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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.