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Arkansas Association for Food Protection
Annual Educational Conference
Tuesday, Sept. 8-Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015
Chancellor Hotel
70 N. East Ave.
Fayetteville, Ark.

ANNUAL CONFERENCE RECOGNIZED WITH AWARD -- Nancy Gushing (right), president of the Arkansas Association for Food Protection, receives the International Association for Food Protection's award to the chapter for Best Affiliate Overall Meeting. The award recognized the quality of the AAFP 2014 annual educational conference and was presented by Turonda Crumpler, IAFP affiliate council chairperson.
We are proud to announce the dates of Sept. 8-10 (Tuesday to Thursday) for the 2015 Annual Educational Conference hosted by the Arkansas Association for Food Protection (AAFP). We continue to provide one of the top regional conferences in the United States. The Executive Board and Membership of IAFP chose the Arkansas Association for Food Protection to receive the 2015 Best Affiliate Overall Meeting Award. You will be attending a premier food safety conference at a premier location and venue as the AAFP conference will again be at the Chancellor Hotel conference facilities on the beautiful downtown Fayetteville square.

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Tentative Agenda


1-5 p.m. – Registration, vendor and poster setup (by 2 p.m. for graduate students in poster competition)

5:30-6 p.m. – Mixer

6- 7 p.m. – Keynote speaker: Gary Acuff, Texas A&M University
Validation to improve food safety - What are you trying to validate?


8 a.m. – Welcome address: Nancy Gushing, OK Foods, Fort Smith, Ark., President of Arkansas Association for Food Protection

Introductory remarks
-- John R. English, Dean, Professor and Irma F. and Raymond F. Giffels Endowed Chair in Engineering, University of Arkansas

Mini-Symposium: Produce Microbiology and Safety

Moderator and Chair – Kristen Gibson, Dept. of Food Science and Center for Food Safety, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture 

8:15 a.m. – Li (Maria) Ma, Oklahoma State University
Something about cantaloupes

8:45 a.m. – Joshua Gurtler, USDA-ARS Food Safety and Intervention Technologies
Overview of aqueous inactivation of pathogenic bacteria on fresh produce and a new patent-ending formulation

9:15 a.m. – Kim Cook, USDA-ARS Food Animal Environmental Systems Research Unit
Using the agricultural environment to find better surrogates for foodborne pathogens
9:45 a.m. – Break and poster award announcements

Mini-Symposium: Pet Food and Animal Feed Safety

Chair - Griffiths Atungulu, Assistant Professor of Grain Process Engineering, Dept. of Food Science, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture

Moderator – Hank Cotney, Director, Quality and Technical Services, 3D Corporate Solutions, Monett, Mo.

10:15 a.m. – Erin Bowers, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Iowa State University
Mycotoxins management in grains and feed ingredients

10:45 a.m. – Anne Rigdon Huss, Grain Science and Industry, Kansas State University
Recent research to minimize the risk of biological pathogens in animal feed

11:15 a.m. – Roger Cochrane (for Dr. Cassandra Jones), Grain Science and Industry, Kansas State University
Control of Salmonella in animal feed, pet foods and their ingredients using chemical additives

11:45 a.m. – Hank Cotney, Director, Quality and Technical Services, 3D Corporate Solutions
Wrap-up of symposium session

11:50 a.m. – Brittany White, Group Manager, Dry and Treat Pet Food Research and Development, Simmons Pet Food
Wrap-up of poster session and announcement of poster awards

Noon – Lunch (on your own) and poster award announcements
Mini-Symposium: Retail Food Safety

Chair – Phil Crandall, Dept. of Food Science and Center for Food Safety, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture

Moderator – John Butts, Land O’Frost Vice President for Research, Lansing, Ill.

1 p.m. – Darren Shadduck, Walmart Senior Food Safety Manager
What can be done at retail to reduce risk from Listeria monocytogenes
1:25 p.m. – Haley Oliver, Dept. of Food Science, Purdue University
How whole genome sequencing of L. monocytogenes will impact retail food safety

1:50 p.m. – Kristina Barlow, Senior Microbiologist-Risk, Innovations and Management Staff (RIMS), USDA/FSIS/OPPD
What FSIS expects from their new Best Practices for Controlling Listeria monocytogenes in retail delis

2:15 p.m. – Nathan Jarvis, Dept. of Food Science and Center for Food Safety, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
The viable but non-culturable state in L. monocytogenes: what are the implications?

