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AFDOSS Winter/Spring 2014 Newsletter

A Message from the President

With Winter well under way and Spring  just around the corner, it’s time to reflect on another successful and productive year for the Association of Food and Drug Officials of the Southern States.  In April of 2013 AFDOSS played host to our sister affiliates across the nation during AFDO’s Annual Educational Conference in beautiful Louisville, Kentucky.  By all accounts this was an outstanding conference.  As a native Kentuckian, I am also quite proud that we were able to showcase the “Bluegrass State” in our great Derby City.  On behalf of AFDOSS, my sincere thanks and appreciation to all who worked behind the scenes to make this conference another resounding success.
In September 2013, AFDOSS also hosted its annual Fall Conference in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, where over $6,000 was raised for our Mary Logan Scholarship Fund in what has become a much-celebrated “not so silent,” live auction.  If you have ever seen our “auctioneer extraordinaire,” Mr. Buddy Woodson and his accomplices in action, you certainly know what I am talking about. Mark Sestak of the Alabama Department of Public Health and his Program Committee did an extraordinary job in recruiting a cast of engaging and informative speakers.  
We also held a very special Eugene H. Holman Award banquet this year, with members of the Holeman family present.  A special thanks to all who worked to ensure the attendance of Mr. Holman’s daughter, Mrs. Pricilla Hopkins, and her husband, Dr. Linton Hopkins.  Thanks also to those who prepared and delivered the memorable presentation on Mr. Holeman’s many meritorious contributions to AFDOSS and the Food Protection arena.  And certainly, please join me in congratulating Rita Johnson of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services as this year’s recipient of the Eugene H. Holeman Award.  

Your AFDOSS Board along with our Mississippi partners is already working actively to plan our annual Spring 2014 Educational Conference for Jackson, Mississippi. I certainly hope to see many of you there, and want to thank our Mississippi membership for hosting this event and assisting with local arrangements.  The conference is scheduled for March 30, 2013-April 2, 2014.  More details will follow soon.

Let me take a moment to introduce the 2013-2014 AFDOSS Board to you.  Mark Sestak of the Alabama Department of Public Health is our Vice President and Program Chair.  Please join me in thanking Mark for his leadership in planning our Fall 2013 Conference.  And, his work is far from over yet.  Mark and his Planning Committee are already hard at work planning our Spring 2014 Conference agenda.  Natalie Adan of the Georgia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is serving as our Senior Board Member.  In this capacity, Natalie is our new Committee Whip and is working enthusiastically to keep our committees engaged and on-task.  Please join me in welcoming Brenda Morris of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services as our newest board member.  Brenda is serving in the capacity of Junior Board MemberMary Logan, whose official title is “retired” now, is far from it when it comes to AFDOSS.  Mary, on behalf of the AFDOSS Board and membership, THANK YOU for all you do as our Secretary/Treasurer. I especially want to thank our Past-President, Pam Miles of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for her outstanding leadership as our 2012-2013 President, and for her past (and continued) dedication and commitment to our organization.    

It is certainly a pleasure to serve as your 2013-2014 AFDOSS President.  If you are a new member, welcome to our organization! In this age of increased emphasis on national integration I truly believe that AFDOSS is ahead of the curve.  For years AFDOSS has had a diverse membership consisting of federal, state and local food, drug and device regulatory professionals.  Additionally, we continue to welcome and encourage active membership from our partners in industry and academia. 

Global supply chains for foods, drugs and cosmetics; new regulatory controls at all levels of government; and even the so-called local food movements present challenges to us all as regulators, academicians, and industry professionals.  Can we really consider the “cottage food” movement a “local” issue anymore when, across the nation, many state and local food safety regulatory agencies have had to address reoccurring legislative attempts—many of which have been successful—to erode some of our basic food safety controls such as milk pasteurization requirements?

