AFDO Educational Conference presentations

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Burlington, Vermont

8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Environmental Sampling as a Tool for Solving Outbreaks at the Retail Food Level


  • Steven Mandernach, Bureau Chief for Food and Consumer Safety, Iowa Department of Inspections & Appeals
  • Vincent Radke, Sanitarian, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Douglas Irving, EHS-Net Food Coordinator, Tennessee Department of Health
  • Danny Ripley, Environmental Health Specialist, Metro Nashville Public Health Department
  • David Nicholas, MPH, Chief Epidemiologist, New York State Department of Health
  • Yvonne Salfinger, Project Manager, Laboratory Accreditation, Association of Food and Drug Official

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Getting a Seat at the Table – The Effective Regulator: A Workshop on Improving Your Communication Skills


  • Daniela Drago, PhD, RAC, Assistant Professor, George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences

8:00 am – 12:00 pm

HACCP System Implementation, A Guide for Inspectors


  • Charlie Kalish, Managing Member, Food Safety Guides
  • Michael Kalish, Managing Member, Food Safety Guides

Additional resources

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Food Committee 

Update on Training from FDA


  • Patricia Alcock, Director, Division of Human Resource Development, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (via webinar)
Update of MFRPA Training Activities


  • Patrick Kennelly, Program Director, Association of Food and Drug Officials

The National Food Safety Data Exchange – Drew Polulak and Zhensen Huang (Download presentation)


  • Andrew Polulak, Business Development Director, Computer Aid, Inc.
  • Zhensen Huang, CEO, Precise Software Solutions

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Retail Food Committee 

USDA Update


  • Carl-Martin Ruiz, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Investigation, Enforcement and Audit (OIEA), Food Safety and Inspection Service, U.SDepartment of Agriculture 
  • Elaine Hite, Program Specialist, Food Safety and Inspection Service, U.S Department of Agriculture

Grinding Recordkeeping Requirement: Policy & Observations from Enforcement (Download presentation)


  • William K. Shaw, Jr., PhD., Director, Risks, Innovations, and Management, Office of Policy and Program Development, Food Safety and Inspection Service, U.S Department of Agriculture

Regulatory Update from FSIS – Update on FSIS’s policy developments related to retail–will include Siluriformes and Catfish related policy


  • Thomas Collaro, Senior Compliance Investigator, Office of Investigation, Enforcement and Audits, Food Safety and Inspection Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture

CFP Update (Download presentation)


  • Patrick Guzzle, Food Protection Program Manager, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare

FDA Food Code Update


  • Glenda Lewis, M.S.P.H., Director, Retail Food Protection Staff, CFSAN, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

An innovative hands-on approach to food safety training (Download presentation)


  • Robert Mancini, Environmental Health Officer, Health Canada

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Produce Committee

Intro of Co-Chairs and Request for Members
Vermont’s Funding Model for Farmers to meet the requirements of FSMA, specifically the Produce Safety Rule


  • Abbey Willard, Agricultural Development Division Director, Vermont Department of Agriculture, Food & Markets

Development of the Michigan Food Safety Working Group for Group GAP to Regional Food Hubs and Beyond


  • Jennifer Silveri, Director of Field Operations, Michigan Food & Farming Systems (MIFFS)