• During the 2017 AFDOSS Annual Education Conference held in New Orleans, Louisiana in August, the organization saw an unprecedented number of first-time attendees. The 50 newcomers made up half of the conference’s attendee base this year!
  • The AFDOSS board welcomes Anita McMullen as incoming Jr. Board Member. McMullen is the Food Safety Director with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture. She joins President Courtney Mickiewicz, Vice President Matt Colson, Secretary-Treasurer Craig Nielsen, Affiliate Director Mark Sestak, Sr. Board Member Jessica Badour and Past-President Brenda Morris.
  • During the meeting, the board announced the 2017 Mary Logan Scholarship recipient, Emily Renaee Branum. Branum has been awarded $4,500 from this scholarship fund to use for her final year of studies at East Tennessee State University, where she is pursuing her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Health. During the 2017 AEC, members raised more than $2,000 for the scholarship fund.
  • As a reminder, the AFDOSS 2018 AEC will be Sept. 9-12 at the Park Vista Doubletree Hotel in Gatlinburg, TN.


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, drug and consumer product safety laws and regulations.

AFDOSS is comprised of food and drug officials and interested associates in the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.

Through resolutions, AFDOSS submits recommendations to the international association (AFDO) for suggested actions needed in the aforementioned areas. The end result is the development of “model bills”, the encouragement of training, and the overall implementation of sound and effective consumer protection regulation.


If you have any questions about AFDOSS, or additions or corrections to this web site please contact Craig Nielsen.