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End of Year Updates with IFSA

Thursday, December 15, 2016   (0 Comments)
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December 2016

IFSA Welcomes
New Board Member

IFSA is proud to welcome Steven Murtoff to the association's Board of Directors. Steven is currently theSenior Director of Onboard Experience and Policy atSouthwest Airlines (SWA) where his primary responsibilities include overseeing SWA's Onboard Experience, Planning Teams, International Operations as well as Safety Standards and Regulatory Compliance.

Originally from the Boston area he went on to receive his degree from Penn State University.Steven has 15 years in the aviation industry with the majority of his experience in leading the SWA Flight Attendant and Provisioning work groups.He is a self-proclaimed "foodie" and enjoys eating his way through new cities.

Your Feedback is Needed

The Government Affairs & Education Committee (GAEC) Leadership team is working with US Customs & Border Patrol (CBP) in regards to airline catering responsibilities being aligned with pre clearance destinations for flights returning to the United States. We're requesting feedback from our member companies. Please refer to the email correspondence that was sent out on December 8 from more information, or contact Emily Myers

Head over to to download the new September and October Food Safety Update document. The download can be foundhere.


IFSA Around the World

IFSA in Singapore:Recently, the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) held their 2016 EXPO in Singapore where IFSA sponsored a Singapore Sling social event attended by over 100 people including APEX members, airline reps and more! APEX is a valued partner of IFSA and we're excited for more opportunities to work together in 2017 and beyond.


Conference Planning Committee:Last month the IFSA Conference Planning Committee visited Long Beach for a pre-planning meeting to check out the host city for the 2017 Conference & Expo. The group was able to visit the convention center, where we will be co-located with APEX and Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) as well as tour local hotels and event space for the social networking event. More information will follow in early 2017.

GAEC Update:The European Union (EU) Task Force recently had very successful meetings in Brussels where they met with EU officials in the European Commission's DG SANTE (Directorate General for Health & Food Safety) and other industry stakeholder associations. These meetings served to introduce the inflight catering industry to the EU legislators in charge of policy issues of concern for IFSA and to raise awareness about the complexity of our sector. Our Task Force also obtained insight on upcoming studies, policy proposals and an internal task force report on food labeling requirements for transport caterers and will be joining the Food Contact Material Stakeholder Group.


Regional Event: San Fran!

IFSA is excited to bring our Regional Networking Event to the West Coast! Please plan to join us in San Francisco on Monday, January 23, 2017 from 6-8 p.m. PST. As always our Regional Networking Event is a great place to get to know your industry colleagues in an informal and fun environment! Please note that this event is taking place while the Winter Fancy Food Show is in town as well, which we hope will bring many of our members out and potential members in the food industry. A special Thank You to our sponsor -Truitt Family Foods!

Click "Read More" to register.

When:January 23, 2017
Time:6:00 - 8:00 p.m. PST
WhereWeWork - 995 Market Street
San Francisco, California 94103

Please contactKristi Johnsonwith any questions at 678-303-3009


International Flight Services Association 2016