dr. Danah Vetter, Vetter Consulting Solution – Modernization of Food Safety Inspection: How Far Has it Come? Where Will It Go?

 

VENDOR TALKS

Wednesday September 19, 2018 | Ozark Room

 

3:40 PM Ryan Anderson, Clear Labs – NGS 2.0: The Future of Routine Pathogen Testing

 

4:15 PM Paul Smith, Polyskope – Polyskope One, AOAC – Certified Multiplex qPCR Detection of All Common Pathogens Using a Single Enrichment

 

 

PET FOOD AND ANIMAL FEED PROCESSING AND SAFETY

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 | Dogwood Room

Chair Dr. Griffiths G. Atungulu, University of Arkansas

Moderators Kaushik Luthra, University of Arkansas; Zeinab Mohammadi Shad, University of Arkansas

 

8:00 AM Anne Huss, BioMatrix International – The Importance of Biosecurity in Pet Foods and Animal Feeds

 

8:30 AM Dr. Ashley William, USDA/FSIS – Foreign Supplier Verification of Imported Foods for Human and Animal Consumption

 

9:00 AM Kaushik Luthra, University of Arkansas – Effects of Drying Temperature, Aspect Ratio and Drying Duration on the Performance of a Custom-Made Lab-Scale Fluidized Bed Grain Dryer

 

9:30 AM Zeinab Mohammadi Shad, University of Arkansas – Pathways of Physical, Biological and Chemical Contaminates of Rice and Challenges to Human, Animal, and Pet Food Industries

 

9:45 AM Shantae Wilson, University of Arkansas – Novel technology for Selective Inactivation of Mycotoxigenic Fungi in Food and Feed

 

10:00 AM Deandre Smith, University of Arkansas –Rice Processing and By-product Streams of Value to the Pet Food and Animal Feed Industries

 

10:05 AM Rebecca Bruce, University of Arkansas – Broken Rice Utilization - Current Trends and Research of Relevance to Product Formulation for Food, Pet Food, and Animal Feed Ingredients

 

10:30 AM Soraya Shafiekhani, University of Arkansas – CFD Modeling and Capabilities Thereof to Provide Practical Solutions to the Food, Feed, and Pet Food Industries

 

VENDOR TALKS

Wednesday September 19, 2018 | Dogwood Room

11:00 AM Ivy Dala, Romer – Finding Contaminants Before Harvesting Poultry

 

11:35 AM TBA

 

PET FOOD AND ANIMAL FEED PROCESSING AND SAFETY

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 | Dogwood Room

Chair Dr. Griffiths G. Atungulu, University of Arkansas

Moderators Soraya Shafiekhani, University of Arkansas; Kaushik Luthra, University of Arkansas

 

1:30 PM Shantae Wilson, University of Arkansas – Equipment Demo Part 1 – Novel Catalytic Infared Heating for Food, Pet Food, and Animal Feed Processing

 

2:00 PM Deandrae Smith, University of Arkansas – Equipment Demo Part 2 – Industrial Microwave Processing for Food, Pet Food, and Animal Feed

 

2:30 PM Zeinab Mohammadi Shad, University of Arkansas – Equipment Demo Part 3 – Detection of Mycotoxin in Food, Pet Food, and Animal Feed

 

3:00 PM Kaushik Luthra and Soraya Shafiekhani, University of Arkansas – Equipment Demo Part 4 – Food and Feed Shelf Life Determination – New Methods using Vapor Sorption Analysis

 

VENDOR TALKS

Wednesday September 19, 2018 | Dogwood Room

 

3:40 PM BJ Bench, Tyson - Temperature Effects on Frozen Ground Chicken: Rancidity Profiling Model for Protein and Lipid Degradation

Gold Sponsors

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Thursday, September 20, 2018 | Ozark Room

Introduction by Brian Umberson, Novolyze

 

8:00 AM Shawn Stevens, Food Industry Counsel, LLC – The Food Safety Revolution:  The Shifting Landscape of Civil, Regulatory, and Criminal Exposure

 

