2017 Agenda (2018 Agenda will be posted by March 1, 2018)

      8:00 AM  -  8:30 AM
      Registration and breakfast
      8:30 AM  -  8:45 AM
      Opening Remarks
      8:45 AM  -  9:30 AM
      FDA's Update on Implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act

      Update and review of the final rules of: 

      • Sanitary Transportation
      • Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP)

       plus, what FDA is doing on all the rules, including guidances, the Alliances, and inspection plans. 

      Presented by: SHARON LINDAN MAYL, Senior Advisor for Policy to the Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine. FDA

      9:30 AM  -  10:15 AM
      FDA's Update on Economically Motivated Adulteration/Food Fraud

      Update and review of:  FDA perspective on Economically Motivated Adulteration/Food Fraud in the context of:

      • Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)
      • Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP)
      • Preventive Controls (PC)

      Presented by: JENNIFER THOMAS, Director Division of Enforcement Office of Compliance, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, FDA

      10:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
      FDA Town Hall Meeting

      A question & answer setting for attendees to ask FDA question related to FSMA's Sanitary Transportation and Foreign Supplier Verification Program final rules as well as FDA perspective on Economically Motivated Adulteration/Food Fraud in the context of FSMA and the PC and FSVP rules.

      10:45 AM  -  11:15 AM
      Coffee Break & Networking
      11:15 AM  -  12:00 PM
      Supply Chain Transparency and Food Fraud Data Collection Needs A review of two research surveys

      Attendees will learn:

      1. What is the role of data – and data analytics – in food supply chain transparency

      2. How data and intelligence analysis supports food fraud prevention 

      3. Specific needs-assessment from food brand owners including manufacturers and retailers

      This presentation leverages the MSU Supply Chain Management program, a grant with Queen’s University Belfast, and results from two industry surveys on the topic. This is not another “food fraud overview” PowerPoint. There is a tremendous opportunity to apply a wide range of existing technologies and systems to support Food Fraud prevention. While the emerging vulnerably assessments and prevention strategies will identify the need for new authentication technologies, adjacent innovation will provide a residual contribution. One of those adjacent innovations is Big Data or Data Analytics. This report will review the basic focus of Food Fraud prevention, the emerging innovations in the management of extremely large data sets including whole genome sequencing, and then explaining exactly how these technologies apply to Food Fraud prevention. This presentation is based on two recent MSU research projects.
      • The first is “The Methods and Data Used to Rank Food Fraud Vulnerabilities using an Industry Survey Case Study.” This paper reviewed (1) how risk assessors rank vulnerabilities and (2) Non-food, or non-food safety, examples were used to better understand the process.
      • The second on “Food Fraud Data Collection Needs Survey.” This was part of a UK Grant with Co-PI Professor Christopher Elliott from Queen’s University Belfast. This scope was to (1) Review the data needs to conduct a Food Fraud Vulnerability Assessment, and (2) To explore future needs for data and data collection systems. Both articles are under review at scholarly, peer-reviewed journals. These research projects were funded in part by a group of food industry, brand owner sponsors. The survey population included the MSU “Food Fraud 50” – food fraud leaders from 50 different food manufacturers or brand owners.

      Presented by John Spink, PhD, Director of the Food Fraud Initiative at Michigan State University

      12:00 PM  -  12:15 PM
      Technology Spotlight

      Protect Your Supply Chain from Food Fraud
      Analyze the past to prepare for the future and prevent food fraud. USP’s Food Fraud Database can be used to identify which ingredients have a known history of adulteration, where the adulteration occurred, what the adulterant was, whether it is hazardous and methods used to detect it so you can focus on ingredients that may pose the greatest risk to your supply chain.

      Presented by: U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention

      12:15 PM  -  1:15 PM
      Lunch & Networking
      1:15 PM  -  2:00 PM
      How the New Nutrition Facts Panel Affect All Parts of the Food Chain and How We All Deal With It
      More and more consumers are using the information in a food’s Nutritional Facts Panel (NFP) to make decisions on their dietary choices. The NFP affects the entire food chain, from ingredient suppliers, to food producers, to the consumers, and NFPs must be consistent with regulatory agency expectations. Suppliers and food producers must understand their ingredients and foods in context of the new regulations to assure specifications and declarations are correct, accurate, auditable, and defendable. Consumers must also be educated what the new NFPs are saying. An overview of the new regulation will be discussed focusing on the logic behind the specific regulations and the desired effects on making informed dietary decisions. Also discussed will be the tools that will measure the nutrients in ingredients and foods so proper declarations can be made and those declarations having proper supporting facts.

