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Spring Meeting

The 2015 spring meeting of the Georgia Association for Food Protection was hosted by the Kroger Company on May 13 at their Atlanta headquarters. Forty-four people attended the meeting and heard presentations on a wide range of food-safety and related topics. For more details, click here.

2015 Spring Meeting Speakers
Speakers (L to R): Jennifer Cannon, Tom Ford, Ynes Ortega, Wendy White. Not pictured – Jack Spruill

Giera, Fuller and White
New GAFP president Steven Fuller (center) recognizes retiring GAFP webmaster Ed Giera (left) and outgoing president Wendy White (right).

Fall Meeting

The Georgia Association for Food Protection (GAFP) held its fall 2014 meeting October 9 at the Kroger Company’s Atlanta headquarters. Fifty-five attendees heard presentations on a wide range of food safety topics and enjoyed Kroger’s hospitality which included breakfast and lunch. Some first-time attendees were professional chefs and representatives of the American Culinary Federation Atlanta Chefs Association.

Atlanta Chefs Association members from L to R: Kully Crean, Lee Gray, GAFP Vice-President John Szymanski, and Michael Diehl.

After welcoming attendees, GAFP President Wendy White yielded the podium to Vice-President John Szymanski to facilitate the educational program. Topics and speakers included:

  • “Food Safety: Manufactured Foods Regulatory Update & Seafood HACCP” Krissa Jones and Sandy Shepherd, GA Dept. Agriculture Consumer Protection Division
  • “What is Growing in that Beverage? Microorganisms of Significance in Ready-To-Drink High Acid Beverage Operations” Jason Richards, The Coca-Cola Company
  • “FDA Food Code Update: Major Changes Made in the 2013 Version” Christopher J. Smith, FDA Regional Food Specialist
  • “Chemical Compliance within Food Processing Facilities” Darlynn Jordan and Bob Martin, LPS Laboratories
  • “Foodborne Botulism and Outbreaks in the U.S.” Susan Maslanka, National Botulism Lab, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

A highlight of the meeting was presentations given by three University of Georgia food science and technology graduate students who were recipients of GAFP sponsored Jim Ayres Scholarships.

2014 Jim Ayers Winners
2014 Jim Ayres Scholarship winners (L to R): Stephanie Barnes, Lisa Trimble. Not pictured – Ola Afolayan

These students received monetary awards that enabled them to attend the 2014 IAFP meeting and present their research findings:

  • 1st place winner Stephanie Barnes “Influence of Sucrose Content on the Survival of Salmonella in Low-Water Activity Whey Protein Model Systems at 70ºC”
  • 2nd place winner Lisa Trimble Influence of Fat Content on the Survival of Salmonella in a Low-Water Activity Model Food System at 70ºC
  • 3rd place winner Ola Afolayan Evaluation of a PGM-binding Method for the Discrimination of Infectious and Non-Infectious Norovirus Following Inactivation with Heat or a Levulinic Acid Plus Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate Sanitizer

Corporate sponsors whose generous support enables GAFP to function as a forum for food safety professionals in Georgia to exchange information on protecting the food supply include: Chick-Fil-A; ClorDiSys Solutions; Food Safety Net Services; Gregory Pest Solutions; Golden State Foods; Kroger; Industrial Magnetics; and Publix.

Dr. Jim Ayres Young Investigator Award

Congratulations to the 2014 winners of the Dr. Jim Ayres Travel Scholarship competition.

  • First Place - Stephanie Barnes $1000
  • Second Place - Lisa M. Trimble $500
  • Third Place - Ola Afolayan $250.
Stephanie Barns, First Place Winner
1st Place - Stephanie Barnes
Lisa M. Trimble, Second Place Winner
2nd Place - Lisa M. Trimble
More pictures coming soon!

Papers for next year's competition must be submitted by May 1, 2015. For submission criteria and important dates, download the application here

Spring Meeting

The Spring meeting was held at the Salvation Army temple with a great attendence from students and professionals in all areas of the industry. Informative presentations were given by: Jessica Badour (Ga. Dept. Agr.), Lisa Trimble (UGA), Paul Hardy (Industrial Magnetics), Jennifer Desrosiers (LPS Laboratories), and Krissa Jones (Ga. Dept. of Agr.).

The busines meeting included the election of officers and a delegate IAFP meeting synopsis by Tori Stivers. We thank out going Vice President Steven Fuller for all of his hard work during the past year.

Rae Hunter and Lori Ericksen
2014 Spring Meeting
Scholarship winners Ola and Chi-Ching
2014 Spring Meeting
UGA Food Science/Technology Students who attended the Sept. 2013 GAFP meeting -
2014 Spring Meeting

David Fry Regulator
For more about qualification criteria for the David Fry Regulator Stipend, see the GAFP Report or click here


2015 Annual IAFP Meeting

Next year's meeting will be held July 25-28 (Saturday - Tuesday) at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon.

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Our Mission
To provide food safety professionals worldwide with a forum to exchange information on protecting the food supply.

Constitution and Bylaws
Find out more about the bylaws that govern the association by reading our Constitution and Bylaws.

Corporate Sponsorship
Thanks to our current sponsors:
Chemstar Corporation
ClorDiSys Solutions
Food Safety Net Services
Gregory Pest Solutions
Golden State Foods
Industrial Magnetics

If your organization would like to become a sponsor, complete the Sponsorship form or contact Mark Norton for details:

Sponsorship Levels

  • Listing on GAFP website with link to companies Website
  • Complimentary registrations to both meetings
  • Table top at all meetings
  • Access to membership database

  • Listing on GAFP website with link to companies Website
  • Complimentary registrations to both meetings
  • Listing on GAFP website with link to companies Website