Message From The President

As 2020 comes to a close, please join me in a warm welcome to the 2021 WAFFP Officers!

 President: Diep Wisniewski
President Elect: Nathan Decker
Secretary: Stephanie Olmsted
Treasurer: Jill Wisehart
Auditor: Virginia Ng
IAFP Delegate: Claudia Coles

 This is an unprecedented time, to say the least.  With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, everyone has had to make changes in both life and work to stay safe.  While we were unable to meet at this year’s annual conference, the committee and I are hopeful and optimistic that we can find a way to meet for the 2021 annual conference.  We do not know what that will look like right now, but we will explore different options including virtual avenues.  We will communicate to the membership any updates we have and also continue to provide food safety news, resources and learning opportunities via email so keep an eye out on your inbox!  If you have an upcoming food safety related event or news that you would like to share, please reach out to us with details.

 On behalf of the committee, thank you for your continued support and participation in our organization.  We look forward to what this new year will bring and wish you and your loved ones a healthy and safe upcoming holiday season!


-Diep Wisniewski – WAFFP President


Ongoing COVID-19 uncertainty requires cancellation of this year’s conference in Chelan

Due to ongoing uncertainty about the COVID-19 pandemic, travel restrictions for many members and planned speakers remain unclear. Continuing recommendations from public health officials, highly recommend social distancing practices for the foreseeable future.The planning committee has come to the decision that we need to cancel this year’s conference at Campbell’s Resort in Chelan.

We appreciate your understanding as we all work our way through this unprecedented year and wish you all best health and safety for you and loved ones.

Philanthropy NW Food Fund: Join WAFF as a contributor and donate here
“By coming together and contributing to this fund, we can meet this crushing demand across the state and help our neighbors and their families put a meal on the table.”         Governor Jay Inslee


Berger Food Safety Consulting: Free COVID-19 information – here

WSDA COVID-19 Resource page – here

COVID-19 Resources for the Washington Produce Industry – here

“Stay Home, Stay Healthy” Governor’s press release – here

COVID-19 Department of Health’s blog post – here

For the most comprehensive and credible information about the pandemic response in Washington – here



WAFFP is an all volunteer organization. Many aspects of our conferences and scholarship programs are funded through the generous donations of our corporate and individual sponsors. To see our current sponsors and for information about sponsorship opportunities, please click on over to our Sponsors page / or you may contact Ms. Virginia Ng.

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The Washington Association for Food Protection is a non-profit association dedicated to provide our members with a forum to educate, and discuss the latest technologies and advancements of food safety.  Prior to September 2000 we were known as the Washington Milk, Food and Environmental Association. In 1951, we became an affiliate of what is now known as the International Association for Food Protection. They were formed in 1911, and have been instrumental in the development and promotion of food safety worldwide.

Food Safety depends on the efforts of a large number of different disciplines working together. Our members include federal, state and local government agencies, educators, industry professionals, equipment manufactures and allied suppliers.

We invite all food safety related professionals to join us in our efforts to protect our food supply and promote “Food Safety through Education.”

“To provide food safety professionals worldwide with a forum to exchange information on protecting the food supply.”
— International Association for Food Protection

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