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The 2018 Spring Newsletter is HERE.

GAFP Spring Meeting 2018 - SOLD OUT

Georgia Food Safety Professionals, Thank you for your interest in the upcoming Georgia Association for Food Protection Spring Meeting. We have reached capacity for the upcoming meeting, as as a result, tickets are sold out!

We look forward to seeing you at the educational spring meeting for a historic turnout. As a reminder, we will not accept on-site registrations for the spring meeting. Only those attendees who have registered to attend the meeting will be permitted on-site. Stay tuned for our fall meeting announcement!

GAFP Fall Meeting 2017

GAFP held its annual fall meeting on September 20, 2017 in Marietta, GA at the Publix Atlanta District Offices. More than 50 members heard informative presentations from seasoned food safety professionals on a variety of topics. For a summary of meeting highlights, upcoming events and workshops, and more, please refer to the posted GAFP Winter 2017 Newsletter.

GAFP Hosts Spring Meeting and Elects Officers

The Georgia Association for Food Protection held it's spring 2017 meeting April 12 at Georgia Tech Research Institute’s Food Processing Technology Center in downtown Atlanta. Forty-six people attended and heard educational presentations on a variety of food safety subjects. Topics, speakers, and their professional affiliations included:

  • Protecting Your Supply Chain from Food Fraud
    Wendy White, director corporate food safety & quality, Golden State Foods
  • Whole Genome Sequencing 101
    Lee Katz, bioinformatics scientist, Center for Disease Control & Prevention
  • Getting Ready for FSMA Inspections
    Howard Upton, senior regulatory compliance manager, Mondelẽz
  • Sensing for Food Safety: Utilizing New Technology for Detection
    Jie Xu, principal research scientist, Georgia Tech Food Processing Technology Center

During a short business meeting, two new GAFP officers were elected: Cheryl Brown, retail quality assurance manager with Starbucks Coffee Company as Vice-President and Katie Satchwell, quality and food safety specialist with Coca-Cola as Secretary. Jairo de Jesus’ role shifted to President-elect, and Krissa Jones assumed the role of President. Since election of treasurer and IAFP delegate occurs every two years, Mark Norton and Tori Stivers will continue in those respective roles. As his presidential tenure ended at this meeting, John Szymanski was recognized for his service to GAFP. He will serve one final year as past president.

Speakers at GAFP’s April meeting (L to R): Jie Xu, Lee Katz, Wendy White, Howard Upton
Speakers at GAFP’s April meeting (L to R): Jie Xu, Lee Katz, Wendy White, Howard Upton

The meeting concluded with a tour of the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Food Processing Technology Center. Highlights included a visit to the robotics and engineering labs where graduate students focus on novel robotic technologies that can be used in the food industry, such as a small robot that can retrieve stray eggs from poultry barn floors and a robot with volatile compound sensing technology that can detect and sample plants infected with pathogens. Another technology being developed is one that scans poultry carcasses for leftover meat after mechanical separation of meat

New GAFP officers (L to R):  Vice President Cheryl Brown and Secretary Katie Satchwell.
New GAFP officers (L to R): Vice President Cheryl Brown and Secretary Katie Satchwell.

GAFP is grateful to our amazing corporate sponsors who financially support meetings and our mission to keep food safe: Publix, Kroger, ITW Pro Brands, Industrial Magnetics, Gregory Pest Solutions, Golden State Foods, Food Safety Net Services, ClorDiSys Solutions, Chick-fil-A, and Chemstar Corporation.

Krissa Jones, left, honors outgoing President John Szymanski for his service to GAFP.
Krissa Jones, left, honors outgoing President John Szymanski for his service to GAFP.

2016 Dr. Jim Ayres Young Investigator Award

Applications must be submitted by May 16, 2017
First place - $1,000; second place - $500; third place - $250

2015 Dr. Jim Ayres Young Investigator Award Winners

The Georgia Association for Food Protection would like to congratulate the 2015 Dr. Jim Ayers Young Investigator Award winners! This intense competition showcased the wonderful talent that is coming from the UGA Food Science Department. Each award winner receives a travel scholarship to the 2015 IAFP Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon. In addition to presenting their research at the IAFP meeting, this year the winners will be providing a short presentation of their research at the GAFP Fall Symposium, where we will be able to learn more about their research.

Yue Cui, First Place Winner
1st Place was awarded to Yue Cui for her abstract on the attachment ability of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli to alfalfa, lettuce, tomato and fenugreek seeds.
Lisa Trimble, Second Place Winner
2nd Place was awarded to Lisa Trimble for her abstract on models for the survival of Salmonella in low-water activity, high fat food systems at 80ºC.
Lauren Hudson, Third Place Winner
3rd place was awarded to Lauren Hudson for her abstract on the impact of alternative antimicrobial commercial egg washes on reducing Salmonella contamination.

Our entire membership wishes all the applicants of the Dr. Jim Ayers, Young Investigator Award “good luck” in their continued research and pursuit of graduate degrees. This program serves as a continuous means of acknowledging and supporting our future quality practitioners. These students are truly the future leaders in the food safety arena. Please join the GAFP Board in offering congratulations to our winners and all the Georgia students who will travel to the IAFP Annual Meeting this year to present their research.


David Fry Regulator
For more about qualification criteria for the David Fry Regulator Stipend, see the GAFP Report or click here


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Our Mission
To provide food safety professionals worldwide with a forum to exchange information on protecting the food supply.

Constitution and Bylaws
Find out more about the bylaws that govern the association by reading our Constitution and Bylaws.

Corporate Sponsorship
Thanks to our current sponsors:
Chemstar Corporation
ClorDiSys Solutions
Food Safety Net Services
Gregory Pest Solutions
Golden State Foods
ITW Pro Brands
Industrial Magnetics
Victory Processing, LLC

If your organization would like to become a sponsor, complete the Sponsorship form or contact Mark Norton for details: mnorton@agr.state.ga.us

Sponsorship Levels

  • Listing on GAFP website with link to companies Website
  • 5 Complimentary registrations to both meetings
  • Table top at all meetings
  • Access to membership database

  • Listing on GAFP website with link to companies Website
  • 2 Complimentary registrations to both meetings
  • Listing on GAFP website with link to companies Website