The schedule features several pre-conference workshops that can be added onto your registration and then moves into two full days of high-level panel discussions and educational presentations. As you explore the schedule below you can click on speaker names to learn more about their expertise.

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Sunday, October 20, 2024

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Registration Open

8:30 am - 12:30 pm


Innovative Environmental Monitoring: Revolutionizing Listeria monocytogenes Detection with a Three-Class Sampling Plan

During this 1/2-day workshop, attendees will gain insights on a groundbreaking approach to environmental monitoring, specifically targeting Lm, designed to address the deficiencies of traditional methods.

Sanjay Gummalla, Ph.D.

AFFI, SVP of Scientific Affairs

8:30 am - 5:00 pm


Advanced Food Safety HACCP
Debby Newslow

Newslow & Associates, President

8:30 am - 5:00 pm


Food Safety Auditor Training

This 4-part series is designed to provide the knowledge, behaviors and technical skills attributed to a competent food safety auditor.

Trish Wester

Association for Food Safety Auditing Professionals, President

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Unveiling the Source: Investigating the Causes of Food Safety Events

Join us for a 1/2 day interactive workshop where we delve into the intricacies of root cause analysis and its pivotal role in determining the causes of adverse food safety events.

Donna Garren, Ph.D.

AFFI, EVP of Science & Policy

Kelly Stevens

General Mills, Director of Global Food Safety

Denise Webster

SCS Global Services, VP of Food Safety

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm


FSPCA Intentional Adulteration Conducting Vulnerability Assessments

This 1 day course will provide participants with the knowledge to implement the requirements of conducting a vulnerability assessment under the Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration (IA) regulation of the FDA.

Lance Roberie

Food Safety & Quality Services, Founder

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

AFFI Food Safety Working Group Event (Members Only)

Monday, October 21, 2024

7:00 am - 7:00 pm

Registration Open

8:00 am - 8:45 am

Breakfast Networking

8:45 am - 9:00 am

FSC Welcome and Opening Remarks

Join us to set intentions for what you are able to give and what you want to receive while at Food Safety Consortium.

Rick Biros

Food Safety Consortium, Conference Director

Donna Garren, Ph.D.

AFFI, EVP of Science & Policy

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Federal Agency Spotlight and Keynote:

Human Foods Program, The New Food Safety Agency

Jim Jones, Deputy Commissioner for Human Foods, FDA, will delve into the agency’s re-organization, key regulatory policy priorities, and commitment to stakeholder transparency.

Jim Jones

FDA, Deputy Commissioner for Human Foods

Donna Garren, Ph.D.

AFFI, EVP of Science & Policy (moderator)

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Coffee & Networking

10:30 am - 11:15 am

Keynote: USDA FSIS and the Future of Food Safety

During this keynote session, attendees will have the opportunity to gain deep insights into emerging challenges, innovative strategies, and collaborative approaches to advancing food safety.

Sandra Eskin

USDA FSIS, Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety

11:15 am - Noon

Navigating Global Food Systems: Insights and Strategies for Compliance with FDA’s Food Traceability Rule

This session will feature regulatory, technology, and industry experts as they discuss successes, challenges, and key learnings associated with the preparation and execution of compliance efforts

John Crabill, MS, MJ

Chipotle, Senior Director of Food Safety & Quality

Julie McGill

Trustwell, VP of Supply Chain Strategy & Insights

Adam Friedlander, MS

FDA, Policy Analyst

Sara Bratager

Institute of Food Technologists, Senior Food Safety & Traceability Scientist

Noon - 12:30 pm

Putting Policy into Action: What You Need to Know About FDA Regulatory Compliance

Gain deep insights into the evolving regulatory landscape and emerging scientific challenges that shape our understanding of food safety. Mettler will explore innovative approaches and cutting-edge technologies that are revolutionizing the way FDA monitors, regulates, and safeguards our food systems. Attendees will leave with an understanding of the intricate nexus between science, policy, and compliance.

Erik Mettler

FDA, Assistant Commissioner for Partnerships and Policy within the Office of Regulatory Affairs

12:30 pm - 1:15 pm


1:15 pm - 2:00 pm

BREAKOUT 1: FSMA 204 is 15 months away. Are All Systems Go?

With the compliance deadline for FDA’s Food Traceability Rule, FSMA 204, rapidly approaching, it’s crucial to assess your readiness. Andrew Kennedy, a key architect of the FSMA 204 rule while at FDA, offers a strategic road map for compliance

Andrew Kennedy

New Era Partners, Co-Founder

Hilary Thesmar, Ph.D., R.D.

