Seafood Safety and Quality Professional Development Group

Mission Statement: To provide a forum to discuss items of interest to the safe production of seafood products and to develop program topics and symposia for presentation at the IAFP Annual Meetings.

Meeting Information


Time: TBD

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

2021 Board Response to Recommendations
  1. 1. Recommend approval of Jacquelina Woods as Vice Chair for the Seafood Safety and Quality PDG.

    Board Response: Agree.

  2. 2. Recommend the Board provide a mechanism to include calendar reminders with meeting/webinar announcements.

    Board Response: You are encouraged to use IAFP Connect to make these announcements. Webinars do include a calendar reminder after signing up for the webinar.

2020 Board Response to Recommendations
  1. Recommend the Board approve Jessica Jones as Vice Chair of the PDG.

    Board Response: Agree.

2019 Board Response to Recommendations
  1. We recommend Jessica Jones as Vice Chair-Elect.
2018 Board Response to Recommendations
  1. Approve Kevin Edwards as incoming Vice Chairperson for 2019.

    Board Response: Agree.

2016 Board Response to Recommendations
  1. Approve Foivos Genigiorgis as incoming Vice Chair- person to begin serving at IAFP 2017.

    Board Response: Agree

2015 Board Response to Recommendations
  1. Approve Forest Reichel as PDG Vice-Chair.

    Board Response: Agree.

  2. Webcasts available to nonmembers.

    Board Response: Webinars are available to IAFP Members as a member benefit and serve as an incentive to those who are not members to become an IAFP Member. Membership rates are kept extraordinarily low so that it is possible for any interested individuals to be an IAFP Member.

  3. One free webinar per year with membership renewal.

    Board Response: The current systems would not allow for this to happen. IAFP keeps the Webinar fee extremely low so that anyone can participate.


  • A Changing Environment: Impacts on Seafood Safety

    The constantly changing environment impacts food safety in many ways, particularly seafood safety and the seafood industry. Documented changes of the ocean's temperatures, pH, and salinity impact the marine and estuarine environments from which we harvest our seafood. In addition to these global trends, storm activity has increased the freshwater influx to certain estuarine areas (e.g, the United States Gulf Coast) in recent years. 
    While some of these changes may be transient, they have the potential to impact the resident bacteria and phytoplankton populations and species, which can affect human health. For example: pathogenic Vibrio species generally favor warm environments, so their areas of residence and levels may shift with changing water temperatures; and phytoplankton species, some responsible for toxic blooms, have the potential to increase in areas where freshwater influxes bring a heavier nutrient load. These environmental changes may be impacting seafood safety, both due to emerging hazards and geographic expansion of known hazards. This presents a challenge for the seafood industry as well as public health risk managers. 
    This session will provide examples of the impacts of the changing environment on seafood safety and include a perspective from industry.

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    • Craig Baker-Austin, Panelist Centre for Environment, Fisheries, and Aquaculture Science, UK
    • Angelo DePaola, Panelist DePaola Consulting, USA
    • Stacey McLeroy, Panelist U.S. Food and Drug Administration, USA
    • Mike Parsons, Panelist Florida Gulf Coast University, USA
    • Jessica Jones, Moderator U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Gulf Coast Seafood Laboratory, USA
    • Lorraine McIntyre, Moderator British Columbia Centre for Disease Control, Canada