Fruit and Vegetable Safety and Quality Professional Development Group
Mission Statement: To provide a forum to discuss items of interest to the safe production of fruit and vegetable products and to develop program topics and symposia for presentation at the IAFP Annual Meetings.
July 16, 2023
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.
Recommend Enrique Garcia of Hazel Technologies, Inc. be approved as incoming Vice Chair for the Fruit & Vegetable Safety & Quality PDG.
Board Response: Agreed.
Consider organizing a local tour (with registration cap) to showcase a food facility, farm, or business that provides food safety services in each host city during the Annual Meeting.
Board Response: If a company wanted to offer and support this activity, it could be accommodated on Saturday prior to the Annual Meeting or on Thursday after completion of the Annual Meeting.
Provide more development opportunities for Chairs and Vice Chairs to engage with PDGs, share what has worked/what hasn’t worked, and examples of PDG activities and output that IAFP feels aligns with its mission and purpose of the PDGs. Limited information has been provided to new Chairs/Vice Chairs, and the Saturday pre-meeting does not provide much actionable information to prepare for leadership within these roles.
Board Response: It is planned to hold two or three virtual meetings with the Chairs and Vice Chairs in the coming year. Additional planning will go into the Saturday meeting.
Recommend to the Board that Kristin Esch, Michigan
Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, be approved as Vice Chair of the PDG.
Board Response: Agree.
Continue to offer free webinars sponsored by the IAFP Foundation to increase PDG accessibility to learning opportunities.
Board Response: Agree.
The PDG would like to propose to the Board that the IAFP Connect online platform be developed into an app for use on cell phones and tablets. This could be sponsored by industry to off-set the costs of development and make the platform more likely to be used by members.
Board Response: Agree. Staff will investigate the cost and implementation.
Recommend to the Board that the Gretchen Wall, Cornell
University, be approved as Vice Chair of the PDG.
Board Response: Agree.
Recommend to the Board that the Humberto Maldonado from Driscolls be approved as Vice Chair of the PDG.
Board Response: Agree
Recommendation to the Board to find a way to better determine the size and number of chairs needed for the PDG meeting; many members were standing or sitting on the floor. Additionally, it’s recommended that further consideration be made for the design and set-up of the room to better facilitate discussion and PDG member interactions, and/or PDG be allowed to modify the room set-up and put it back before the next meeting in the room (note: this may not be practical).
Board Response: Badge scanning was used this year to obtain a more accurate number of attendees. This will help in room set up and making room assignments for 2017.
Recommend to the Board that there be continued support and encouragement to hold Webinars.
Board Response: Agree. Please contact the IAFP office to schedule a Webinar.
Recommend to the Board that the website be enhanced to enable the selection and deselect- ion of PDG(s) that a member (or non-member) can join and that updated information be automatically sent to the IAFP staff, and Chairs and Vice chairs of the applicable PDG(s).
Board Response: IAFP staff will look into making these changes.
Recommend to the Board that Sherri McGarry serve as the Vice-Chair for this PDG.
Board Response: Approved.
Recommend to the Board that the arrangement of the furniture in the PDG meeting space be more conducive to discussions with large numbers of people. Typically we have had a large circle of chairs with a second set of chairs around the perimeter. This previous set-up is advantageous compared to the lecture-style format of today’s meeting.
Board Response: Because rooms are used for more than one Committee or PDG meeting, it is not feasible to make changes to room sets during the day. Some Members did not like the chairs around the perimeter of the room (did not feel a part of the conversation) so classroom set ups were used for large Committee and PDG meetings.
Foundations of Produce Safety in Hydroponic and Aquaponic Operations Apr 26, 2022
Organized by the Fruit and Vegetable Safety and Quality Professional Development Group
Hydroponic and aquaponic crop production systems are growing in popularity, number, and scale. Many of these operations may be covered under the FSMA Produce Safety Rule or be subject to third-party audits, raising questions among growers, Extension professionals, researchers, and consultants about produce safety hazards, risk assessment, and other considerations in these operations. In this webinar, we will introduce the diversity of hydroponic and aquaponic operations, key concepts for produce safety risk assessment, and primary considerations for FSMA Produce Safety Rule compliance. We will also solicit feedback from the audience about their experiences and questions regarding produce safety in hydroponics and aquaponics.
• Understand the diversity among hydroponic and aquaponic (HP/AP) operations and what these growing systems look like.
• Gain awareness of key topic areas relevant to produce safety in HP/AP operations.
• Understand the primary considerations relevant to FSMA Produce Safety Rule compliance in HP/AP operations.
• Participants share experiences and perceived educational and research needs, contributing to future programming and materials development.Presenters
- Sean Fogarty, Presenter University of Vermont - Northeast Center to Advance Food Safety
- Gretchen Wall, Moderator International Fresh Produce Association
Food Safety Practices on U.S. Produce Farms Before FSMA Jun 3, 2019
Before FSMA's Produce Rule was implemented, USDA’s Economic Research Service and National Agricultural Statistics Service surveyed produce growers about their food safety practices. These survey data provide USDA’s first update of national food safety practices since 1999 and since microbial contamination of produce became widely recognized and researched. At the time of the survey, many growers who would be covered by the FSMA Produce Safety Rule (PSR) already had some food safety practices in place. Of these, larger growers had adopted food safety practices at higher rates than smaller growers, and small farms required more changes to meet the PSR standards than large farms.
- Gregory Astill, Speaker USDA Economic Research Service
- Travis Minor, Speaker USDA Economic Research Service
- Suzanne Thornsbury, Speaker USDA Economic Research Service
- Gretchen Wall, Moderator Produce Safety Alliance Coordinator, Cornell University
"FDA’s Proposed FSMA Produce Rule" Webinar - Learn from the Experts Feb 7, 2013
International Association for Food Protection teamed up with the United Fresh Produce Association to bring together this webinar providing details about the FDA’s proposed Produce Rule under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The webinar offers insights and analysis of the draft FSMA rules from the FDA, university experts, food safety leaders and legal counsel.
Co-hosted by the International Association for Food Protection and United Fresh Produce Association
Organized by the Fruit and Vegetable Safety and Quality PDGPresenters
- Dr. James Gorny Senior Advisor, Office of Food Safety, FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN)
- David Durkin Legal Counsel, OFW Law