Because of dangers associated with the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s annual meeting of the International Association for Food Protection is being converted to a virtual event.

Organizers specifically said they based their decision on the fact that the virus continues to spread, calling the pandemic “persistent.” The event usually attracts thousands of attendees from around the world. The organization’s (IAFP’s) website includes a page to submit virtual registrations. Registration opens Aug. 10 for the Oct. 26-28 meeting and symposia conference.

“IAFP is committed to producing a high-quality program in the virtual setting, including presentations, general sessions, exhibits, and award recognitions. After-hour options are being planned to offer conversation and networking opportunities,” according to the organization’s announcement.

Attendees can find information about this year’s virtual event on the IAFP’s page of frequently asked questions.

No action is required for attendees who registered for the in-person event. The registration will be transferred to the Virtual Annual Meeting. Registrants will receive an email confirming registration by Aug. 15, according to IAFP officials.

Two other key FAQs are included on the page:

Q: I am currently registered for the Annual Meeting and do not plan to attend the Virtual Annual Meeting. What do I need to do?

A: You may request a full refund by sending an email to Julie Cattanach at

Q: I had canceled my registration for the previously scheduled Annual Meeting, but I am now able to attend the Virtual Annual Meeting. Can I reinstate my registration?

A: Yes. You may register beginning the week of Aug. 10 for the Virtual Annual Meeting.

Other FAQ questions cover housing, trade show details, and information for presenters.

All registration related questions should be directed to Julie Cattanach at

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