IAFP European Symposium, 28-29 April 2021
The ICMSF presented a symposium on COVID-19: “Assessing Potential Consumer Risk and Managing Value Chain Disruption” at the IAFP European Symposium (27-28 April 2021).
The IAFP is gratefully acknowledged for providing permission to post this recording.
This session is also discussed in an article in Food Safety News
Registration open for the LAS-ICMSF Webinar – Update on Food Safety, 13-15 April 2021
We are pleased to announce the Latin American Sub-Commission (LAS) of the International Commission on Microbiological Specifications for Foods (ICMSF), will be holding the “LAS-ICMSF Webinar – Update on food safety”, on the 13th to 15th of April 2021, 9 am – 1 pm (GMT – 3).
The webinar will count on the participation of members of the ICMSF, in order to clarify the sampling plans, as well as the justification for establishing these microbiological criteria and the application in different products. This webinar is based on the ICMSF principles, presented in book 8 “Use of Data for Assessing Process Control and Product Acceptance”
In addition, a discussion on Covid-19 will be presented in the current context of food safety, an issue that has caused great concern and doubts among consumers and professionals working in the food production chain. The event will be in English, completely free and broadcast on the Zoom platform and on Youtube.
Make your registration to guarantee your place, your password and the receipt of the certificate.
For more information and to register, visit the webinar website
Recording day 1: April 13
Recording day 2: April 14
Recording day 3: April 15
(the last videos will be a bit edited in the near future)
Views of ICMSF on general hygiene, food safety and Covid-19 illness (continued)
ICMSF Members Lucia Anelich and Jeff Farber, with others, published a mini-review on SARS-CoV-2 & Risk to Food Safety. This peer-reviewed article is open access and freely available from Frontiers at this link.
Roger cook took over the IAFP presidency from Kali Kniel for 2020-2021. Good luck to Roger!
Three IAFP awards for Jeff Farber. Congratulations, Jeff!
At IAFP 2020, Jeff Farber was honoured with three awards: a hattrick !
IAFP award for Bob Buchanan. congratulations Bob !
At IAFP 2020, Bob Buchanan received the IAFP Fellow Award!
Leadership change within ICMSF
Leon Gorris (ICMSF Secretary)
*see Current Members for short bios
Views of ICMSF on general hygiene, food safety and Covid-19 illness
2019 Training course on Microbiological Sampling and Testing
On 20 and 21 November 2019, Marcel Zwietering and Leon Gorris conducted a two days specialist training in Microbiological Sampling and Testing for Irish food safety experts from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) and the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI).
The training course was entitled “Training course on Microbiological Sampling and Testing: their Application in Food Safety Assurance” and was held at DAFM’s Laboratory Complex at Backweston, Celbridge, Co. Kildare, Ireland.
Aims of the course were:
- to share knowledge and practical skills in microbiological sampling and testing with the DAFM and FSAI professionals that help them to assess microbiological monitoring programs of the Food Business Operators (FBOs) that they work with every day in their jobs.
- to provide the bigger picture of the roles of FBOs and government in food safety assurance, drilling down to the purpose and best practices in microbiological monitoring and the underlying statistics.
- to convey to participants the principles and practices of designing useful microbiological testing in the context of food safety assurance and (inter)national standards that include microbiological criteria for food lot acceptance.
- To use the ICMSF statistical sampling plan tool for designing and assessing the performance of microbiological sampling plans. This was especially the aim of the hands-on training that was done with a smaller group of professionals on day two of the course.
Thirty-five experts in total participated in the first day of the course and eleven in the second day. Course evaluation comments received indicated that, the majority of the participants considered it a very valuable learning experience.
2019 SRA annual meeting 8-12 December, Arlington
Retired ICMSF member Bob Buchanan and ICMSF member Marcel Zwietering presented at the Society for Risk Analysis annual meeting (8-12 December) in the symposium: “The Role of Predictive Microbiology and its Impact on Food Safety Quantitative Microbiological Risk Assessment and Beyond: Leveraging Scientific Advances”
Bob presented “Predictive Microbiology and Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessments (QMRA), what has been accomplished during the last thirty years”.
Marcel presented “How Predictive Microbiology and Risk Assessments can be used more effectively”
After the speakers’ presentations there was a panel discussion with all the speakers of the symposium
After the symposium the speakers and the organisers of the symposium made a group photo: From left to right: Yuhuan Chen, Thomas Oscar, Richard Whiting, Marcel Zwietering, Bob Buchanan, Jane Van Doren, and Elizabeth (Noelia) Williams
|see also: ttp://scienceserv.com/sra/2019AM/program/singlesession.php?sessid=M3-F&order=1#1|
52nd ICMSF Meeting started in Sydney (october 1)
The 52nd icmsf annual meeting (2019) started in sydney
After a two day workshop on October 1 and 2, the ICMSF started their 52nd meeting in Sydney Australia
Marcel Zwietering awarded the international leadership award at iafp2019
24 July 2019
MARCEL ZWIETERING a second time AWARDED AT IAFP2019
At ICMSF we know that you cannot stand on one leg. All ICMSF members congratulate Marcel Zwietering for being (also) awarded the
#IAFP2019 International Leadership Award. Way to go Marcel!!
Michelle Danyluk now Executive Board member
international Association for Food Protection
24 July 2019
Michelle Danyluk AT THE HEADTABLE AT iafp2019
ICMSF is so proud to see Michelle at the
#IAFP2019 headtable as a new member to the Executive Board. We wish you a great journey going through all the EB functions in the coming years. Your ICMSF colleagues and partners.
Marcel Zwietering awarded the elmer marth educator award at iafp2019
24 july 2019
campylobacter session at iafp2019
23 july 2019
icmsf organised session at iafp2019
Session tile: Campylobacter, Health Impact, Performance Objectives and Effectiveness of Sampling Plans.
Organizers: Jeffrey Farber, Leon Gorris, Marcel Zwietering.
Convenor: Leon Gorris
Sponsored by: the IAFP Foundation,
International Food Protection Issues, Meat and Poultry Safety and Quality, Microbial Modelling and Risk Analysis PDG.
1) Health Impact of Campylobacter: The Main Zoonotic Pathogen in Many Countries
JEFFREY FARBER, University of Guelph, CRIFS, Guelph, ON, Canada
2) Establishing Performance Objectives throughout the Chicken Production Chain to Account for Control Measures
LEON GORRIS, Food Safety Expert, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
3) Effectiveness of a (More and More Stringent) Sampling Plan for Campylobacter
MARCEL ZWIETERING, Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands