125th AFDO Annual Educational Conference

Conference Dates

Dates: June 14 – 18, 2021
Location: Virtual Conference
Time: 12:00pm – 4:30pm ET Each Day


Registration Fees:

Individual: $75.00
Group 0-10: $300
Group 11-25: $600
Group Over 26: $1,000

About the Conference

Though hosted as a virtual conference during the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference partners with different regional AFDO affiliates to present this learning experience in a different large metropolitan area each year. For five days each June when meeting in person, the AFDO AEC is center of the food and medical product safety world for five days for professionals from government, states, academia, consumer groups and manufacturing.

Subject matter experts convene for the annual education conference willing to share their knowledge. Dozens, yes dozens, of national and international experts are available on more than 40 topics in the food safety and medical products arena.

AFDO also hosts pre-conference in depth workshops and training opportunities on a broad number of topics adjacent to the annual conference. A special first-time attendees session and communications help newcomers make the most of their conference experience. View more information here


More information coming soon!


Monday, June 14, 2021

12:30PM – 12:45PM ET – Welcome to the 125th AFDO Annual Educational Conference

12:45PM – 2:00PM ET – U.S. Food and Drug Administration Regulatory Affairs Update

2:00PM – 2:30PM ET- AFDO President’s Address

2:30PM – 3:15PM ET – 2019 World Scouting Jamboree – Hosting the World, A Public Health Response

3:15PM – 3:30PM ET – AFDO Awards

3:30PM – 4:30PM ET – Multigeneration Management

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

12:30PM – 12:45PM ET – Announcements & Awards

12:45PM – 1:30PM ET – U.S. Food and Drug Administration Update on Food Policy & Response

1:30PM – 2:00PM ET – CDC Foodborne Illness Initiatives

2:00PM – 2:30PM ET – USDA Food Safety Initiatives

2:30PM – 3:00PM ET – Mexico’s roles and responsibilities and the strategies being used to address foodborne illnesses, both within Mexico and that also benefit the United States

3:00PM – 3:30PM ET – Kilpatrick Address

3:30PM – 4:30PM ET – COVID-19 Impacts with Industry & Regulatory Panel

7:00 – 9:30PM ET – A Celebration of 125 Years Benefiting the AFDO Endowment Foundation
$$ Ticket required – more info coming soon

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

12:30PM – 2:30PM ET – Multigeneraltion Management

2:30PM – 4:30PM ET – REPEAT Multigeneraltion Management

12:30PM – 1:30PM ET – When Texas Freezes Over

1:15PM – 2:00PM ET – Iowa DIA Severe Flooding

2:30PM – 3:30PM ET – Feeding People during the Pandemic (Feeding America/Open Harvest)

3:30PM – 4:30PM ET – Global Coordination of Food Supply (General) During the Pandemic

12:30PM – 12:45PM ET – Welcome and Session Moderator:

12:45PM – 2:00PM ET  – Be Smart and be a Part(ner) of the New Era of Food Safety

WE NEED YOU!!! As a key stakeholder we want you to be a part of this cutting edge strategy to leverage resources from FDA, CDC, food industries, and the Retail Regulatory Association Collaborative (AFDO, NEHA, NACCHO, CFP) With this kind of fire power, we will be able to change the trajectory in reducing risk factors and decrease food borne illness outbreaks. But it will take all of us working in unison. This inter-active “mini workshop” will focus on the New Era of Smarter Food Safety Blue Print deliverables and the Retail Food Safety Regulatory Association Cooperative Agreement objectives. Together we can make a difference!

2:00PM – 2:15PM ET  – Break

2:15PM – 3:15PM ET – Virtual Reality Retail Audits and Inspections During COVID-19

We are taking a 360 Approach to Retail Virtual Inspections (RVI)! Have you ever seen dueling banjos or dueling pianos? Well, this session has that same rhythm and excitement as some of the strongest professionals in our country share the ups and downs of RVI. They will use data to illustrate what works and what does not! Panelists will uncover public health lessons learned and celebrate best practices that can be used immediately after this session. What will the future look like after COVID? Will we continue to use RVI or get back to business as usual? Join us and be a part of this discussion!

