Food Defense Professional Development Group

Mission Statement: To provide a forum to discuss issues of interest pertaining to food defense.

Meeting Information


10:15 AM-12:15 PM (Eastern Time)

Room 301-303

David L. Lawrence Convention Center

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

2021 Online Meeting Recording

How to Join

Involvement in committees and professional development groups (PDGs) offers Members the opportunity to share a wealth of knowledge and expertise. Members of committees and PDGs are the architects of the Association structure. They plan, develop and institute many of the Association's projects, including workshops, publications and educational sessions. Technical challenges facing the food safety industry are discussed, examined and debated. Members may volunteer to serve on any number of committees or PDGs that plan and implement activities to meet the Association's mission.

Membership on a PDG is voluntary (not by appointment) and may vary from year to year.

IAFP Members can manage their PDG involvement by logging in to the IAFP Web site. At the Member Dashboard, click “Edit Profile.” Your profile has two tabs: Contact Info and Professional Info. Select the Professional Info tab and update the PDGs you would like to participate in. We highly recommend that you contact the PDG chairperson for each group to let them know you have joined their PDG.

Non-members can contact Dina Siedenburg,, for more information.

Board Responses

2020 Board Response to Recommendations
  1. The Food Defense PDG recommends the Board approve Neal Fredrickson as the Vice Chair of the PDG.

    Board Response: Agree.

2019 Board Response to Recommendations
  1. None
2018 Board Response to Recommendations
  1. The PDG recommends the Executive Board approve the selection of Mark Kazmierczak as PDG Vice Chair.

    Board Response: Agree.

  2. The PDG recommends the Food Defense Conference hosted by FPDI be held in conjunction with the 2019 IAFP Annual Meeting.

    Board Response: Agree. Food Protection and Defense Institute to contact IAFP office to arrange.

2017 Board Response to Recommendations
  1. PDG recommends no changes to the mission statement.

    Board Response: Agree.

  2. Recommend the approval of Oscar Rodriguez- Gonzalez as Chair of the Food Defense PDG for 2018–2020.

    Board Response: Agree.

2016 Board Response to Recommendations
  1. To re-evaluate the mission statement for the PDG. The PDG plans to inform all the members of the PDG about the initiative, and assemble a sub-committee to reevaluate the mission, and submit the recommendations to the Board

    Board Response: Mission statements can be re-written and submitted to the Board for approval

  2. Recommend the approval of Oscar Rodriguez-Gonzalez as Vice Chair of the Food Defense PDG who will take over as chair in 2018.

    Board Response: Agree

2015 Board Response to Recommendations
  1. Recommend approval of Jennifer Pierquet as Vice Chair of the Food Defense PDG who will take over as Chair in 2016.

    Board Response: Approve.

2014 Board Response to Recommendations
  1. Reserve a session slot for a food defense late-breaking session or special session to cover an intentional contamination event that occurs between the proposal due date in October and the meeting next summer.

    Board Response: The Program Committee holds one (or more) session slot(s) for topics of interest that develop outside of the normal, symposium submission timeline.