The Food Industry Association (FMI), Chief Science Officer & SVP of Food Safety

1:15 pm - 2:00 pm

BREAKOUT 2: Data Analytics

Digitally enable testing programs and analytics to drive a more preventative capability

David Hatch

Neogen, VP of Digital Solutions Marketing

1:15 pm - 2:00 pm

BREAKOUT 3: Pathogen PI Case Files: Biofilm

In this presentation, industry experts Tracy Fink and Martin Wiedmann will share the latest best practices in identifying, mitigating, and controlling biofilm formation in foods and facilities.

Tracy Fink

Institute of Food Technologists, Director of Scientific Programs

Martin Wiedmann, Ph.D.

Cornell, Professor

2:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Tech Talks

2:15 pm - 3:00 pm

BREAKOUT 1: Food Allergen Controls and the Need for Advisory Labels

What a PCQI needs to consider to meet expectations for justifying the use of allergen advisory labels. This is important because FDA and international governments are increasingly expecting scientific justification for the use of allergen advisory labels.

Steven Gendel, Ph.D.

Gendel Food Safety, Principal

Britney Geter

PepsiCo, Principal Scientist

2:15 pm - 3:00 pm

BREAKOUT 2: Navigating the Digital Transformation Landscape in the Food Industry: Challenges, Opportunities & Implictions

This presentation explores the multifaceted realm of digital transformation within food companies, highlighting the challenges they face, the opportunities they can seize, and the profound implications of this ongoing shift.

William Melnyczenko

Merieux NutriSciences, Global Business Development Director

Carrie Rigdon, Ph.D.

Association of Food and Drug Officials, Research Director

2:15 pm - 3:00 pm

BREAKOUT 3: Understanding Corrective Actions, Nonconformaties and Root Cause Analysis

An in-depth look at the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025 regarding nonconforming work and corrective actions.

Heather McLemore

A2LA, Senior Accreditation Officer

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Break in Exhibits

3:30 pm - 4:15 pm

BREAKOUT 1: Are you the weakest link in the supply chain? Steps for bulletproofing your facility to become a major supplier

This panel will cover common issues faced by both suppliers and retailers when it comes to safeguarding the entire food supply chain.

Jorge Hernandez

Wendy's, Quality Assurance VP

Tyler Williams

ASI Food Safety, CEO

3:30 pm - 4:15 pm

BREAKOUT 2: CTEs and KDEs and TLCs (oh my!). Are You Dealing with a Traceability Rule Fear Factor?

If the mention of CTEs, KDEs, TLCs, and the FTL cause you stress or uncertainties, this session is for you. We discuss the who, what, when, why, and how of the Traceability Rule to help ensure you’re ready for January 2026

Benjamin Miller

The Acheson Group, EVP of Regulatory and Scientific Affairs

Brent Kobielush

Conagra, Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs

3:30 pm - 4:15 pm

BREAKOUT 3: Next Level Preventive Controls

This presentation goes beyond the basics of maintaining and improving existing Food Safety Plans to enhance food safety and help companies avoid common findings during FDA or third party audit visits

Cathy Crawford

HACCP Consulting Group, President

4:15 pm - 5:00 pm

BREAKOUT 1: Assessing Food Fraud using PAS 96 to Meet GFSI and FSMA Requirements

This presentation will use information from PAS 96, Guide to Protecting and Defending Food and Drink from Deliberate Attack, and real-life examples to provide insights and guidance when completing/reviewing your VACCP and TACCP programs

Jennifer Lott

SGS North America, Technical Development Director

4:15 pm - 5:00 pm

BREAKOUT 2: Demonstrating Food Safety Culture

Mitzi Baum

STOP Foodborne Illness, CEO

4:15 pm - 5:00 pm

BREAKOUT 3: Food Defense in the Digital Era

This presentation explores the increasingly intertwined realms of cybersecurity and food defense, highlighting the critical importance of safeguarding our food systems in the digital era.

Radojka Barycki

RDR Global Partners, Founder

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Reception in Exhibits

Tuesday, October 22, 2024

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Coffee & Networking in Exhibits

8:30 AM - 9:15 AM

BREAKOUT 1: Building a Reliable Traceability System: A Stepwise Approach

Sara Bratager

Institute of Food Technologists, Senior Food Safety & Traceability Scientist

Jennifer McEntire, Ph.D.

Food Safety Strategies

8:30 AM - 9:15 AM

BREAKOUT 2: From Quick-Checks to Comprehensive Inspections – Understanding and Implementing FSMA Rule 21 CFR Part 121

Debby Newslow

Newslow & Associates, President

Jason Bashura

Pepsico, Senior Manager, Global Food Defense

Jon Woody

FDA, Director, Food Defense, CAPT, USPHS

8:30 AM - 9:15 AM

BREAKOUT 3: The Big Secret…You already have the software you need to manage food safety: A food company case study

A case study demonstrating how Italian Frozen Foods (IFF) USA is leveraging Microsoft Power Platform with SharePoint® to elevate its FSMS and effectively manage food safety compliance documentation, data, and certification requirements.

