The end of a year is a good time to reflect on what we have accomplished in the last 12 months and here at JIFSAN, especially in the Lab, we can honestly say that we've had a great year and made a lot of new friends!
Let's have a look:
Janie traveled to the Philippines in August to present the laboratory capacity building work of the APEC Food Safety Cooperation Forum PTIN.
Cooperations are strong and endure the test of time and career changes. We started working with Dr. David Ji in 2013 on a prioritization of capacity building project of the APEC FSCF while he was at the Qindao Agricultural University, and there he is in August 2015, a guest instructor from the private multi-national lab Harrens! The team of instructors at a reproduction of training in China in August 2015! That's what train-the-the-trainers programs are all about!
Reproduction of training on vet drug residues at the Waters facility in Shanghai.
Meeting with the Ambassador of Cameroon in Washington DC in July 2015.
Lab work is always fun around here!Early in the training on mycotoxins in March, with ever-so-generous instructor Dr. Kristina Williams of the US FDA.End of training on mycotoxins in March. Congratulations everyone!
And yes, that's what proper sampling looks like!Tobi presented her results in a very professional manner.Tobi's assistant Christophe prepared peaches using the QuEChERS method.
Who would not think this is the best summer internship ever!Although it was serious work...A large group from the Maryland University of Integrative Health took a Saturday class on the identification of botanical ingredients in dietary supplements.
Janie took a day off to learn to fly a plane :-)Iris from China got to pick strawberries during a field trip to learn about agricultural practices used in Maryland.
Isis and Shabeer ate at least as much as they put in the basket!Learning about agricultural practices at the Western Maryland Research and Education Center.
It takes a trip to the Latin American Pesticide Residue Workshop to see our friends from Costa Rica. Veronica and Jessie will be part of the organization for the next LAPRW hosted in Costa Rica in 2017.We also met Ximena, whom everyone will recognize from the poster in the hallway.
First reproduction of training in China, in April.
Sample preparation in Shanghai.
And LC/MS/MS analysis.
We all love cryogrinding!
When the trainee becomes the trainer! Bravo!
The GFSP training program in Shanghai was a great success in large part thanks to the Waters team who took care of all the logistics, the press and us! Thank you!
Speakers at the GFSP event in Shanghai Drs. Steve Yan and Merton Smith from the US FDA, Siew-Moi Wee from Nestle in Singapore and Hans Marvin from Wageningen RU in The Netherlands.Speaker Dr. Xiaoou Su of the Institute of Quality Standard and Testing Technology for Agro-Products of CAAS.
Professor Junshi Chen from the China National Center for Food Safety and Risk Assessment.
The industry-government speakers day attracted a lot of attention.
Dr. Siew-Moi Wee of Nestle gave an interesting perspective of lab work in industry.
Training on LC/MS/MS determination of food contaminants -selfie! When FDA's Dr. Jon Wong is your instructor, a selfie is not enough!USDA methods for microbiological analysis really have a way of uniting analysts from around the world!
Special mention to Dr. Steve Lehotay of the USDA Agriculture Research Service: A fantastic instructor, and the poster-child for all lab capacity building activities in the APEC region!
We don't just play in the lab, we also contribute some information to trade magazines like this one :-) Training on whole genome sequencing, the future of epidemic tracking! There is so much to learn in microbiology! Good thing we have fabulous instructors contributing to our workshops!
I don't know what we would do without all our FDA friends who help teach microbial methods! Thank you!
Happy new year 2016 everyone!
The IFSTL team
(Angela, Joseph, Abigail and Janie)