2:45 p.m. – Break and poster award announcements

Mini-Symposiuma: Emerging Issues in Food Safety

Moderators – Brian Umberson and Nancy Gushing, AAFP

Chair – Steven C. Ricke, Dept. of Food Science and Center for Food Safety, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture

3:15 p.m. – Si Hong Park, Dept. of Food Science and Center for Food Safety, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
Application of next generation sequencing (NGS) technology for gut microbiome analysis in poultry and food safety

3:45 p.m. – Todd Callaway, USDA-ARS, College Station, Texas
Moving beyond Escherichia coli O157:H7 – the New STEC Millenium

4:15 p.m – Jia Di, Computer Science and Computer Engineering Department, University of Arkansas
ASCENT – Bridging the gap between food and cyber security

4:45 p.m. – Round table discussion and poster award announcements

5 p.m. – AAFP Awards Ceremony and Business Meeting

5:30- 6:30 p.m. – Mixer

Concurrent sessions to be held at times and rooms to be announced:

* Wednesday morning -- Vendors to speak on current issues in industry such as limits testing, environmental testing and pathogens
* Wednesday afternoon -- Pamela Johnston of Transplace to present legal issues and FSMA regulations facing product shipping. Roundtable discussion follows.

8 a.m. – Welcome: Peggy Cook, Cargill

8:05 a.m. – Kerry Mulqueen, Technical Director, Poultry Industry Association of New Zealand (PIANZ)
Study of avian influenza in Indonesia for the World Health Organization

Mini-Symposium: Sanitation

8:35 a.m. – Moderator: John Marcy, Dept. of Poultry Science, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
Worst case assumptions

8:45 a.m. -- Craig Ledbetter, Ecolab Food and Beverage
Sanitation best practices -- food processing

9:15 a.m. -- James Dickson, Dept. of Animal Science, Iowa State University
Validation of sanitation programs

9:45 a.m. – Break

Mini Symposium: FDA Food Safety Modernization Act Proposed Rules – Challenges Facing the Food Industry

Moderator: Amy Clement, Kraft Foods

Dr. Craig W. Henry
, Decernis LLC
Dr. Virginia Deibel, Covance
Dr. Henry served as Senior Vice President for Scientific and Regulatory Affairs for the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and as the Executive Director of the GMA Science and Education Foundation.  He also served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Science Officer for the Food Products Association as well as the Vice President of Food Safety Programs for the National Food Processors Association.  He was responsible for Animal Health at Koch Foods, Foster Farms, and Cargill; as well as animal feed experience with approximately 15 years in Animal Health and Nutrition products (American Cyanamid, DCV Inc.) 
Dr. Deibel
, Ph.D. obtained an M.S. in Bacteriology and a Ph.D. in Food Microbiology and Toxicology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Dr. Deibel She acts as a liaison between clients and the FDA/USDA during product positive events.  She develops HACCP, environmental monitoring, employee and plant practice programs. She provides consultation services on all aspects of plant operations as they relate to microbial quality and safety. Her specialty is participating in investigative microbiology and determining causes of product cross-contamination.
10 a.m. – Craig W. Henry, Decernis LLC

11 a.m. – Virginia Deibel, Covance

Final FSMA Publication on Aug. 30, 2015 (FSMA Court Order)
Rules are released for the following:
* Human Preventative Controls
* Animal and Feed Preventative Controls
* Produce Safety
* Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP)
* Third Party Accreditation
This will be the one of the first expert-driven forums after the release.
Points of Concern:
Conference attendees will hear the following:
* Preparing for a different kind of FDA inspection. 
* Establishing the food safety documentation across the company
* Establishing and managing preventative control programs. 
* Compliance
Discussion about various nuances:
* Human food on-farm packing and holding of produce would be subject to the proposed produce safety rule, but not the human food preventive controls rule. 
* Human food sites to conduct product testing to verify implementation and effectiveness of preventive controls.  
* Human food sites to conduct environmental monitoring to verify implementation and effectiveness of preventive controls if contamination of a ready-to-eat food with an environmental pathogen is a significant hazard.
* If you qualify for an exemption, would have to comply in X amount of time after publication of the final rule?
* What size of business are you classified?

Noon – Meeting adjourned


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VENUE - The Chancellor Hotel

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The Chancellor Hotel offers spacious, modern accommodations and impeccable service, as well as a variety of thoughtful amenities that set us apart from other upscale hotels in Fayetteville.  The Chancellor Hotel in Fayetteville is near Walmart headquarters and other major businesses in Bentonville, Rogers and Fayetteville.

The Chancellor Hotel offers stylish new group accommodations and hotel meeting and event space in a convenient downtown Fayetteville location. For those planning a social or business event, our beautifully appointed ballroom and meeting rooms are the perfect environment for chic celebrations and business events alike.

With 14,000 square feet of sophisticated meeting and event space, The Chancellor Hotel is the premier event venue in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Our Eureka Springs Ballroom offers 4,800 square feet of elegant event space ideal for Fayetteville weddings, business conferences and other important events, and our five other event rooms are perfect for smaller soirees, breakout sessions and board meetings.

Click here to see our conference room floor plans.

During your stay at The Chancellor, enjoy a leisurely swim in our indoor/outdoor swimming pool, work out in our state-of-the-art fitness facility, get down to business in our business center equipped with both Macs and PCs, or relax with a glass of wine or a cocktail at 6494 Bistro, our restaurant and lounge.

Other hotel accommodations in Fayetteville are listed at http://experiencefayetteville.com/lodging.  


The Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport has an assortment of direct flights.

Maps and directions to get to and from the airport.

Map and directions to the conference venue/hotel. 

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