The Food Safety Supply Chain Conference, is requesting abstracts for content to be presented during our upcoming conference May 29-30, 2019 in Rockville, MD. In order to be eligible for review, abstracts must comply with the following criteria:

  • Submit a 300 word abstract: Abstracts will be judged on the level of educational value they will provide to participants. Abstracts that are product and/or company focused will NOT be reviewed. If your abstract is technology-focused, please be sure to avoid the sales-pitch.
  • Lead presenters are responsible for the submission and coordination of their submission. If the proposed presentation will include 2 or more speakers, please make sure to submit all the required information for each speaker at the time of abstract submittal.
  • Accepted abstracts will have a total presentation time of 45 minutes. Presenters should plan on a 35 minutes session, with 10 – 15 minutes for Questions & Answers. We recommend no more than 30 slides.
  • We do offer a very limited number of short, 15 minute sponsored technology presentations as part of the conference. They will be identified as sponsored presentations and are the proper time and place for commercial presentations focused on products and features. If we do feel that your presentation is commercial in nature, we will notify you and explain your options.

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Please note, the Agenda and Speakers currently on the website are from the June 2018 conference. We list them to provide interested parties a reference of last year's conference.  The 2019 Agenda and speaker list will be posted by mid-February 2019.


A food company’s supply chain can be the weakest link in their food safety program. Food ingredient adulteration, fraud, and counterfeiting negatively impacts everyone in the food supply chain. FDA has recognized the risk in the food supply chain. Sanitary transportation and the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) are major components of FSMA.

FSVP applies to most entities that import food into the United States from abroad, including domestic facilities and food brokers. For each food it imports, an importer would be required to develop, maintain, and follow a FSVP that provides “adequate assurances” that its foreign supplier is producing the food in compliance with processes and procedures that provide “at least the same level of public health protection” as FDA’s standards for preventive controls and produce safety, if either is applicable. The foreign supplier must also demonstrate that it is producing the food in compliance with the adulteration and allergen-labeling requirements of the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act (Sections 402 and 403(w), respectively).

There are major questions that this conference aims to address:

  • Now that FSMA is here, what does FDA expect?
  • Who actually is a FSVP Importer and what is required of a FSVP Importer?
  • What you consider a Preventive Control, like a metal detector, does FDA?
  • What are the actual requirements/procedures necessary to pass an FDA FSVP requirement?
  • How do I preform effective supplier risk assessments?
  • Will those supplier records satisfy an FDA inspection?
    How do you prevent EMA (Economically Motivated Adulteration) of Food and Food Ingredients from impacting your company?
  • How does the Internal Auditor reinforce GFSI requirements?
  • How does the Internal Auditor reinforce FSMA requirements?
  • How does the Internal Auditor reinforce Customer requirements?
  • How do we as managers avoid the crunch of preparing for the audit?
  • What are the most frequent failures observed in GFSI Audits?

By attending this conference you will:

  • Hear from FDA, FSIS, USDA, GFSI
  • FDA's Update on Economically Motivated Adulteration/Food Fraud
  • Understand how to protect your company from vulnerabilities in the supply chain.
  • Learn to prevent EMA of Food and Food Ingredients.
  • Learn of tools, technologies and techniques that can protect your company from the weakest link in your global supply chain.
  • Share best practices and experiences with industry peers.
  • Hear from GFSI on the value of bench-making process and how it is used by industry to reduce risk and complement regulatory oversight 

2018 Delegates



Alasko Foods Inc

QC Manager

APC, Inc.

QA Systems Specialist

Ateeco, Inc. Mrs. T's Pierogies

Quality Assurance Manager

Ateeco, Inc. Mrs. T's Pierogies

Systems Specialist

Bake CO

QA Supervisor


QA Manager

Bonduelle Ontario Inc.

Supplier Quality Manager

Campbell Soup/Pepperidge Farm

Group Manager, Food Safety & Quality


Director, Logistics Quality & Food Safety

DSM Nutritional Products

Head of Regulatory Affairs NA

DSM Nutritional Products, LLC

Director of Quality, North America

Dunkin Brands Inc

Quality Assurance Manager

Dunkin' Brands

qa manager


Consumer Safety Officer

Forever Living Products

Director of R&D and Compliance

Glanbia Nutritionals

Sr. Director Supply Chain Quality

Interfood, Inc.

Commercial Director

Kellogg de Mexico

Quality Director

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

Quality Systems Analyst

Lamb Weston

Senior Quality Specialist-Supplier Compliance

Lamb Weston

Manager-Supplier Compliance


Regional Sourcing Manager

Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA

Logistics Manager

Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA

Director of Purchasing

Merieux NutriSciences

Scientific Affairs Director, Chemistry N.A.

Milk Specialties Global

Sr. Director of Quality and Regulatory

Newly Weds Foods

Sr. Scientist, Global Supplier Quality and Food Safety



Novozymes Blair Inc

Quality Manager


Quality, Administrative Assistant


Plant Manager

PepsiCo Inc.

Global Director of Food Safety

Redbarn Pet Products

QC Manager

Registrar Group

Executive Director

Rema Foods, Inc.

Sr. Mgr. Global FSQA


QS/Regulatory Manager


SVP, Product

Sargento Foods Inc.

Director Supply Quality

Seacrest Foods

Food Safety Coordinator

Sensient Colors LLC

Director Supply Chain

Sysco Corporation

Director, FSQA

The Hershey Company

Sr. Manager Food Defense

Tiger Cool Express

Director Supply Chain Compliance

Trichero Family Estates

Quality Administrator

Trouw Nutrition USA, LLC.

Supplier Quality Assurance Manager


  • When

  • Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - Thursday, May 30, 2019
    8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Eastern Time

  • Where

  • U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention
    12601 Twinbrook Parkway
    Rockville, Maryland 20852

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