      Presented by John Szpylka, PhD, Scientific Affairs Director, Chemistry, N.A., Mérieux NutriSciences

      2:00 PM  -  2:45 PM
      Panel Discussion: Challenges seen in implementing and executing supply chain management

      This panel discussion will provide attendees with a view of the current challenges seen in implementing and executing supply chain management programs required by the Preventive Controls rule (the domestic/subpart G rules) and offering solutions/observations on how some companies are working through these challenges. This panel is brought to you as part of the 3M Food Safety FSMA webinar series and will be streamed “live on location”.

      Moderator: John Wadie, 3M Food Safety
      Melanie Neumann, President, Neumann Risk Services, LLC
      Jorge Hernandez, Chief Food Safety Officer, The Wholesome Company
      Terry Levee-Senior Director, Giant Eagle

      2:45 PM  -  3:00 PM
      Technology Spotlight

      Technology-Enabled Supply Chain Management to improve supply chain control, transparency, safety and compliance of purchased materials and ingredients 

      Presented by: decernis logo LRG

      3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
      Coffee Break & Networking
      3:30 PM  -  4:00 PM
      GFSI Update
      Presented by Mike Robach, Vice President, Corporate Food Safety, Quality & Regulatory, Cargill; Chair of the GFSI Board
      4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
      FSMA GFSI Audit Harmonization Panel Discussion

      2017 Supply Chain Verification: Audit Harmonization Update

      At the 2016 Food Safety Consortium conference, a panel of key stakeholders from across the auditing community were joined by Dr. Stephen Ostroff of FDA to address questions from Industry on the role of audits in FSMA and hear FDA’s expectations for audit content and scope.

      Many are still struggling with these issues so we have once again gathered an expert panel to review the issues and provide updates on this evolving topic.

      Take advantage of this unique opportunity to once again address your questions directly with GFSI, Accreditation Bodies, Scheme Owners, Certification Bodies’ and Regulatory representatives to get a firsthand overview on the issues.

      This session will review the outcomes from 2016 to set the stage for a discussion on the current status

      Join this panel of distinguished auditing professionals and senior regulatory personnel as they provide updates on:
      1. what has been accomplished to date,
      2. what remains to align all stakeholders with the varied requirements in the foundational FSMA rules
      3. When will audits be available?
      4. and looking ahead: an overview of the Pilot GAP Assessment for FDA's Accredited Certification program. 

      Panelists include:

      SHARON LINDAN MAYL, Senior Advisor for Policy to the Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine. FDA

      MIKE ROBACH, Vice President, Corporate Food Safety, Quality & Regulatory, Cargill; Chair of the GFSI Board

      8:00 AM  -  8:30 AM
      Breakfast & Networking
      8:30 AM  -  9:15 AM
      Practical Implications of FSVP for Importers
      This presentation will educate attendees on upcoming requirements under the U.S. FDA Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) Rule and arm attendees with strategies, tips and resources to simplify compliance and take advantage of new opportunities. Three key takeaways will include: 1. Factors used by FDA to determine high-risk products and exporters, and how to apply these factors to your own imports and supplier approval process to minimize FDA import detentions and other FDA actions. 2. Best practices for monitoring and approving suppliers as required under FSVP as well as documenting compliance. 3. Strategies for taking advantage of business opportunities that may be presented by the supply chain changes resulting from FSMA.

      Presented by: Russell Statman, Executive Director, Registrar Corp
      9:15 AM  -  10:00 AM
      Using Data to Identify Food Safety Risks

      How to identify audit trends to address food safety within your facility. An overview of the corrective action process. Using data within the FSMS to prioritize food safety risks within your organization. How to interpret data to mitigate food safety risks. How Risk Management is helping to shape compliance within the industry.

