2010 European Symposium
June 9 – June 11 | University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
The International Association for Food Protection-in collaboration with the International Life Sciences Institute Europe. the Society for Applied Microbiology, the World Health Organization and the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations-hosted IAFP's Sixth European Symposium at University College Dublin (UCD) in Dublin, Ireland, 9-11 June. Over 300 people from 32 countries attended the conference.
The conference opened with a welcome address from Ireland's Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Brendan Smith,TD. Aian Reilly, Food Safety Authority of Ireland, delivered the keynote lecture, "Food Safety in a Global Market". Globally renowned invited speakers presented over 40 presentations, including topics such as Persistence and Survival of Pathogens in Dry Food, rocessing Environments, Emerging Food Safety Issues, Global Food Safety Management Standards and Rapid Methods and Method Validation. More than 90 posters were displayed and presented, and for the first time, 18 technical presentations were made.
One technical presentation and two posters won the student competition. The winners were Rocio Morales-Rayas, Universite Lavale, Quebec City, Canada; Orla Condell, UCD, Centre for Food Safety, Veterinary Health Sciences Centre, Dublin, Ireland and Shane Cooney. UCD, Centre for Food Safety. Veterinary Health Sciences Centre, Dublin, Ireland.
On the evening of I0 June, bioMerieux Industry hosted a reception at the historic former home of the Guinness family, Farmleigh. This elegant home is now owned by the Irish government and has beautiful architecture, sculptures and a rare book library. Attendees enjoyed hors d'oeuvres and entertainment provided by a harpist. Eighteen prominent companies shared their food safety expertise through innovative displays and demonstrations in the exhibit hall. Exhibitors and sponsors helped by financially supporting the symposium.
IAFP thanks the Organising Committee chaired by Dr. Pratima Jasti and Dr. Michele Storrs for the time and effort taken to plan this excellent conference and to the outstanding companies on whose generosity and enthusiastic contributions IAFP depends when seeking to extend its mission of facilitating food safety communications around the world.