International Food Protection Issues Professional Development Group

Mission Statement: To provide a forum to discuss scientific issues of interest to the international food protection community.

Meeting Information

June 15, 2021

3:00 PM - 5:30 PM (EDT)

Please refer to the PDG Community Page in IAFP Connect for more details

Online 2020 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.


2020 Board Response to Recommendations +

  1. None

2019 Board Response to Recommendations +

  1. That DeAnn Benesh be approved as Vice Chair of the PDG beginning at IAFP 2019.

    Board Response: Agree.

2018 Board Response to Recommendations +

  1. In view of the high attendance at the International Food Protection Issues PDG and the enthusiastic contributions of members, the PDG requests that the time allowed for the meeting be extended to 2–5 p.m. on the Saturday preceding the Annual Meeting.

    Board Response: Agree.

2017 Board Response to Recommendations +

  1. To approve the election of Ian Jenson to Vice Chair of the PDG.

    Board Response: Agree.

  2. To provide written summaries of IAFP international meetings to be printed in Food Protection Trends.

    Board Response: Agree, currently, IAFP international meetings are reviewed in Food Protection Trends.

2016 Board Response to Recommendations +

  1. PDG members commented they may not be able to attend anymore because of difficulty budgeting extra time and financial resources as it is held on Saturday. The PDG requests the Board to consider providing audio- visual access to the meeting for members to attend and contribute from a distance.

    Board Response: This PDG was originally scheduled on Saturday to accommodate international members who arrive early to the Annual Meeting. If the meeting agenda were circulated early (6 weeks or more prior to the meeting), members could set their travel plans to accommodate attending the PDG meeting.

2015 Board Response to Recommendations +

  1. Approve Leon Gorris as the new Vice Chair, with the term of Chair to begin in 2017.

    Board Response: Approve.

2014 Board Response to Recommendations +

  1. Approve Bobby Krishna as the new Vice Chair, with the term of Chair to begin in 2015.

    Board Response: Approved.

  2. Investigate the potential for partnership with the World Bank on the Global Food Safety Partnership.

    Board Response: IAFP is already participating with the World Bank on the Global Food Safety Partnership.

  3. Consider inviting a speaker to give the Ivan Parkin lecture on the topic of the 20th anniversary of the World Trade Organization.

    Board Response: This recommendation will be forwarded to the selection committee.


  • The Global Burden of Foodborne Disease - Results and perspectives of WHO’s Foodborne Disease Burden Epidemiology Reference Group (FERG)

    The WHO Foodborne Disease Burden Epidemiology Reference Group is providing estimates of the global burden of foodborne diseases, according to age, sex and region, for a defined list of causative agents of microbial, parasitic, and chemical origin, thereby strengthening the capacity of countries to assess the burden of foodborne disease and increasing awareness and commitment for the implementation of food safety standards. These estimates provide valuable information for food safety professionals.

    This webinar is sponsored by Wageningen University, Marcel Zwietering, Leon Gorris, Arie Havelaar and an anonymous MMRA PDG Member.

    Webinar Slides

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    • Arie Hendrik Havelaar Emerging Pathogens Institute, University of Florida
    • Marcel Zwietering, Moderator Wageningen University