Alaska Food Protection Task Force Meeting Minutes
Bob Gerlach (DEC/OSV), Robbi Mixon (AFPC/AFMA), Bobbie McDonald (DEC/FSS), Darcy Harris (MOA), Dena Cologgi (DEC/FSS), Sarah Lewis (CES), Jeremy Ayers (DEC/FSS), Shannon Miller (DEC/EH), Lorinda Lhotka (DEC/FSS), Julie Cascio (CES), Ytamar Rodriguez (DEC/FSS), Virginia Ng (SPA), Melissa Chlupach (UAA), Nathan Bruns (DEC/FSS)
Program Updates - Lorinda Lhotka
- Speaker Canceled – Alexis – Alaska Small Business Development Center, Fairbanks
- FSS Program Updates - Lorinda Lhotka, Section Manager
- Staffing changes
- Anchorage office – New EHO ANC Ilona Singh, New EHO Dutch Harbor Erica Aus, New EHO Madi McDonnell - Ketchikan.
- 18 AAC 31 Alaska Food Code- Public comment period closed (was open 11/119 to 1/10/20). No public comments received.
- Moving into the adoption phase, possibly in place by the end of spring.
- Deals with preventative controls and best practices for manufactured food. Also, it encompasses, more info for recall plans, reduced oxygen packaging, and bottled water.
- The update will bring closer to FDA rules.
- Next update to Code to focus on retail (currently based on FDA 2005).
Darcy Harris, Program Manager, MOA/EH
- Business as usual.
- Starting a handwashing campaign.
- Updating language access for information and postings into 8 most common languages in Municipality.
- Work completed by a 3rd party for in house printing and website posting.
State Section of Epidemiology- Anne Frick
- 1 case occurred at a “potluck” involving BBQ and side dishes that were brought. Seems like most people who got sick ate the BBQ. Stool samples have been sent to FDA lab, awaiting results.
- 1 case Botulism in AK from canned salmon that wasn’t prepared correctly. Pressure cooking was not used. Hot water is not effective for eliminating the spores. Need high pressure as well.
- Sustainable Agriculture (SARE) conference 2/21 and 2/22 in Anchorage at the BP Energy Center.
Dena Cologgi and Dr. Bob Gerlach- Office of the State Veterinarian/Produce Safety Program
- Produce – Attending NASDA consortium meeting
- Grower training
- Southeast AK Gardeners Conference
- Farmers Market Conference
- Continuing inspections on small farms
- Inspections are mandatory and acting on behalf of the FDA
- Last year inspected large farms making over $500,000
- This year working on farms $250,000 to $500,000
- Next year inspecting farms less than $250,000
Julie Cascio and Sarah Lewis - Alaska Cooperative Extension
- Food Protection Manager classes coming up in February. The next class will be offered at the beginning of April.
- They let DEC in SE AK know when and where they are administering tests.
- Librarians and school secretaries can administer the test if they sign up.
Farmers Market – Robbi Mixon
- April 2-4 Farmers Market Conference
- Planning 11/6-7/20 conference at UAA for FPC
Brian Himelbloom (UAF Kodiak Seafood Marine Science Center (retired))
- School for Better Practices
- Seafood HACCP class
- Preventative control class (possibility at the conference)
Conference Update- Lorinda Lhotka
- 1st day – Small Food Manufacture – Food Safety
- Food labeling – Maggie Fu - FDA
- Agenda topics – cleaning and sanitizing, recalls, possibly a mock recall
- 2nd day – Food Business Entrepreneurs
- Hoping for 75 attendees. Considering BP Energy and AK Housing Authority as venues.
- Other possible venues: APU or UAA (professor sponsored)
- Focus this year is manufactured food. Next year focus on retail.
- Ideas for the conference: breakout sessions (chemicals, lab testing, lab equipment), Preventive Controls, process, sanitation, and allergens.
- Potential Speakers – Chris & Brian (Kodiak), Claudia, Co-op extension, Dena (Produce Safety)
Next meeting would be in April. If we have the conference in April, this meeting would be canceled.