      Presented by: Chris Sinclair, Compliance Manager, SQFI

      10:00 AM  -  10:15 AM
      Technology Spotlight

      Leveraging Real-time Data to Drive Better “Everyday” Results

      Data truly is king when it comes to effectively managing your food safety and quality operations. But if you don’t have access to the right data, at the right time – it could be the difference between having to initiate a costly rework, withdrawal or recall vs. just rejecting a supplier shipment or performing a CAPA. Join us for an informative discussion on how companies are utilizing technology tools to collect and analyze FSQA program data in real-time – to better mitigate risk, control costs and ensure compliance.

      Presented by   SC-logo-4x

      10:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
      Coffee Break & Networking
      10:45 AM  -  11:30 AM
      Supply Chain Allergen Controls
      Effective supply chain food allergen controls are an essential part of the food safety system because allergens cannot be eliminated or reduced through process preventive controls. Supply chain controls must ensure that there are no unintended (and unlabeled) allergens present through either cross-contact or economically motivated adulteration (EMA). The implementation of allergen supply chain controls is complicated by, among other things, widespread misunderstanding of allergen labeling requirements and by the use (and misuse) of allergen advisory statements. For many manufacturers, increased allergen testing will be needed to verify (and perhaps replace) existing supply chain allergen controls. Developing statistically valid allergen testing plans will depend on obtaining information on the frequency and distribution of “defects” in each food or ingredient, and on determining which allergens to target for testing. Information on defect rates can be obtained through intensive testing over a relatively short time using rapid tests such as Lateral Flow Devices. Determining which allergens to target is more complex, and will depend on integrating information from multiple sources such as in-house experience, information from suppliers (including product specifications and labels), recall data, and information from regulatory agencies on EMA. The most efficient approach to allergen targeting will be to determine which undeclared allergens are likely to occur with high, medium, and low probability, and to develop a testing scheme where the frequency of testing reflects these probabilities.

      Presented by: Steven Gendel, Vice President, Division of Food Allergens. IEH Laboratories and Consulting Group
      11:30 AM  -  12:15 PM
      Aquaculture Food Safety... Down on the Farm
      Aquaculture is the primary component of the seafood trade which makes up the largest traded food group in the world. More than all grains, banana, cocoa, and rice combined. There are food safety concerns with aquacultured products that have long term implications for public health and can significantly impact this trade. These concerns include the presence of unsafe residues, pathogens, and the potential to contribute to antimicrobial resistance. When food safety problems are found there are a range of negative impacts that can add costs to producers, processors, buyers, importers, and the regulatory agencies. These market disruptions also fuel the negative perception of aquaculture. This talk will describe a new way of approaching aquaculture food safety through the supply chain, especially at the source (farms) where these risks originate. This approach could help minimizing trade interruptions due to food safety concerns, and help build customer confidence in aquaculture.

      Presented by Brett Koonse, Consumer Safety Officer, Source Control, FDA
      12:15 PM  -  1:15 PM
      1:15 PM  -  2:00 PM
      Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food - Meeting the new FDA requirements
      PART ONE Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food - Meeting the new FDA requirements
      PART TWO Understanding the “Wash Station”

      Attendees will gain a better understanding of the new requirements and how they may relate to their individual situation.
      • Requirements for shippers, carriers, and receivers at any stage from farm to table and how these can be integrated into your current Food Safety and Quality Management System.
      • Best practices, practical applications, common challenges, and pitfalls Part two of this presentation will provide some very interesting information from those that run a business cleaning these vehicles. The attendee will learn the key factors in choosing wash stations, what can affect the effectiveness of the wash, best practices and how to avoid pitfalls.

      Presented by Debby Newslow, President, DL Newslow & Assoc.
      2:00 PM  -  2:15 PM
      Technology Spotlight

      presented by Sensitech

      2:15 PM  -  3:00 PM
      Supplier Verification Best Practices
      The biggest risks to an organizations food safety program are the ones that they cannot control. Supplier verification is a key component to reducing the this threat. In this presentation, learn how organization can better identify, diagnose, and resolve supplier risks.

      Presented by: Gary Smith, Director, Food Safety Systems, Eurofins
      3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
      Dedication to Science Based Tools to Improve Confidence in the Global Food Supply Chain
      With a mission to improve global health, USP’s Food Program is a global resource dedicated to food integrity and safety solutions including science-based standards, tools, and services to improve confidence in the global food supply chain.