Earlier this month, the Food Safety Magazine team gathered in Salt Lake City, UT for the Annual Meeting of the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP). The IAFP Annual Meeting was attended by more than 3,800 top industry, academic, and governmental food safety professionals from six continents. Each year, this premiere event for industry professionals convenes and discusses current and emerging food safety issues, the latest science, and innovative solutions to new and recurring problems. The meeting also presents opportunities to network with thousands of food safety professionals from around the globe.

While in Salt Lake City, we invited experts from across the industry to come to our booth and chat with us about all things food safety. Some of those impromptu conversations and interviews are included in our 30th installment of the Food Safety Matters podcast.

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In this episode of Food Safety Matters, we spoke to a number of food safety professionals about a variety of hot topics:

Tim Stubbs, National Dairy Council (NDC)

  • NDC's role within the dairy industry, resources provided, etc.
  • Various food technologies including atmospheric cold plasma for packaging treatment, antimicrobial use in cheese, and more
  • Advances inl food safety and technology in the next three to five years.

Will Daniels, IEH Laboratories & Consulting Group

  • The romaine lettuce outbreak that originated in the Yuma, AZ, growing region (desert Southwest) and new food safety issues that have been brought to the forefront because of it
  • One health concept: Escherichia coli, Salmonella, and soil… the connection between the animal world and the produce world
  • Reducing microbial shedding events
  • Community relations and food safety
  • Lessons learned from the Earthbound Farms spinach outbreak
  • Communicating risk within an organization, and publicly 

Paul Kiecker, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

  • His roles within USDA
  • What “modernizing” does (and does not) mean
  • What food companies should expect
  • USDA inspection roles (vs. U.S. Food and Drug Administration roles)
  • Top priorities at USDA in terms of modernization
  • Progress with pathogen sampling and whole-genome sequencing use
  • Salmonella as an adulterant
  • Standard setting for Campylobacter

Carmen Rottenberg, USDA

  • An in-depth conversation about USDA's study on consumer handwashing, meal preparation, and thermometer use

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