We are a group of food professionals who represent a broad spectrum of the milk and food industries, including milk cooperatives, dairy and food processing plants, regulatory agencies, academia, dairy and food laboratories, and others.


Our Beginning

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The Pennsylvania Association of Milk, Food and Environmental Sanitarians is an affiliate of the International Association for Food Protection, whose mission is to advance food safety worldwide. PAMFES and its predecessor organizations had its historic beginnings in 1939.

In the early days, there were two groups of professionals; dairy laboratory personnel and dairy sanitarians. The dairy laboratory association was Pennsylvania Approved Dairy Laboratory Directors Association. The dairy sanitarians association was Pennsylvania Dairy Sanitarians Association. Each association had its respective Constitution and By-Laws. Historically, the two groups convened individually and later began joint meetings. In August 1978 a joint meeting of the two groups met in Harrisburg and made the decision to conduct joint conferences. In 1979 the merged association was named Pennsylvania Association of Dairy Sanitarians and Dairy Laboratory Analysts. In 1993 the association chose to revise its name to better reflect its expanding mission and direction, now known as Pennsylvania Association of Milk, Food and Environmental Sanitarians.

The Association was very instrumental in supporting the dairy industry in Pennsylvania. At a December 1978 meeting in Harrisburg, the standards and regulations for manufacturing grade milk was being formed and debated. These discussions led eventually to the Manufacturing Grade Milk Standards with the Department of Agriculture. In 1998 a Liaison Committee of PAMFES was formed to address the uniformity and interpretive process of existing or new rules and regulations in the dairy industry, specifically with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.


International Association for Food Protection 

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The International Association of Food Protection (IAFP) is a member-based association of more than 4,000 food safety professionals committed to Advancing Food Safety Worldwide® by providing food safety professionals worldwide with a forum to exchange information on protecting the food supply. 

The annual conference is a place for food safety professionals to meet and discuss emerging food safety issues, the latest science, and innovative solutions to new and recurring problems. Each year at least one of the executive PAMFES members attends the meetings and brings that knowledge to the group and the PAMFES conference each year. 

PAMFES has received the prestigious Shogren Award from the International Association for Food Protection in 1980 and 1985.

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Our Mission

This is the Pennsylvania Association of Milk, Food and Environmental Sanitarians. We are a group of food professionals who represent a broad spectrum of the milk and food industries, including milk cooperatives, dairy and food processing plants, regulatory agencies, academia, dairy and food laboratories, and others.

The purpose of our organization is to bring persons from the dairy foods industry, regulatory agencies and academia together to share and discuss relevant topics in the field of food safety.

PAMFES supports and is supported by three local affiliates that hold spring and fall educational and training meetings throughout Pennsylvania.


99 

People have received a Conference Award

74

Conferences have happened since the start of PAMFES


The Annual Conference

The purpose of our organization is to bring persons from the dairy foods industry, regulatory agencies and academia together to share and discuss relevant topics in the field of food safety.

Every spring, typically following the NCIMS Conference, the PAMFES group meets in State College, where we work around a central theme to advance and grow the knowledge of all attendees. 

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Get Involved

PAMFES supports and is supported by three local affiliates that hold spring and fall educational and training meetings throughout Pennsylvania.

*More information about joining the group, ways to get involved, and information about the East and West Groups. *

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