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PITTSBURGH — The 2022 International Food Protection Association IAFP kicked off last night in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The association’s annual meeting, its second in-person event since 2020, began with welcoming remarks from IAFP President Ruth Petran, an update from IAFP Foundation President Gary Acuff and a handover. of price.
“It was certainly a great honor for me to be your president last year, which brought a lot of uncertainty, and frankly, some sadness at times with the reality of the pandemic hanging over everything we have. tried to do,” Petran said. “But I also highlighted the wonderful resilience and dedication of our food protection community to advancing science, sharing information and networking in creative ways. And now we’re all here, and it’s time to celebrate.
She recognized the show’s long-time members and exhibitors, including one 50-year-old member, 56 10-year-old exhibitors, 29 20-year-old exhibitors, 10 30-year-old exhibitors and three 35-year-old exhibitors.
Gary Acuff, president of the IAFP Foundation, announced a new campaign, $4 million for 40 years, which aims to increase the general fund of the foundation from $3 million to $4 million by 2024, the 40e anniversary. Acuff said that with the additional funds, the foundation would like to invest more in members through initiatives such as professional development grants and an international student research exchange program.
The evening included awards ceremonies.
Kiley Doherty received the Dave Theno Safety Fellowship Award at #iafp2022. Kiley was inspired to get into food safety after suffering from foodborne illness herself in 2013. Arpita Aditya received the Peanut Proud Student Scholarship Award.
Fellow Awards were presented to David Blomquist, James Dickson, Lynn McMullen, George-John Nychas and Mandan Sharma, and 29 travel grant recipients were honoured.
Dr Lucia Anelich of Anelich Consulting, Pretoria, South Africa, presented the Ivan Parkin lecture, “Out of Africa”, which covered the challenges facing the continent, from poor and unsanitary conditions of street food to record numbers of hunger that only continue to rise. Anelich has visited approximately 18 African countries and offered food safety strategies formulated to address these challenges, including the development of risk-based food safety standards and the harmonization of these standards.
“I would like to thank this organization for giving Africa a voice,” she said.
What we saw on the IAFP 2022 exhibition floor.
The first evening at IAFP 2022 ended with a wine and cheese reception in the exhibit hall where more than 150 exhibitors were ready to welcome great attendees.
Remco, a Vikan company, offers tutorials on Microsoft HoloLens, an augmented reality headset that the company sends to customers as an alternative to physically auditing a facility. The headset works through Microsoft Teams and allows the customer to be the eyes of Remco – everything the customer sees while wearing the headset is video streamed to a Remco representative, allowing visual inspection from any location. place. Audio speakers in the helmet allow Remco and the customer to communicate, with options for Remco to augment the user’s view with graphics and web pages.
Elsewhere, Eagle Protect, which makes gloves for the food industry, provides some details on recent research into the types of pathogens that can be found on gloves, reminding why glove cleanliness and condition are just as important. important than wearing gloves.
We also took a quick time-lapse tour around the showroom. Check it here.
Stay tuned for more updates from this year’s conference.