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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. Job vacancies are listed under News on the Announcements page.

2014 Scholarship Recipient Thanks WAFDO

WAFDO 2013 Orlen J. Wiemann Award Winner

Welcome New Members

Recently Retired and Deceased Members (see WAFDO News)

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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2014 Scholarship Recipient Thanks WAFDO

Ashley Brennan received the 2014 WAFDO J. Jos Campioni Scholarship. In her thank you letter she said:

Thank you so much for the 2014 J. Jos Campioni scholarship! My name is Ashley Brennan, and because of your generosity I am well on my way towards my goal of graduating from Washington State University with a degree in Food Science.

I come from Renton, WA and went to Liberty High School, but I had my eye on Washington State University since fifth grade. Back then, I wanted to be a general practice veterinarian, but after beginning school at WSU and taking an introductory food science course as a fun elective, I realized that working with food was what I really wanted to do. I am currently working towards a career in quality assurance, preferably in the dairy industry. My long term dream in the food industry is to create an agritourism dairy venture which allows people to see their preferred dairy product from start to finish, cow to cheese, because I believe that it is important for consumers to know where their food comes from and what it goes through.

Here is a link to Ashley's complete letter.

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WAFDO 2013 Orlen J. Wiemann Award Winner

Ballard Graham, Associate Board Member received the 2013 Orlen J. Wiemann 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

  Richelle S. Richter
Assistant to the Branch Director
FDA/PRL-SW
Microbiology Branch
Telephone:
949-608-2904
FAX:
949-608-2932
Postal address:

19701 Fairchild
Irvine, CA  92612-2506

Electronic mail:

Richelle.Richter@fda.hhs.gov

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