In this fast-paced, hyper-connected age, it is vitally important that food, drug, and device professionals in government (federal, state, and local), academia, and industry collaborate to collectively address regulatory and public health concerns created not only by the realities of globalization, but by trending local movements as well.  To this end, I would like to praise both AFDOSS and its national affiliate, AFDO, for providing just such a forum in which to collaborate, or integrate.  While the meaning of integration may vary somewhat among different professional disciplines or in different contextual situations I would like to think of AFDO and AFDOSS as the forum for not only emphasizing the “academic” side of integration, but the “human” side as well.  For years, both organizations have nurtured a culture which, in addition to encouraging valuable professional networks, has also resulted in lifelong friendships among many members.  Please join me in a “tip of the hat” to both organizations that are so vital to our continued professional growth and development.

It is truly an honor to serve as your AFDOSS president.  Please let me or any one of our fine, dedicated board members know if there is anything we can do to continue to improve our organization. 
Mark M. Reed, R.S., MPA, MPH
AFDOSS President (2013-2014)
Manager, KY DPH Food Safety Branch
1 March 2014

Eugene H. Holeman, (1910-1989)

The Eugene H. Holeman Award is given in honor of Eugene H. Holeman, to a member of AFDOSS for outstanding service to the organization.  This year’s award was given to Rita Johnson of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
In an effort to inform the members of Holeman’s life and to make this event more informative and meaningful, Mary Logan, Dennis Baker, Joanne Brown and many others who knew Mr. Holeman worked to put together a slide show delivered prior to the award presentation.  In addition, Eugene Holeman’s daughter and son-in-law, Dr. and Mrs. Linton Hopkins, were in attendance which made the event even more special.  So let us begin with “The Eugene Holeman I Remember” .

As a matter of information, Mr. Holeman was born in 1910, in Memphis, Shelby County, TN.  It should be immediately noted here that he actually claimed to be from, and the Mayor of, Buffalo Valley, TN.  As a man of great honesty and integrity, no one would dare dispute this claim.    

Gene went on to graduate from the University of Tennessee in 1933 with a degree in chemistry and, being a man that was quick to serve, he served his country honorably during World War II as demonstrated by this 1942 photograph.

Mr. Holeman, to a fault, was the epitome of the “Perfect Southern Gentleman” and was quite “Dapper”.

In 1950, Gene was named “Food and Drug Director and State Chemist” for the Tennessee Department of  Agriculture where he would serve for some 27 Years.

He also served as AFDOSS President from 1953 to 1954, and in 1956 was President of the Association of Food and Drug Officials of the United States (AFDOUS).  AFDOUS would later be renamed the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) dropping the “of the United States” in order to reflect a more global responsibility.

In 1958, Mr. Holeman, was President of the Exchange Club of Nashville which provides financial and human resources to families in need.  Exchange Clubs have, in recent years, been recognized for their successful efforts to reduce domestic violence.

In 1960, the AFDOSS Gatlinburg Conference was born.  Mary Logan discovered in the minutes of the 12th Annual meeting of the Association of Food and Drug Officials of the Southern States (AFDOSS) the following statement: “Mr. Holeman Suggested a second meeting to be held in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, since our annual meeting was held jointly with the Association of Food and Drug Officials of the United States.”    AFDO’s name at the time.

In1963, AFDO finally came to its senses and Mr. Holeman was recognized with its prestigious “Harvey W. Wiley Award” for his great service and many contributions to the states and to AFDO.
Between 1962 and 1965, Mr. Holeman represented Tennessee Agricultural Business in the “People to People Program”, on international trips to Japan, Russia and Mexico.
Gene’s interest and work involved everything from water pollution to administering the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, directing Meat Inspection activities, assuring Hazardous Substances regulation, and overseeing Food Establishment inspections and operation of the Food and Drug Laboratory.  During his career as Director and State Chemist, he was instrumental in the development of the methodology for, and the passage of, the Federal Dilute Fruit Juice Standards.   Sorghum Adulteration was also a priority.  

He was very active in a number of associations.  In addition to AFDO and AFDOSS, Mr. Holeman was very active in, and held office in, the Association of Official Analytical Chemists (AOAC), the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO), and the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT). After his retirement, he actually worked for AOAC as the State Liaison Representative to the fifty states and Canada.  
In 1977 –1978, the Holeman Award was established and first presented at the 30th Annual Conference held at Williamsburg, Virginia.  Raymond Summerlin, who served as AFDOSS President from 1964 to 1965, and Secretary-Treasurer from 1970 to 1979, was the first recipient.   Raymond Summerlin was the former Director, Consumer Division, Georgia Department of Agriculture.

