Arkansas Association for Food Protection
Annual Educational Conference
Sept. 10-11, 2013
70 N. East Ave.
-- Pay to attend the conference ($30 for AAFP members; $55 for non-members) at http://arkafp.org/confpay.aspx (Use PayPal or click on the "Check Out" box to go to the "Don't have a PayPal account?" option to simply pay by credit card.
-- AAFP members can pay annual dues at http://arkafp.org/memberspay.aspx
Map showing directions to Chancellor Hotel
Map showing parking facilities near Chancellor Hotel (Free parking for conference participants on the top level of the city parking deck immediately east of the Global Campus/Chancellor Hotel complex.)
Exploration of Emerging Issues in Food Safety
The Arkansas Association for Food Protection is hosting the Annual Educational Conference at the Chancellor Hotel conference facilities on the beautiful downtown Fayetteville square. Please mark Sept. 10-11 (Tuesday-Wednesday) as the dates for our annual AAFP Educational Conference. http://arkafp.org/conferences.aspx
As a premier farm-to-fork region with some of the world’s largest companies in food safety, AAFP has the obligation to explore and provide cutting edge research about emerging issues. The Arkansas chapter is rare in that we have the world’s largest retailer/grocer, the largest meat company, and leading distribution/refrigerated transport companies headquartered within our state. We have an impressive and diverse group of food processors, produce, poultry and livestock growers located around the state ranging from produce, fruit, prepared meals, canned foods, frozen foods, juices, wine, meat, sliced meats, etc. We have nationally prominent schools of agriculture and business, as well as the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s nationally recognized Center for Food Safety to support Arkansas’ farm to fork supply chain.
This year’s conference will explore emerging issues and research such as:
- Education and training of veterinarians about the nuances of food processing. The training will insure the best inspection capabilities as they apply to the needs of systems thinking for veterinarians and inspectors.
- Pathogen tracking and epidemiology as it applies to whole-chain traceability.
- Emerging issues in fruits and vegetables
- Retail food safety
- New research in foodborne pathogen tracking in the environment
- GFSI implementation - Concepts and issues
- New research on foodborne Staphylococcus, Salmonella, Listeria, e.coli & Campylobacter
The new Chancellor Hotel is next door to last year’s location, and offers our best conference facilities to date. http://www.hotelchancellor.com/
“Enjoy the casual ambiance and chic design of The Chancellor Hotel, situated on The Square in downtown Fayetteville. Our hotel offers upscale accommodations, luxury amenities and impeccable service in a comfortable atmosphere.”
The Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport has an assortment of direct flights -- http://www.nwara.com/travel/arrivals.asp
Maps and directions link to get to and from the airport -- http://www.nwara.com/about/directions.asp
The link will provide a map and directions to the conference venue/hotel -- http://www.hotelchancellor.com/maps-and-directions.htm
AAFP Annual Educational Conference
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
1 p.m. – Welcome address
Jerri Lynn Pickett, Tyson Foods and President of Arkansas AAFP
Introductory remarks: Nathan McKinney, assistant director, Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
Mini-Symposia: Emerging issues in Food Safety and Technology
Moderator – Natalie Dyenson, Walmart,
1:15 p.m. – Speaker: Phil Crandall, University of Arkansas. GFSI Implementation –Concepts and Issues
1:45 p.m. – Speaker: Brian Adam, Oklahoma State University. Computer Systems for Whole-Chain Traceability in Beef Production Systems
2:15 p.m. – Speaker: Kristen Gibson, University of Arkansas. Foodborne Pathogen Tracking in the Environment
2:45 p.m. – Break and poster viewing
Moderator – Peggy Cook, Safe Foods
3:30 p.m. – Speaker: Jim Dickson, Iowa State University. In-Plant Validation for Food Safety and Compliance Training
4 p.m. – Natalie Dyenson, Walmart. Retailer Perspective of Food Safety in International Markets
4:30 p.m. – Joan Menke-Schaenzer, ConAgra. The U.S. Food System from a Manufacturers Perspective
5 p.m. – Panel discussion and roundtable
5:15 p.m. – AAFP business meeting and student poster awards
6:30 p.m. – Social networking and dinner on your own
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
7:15 a.m. – Breakfast (covered by registration fee)
8 a.m. – Welcome address: Rick Roop, Senior Vice President for Food Safety and Quality Assurance, Tyson Foods
Mini-Symposia: Emerging Issues in Foodborne Pathogen Biology – Part I
Moderator – Brian Umberson, Vivione Biosciences LLC.
