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Official WAFDO Web Site

The Western Association of Food and Drug Officials is organized for the purpose of improving communication and cooperation with the respective local, state, and federal programs, and for promoting the development and enforcement of uniform food, drug, and consumer protection laws. WAFDO member affiliates are listed on the Links page.

WAFDO 2014 Annual Educational Conference

WAFDO 2014 Campioni Scholarship Application Deadline

Scholarship Recipients Thank WAFDO

WAFDO 2013 Orlen J. Wiemann Award Winner

Welcome New Members

Northern Mariana Islands - WAFDO Members

Purchase a WAFDO Polo Shirt

Message from the President - December 2013

The food safety and community is very saddened at the loss of Dr. William Keene of Portland, Oregon, who passed away on December 1st.  Dr. Keene was known as a food safety hero in the U.S. His innovative approach and enthusiasm for solving foodborne illness outbreaks will be remembered as legendary. WAFDO feels very privileged to have had Dr. Keene present on foodborne epidemiology at the WAFDO annual educational conference in August. 

Plans are shaping up fast for the 118th  AFDO Annual Educational Conference in Denver June 21-25, 2014. Be sure to save the date on your calendar now. Thank you to our WAFDO treasurer and Colorado representative, Susan Parachini, the local arrangement committee and AFDO for what is shaping up to be a great conference.  With the conference in the WAFDO region we really want to show those other regions how cool we really are in this region! If you are interested in assisting in making it a great conference send Susan and email and let her know you are interested. Stayed tuned for more updates regarding the conference.

Kimberly Stryker of Alaska is the Chairperson for the Manufactured Food Program Standards (MFRPS) Alliance Board.  She also represents our Region for the Alliance. If you are enrolled in the standards and would like to provide any comments, Kimberly is always available for input by email at kimberly.stryker@alaska.gov 

If you are interested in having an impact on the direction of retail food programs and regulations in the United States head to Orlando May 1-7, 2014 for the Conference for Food Protection.  

If shellfish is your interest the Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Conference is being held in in San Antonio, Texas January 25-31, 2014.

Lorinda

Lorinda Lhotka
WAFDO President

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WAFDO 2014 Annual Educational Conference

The WAFDO 2014 Annual Educational Conference will be a joint conference with AFDO and will be held the week of June 21 - 25, 2014 at the Grand Hyatt in Denver, Colorado.  See the Events page.

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WAFDO 2014 Campioni Scholarship Application Deadline

Applications for a J. Jos Campioni Scholarship must be received no later than April 25, 2014. Details are presented on the Scholarship page.

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Scholarship Recipients Thank WAFDO

Madeline Anna was awarded a 2009 Undergraduate Scholarship from WAFDO and shares exciting news that she is going to be attending Colorado State University's Professional Veternariay Medicine program in the fall 2013. She thanks WAFDO for their generosity in supporting her on her journey to becoming a public health veterinarian. Here is a link to her letter.

Alexandra Samarron received one of the 2013 WAFDO scholarships. In her thank you letter she said:

My mom and I, immigrated from Mexico, and we have had to work very hard, and overcome so many struggles to find a better
quality of life. However, I have never lost my hope, and have always tried to keep the dream to go to college alive. I have learned that opportunities are not given to you; you must not rest, and keep fighting until you find that chance. Now I found that chance to be a college student, to overcome any challenges that school brings, and the chance to pursue a career in Nutritional Sciences. I feel honored to receive the WAFDO's 2013 J. Jos Campioni Scholarship, and I promise that I will not let you down.
Here is a link to Alexandra's complete letter.

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Susana Renee Melendez also received one of the 2013 scholarships. She responded with a letter thanking WAFDO which reads in part:

First and foremost I would like to thank you for awarding me the with the WAFDO J. Jos Campioni scholarship. These past few years at the University of Arizona have been much more than I expected, working on campus while maintaining my GPA and being a Division 1 student athlete can be very difficult but I am very excited to continue my pursuit of my second degree in Nutritional Sciences as I enter the fall semester of my Junior year. I knew from a very early age that I wanted to be involved in some way or another with Nutrition. My passion always drove me and my necessity to be a better person every day has helped me make it through all the things that I have. Your additional help has allowed me to continue pursuing my dreams of becoming a Registered Dietitian
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Here is a link to Susani's letter.

Jason M. Laub was awarded another 2013 scholarship. In his thank you letter Jason said:

I just wanted to take a moment to whole-heartedly thank to for the $1000 scholarship that you have granted me for this next academic year. I am genuinely humbled and grateful for this opportunity, and I truly hope to make each and every one of you proud through my academic efforts in the coming months. My family has recently been experiencing some financial hardships, and words cannot describe how ecstatic my parents, siblings and I are with this fantastic act of generosity.
Here is a link to Jason's letter.

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WAFDO 2013 Orlen J. Wiemann Award Winner

Ballard Graham, Associate Board Member received the 2013 Orlen J. Wieman award. He recently retired from Abbott Laboratories where he was employed as the Division Vice President of Compliance Oversight. Ballard and his wife Flo are shown in the photo to the right.

Ballard Weiman Award
Ballard Weiman Award

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Welcome New Members 2014

See the Membership page listing our new WAFDO members.

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Northern Mariana Islands - WAFDO Members

The Northern Mariana Islands are a commonwealth in political union with the United States. These islands are located in the North Pacific Ocean about three-quarters of the way from Hawaii to the Philippines. The territory is about 2.5 times the size of Washington, DC and has a population of 86,616 people. The self-governed commonwealth has an elected governor with the capital located in Saipan.

The photo above shows the Public Health Division office located in Saipan. John Togabuel is the Directory of Environmental Health and is a WAFDO member.

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WAFDO Polo Shirts

Order your WAFDO polo shirt today. They are $25 including shipping. Complete the order form and mail it with your check to the address on the form. If you have questions, contact Susan Parachini at 303-692-3646 or susan.parachini@state.co.us.

 

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WAFDO Contact Information

Telephone:
(907) 451-2119
FAX:
(907) 451-5120
Postal address:

Lorinda Lhotka
Environmental Program Manager I
Alaska Dept. of Environ. Conservation
610 University Avenue
Fairbanks, AK 99709

Electronic mail:

lorinda.lhotka@alaska.gov

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