The year was 1981 and Mr. Holeman served as the AFDO Coordinator and Chair of the Anniversary commemorating the Diamond Jubilee of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and Meat Inspection Laws.  Other committee members included Irving Bell, George Burditt, and other distinguished FDA, USDA and state officials.

Some commentaries from the people that knew him:
Martha Rhodes Roberts – Gracious, Southern Patriarch of Food and Drug programs, gracious supportive leader, and attentive mentor.  “We should all strive to be just like him”. 
Robert Reeves describes him as “Genteel”, the perfect Southern Gentleman with great Insight.  He could sum up a situation rapidly and respond in an intelligent way.
Hayward Mayfield calls him “My Friend” and reflects that he subscribed to the practice of “My word is my bond.”
Irving Bell describes him as a “Leader”.
Raymond Eads very succinctly calls him a “Great Man and Good Fellow.”

Jesse Lewis sums him up as a “Professional, with honesty and integrity.”

George Fong calls him “My Idol.”

Margie Sewell describes him as “Always working and expected others to do the same”.   He actually worked Christmas Eve in 1977

Eileen High remembers him as a “Southern Gentlemen Eating Pigs Feet .”

Mary Logan best describes him as an “Outstanding, honest and professional person”.  “A true mentor.”

As you would surmise, Eugene H. Holeman was a highly respected, very professional, and greatly loved man by the people who knew him best.

The official results from the 2013 Gatlinburg Auction for
the “Mary Logan Scholarship Fund” is  
Thanks to all of you who joined in this fun part of the conference.
In true AFDOSS tradition many volunteers jumped right in to make it a night of fellowship, fun and fundraising. 
A special thanks to Belinda, Pat and Courtney for helping display and model the items and to all the RAFDOSS members for helping where needed and keeping the "spirits" flowing!!
You provided tables full of quality items at this year's auction and many members that couldn't be in attendance sent items or made donations. I can't think of a better way to promote team building, have fun and assist some very deserving college students!!  -- Buddy Woodson 
AFDOSS Provides Financial Support for Deserving Food Safety Students

The 2014 biennial meeting of the Conference for Food Protection (CFP) will be located in Florida.  The Local Arrangements Committee requested assistance from the Association of Food and Drug Officials of the Southern States (AFDOSS) through financial sponsorship.  After review, the AFDOSS Board determined this was a benefit to AFDOSS Members and to the future food safety leaders and contributed $1,000 to this very worthy cause.

This will be a competitive selection process, with students selected by the co-chairs of the CFP Local Arrangements Committee.  All candidates will be selected before the end of February 2013 and all of those selected will be notified in writing by the CFP Local Arrangements Committee co-chairs. 
This financial donation will be used to recognize deserving collegiate students with the opportunity to attend and participate in the CFP biennial meeting as runners and scribes.  This financial aid we helped provide will be awarded to the students which will off-set their lodging and registration fees.  These students are the future food safety professionals of tomorrow, and this opportunity will help expose them to the development of food safety policies and regulations.


AFDOSS would like invite regulators from local health department jurisdictions to the 2014 Spring Conference, March 30-April 2, 2014 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Jackson, MS. 