8:15 a.m. – Speaker: Steven Ricke, University of Arkansas, Strategies for Optimizing Salmonella Control.
8:45 a.m. – Speaker: Janet Donaldson, Mississippi State University, Listeria and Omics Approaches for Understanding its Biology
9:15 a.m. – Speaker: Mark Hart, FDA-NCTR, Arkansas. Current Issues in Foodborne Staphylococcus
9:45 a.m. – Break and poster review time
Mini-Symposia: Emerging Issues in Foodborne Pathogen Biology – Part II
Moderator – Cinda Stricklen, ConAgra Foods
10:30 a.m. –Todd Callaway, ARS-USDA, College Station TX. Shiga Toxin-Producing E. coli and Ruminant Diets: A Match Made in Heaven?
11 a.m. – Speaker: Irene Hanning, University of Tennessee. Current Perspectives on Campylobacter Ecology
11:30 a.m. – Speaker: Mike Johnson, University of Arkansas. Foodborne Pathogens – Where Have We Been and Where Are We Going?
Noon – Lunch (covered by registration fee)
Mini-Symposia: Food Safety Education- Potential Opportunities for Food Systems Concepts and Veterinarian training
Moderator – Douglas Fulnechek, FSIS
1 p.m. – Speaker: J.-F. Meullenet, University of Arkansas. The Role of Food Science Research in Food Systems
1:30 p.m. – Speaker: Scott Stillwell, Tyson Foods. Needs of Systems Thinking for Veterinarians and Inspectors – Food Processing Management Perspective
2 p.m. – Speaker: Bob Larson, Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Systems Thinking and Beef Cattle Production Medicine – Issues of Health and Production Efficiency
2:30 p.m. – Break and poster review time
3 p.m. – Speaker: Derald Holtkamp, Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine. The Impact of Birth Weight and Litter Size on the Survival and Growth and a Systems Thinking Approach to Reducing Low Birth Weight Pigs.
3:30 p.m. – Speaker: Scott Hurd, Director, Food Risk Modeling and Policy Lab, Iowa State University, and former USDA-FSIS Deputy Undersecretary for Food Safety. Food Systems Education - Summary and Conclusions
4 p.m. – Round table discussion
4:30 p.m. – Adjourn
Sponsor and/or Exhibit at the 2013 Educational Conference
The Arkansas Association for Food Protection is pleased to provide your company the opportunity to occupy a vendor’s booth at our annual educational conference to be held Sept. 10-11, 2013, at the University of Arkansas Global Campus building on the downtown Fayetteville square. Join these companies that have already committed to exhibit:
MO BIO Laboartories
Fort Smith Surgical Supply Co.
The Arkansas chapter is rare in that we have the world’s largest retailer/grocer, the largest meat company, and leading distribution/refrigerated transport companies headquartered within our state. We have numerous food processors located around the state ranging from prepared meals, canned foods, frozen foods, juices, wine, etc. We have nationally prominent schools of agriculture and business, as well as the UofA’s nationally recognized Center for Food Safety to support Arkansas’ farm to fork supply chain.
This year’s meeting will feature several speakers on prevention and control of pathogens within the supply chain. Arkansas epitomizes the “farm to fork” supply chain concept; and it touches every part of the United States through our growers, processors, distribution and our retail companies.
