The list below shows upcoming webinars held by IAFP and IAFP’s Professional Development Groups (PDGs). Please note that all opinions and statements are those of the individual making the presentations and not necessarily the opinion or view of IAFP.

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  • Food Safety Culture – Part 2 of 6: Food Safety Culture & Communication - It’s about People

    This is the second in a series of six webinars organized by the Food Safety Culture PDG:

    In 2019, FDA established priority areas of focus for internal working groups and stakeholders and they are 1) Tech Enabled Traceability and Foodborne Outbreak Response 2) Smarter Tools and Approaches for Prevention, 3) Adapting to New Business Models and Retail Food Safety Modernization and 4) Food Safety Culture. In spite of the release of GFSI’s position paper on Food Safety Culture, several food industry professionals are at a loss in terms of where to start. Those of us in quality and food safety often believe that food safety is our sole responsibility. But is it only our responsibility? Are we being too exclusive and not allowing open conversation with our peers in sanitation, HR, operations, marketing or business leaders? Perhaps we are not sure how best to communicate the importance of package integrity in preventing recontamination, or swabbing to seek the source of the problem as a topic of interest to our peers. How can we engage others, and have an influence on employees and companies to commit to food safety? We are very interested to help the audience walk away with a toolkit that they can use to connect with various stakeholders in their organization.


    • Akhila Vasan, Moderator Institute for Food Safety and Health, Illinois, USA
    • Neil Coole, Presenter BSI Group, Virginia, USA
    • Lone Jespersen, Presenter Cultivate, Switzerland
    • Linda Smith, Presenter SmithCom, Ontario, Canada
  • Cleaning Validation of Cleaning Tools

    The sanitary state of cleaning tools (when compared with that of food equipment or environmental surfaces) is often overlooked as a potential vector of product contamination. This may be because validation of sanitation preventive controls is still not a mandatory requirement in FSMA regulations, and that validation, monitoring and verification of cleaning tools seldom features in site sanitation programs. According to a UK Government funded study (Campden BRI), 47% of the cleaning equipment sampled in food production in facilities tested positive for L. monocytogenes. Moreover, cleaning tools and equipment of poor hygienic design may also harbor other pathogens, including viruses, and allergens and foreign material of food safety concern. This presentation focuses on the appropriate selection of hygienically designed cleaning tools, and the development of validated cleaning tool decontamination methods, and effective monitoring and verification programs.


    • Jason White, Moderator National Frozen Foods, OR, USA
    • Amit Kheradia Remco Products, IN, USA
  • Food Safety Culture - Part 3 of 6: Latest Food Safety Culture Research From Four Doctoral Researchers

    This is the third in a six part series organized by the Food Safety Culture PDG.

    Get five practical insights from five passionate researchers in the field of food safety culture. From the role of regulators, application of GFSI dimensions, impact of communication, to assessments in SMEs and processing facilities.


    • Lone Jespersen, Moderator Cultivate, Switzerland
    • Sophie Waung, Presenter Purdue, Indiana, USA
    • Emma Samuel, Presenter Cardiff Metropolitan University, United Kingdom
    • Rounaq Nayak, Presenter Loughborough University, United Kingdom
  • Validation of Innovative Tools to Assess and to Improve Microbiological Safety in the Food Chain

    This webinar we will focus on the acceleration of method validation. More specifically with the use of artificial intelligence (AI) it is possible to analyze data from existing official validation of alternative methods to generate tools which can use past evidence to revise and refine the validation criteria so that alternative methods can benefit from a more efficient validation. In this webinar, we will first present the potential of AI in the data analysis to produce models able to predict behaviors and outcomes, with a specific focus on microbiological systems. A critical review will then be presented on the rapid methods available in the market for the detection of foodborne pathogens, which will also underline pros and cons of these approaches. Lastly, a food producing company will report the potential benefits of such an approach, specifically regarding the faster validation of new rapid methods, such as “a lab-on-chip” device for the detection of foodborne pathogens.

    Sponsored by the IAFP Foundation


    • Luca Cocolin, Moderator University of Turin, Italy
    • Pedro Lopez, Speaker Al Talentum, Spain
    • Trevor Phister, Speaker   PepsiCo, Switzerland
    • Pietro Cattaneo, Speaker   SwissDeCode, United Kingdom
  • Food Safety Culture - Part 4 of 6: SQF and Culture Improvements - Hear Practical Learnings From Two Companies

    This is the fourth in a six-part series organized by the Food Safety Culture PDG.

    Food safety culture has been a way of life for some and a new approach from others. Learn from established companies on how they started on their journey and how they continue to keep promoting food safety culture in their organizations. 


    • LeAnn Chuboff, Moderator SQFI, Virginia, USA
  • Food Safety Culture - Part 5 of 6: Evolving the Retailer Stand on Food Safety Audits; Culture and Behavioral Assessments

    This is the fifth in a six part series organized by the Food Safety Culture PDG.

    Learn how leading retailers are Incorporating culture and behavioral assessments into their food safety audit.


    • Lone Jespersen, Moderator Cultivate, Switzerland
    • Andrew Clarke, Presenter Loblaws, Ontario, Canada
    • Ray Bowe, Presenter Musgrave, Ireland
  • Food Safety Culture - Part 6 of 6: Dynamic Leadership by Supervisors = Strong Organizational Cultures

    This is the sixth out of a six part series organized by the Food Safety Culture PDG

    Spending the time in leadership development of your supervisors and management team translates to a stronger culture and proven return in that investment to your organization. Against the current backdrop of the current COVID-19 pandemic, now more than ever leaders and emerging leaders must tap into skills of adaptability, managing vs. leading, building and maintaining trust and increased engagement to successfully navigate these new challenges. Hear directly from industry leaders sharing their approaches to investing in their leaders to affect positive cultural change and bring added value to their organization.


    • Lone Jespersen, Moderator Cultivate, Switzerland
    • Laura Nelson, Presenter Alchemy Systems, Texas, USA
    • Kent Summers, Presenter Daily's Premium Meats, Missouri, USA
    • Kristin Kastraup, Presenter Alchemy Systems, Texas, USA