3:15PM – 3:30PM ET – Break

3:30PM – 4:30PM ET – Lace Up Your Slip Resistant Boots and Solve an Outbreak!

Please join us for this interactive session where you will have the opportunity to participate in play-by-play outbreak responses through the environmental perspective. During this session three real-life foodborne outbreak scenarios will be presented in chronological order. As the outbreak is presented, you will have the opportunity to respond to what the next action steps should be and discuss the rationale behind these steps. We will explore topics like the differences between EA’s and routine inspections, differences between EA’s initiated by consumer complaints verses EA’s initiated by pathogen surveillance, and the variance in the EA approach depending on the suspected or confirmed pathogen. So lace up your up your slip resistant boots and step into the mind of an environmental outbreak investigator and let’s solve some outbreaks!

12:30PM – 2:30PM ET – How are states handling mixed type facilities?

2:00PM – 3:30PM ET – States Requiring Farm Registration

3:30PM – 4:30PM ET – Compliance and Enforcement

12:30PM – 12:45PM ET – Welcome and Session Moderator:

12:45PM – 1:45PM ET –   Ink and the FDA, Ink Sterilization, and Ink and Pigment Safety

1:45PM – 2:30PM ET – Medical Application of Tattoos

2:30PM – 2:45PM ET – Break

2:45PM – 3:15PM ET – European Tattoo Regulations

3:15PM – 4:30PM ET – Body Art Inspection Tips and Things to Look For

Thursday, June 17, 2021

12:30PM – 2:00PM ET – Virtual Assessments, Inspections and Audits (Mfg and Retail)

2:30PM – 3:30PM ET – Virginia Outbreak on V-8 Dietary Supplements

3:30PM – 4:30PM ET – Nationwide Cyclospora and Virginia Cyclospora Outbreaks

12:30PM – 12:45PM ET Welcome and Session Moderator:

12:45PM – 2:00PM ET – TCS or not TCS That is the Question

Determining if a food requires time and temperature control for safety is often a difficult task. In this interactive session, participants will have the opportunity to find out how well they stack up to other AFDO AEC attendees in assessing Time/Temperature Control for Safety (TCS) status of some foods commonly found in retail food establishments. Our panel of experts will weigh in on those products sharing their experiences, considerations for making these decisions, and resources to help you to answer the decades-old question of “TCS or Not TCS.”

2:00PM – 2:15PM ET – Break

2:15PM – 3:15PM ET – FDA Risk Factor Study 2015-2016 Data Collection Results for Delis

3:15PM – 3:30PM ET – Break

3:30PM – 4:30PM ET – Retail Program Standards Sharing Session: What’s Your Intervention Strategy

Please join us for this session where retail regulatory agencies will share the findings from their foodborne illness risk factor studies and the intervention strategies that they have implemented to meet Standard 9 of the Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards.

12:30PM – 2:00PM ET – How are states handling illness investigations and outbreaks?

2:00PM – 3:00PM ET – How are states handling turnover and maintaining good training programs or have joined the CAP late?

3:00PM – 4:00PM ET – Inspection Frequency and Prioritization

12:30PM – 12:45PM ET – Welcome and Session Moderator:

12:45PM – 1:45PM ET – Sterilization, Decontamination, and Single Use Practices

1:45PM – 2:30PM ET – Permanent Makeup

2:30PM – 2:45PM ET – Break

2:45PM – 4:30PM ET – Panel Question and Answer Session

12:30PM – 1:30PM ET- Hemp in Food

1:30PM – 2:30PM ET – What do I wish you had known from regulatory perspective?

2:30PM – 3:30PM ET – Labs

3:30PM – 4:30PM ET – Industry Panel

Friday, June 18, 2021

Speaker Information

More info coming soon!

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