PORK/PRODUCE UPDATE

Thursday, September 20, 2018 | Ozark Room

Chair Dr. Peggy Cook, TriStrata Group

Moderator Danah Vetter, Vetter Consulting Group

 

8:45 AM Natalie Dyenson, Dole Company – How Blockchain is Advancing a New Era of End-to-End Transparency in the Global Food System

 

9:15 AM Laura Bachmeier, National Pork Board – We Care: Pork Safety

 

9:45 AM Dr. Nikki Shariat, Gettysburg College – Probing Salmonella Serotype Diversity in Poultry

 

SILVER SPONSORS

OOD SAFETY TRACEABILITY, SAMPLING LOGISTICS, DATA ANALYTICS, AND CYBERSECURITY

Thursday, September 20, 2018 | Dogwood Room

Chair Dr. Steve Ricke, University of Arkansas

Moderator Dr. John Marcy, University of Arkansas

 

8:45 AM Dr. Steve Ricke, University of Arkansas – Microbiome Mapping and Poultry Processing

 

9:15 AM Kristen Gibson, University of Arkansas – The Future of Environmental Monitoring in the Food Industry

 

9:45 AM Dr. Keith Roper, University of Arkansas – Development of Novel Sampling Systems for Food Processing Environments

 

10:15 AM Laurie Clotilde, Safe Traces – Recent Advances in Tracking Technologies for the Food Industry

 

10:45 AM Dale Thompson, University of Arkansas – Data Analytics, Cybersecurity, and the Food Industry

 

 

 

 

 

BRONZE SPONSOR

You owe it to yourself and your company to make it to this great conference.  We hope to see you at the Conference!
 
Thanks!
 
Brian Umberson
President
 
Barbara Smith 
Vice President

AAFP is 11 Days Away - Update 2

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Session Overviews- FS Roadmap, NGS and Pet Food

Dear Food Safety Professional,

The 10th Annual Arkansas Association of Food Protection (AAFP) conference will be held September 17-20 at the Fayetteville Town Center on the beautiful square in downtown Fayetteville, AR.  Have you already registered? Register Here

The conference presentations are on Tuesday, Wednesday and then Thursday until mid-day.   Below are short descriptions of 3 of our many sessions:
 

Session:
IT'S TOUGH OUT THERE - THE FOOD SAFETY PROFESSIONAL'S ROADMAP TO SUCCESS

Chair of the session: Brian Umberson, Novolyze
Moderator: Kendra Waldbusser, Pilgrim's
Date: Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Time: 1:30pm to 3:30 pm

Panelists
Gary Ades, Ph.D., President, G&L Consulting Group
Ken Leith CEO, (e)Gauge, Inc.
Patti Leith, MA CEO, EDGES, Inc.

Session Overview
How do you get the money, people and departmental cooperation that you need to protect your brand, customers, consumers and shareholder value? You do this by understanding and addressing the key elements, which we call the "puzzle pieces" of the Food Safety Puzzle. They include: Culture, Management Commitment, Organizational Structure, and Implementation as well as the "glue" to hold it together- Communication, Influence, Accountability and Metrics. This an interactive session which will help you understand each of the puzzle pieces as they relate to your own situation and how you can impact them such as the way to influence people through effective communication.

OBJECTIVES
Gain the information and guidance that is needed to get the resources to effectively do your job.
Understand and unbundle the key elements within your company for the greatest impact.
Provide a true roadmap for success with appropriate leadership training.

 

Session:
Pet Food and Animal Feed Processing and Safety

Chair of the session: Dr. Griffiths G. Atungulu
Moderators: Scott Sprinkles and Zeinab Mohammadi Shad
Date: Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Time: 8 am-3:30 pm

Session Overview
Humans and pets are increasingly sharing life together; in fact, pets are now considered "family" in most circles. Consequently, it has become paramount to process pet food with attention to detail not only to meet quality and safety requirements of the pet, but also that of the pet owner.

Session mission
This session provides practical information, scientific advances and research related to pet food and animal feed processing and safety.

Session objectives
The objective of the session is to provide a platform to discuss issues related to processing and safety of pet food and animal feed. The scope encompasses understanding new challenges and necessary improvements in pet food and animal feed industries, technology development and demonstrations, raw material supply chain management, demonstration of safety evaluation techniques, ingredient formulations, marketing and consumer responses and relevant regulations and policies.

