IAFP 2022 annual meeting, symposiums scheduled in Pittsburgh

IAFP 2022 annual meeting, symposiums scheduled in Pittsburgh

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The International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) 2022 Annual Meeting is set for July 31-Aug. 3 in Pittsburgh, PA. 

The IAFP annual conference provides attendees with information on current and emerging food safety issues; the latest science, innovative solutions to new and recurring problems; and the opportunity to network with thousands of food safety professionals from around the globe. Set in various locations throughout North America, this event has grown over the years to become the leading food safety conference worldwide.

In a usual year, the IAFP Annual Meeting is attended by about 4,000 of the top industry, academic and governmental food safety professionals from six continents. The event is known for the quantity, quality, and diversity of each year’s program; the quality and relevance of exhibits sharing the latest in available technologies; leading experts speaking on a variety of timely topics; and special recognition of outstanding professionals and students for their contributions in the food safety field.

IAFP officials say the non-profit organization is committed to producing a high-quality program, including presentations, general sessions, symposia, poster exhibits and award recognitions. The event also includes a trade show for businesses, governmental and non-gonvernmental entities, and academic institutions.

For a better idea of what the event is like, a 2021 IAFP recap video can be viewed here.

Getting involved
The IAFP is looking for nominations for awards to be presented at this year’s annual conference. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022.

The categories range from the Black Pearl Award — the association’s top award — for corporate excellence in food safety to travel scholarships for food safety students who want to attend the IAFP annual conference.

Those submitting nominations are not required to be an IAFP member for most of the awards. Nominations for all awards, unless otherwise indicated, are due by Feb.15, 2022, and can be completed through the IAFP website.

The association encourages its members to apply for the travel expense awards for employees of state or provincial health or agricultural departments in North America. There is also an IAFP travel award for food safety professionals in a country with a developing economy to attend the IAFP annual meeting and conference. Student travel scholarship criteria is available on the IAFP students’ page

The application deadline for both travel awards is Feb. 15, 2022.

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