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:


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

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.

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.


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.


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

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.

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


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

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.

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!


Brian Umberson

Barbara Smith
Vice President