Roberto Bellavia

Kestrel Tellevate LLC, Partner

9:15 AM - 10:00 AM

BREAKOUT 1: An Introduction to the FDA LAAF Rule: The Accreditation Body Perspective

The last piece of FSMA to go into effect was the requirement for certain types of food testing to be performed by an accredited laboratory called the Laboratory Accreditation for Analysis of Foods (LAAF).

Heather McLemore

A2LA, Senior Accreditation Officer

9:15 AM - 10:00 AM


9:15 AM - 10:00 AM

BREAKOUT 3: The Internal Audit: Going Beyond the Certificate

A discussion on how internal audits can be more than just a way of being “GFSI certified,” with a focused effort providing actionable findings, near miss understanding, and recall/483 prevention – even with limited resources.

Cameron Prince

The Acheson Group, VP of Regulatory Affairs

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Coffee & Networking

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

BREAKOUT 1: Do You Remember? The Results of a Knowledge Retention Survey of Retail Food Handlers

NEHA & NRA conducted a study of retail food handlers who took trainings within the past five years. Join us to learn about what we discovered through our survey and how you can make sure you have well-trained food handlers that keep food safe.

Patrick Guzzle

National Restaurant Association, VP of of Food Science and Industry

Laura Wildey

National Environmental Health Association, Senior Program Analyst, Food Safety

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

BREAKOUT 2: Millions of Chemicals…But Which are Reasonably Likely to Occur?

This session will provide steps to developing your risk assessment from where to gather information to how to measure risk on chemicals of concern to preventive controls to minimize risk from chemicals.

Patrick Elias, Ph.D.

Lamb Weston, Director of Toxiology

Tracie Sheehan

Merieux Nutrisciences, VP Technical Services

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

BREAKOUT 3: Navigating Standards Compliance and Accreditation in the Food Sector

This session will help attendees understand the role of Accreditation Bodies, Certification Bodies, Testing and Calibration Laboratories, Inspection Agencies, Personnel Certification Bodies and Inspection Agencies in meeting food safety objectives.

Dimitrios Katsieris

International Accreditation Service, Senior Global Manager Testing Laboratories and Food Safety Accreditations

11:15 AM - noon

BREAKOUT 1: Understanding Nonculturable Pathogens: Strategies for Preventing Enteric Viruses and Parasites in Food Production

Alex DaSilva

FDA, Senior Parasitology Advisor

Lee-Ann Jaykus, Ph.D.

Professor, NC State

11:15 AM - noon

BREAKOUT 2: The Impacts of Food Waste and Food Loss

Learn how unique solutions such as thorough data tracking and predictive analytics in addition to a focus on food safety ultimately provides bottom-line benefits and positive community health outcomes.

Al Baroudi, MS, Ph.D.

Cheesecake Factory, VP, Food Safety & Quality Assurance

11:15 AM - noon

BREAKOUT 3: Using a Food Safety Culture “GPS” to Determine Where You Are and Where You Need to Go

This Panel will discuss metrics for assessment and improvement; coaching for strong leadership; and a roadmap of best practices for building, and maintaining, a sustainable food safety culture.

Tia Glave

Catalyst, Co-Founder

Jill Stuber


Benjamin Miller

The Acheson Group, EVP of Regulatory and Scientific Affairs 

Cameron Prince

The Acheson Group, VP of Regulatory Affairs

noon - 1:00 PM


1:15 PM - 2:00 PM

GENERAL SESSION: The Art and Science of Risk: Comprehensive Approaches to Analysis, Management, and Communication

Melanie Neuman

Neumann Advisory Services, LLC, Founder

Jill Hoffman

B&G Foods, Senior Director, Food Safety and Quality

Sharon Beals

SKKB, LLC, Founder

2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

GENERAL SESSION: Aligning the Industry in Traceability Through a New Public-Private Governing Body

Earlier this year a public-private Governing Body was launched to provide an independent, sector-neutral forum to align industry in a shared vision for the enhanced food traceability required by the Traceability Rule (FSMA 204)

Eric Marshall

Leavitt Partners, Principal

Benjamin Miller

The Acheson Group, EVP of Regulatory and Scientific Affairs 

Cameron Prince

The Acheson Group, VP of Regulatory Affairs

2:45 pm - 3:15 pm

Re-Imagining Food Protection as a National Security Issue – DHS perspectives

Mark Wittrock

Assistant Director – Health, Food, and Agriculture Resilience Office of Health Security, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

3:15 pm - 4:00 pm

Closing Keynote

Wednesday, October 23, 2024

8:00 am - noon

Food Safety Working Group Meeting

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