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  • 01 Oct 2018 10:43 PM | Stephanie Chiu (Administrator)

    Hi all,

    We have extended our early bird deadline to October 12th due to our PayPal registration issues. We are doing the best we can to set up a new payment system to replace PayPal. We hope Affinipay will complete the set up and paperwork this week. We will let you know once our new payment system is up and running.

    We thank you for your patience and continued support, and apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

    In the meantime, if you would like to maintain the early bird registration cost, you can just register to generate the invoice, and pay later, and this will allow you to pay the early bird rate even after Oct 12th.

    Our speaker bios will be up on our website soon. Please check our schedule for recent changes to our speaker times.

    As always, please let your colleagues and coworkers know about our food safety workshop! We have a huge line up of well known speakers from out of town!

  • 18 Sep 2018 8:56 PM | Stephanie Chiu (Administrator)

    4th October 2018 - PayPal is now once more accepting payments.  We don't foresee any further issues in accepting credit card payment.  Our apologies for the inconvenience.

    Hello all,

    Please accept our apologies for the issues related to payment for the Fall Workshop registration. For those who have registered, be assured we have received your application and you are on the participant list and you are guaranteed at the early registration rate. 

    We are experiencing issues with the link to PayPal, our current payment processor, and intend to resolve that by switching to Affinipay who have set up a partnership with our website provider. This will take a few more days to complete and we will send out a notification at that time when you will be able to pay the invoice for registrations.

    Once we notify you that our payment system is active those who have registerd can go to the invoice, link in the email you received at registration, and pay online, or  you can log into the website and look up your invoices.

    Early registration will be extended until October 12th.

    Simon Cowell, BCFPA Treasurer

  • 14 Aug 2018 10:26 PM | Stephanie Chiu (Administrator)

    Hello everyone!

    Our latest newsletter, The Grapevine, is now out! Click here to read it!

    BCFPA Newsletter Vol 5 Issue 02 Aug 2018

    We have also archived past newsletters in our library. You can now access all of our newsletters here. Some of the older files are not working or can be partially read, but we tried our best to retrieve and keep them here.

    Newsletter Archives - click here

  • 09 Aug 2018 8:25 PM | Stephanie Chiu (Administrator)

    Your BC Food Protection Association Executive Board is hard at work planning the next event: a one-day food safety workshop for the fall.

    Poster 1

    We have secured a date and venue for our next event so mark your calendars – our one-day Food Safety Workshop (title TBA) will take place on October 18, 2018 at the Executive Plaza Hotel (405 North Road, Coquitlam, BC).

    Location: Executive Plaza Hotel (405 North Road, Coquitlam, BC)
    Date: October 18, 2018
    Keynote Speaker (confirmed): Linda Harris on “Safety of low moisture foods”
    More speakers TBA
    Sessions and topics TBA
    Online registration and agenda to be announced soon! We will send an email announcement when this is made available on our website.

    Interested in sponsoring our workshop? We are currently looking for sponsors! 

    Contact us at info@bcfoodprotection.ca


    Student Poster Competition abstract guideline information is now up on our website - please click this document for more information on how to enter!

    Deadline is August 31, 2018. Good luck!

  • 09 Aug 2018 5:33 PM | Stephanie Chiu (Administrator)

    Terry Peters, long time member and volunteer of the BCFPA, was one of five recipients who received the 2018 IAFP Honorary Life Membership Award at the IAFP Conference in Utah.

    Luyao Ma, who is a UBC graduate student and BCFPA student member, also received the 2018 Student Travel Scholarship Award at the IAFP Conference.

    Well done, Terry and Luyao! A hard-earned and well-deserved award!


  • 09 Aug 2018 2:00 AM | Stephanie Chiu (Administrator)

    BCFPA Fall Workshop - Student Poster Abstract Submission Guidelines Poster

    Deadline is coming up on August 31, 2018! Submit your poster abstract today!

    The BC Food Protection Association is providing a one-day Fall Workshop on topics ranging from current and emerging food safety issues to innovative technologies, and the opportunity to network with local food safety professionals from academia, government and industry. In addition, the BCFPA is organizing a Student Poster Competition during the Fall Workshop where students are invited to submit their poster abstract for acceptance to the Fall Workshop, as this is a good opportunity for them to demonstrate the work being done in the area of their expertise.

    What your poster should demonstrate:

    Projects or research that contributes to food safety and food safety culture in British Columbia

    Workshop date and location:

    October 18, 2018, at Executive Plaza Hotel Coquitlam


    Authors of the posters should be prepared to discuss their work between 12:30-14:00

    Posters will be displayed for the entire duration of the event


    Posters should fit on a 4’ x 4’ area

    Use visual images where possible


    Deadline for poster abstract submission:

    August 31, 2018, email to justin.falardeau@ubc.ca

    Guidelines for poster abstracts:

    Submit poster abstracts to Justin Falardeau: justin.falardeau@ubc.ca

    You will be notified by September 21, 2018 if your poster has been approved

    250 word limit, single spaced and must adhere to the following format:

    Cover letter – Include name, contact information, student status and brief biography

    Title of Poster – One line description

    Author(s) – Underline the name of the person presenting the poster

    Background – State the issue/problem and its impact

    Objective/Aim – State the objectives/aims of the research

    Methods – Describe the type of study, setting for the study, sample characteristics, methodologies used, how the analysis was conducted, etc.