 

Session:
Unraveling sequencing in food production systems- Where do we go from here?

Chair of the Session:  Co-Chairs Steve Ricke, University of Arkansas, Dr. Michael J. Rothrock, Jr., USDA-ARS, US National Poultry Research Center
Moderator: Kristina Feye,  Center for Food Safety, Univ. of Arkansas
Date: Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Time: 8:00am to 10:55am

SESSION OVERVIEW
Advances in next generation sequencing (NGS) has opened the door for tremendous advances in all scientific fields.  Food safety is no exception and applications continue to explode in both fundamental research and the resulting applications. Understanding the gut microbiome not only leads to predictions on dietary amendments and responses of foodborne pathogens versus nonpathogens in the gut but can lead to applications such as designing better probiotics.  Applying NGS can also lead to better diagnostics for foodborne pathogens.

OBJECTIVES
Achieve a better understanding of practical applications of microbiome sequencing for all phases of food production from live animal production to food processing.

 

Session:
Food Safety Traceability, Sampling Logistics, Data Analytics, and CyberSecurity

Chair of the Session: Steve Ricke, University of Arkansas
Moderator:  John Marcy - Poultry Science, University of Arkansas
Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018
Time: 8:45 am to 10:45 am

SESSION OVERVIEW
It's not just about detection anymore- Sampling, tracking and data strategies matter too

Detection technologies continue to improve with faster more sensitive assays emerging almost on a daily basis.  However, detection is only good as the samples taken from the target sites. Given the complexity of the types of environments in food production and processing, retrieving representative samples can be quite challenging.  Optimizing representative sampling requires combinations of retrieving more comprehensive microbial populations using microbiome analyses of microbial populations, better sampling systems, and improved data analytics.

OBJECTIVES
This session will cover advances in microbial community analyses, future directions for sampling technologies, and generating and protecting these large data sets.



We think you will find these sessions and others to be extremely valuable to your company and your career. We hope to see you at the Conference!

Thanks!

Brian Umberson
President

Barbara Smith
Vice President

AAFP is 12 Days Away -Update 1

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Dear Food Safety Professional,

The 10th Annual Arkansas Association of Food Protection (AAFP) conference will be held September 17-20 at the Fayetteville Town Center on the beautiful square in downtown Fayetteville, AR.  We think you will enjoy the after-hours events for this year’s conference.  The conference presentations are on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday until mid-day.
 
Have you already registered?  If not, go here  https://www.arkafp.org/conferences/
 
Please review some of the updates below.

  • Demand has absorbed our block of discounted rooms at the Chancellor so normal room rates are at $109 for most of the week.
  • Parking will be improved this year due to the new venue- the Fayetteville Town Center and the proximity of the Chancellor Hotel.  Please review the FTC parking lot map and info here https://www.twncenter.com/images/documents/FTC_ParkingMap.pdf  The guests that stay at the Chancellor will already be parked at the hotel parking deck and can walk across the square to the FTC.
  • Vendor Showcases from 11am-12noon
  • Lunch will allow for meals at the great restaurants on the Downtown Fayetteville Square.  https://www.tripadvisor.com/RestaurantsNear-g31589-d4065154-Fayetteville_Downtown_Square_Gardens-Fayetteville_Arkansas.html
  • The Regulatory Q&A networking event for the AR, MO and KS District of USDA will be part of the AAFP Conference after hours event of Tuesday night, Sept 18th, from 6-8p.  Beverages and appetizers will be provided by Zoetis that is sponsoring the evening’s after-hours activities.   Now is your chance for a non-threatening dialogue with District Personnel that will attend the industry-only meeting to answer Industry submitted questions and on-site discussion. Several Springdale district EIAO personnel and possibly some from Washington will attend the Conference. 
  • We will have AAFP T- Shirts that will bring a smile to your face for $20 so bring cash if possible.  The proceeds will support our new efforts to further support Food Science students.
  • We will have a Happy Hour Networking event on Wednesday 5pm-7pm. Weather permitting, we will have the event in the Garden and patio of the FTC.

