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The 2018 Spring Newsletter is HERE.

GAFP Spring Meeting 2018

We are pleased to announce registration for the Spring 2018 Georgia Association for Food Protection is now open! We have an exciting program planned for our meeting, occurring on February 28, 2018 from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, including presentations from:

  • Dr. Ben Chapman - North Carolina State University
  • Dr. Manpreet Singh - University of Georgia
  • Robin Peterson - Micreos
  • Dr. Donald Zink - IEH Laboratories & Consulting Group
  • Dan Anderson - The Coca Cola Company
  • The full meeting agenda is available in the GAFP Spring 2018 Newsletter (above) and on the registration page. Please ensure you arrive 30 minutes prior to the program start time to park, pass through security, and check-in for the meeting. Following confirmation of successful registration to this meeting, you will receive an email containing important meeting information, including venue location information, driving/access instructions, and security information.

    The Spring 2018 meeting is open only to members of the Georgia Association for Food Protection. All Members must register online, in advance, in order to attend the meeting. Please note that on-site meeting registration will not be possible. All GAFP members MUST register, using the online registration tool, no later than 9:00 am EST on February 21, 2018. Late meeting registrations, after February 21, 2018, and on-site registrations will not be accepted. Please note that group registrations are not available for this meeting. All members must register individually. Please note: Attendance to this meeting is by invitation only. Only members of the Georgia Association for Food Protection are permitted to attend and only registered attendees will be permitted into the venue. Members of the media are not permitted to attend this meeting.

    Please visit the following link to register. To access the registration site, enter the following password: GAFPSpring2018. We look forward to seeing you at the upcoming spring meeting!

    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.


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    Corporate Sponsorship
    Thanks to our current sponsors:
    Chemstar Corporation
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    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

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