(March 25) SAN DIEGO — Because of the events of Sept. 11, food safety will take on added meaning at this year’s annual meeting of the International Association for Food Protection.

The meeting, scheduled for June 30–July 3 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Diego, will kick off with a lecture entitled “Food Safety in the Time of Anthrax.” The lecture, part of the association’s Ivan Parkin Lecture series, will be presented by Mitchell Cohen, director of the division of bacterial and mycotic diseases at the National Center for Infectious Diseases and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

On July 1 a series of symposia will cover a variety of topics, including the development of intervention technologies to enhance produce safety. Afternoon sessions will cover such topics as enhancing agricultural security and microbiological food safety at the retail level.

MICROBIOLOGICAL METHODS

The first day of the meeting also will feature technological and poster sessions on topics such as microbiological methods and general food microbiology.

The symposia will continue July 2, featuring such topics as cooperating to improve foodborne outbreak investigations; listeria research; and genetically modified organisms and produce.

Afternoon sessions will include innovations in retail food safety management systems and technology and public health and outbreaks.

DNA CHIP TECHNOLOGY

Morning sessions July 3 will look at the applications of DNA chip technology in the food safety area and the sanitary design of plants and equipment. That afternoon will feature sessions on microbial risk assessment and current practices in produce safety.

In all, the conference will feature more than 400 presentations, including 23 symposia, six technical sessions and 224 poster presentations.

In addition to the presentations, an exhibit floor will be open on all three days featuring more than 70 exhibits from food safety companies.

Past exhibitors have included such companies as ASI Food Safety Consultants, St. Louis, and EcoLab Inc., St. Paul, Minn.

For more information on registering as an exhibitor or attending the annual meeting, visit www.foodprotection.org, or call (800) 369-6337.