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:
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 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:
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.
Papers for next year's competition must be submitted by May 1, 2015. For submission criteria and important dates, download the application here
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.
David Fry Regulator
2015 Annual IAFP MeetingNext year's meeting will be held July 25-28 (Saturday - Tuesday) at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon.
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