Our conference, now in its fifth year, attracts more than 100 prominent food safety professionals from academic institutions, industry and government agencies; which will give you access to influential industry discussions.
Exhibit space of 8 by 6 feet is available at the rate of $150. Vendors may set up their booths at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 10 and should dismantle them by 5 p.m. Sept. 11.
In addition to offering exhibit space, AAFP is providing opportunities to serve as sponsors of our conference. We offer gold, silver and bronze sponsorship levels at the respective rates of $1,000, $750 and $500. (See below for a list of benefits that sponsors receive.) Sponsorship opportunities are also available to support the awards that AAFP presents to AAFP graduate and undergraduate student members in the research poster competition that is held in conjunction with the annual conference and that attracts 20 to 25 entries from University of Arkansas students. We present awards to the top three poster lead authors in this competition with prizes at a level of your choice. Vendors will have the chance to personally present the awards at the ceremony, which we will publicize through our communications resources.
We are prepared to answer any questions you may have about our plans for this fall and how we may accommodate you should you decide to participate in our event. To discuss matters further with us, please contact Dave Edmark at email@example.com. To make a payment, go to our conference payment page.
Benefits associated with AAFP sponsorship levels:
o One free individual membership
o One free annual education conference registration
o Line listing recognition in AAFP newsletter
o Recognition as bronze sponsor on AAFP website with
link to company’s home page
o Two free individual membership
o Two free annual education conference registration
o Line listing recognition in AAFP newsletter
o Recognition as silver sponsor on AAFP website with
link to company’s home page
o Four free individual membership
o Two free annual education conference registrations
o One free annual education conference exhibitor registration (or 3rd annual education conference registration)
o Line listing recognition in AAFP newsletter
Call for Abstracts
The 5th annual Arkansas Association for Food Protection (AAFP) general meeting will be held Sept. 10-11, 2013 at the Chancellor Hotel conference facilities on the downtown Fayetteville square. The Education Committee for the AAFP would like to invite all current and future members (must be a member at the time of abstract submission) to submit scientific posters based on any food safety research/work they have done (current or past, published or unpublished). Post-doctoral associates, graduate students undergraduate students and professionals are encouraged to participate in the poster symposium. Posters can be submitted for one of the following categories:
* SeaStar International Poster Award for Food Safety - Outreach and Education
* Safe Foods Poster Award for Interventions - Post Harvest
* IEH Laboratories Award for Interventions - Pre Harvest
* Michael G. Johnson Poster Award for Foodborne Pathogens - Fundamental Biology
* Vivione Biosciences, LLC Poster Award for Rapid Detection Methods
* WBA Analytical Poster Award Affiliated Food Safety
Students and post-doctoral associates can also enroll in a poster competition with a panel of judges that will award cash prizes for the top posters in their separate categories. The poster competition will be from 8 am to 12 pm on Tuesday, Sept. 10. Posters will remain on display for both days of the meeting. Only students with posters enrolled in the competition need to be present at this time to answer questions from the judges. All poster submitters should be available for questions/comments during the poster session time during the meeting, which will be determined at a later date. Prizes for the top posters will be announced and awarded at the meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 10.
Requirements for poster submission are as follows:
1. Abstracts are due by Monday, Sept. 6, 2013. Electronic versions of posters are due Monday, Sept. 9. Late abstracts may be accepted, but will not be enrolled for the poster competition.
2. Membership dues must be paid before submission of abstracts. Fees are as follows:
a. Non-students are $20 for one-year, $35 for 2 years
b. Students are $5 per year, must be enrolled full time and provide the name of the institution, academic major, and faculty advisor’s name.
3. Finished posters must be no larger than 4’ by 4’.
4. Please submit abstracts to Karen.Beers@safefoods.net.
Further information will be available at the AAFP website (http://arkafp.org/) as the meeting approaches. If you have any questions, please call Karen Beers at 479-621-5476 or e-mail at Karen.Beers@safefoods.net.