For the first time, AFDOSS is offering new local health department regulators who register to attend the Spring Conference a reduced registration fee. 
Local regulators will only pay a $100.00 registration fee and the membership fee is waived, that is a 60% discount!!!
Do not delay and let this offer slip away, register now!
Click on the link to view the AFDO and AFDOSS webpage and sign up to become a member.
AFDO-         AFDOSS-
The Association of Food and Drug Officials of the Southern States (AFDOSS) is a Regional Affiliate of the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO).  AFDO is an international non-profit democratically run organization.  Membership includes members from local, state and federal regulatory agencies, regulated industry and academia who are concerned with the development and enforcement of uniform food and drug consumer product safety laws and regulation.  AFDOSS is comprised of food and drug officials and interested associates in the state of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.
More than 3,000 state, local and tribal agencies have primary responsibility to regulate the retail food and foodservice industries in the United States. They are responsible for the inspection and oversight of over 1 million food establishments.  In this new era towards advancing a Nationally Integrated Food Safety System, AFDOSS has recently formed a Local Engagements Committee in hopes of drawing new membership from local jurisdictions.
Gretchen Boyd (Committee Chair), Retail Food Program Supervisor at the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness in Louisville, KY and Melissa Lombardi (Co-Chair), Environmental Health Specialist at Brunswick County Health Services in Brunswick County Bolivia, North Carolina, met at the 2013 AFDO conference in Louisville, KY.  Both Melissa and Gretchen regulate food safety at the local level.  They have both completed the Fellowship in Food Protection at the International Food Protection Training Institute (IFPTI) and are members of AFDOSS and its national affiliate, AFDO. 
The Local Engagements Committee was started by Gretchen and Melissa through discussion as they found similar concerns in their respective jurisdictions and observed a lack of representation from local jurisdictions during the conferences.  Their motivation to implement the committee was driven by what they have learned through the IFPTI fellowship as well as attending the AFDO and AFDOSS conferences. The goal of the committee is to enhance local presence to engage in effectively addressing issues regarding retail food and foodservice industries at the local level. AFDOSS is the perfect platform to collaborate with local partners to push the movement forward and gain the attention of policymakers. 
Gretchen said, “The experience has truly been an eye opener for a local food official who typically only sees the day-to-day operations of retail food establishments in their local jurisdiction.”  Involving more local partners will not only be a benefit to food safety but also be a great step forward towards implementing an integrated food system as described in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).  Melissa agrees, “Attending the conferences has broadened my spectrum of knowledge and enhanced my knowledge, skills and abilities in regards to Food Safety on a State and International level.”  
Many issues that involve local, retail food regulations are in need of discussion. The Local Engagements Committee’s mission is to increase local membership and to bring additional retail food topics to the AFDOSS conferences.  Increasing the membership from local jurisdictions will aid in the collaboration of local food safety officials with their state and federal partners and will provide local health department partners a voice in the Nationally Integrated Food Safety System. 
For more information regarding the AFDOSS Local Engagement’s committee, feel free to contact Gretchen Boyd at (502) 574-6557, or Melissa Lombardi at (910) 253-2205.
 “Food safety involves everybody in the food chain.” - Mike Johanns, US Senator
Above are pictures of RAFDOSS Members
We look forward to seeing you in
Jackson, Mississippi, March 30 – April 2, 2014!!
We plan to have an exciting BINGO game during the Spring Conference to benefit the scholarship fund.
Another successful year for the Retired Association of Food and Drug Officials of the Southern States.    RAFDOSS.   Nothing could be better than fall in Gatlinburg with OLD friends.   Yes the emphasis on OLD is intended,  because you can do that when you are retired.  You do not have the bureaucracy and managers to answer to and calling each other old is a compliment.  Whether or not it is politically correct….does not matter.  We are the well seasoned branch of this organization.
This year twelve persons participated in the educational tour of the Ole Smokey Distillery in downtown Gatlinburg.   We/I  lost count,  but we sampled around a dozen flavors of distilled spirits at the distillery.  After a brief opportunity for shopping in their store (discount coupons provided) we had lunch on the premises at the Mellow Mushroom.  

For those that do not know, our group has been officially organized for three years.   We have two goals.  The first is to support the Association of Food and Drug Officials of the Southern States.   We vow to help with membership by the recruitment of new members and special invitations to former members.  Our second goal is to support the Mary Logan Scholarship Fund for top students who demonstrate a desire to serve in a career of research, regulatory work, quality control, or teaching in an area related to some aspect of foods or drugs.    
This year’s Monday night auction raised in excess of $6000.00.   With special thanks to RAFDOSS member Buddy Woodson aka the auctioneer supreme. I am proud to report that  RAFDOSS  participation in 2012 was 7 and in 2013 was 14.   Our “members” come in on Sunday night for the social,  we have our own educational tour and meeting on Mondays to include lunch as part of the outing, and we fully participate in the live auction on Monday night following the formal banquet.  All activities are optional, spouses or other family members are welcome and dues are non-existent.   Come join us next year.