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Importer Regulatory Compliance and Fundamental Food Safety Training Workshop

Wednesday, February 22 - Friday, February 24, 2023

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Taking place in advance of AFFI-CON 2023, this workshop is designed to help train importers and their foreign manufacturers serving the United States on the market’s regulatory obligations and the foundational elements of a robust food safety program.  

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is transforming the U.S. food safety system into one that is based on the prevention of foodborne illnesses. The intent of FSMA is to ensure the food industry systematically puts in place measures proven effective in preventing contamination.

Importers of frozen fruits and vegetables into the United States need to be well versed in the liability they assume with import transactions and FSMA compliance requirements: Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) and Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule, Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP), Prior Notice Rule, Sanitary Transportation of Human Food Rule and Intentional Adulteration Rule.

This pre-conference workshop course is being offered for $250 for registered attendees of AFFI-CON 2023 and $795 for those not registered for AFFI-CON. The event will include an assessment survey of that will be sent to registered attendees in early February 2023 to gauge base knowledge levels. The course will cover:

  • Fundamentals of food hygiene and food safety – foundation of a strong food safety program
  • Essential elements of the Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) and Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule – What every importer needs to know about GMPs and Preventive Controls.
  • Essentials of FSVP: Identifying and Training Your Qualified Individual, Deciding How Your Program Works, Conducting Your Verification Activities and Approving Your Suppliers and Maintain Your Program
  • Obligations of the Prior Notice Rule for Importers
  • Sanitary Transportation of Human Foods 
  • Intentional Adulteration Rule and Food Fraud

Course Instructors

Dr. Donna Garren is the Executive Vice President of Science and Policy for the American Frozen Food Institute.  Her extensive background and expertise in food safety, food science, nutrition and regulatory affairs are instrumental in building and enhancing strong and effective regulatory programs for the food and beverage industry.  Prior to joining AFFI, Dr. Garren was the President and General Manager for NSF Agriculture (formerly NSF Davis Fresh), a business unit of NSF International.  Dr. Garren has also held senior food safety and health positions with The Consumer Goods Forum, National Restaurant Association and United Fresh Produce Association.  

Dr. Garren earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Food Science and Technology from the University of Georgia and her Bachelor of Science in Food Science from Clemson University.

Dr. Lory Reveil is Senior Director of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs at the American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI). In her role as Director of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, Dr. Reveil represents and advocates for the frozen food industry before federal regulatory agencies and engages with the food industry on important policy priorities.

Dr. Reveil earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology from Cornell University and her Bachelor of Science from The University of New Mexico.

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