Keynote Speakers

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

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


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 with final rules being issued this year in April and May, respectively.

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).


  • Do you trust your suppliers?
  • Do you trust your supplier’s suppliers?
  • Are they complying with FSMA and one of the GFSI recognized schemes?
  • How are you keeping track of your suppliers?
  • 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 can one bad supplier derail your FDA inspection?
  • How do you find that “weak link” in the supply chain?
  • Once finalized in April 2017, what will the Sanitary transportation rule look like?
  • Once finalized in May 2017, what do you need to do to be in compliant with the FSVP?

By attending this conference you will:

  1. Learn from FDA the details to FSMA’s FSVP and FSMA’s Sanitary transportation final rules.
  2. FDA's Update on Economically Motivated Adulteration/Food Fraud
  3. Gain an understanding from FDA of what the agency means by “adequate assurances.”
  4. Understand how to protect your company from vulnerabilities in the supply chain.
  5. Learn to prevent EMA of Food and Food Ingredients.
  6. Learn of tools, technologies and techniques that can protect your company from the weakest link in your global supply chain.
  7. Share best practices and experiences with industry peers.


  • When

  • Monday, June 5, 2017 - Tuesday, June 6, 2017
    8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    Eastern Time

  • Where

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

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