 
We hope to see you at the Conference!
 
Thanks!
 
Brian Umberson
President
 
Barbara Smith
Vice President

Call for Poster Abstracts - Poster Symposium

Call for Poster Abstracts - Poster Symposium

The 10th annual Arkansas Association for Food Protection (AAFP) general meeting will be held September 17-20, 2018 at the Fayetteville Town Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  The Education Committee for the AAFP would like to invite all current and future members (must be an Arkansas Affiliate member at the time of abstract submission) to submit abstracts for scientific posters based on any food safety research/work they have done (current or past, published or unpublished).

10th Anniversary Agenda - 2018 AAFP Annual Conference

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We are very excited about our upcoming conference and have another great lineup. Be sure you register soon and look forward to seeing you soon.

 
 

Have you ever wanted to ask USDA a question outside of your facility? 

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Now is your chance for a non-threatening dialogue.  AAFP is proud to sponsor a Regulatory Q&A networking event for the USDA (AR, MO and KS District).   USDA District Personnel will attend the industry only meeting to answer Industry submitted questions and on-site discussion. Several EIAO (Enforcement, Investigation, and Analysis Officer) personnel and possibly some from Washington will attend the Conference.   The Q&A Networking Event will be part of the AAFP Conference on Tuesday night from 6-8p.

Poster Symposium - Call for Poster Abstracts

The 10th annual Arkansas Association for Food Protection (AAFP) general meeting will be held September 17-20, 2018 at the Fayetteville Town Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  The Education Committee for the AAFP would like to invite all current and future members (must be an Arkansas Affiliate member at the time of abstract submission) to submit abstracts for scientific posters based on any food safety research/work they have done (current or past, published or unpublished).

Arkansas & Oklahoma IAFP Joint Conference- OVERVIEW Update

Arkansas & Oklahoma IAFP Joint Conference- OVERVIEW Update

The Arkansas Association for Food Protection (AAFP) and the Oklahoma Chapter (OKAFP) are excited to update the 2017 conference agenda sessions and speakers to cover topics such as:

  • FSMA- sanitary transport, produce, etc.
  • Whole Genome Sequencing led by the CDC
  • Food Defense by FBI
  • Pet Food/Low Moisture Foods/Animal Feed
  • Animal Health-probiotics, prebiotics, antimicrobials, etc.
  •  Emerging Issues- Walmart to present “Block Chain”, National Chicken Council emerging issues, foreign materials, surrogate organisms for validation/verification

Arkansas & Oklahoma IAFP Joint Conference- Session detail for Low-Moisture Foods, Animal Feed and Pet Food.

Arkansas & Oklahoma IAFP Joint Conference- Session detail for Low-Moisture Foods, Animal Feed and Pet Food.

The Arkansas Association for Food Protection (AAFP) and the OKAFP are excited to announce that during the joint 2017 conference we will have sessions and speakers to cover Low-Moisture Foods, Animal Feed and Pet Food.  As some of you may have read in a previous email, the Oklahoma Association for Food Protection (OKAFP) will join the Arkansas Assoc. for Food Protection (IAFP Chapter) for a joint Conference Sept 19-21.  

Whole Genome Sequencing

Whole Genome Sequencing

The Arkansas Association for Food Protection (AAFP) and the OKAFP are excited to announce that during the joint 2017 conference we will have sessions and speakers to cover WHOLE GENOME SEQUENCING.   As some of you may have read in a previous email, the Oklahoma Association for Food Protection (OKAFP) will join the Arkansas Assoc. for Food Protection (IAFP Chapter) for a joint Conference Sept 19-21.  

Poster Symposium - Call for Poster Abstracts

Poster Symposium - Call for Poster Abstracts

The 9th annual Arkansas Association for Food Protection (AAFP) general meeting will be held September 19-21, 2017 at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in Springdale, Arkansas.  The Education Committee for the AAFP would like to invite all current and future members (must be a member at the time of abstract submission) to submit abstracts for scientific posters based on any food safety research/work they have done (current or past, published or unpublished).