Webinar Archive

Active IAFP Members can use our search below to find past 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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Archived Webinars

  • FDA’s Food Traceability Final Rule

    Organized by: IAFP's Committee for Control of Foodborne Illness

    Description: In 2022, FDA published the Food Traceability final rule, a component of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), to enhance food traceability and strengthen the response to foodborne illness outbreaks. The rule will require covered entities to maintain key data elements (KDEs) for specific points in the supply chain (Critical Tracking Events or CTEs). Supply chain partners in the food industry will need to work together to implement the rule. This session will provide an overview of the Food Traceability Rule as well as perspectives on how it can be implemented and the benefits of effective traceability. Presenters will discuss the main requirements of the rule, detail what is needed to comply with the rule and provide an industry perspective on what is already being done to comply. A panel will be held to discuss the advantages and challenges of traceability as well as answer audience questions.

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Provide information on the Food Traceability final rule.
    2. Identify resources and tools for learning about the rule.
    3. Review an example scenario of how the rule improves traceability
    4. Provide the perspective of an industry partner on how to prepare for implementing the rule.

    Session 1: Angela Fields, Presenter "Overview of the Food Traceability Rule"
    Session 2: Asma Madad, Presenter "Traceability in Action: How the Rule Could Impact Future Outbreak Investigations"
    Session 3: Tim York, Presenter "Industry Perspective: Getting Ready for the Food Traceability Rule "
    Kari Irvin , Moderator
    Adam Friedlander, Moderator

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    • Angela Fields, Presenter FDA
    • Asma Madad, Presenter FDA
    • Tim York, Presenter California LGMA
    • Kari Irvin, Moderator FDA
    • Adam Friedlander, Moderator FDA
  • Modeling Salmonella Growth and Inactivation for Small and Very Small Processors with Limited Data

    Organized by: The Meat and Poultry Quality and Safety PDG and the Microbial Modeling and Risk Analysis PDG

    Predictive microbial models are a cost effective tool to assist small and very small meat plants as they strive to meet regulatory guidelines or handle process deviations. The data collected by these small operations may be incomplete and/or of low quality yet still be helpful in informing food safety decisions. This webinar will discuss the types of data limitations commonly occurring in these operations as well as techniques to address imperfect, missing and otherwise incomplete datasets that still result in robust decision making. Advise for industry members, extension specialists and/or researchers who assist small and very small meat industry members will be provided by speakers.

    Learning Objectives:
    •Understand the fundamentals of predictive microbial modeling for Salmonella in meat processing establishments
    •Learn several types of data limitations commonly encountered when working with small and very small meat plants.
    •Learn several ways of overcoming these data limitations while still making good quality science-based decisions.

    Don Schaffner, Presenter - Rutgers University
    James Dickson, Presenter - Iowa State University
    Dennis Seman, Moderator - DL Seman Consulting, LLC

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    • Don Schaffner, Presenter Rutgers University
    • James Dickson, Presenter Iowa State University
    • Dennis Seman, Moderator DL Seman Consulting, LLC
  • Don’t be Shellfish! Use Next Generation Sequencing to Improve Seafood Safety and Quality

    Organized by: IAFP's Seafood Safety and Quality

    Seafood safety and quality research primarily focuses on two areas: the presence of pathogens and spoilage. Spoilage is traditionally evaluated using microbiological, chemical, and/or sensory analyses of products. Pathogens, including bacteria, viruses, and parasites, are commonly detected with molecular methods, including real-time PCR and Sanger sequencing. However, as next-generation sequencing (NGS) approaches such as metagenomics and whole genome sequencing (WGS) are more readily available, their use can provide a broader perspective on seafood safety and quality compared with classic molecular techniques. While WGS and metagenomic tools are frequently applied to other food commodities, the application of these powerful tools towards seafood safety, quality, and outbreak investigations is not as widespread. Key questions remain about NGS and seafood research. Focusing on seafood safety and quality, this webinar will delve into metagenomics and WGS as tools for a better understanding of pathogens and spoilage organisms, and their associated public health risks.

    Learning Objectives:

    -Explore recent advancements of NGS tools in seafood safety and quality research and application of these tools to seafood spoilage with an emphasis of comparison to traditional methods.
    -Apply metagenomics to bacterial and viral analyses of seafood safety.
    -Discuss lessons learned in overcoming the challenges of seafood matrices to generate impactful NGS data for practical applications.

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    • Foteini Parlapani, Presenter University of Thessaly
    • Sabrina Mace, Presenter Ifremer
    • Christopher Grim, Presenter U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
    • Soizick Le Guyader, Presenter Ifremer
    • Marlee Mims, Presenter & Moderator U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
    • Rachel Rodriguez, Moderator U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)