Committees are the backbone of AFDO. Please take a moment to learn a little more about each of our committees.
The Administration Committee reviews the Association’s constitution, by-laws, procedures, and policies; proposed recommended changes, additions, or deletions in an annual report; and identifies potential impacts to the Association. The committee may use interviews, surveys, workshops, or whatever necessary tools will deliver useful supporting data.
The AFDO Alumni Committee is a network of former food and medical products safety officials connecting and supporting AFDO and the public health community. AFDO Alumni Committee members provide expertise and experience sharing to AFDO members and other AFDO Committees.
The AFDO Body Art Committee will identify current issues in body art material manufacturing, labeling and use. Through a process of collaboration, discussion and sharing the Body Art Committee will create documents that are useful to regulated industries, regulatory agencies and academic institutions, worldwide. Learn more...
A forum for discussion of issues associated with cannabis products and the associated activities of state regulatory agencies who deal with these products.
Drugs, Devices & Cosmetics Committee
This committee exists to assist AFDO membership in establishing policies, posture and opinions related to Drug, Device and Cosmetic Safety Issues. The Committee serves AFDO by drafting positions, providing technical assistance to the Laws and Regulations Committee, advising membership on current issues and representing AFDO at selected meetings.
This committee exists to assist AFDO membership in establishing policies, postures, and opinions related to food safety issues. The committee serves AFDO by drafting positions, providing technical assistance to the Laws and Regulations Committee, advising membership of current issues, and representing AFDO at selected meetings.
Food Protection & Defense Committee
A forum for discussion on food security issues, and to coordinate member food security activities, as well as find a proactive role for the committee in protecting the food and agricultural sector critical infrastructure.
Foodborne Outbreak & Emergency Response Committee
A forum for discussion on foodborne outbreak and emergency response issues, and to coordinate Health officials member activities, as well as find a proactive role for the committee on CIFOR, NoroCORE, and other food illness response efforts.
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Food Recovery Committee
The AFDO Food Recovery Committee unites government regulators, industry officials, and other interested individuals to provide a forum to discuss and identify strategies that can be taken to prevent and divert wasted food.
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Industry Association Membership Committee
This committee serves AFDO membership by providing a link between regulatory and industry members. Associates provide input to the President through serving as associate advisors to committees and assist in identifying topics and speakers for the Annual Conference.
International & Government Relations Committee
The purpose of the International and Government Relations Committee is to achieve a mutual working relationship between the Association and federal, state, and local governments in accomplishing the goals and objectives of AFDO in relation to consumer protection in the food, drug, and product safety fields. Its main objectives are defined below:
- To serve as a focal point for the committees of AFDO, and the federal, state, and local governments in matters where intergovernmental activities are crucial to accomplishing AFDOs national objectives.
- Promote the establishment and implementation of uniform procedures, codes, agreements, etc. among various units of government within food, drug, and product safety agencies.
- Recommend to the AFDO Board new programs and activities where intergovernmental relations can be utilized to accomplish the goals and objectives of the Association.
- To serve as an advisory to the Board on implementation of national strategies and programs of the Association.
Laboratory, Science & Technology Committee
The Science and Technology Committee provides the resources to AFDO of laboratory and research scientists and has the following mandates:
- Determine needs of laboratories supporting regulatory function and recommend the means of meeting those needs.
- Provide information to regulatory and enforcement personnel to enhance their knowledge and understanding of the changing and frequently complex scientific nature involved in regulatory work.
- Promote communications, coordination, and the mutual assistance of federal, state, and local government laboratories and industrial laboratories.
- Provide consulting and special project services to AFDO and regulatory agencies.
Laws & Regulations Committee
The Laws and Regulations Committee is responsible for the continuous review, up-dating, and development of model laws and regulations so that the AFDO goal of uniform food, drug and other consumer protection laws is achieved.
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Packaging Labeling Committee
Compare and evaluate the food package labeling requirements
in 21 CFR Part 101 to those in the National Institute of Standards and
Technology (NIST) Handbook 130. Identify any discrepancies and propose to
the AFDO Board of Directors potential solutions and options moving forward.
This committee focuses on issues related specifically to produce and assists AFDO with developing produce related policies and positions and the development and delivery of produce safety programs.
This committee exists to assist the AFDO membership in fully including the retail food sector into the National Integrated Food Safety System by:
- serving as a forum to explore emerging food protection issues that impact the retail food sector;
- serving as a venue to exchange ideas about policies and opinions that impact the retail food sector; and
- serving as a central location to share resources to assist with integration activities.
The committee serves AFDO by drafting positions, providing technical assistance to the other AFDO Committees, advising membership of current retail food issues, and representing AFDO at selected meetings.
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This committee focuses on issues related specifically to seafood and assists AFDO with developing seafood related policies and positions and the development and delivery of seafood training programs. The committee provides technical expertise with respect to seafood issues, advises the Board of Directors on current seafood issues, and represents AFDO at selected meetings. The committee also maintains cooperative working relationships with the Retail Food Committee, the Food Committee, the Laws and Regulations Committee and the Education and Training Committee. Additionally, the committee is responsible for continuing review and update of AFDOs model Cured, Salted and Smoked Fish code and communication of recommended modifications to the Laws and Regulations Committee.