    Results – Key findings from the study (no charts or graphs)

    Conclusions – The importance or relevance of the results


  • 08 Aug 2018 9:27 PM | Stephanie Chiu (Administrator)

    Washington Association for Food Protection 67th Annual Conference – September 20-21, 2018.

    Golf Tournament September 19, 2018.

    Details, agenda and registration: waffp.com/wp1/conferences-events/

  • 11 May 2018 10:35 PM | Stephanie Chiu (Administrator)

    UPDATE – Restricting the Marketing of Unhealthy Foods to Children

    On May 8, 2018, Health Canada published an update on its proposed direction for the development of regulations to restrict the marketing of unhealthy foods and beverages to children. This update reflects policy development since receiving feedback from the 75-day public consultation launched on June 10, 2017.

    The update is available on the Canada.ca website at: https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/programs/consultation-restricting-unhealthy-food-and-beverage-marketing-to-children/update-proposed-regulations.html

  • 23 Apr 2018 10:21 PM | Stephanie Chiu (Administrator)

    Hi all,

    The IAFP has published their 2018 Spring Newsletter, Affiliate View. They have posted our AGM event summary. We welcome everyone to have a read when you have the chance!


  • 19 Apr 2018 10:41 PM | Stephanie Chiu (Administrator)

    We are organizing a Spring Speaker's Evening on "Biopreservation: Biological Solutions To Biological Problems" on May 3, 2018, at the Langara Clubhouse (Langara Golf Course) in Vancouver (6706 Alberta Street, Vancouver). Complimentary parking is available.

    Registration, schedule, rates and speaker line-up are now found on our event page of our website. Due to scheduling conflicts, our Sani Marc speaker will no longer be able to speak at our event. We have found another amazing speaker who will speak on biopreservatives.

    To register, click here - http://www.bcfoodprotection.ca/event-2890579

    Our poster is available here - click here

    Featured Speakers: Lynn McMullen & Siyun Wang

    Speaker Bios - click here

    This event has been generously sponsored by Sani Marc

    Visit our website to register and for more information www.bcfoodprotection.ca

    Register by April 23 to take advantage of our early bird rate!

    Sustaining Member Display Tables available on first-come, first-serve basis. Contact us at info@bcfoodprotection.ca to reserve a table!

    5:00-5:20 PM Registration
    5:20-5:30 PM Welcome Remarks
    5:30-6:30 PM Speaker: Lynn McMullen on "Biopreservation - From Benchtop To Commercial Reality"
    6:30-7:15 PM Dinner
    7:15-8:00 PM Speaker: Siyun Wang on "Bacteriophages as a Strategy for Food Safety Enhancement"
    8:00-8:10 PM Closing Remarks & Door Prizes

    Lynn McMullen
    Professor, Food Microbiology, University of Alberta

    Dr. McMullen is a Professor of food microbiology in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science at the University of Alberta. Her research for the past 20+ years has focused on the microbiological safety and quality of meat products, particularly with respect to controlling the growth of bacteria on meat. Her research focuses on antimicrobial peptides as biopreservatives and the application of interventions to reduce bacterial populations on meat. She is the Scientific Lead of the Meat Safety and Processing Research Unit, a level II biocontainment meat processing research facility where research with foodborne pathogens can be done under conditions similar to that found in the meat industry. 

    Lynn will present on: “Biopreservation - From Benchtop To Commercial Reality”.

    Abstract: In recent years, concerns about the safety and quality of foods have increased the attention given to the discovery and development of new methods of preservation of foods. Biopreservation with lactic acid bacteria that produce antimicrobial compounds has been a focus of research at the University of Alberta since the late 1980s. This has included fundamental research on understanding the genetics of production of antimicrobials and structure function relationships of different antimicrobial compounds that can be used to target specific pathogens. The fundamental research was coupled with research on the application of biopreservatives in meat products to control pathogens such as Listeria monocytogenes. This presentation will tell the story of how the research on biopreservation became a commercial reality and how research continues to support commercial activities.

    Siyun Wang
    Assistant Professor, Food Safety Engineering, Faculty of Land and Food Systems, University of British Columbia

    Dr. Wang is an Assistant Professor of Food Safety Engineering at the University of British Columbia. Siyun received her BSc degree in Pharmacy from Fudan University (2005) and PhD degree in Biology from the Institute for Food Safety and Health at Illinois Tech (2010). Prior to joining UBC in 2013, she was a postdoctoral associate at Cornell University. Her research group utilizes systems biology approaches to understand the microorganisms that post major threats to food safety and public health. Over the past five years, she has worked with BC-based growers and food producers on resolving food safety issues using innovative strategies. Dr. Wang was awarded the Young Researcher Initiative from the European Food Safety Authority, and a travel grant for young women scientists in underrepresented disciplines by the National Science Foundation of the U.S.

    Siyun will present on: “Bacteriophages as a Strategy for Food Safety Enhancement”.

    Abstract: It is a big challenge to control foodborne bacterial pathogens in foods and food processing environment. Phages lytic to foodborne pathogens have been explored to reduce the contamination of Salmonella enterica, Shigella spp., Listeria monocytogenes and Shiga-toxigenic E. coli in food supply systems. This talk will present a current overview of commercially-available phage-based products, as well as recent research findings contributing to the improvement of phage-based food safety strategies.

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