2019 Food Safety Summit to Offer Four Days of Education Sessions to Address Emerging Issues

2019 Food Safety Summit to Offer Four Days of Education Sessions to Address Emerging Issues

Michael Taylor presenting the keynote address and the 7th annual Town Hall are among the highlights.

December 18, 2018
QA Staff Edited

The Food Safety Summit has announced the education program for its 21st annual conference and trade show May 6-9 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill. The program will feature sessions led by industry thought leaders; a keynote presentation by Michael Taylor, co-chair of the Stop Foodborne Illness board and Former Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine for FDA; eight certificate/certification courses; the 7th Annual Town Hall; and opportunities for community discussions. For the full program, visit www.foodsafetysummit.com.

"For the past 20 years, the Food Safety Summit has been the one event developed by the industry for the industry where professionals learn from their peers about cutting edge solutions to address emerging issues throughout the supply chain and the food safety community and see the latest technological advances offered by leading vendors," said Scott Wolters, director, Tradeshows & Conferences, BNP Media, producers of the event. "Attendees to the 2019 Summit will once again be able to gain certification in courses, network with their peers and industry-leading speakers, and hear a thought-provoking keynote by Michael Taylor, as well as from the food safety leaders from the FDA, USDA, CDC and AFDO."

On Wednesday, May 8, Michael Taylor, co-chair of the Stop Foodborne Illness Board and former deputy commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine for FDA, will discuss What Will Drive Food Safety Progress? Taylor will offer his insight on the mix of events, consumer expectations, industry leadership, technological innovation and public policy that will drive future food safety progress. 

"The world of food safety hasn't been the same since the Jack in the Box outbreak 25 years ago triggered change in how both industry and government understand their responsibility to prevent foodborne illness. The process of change in policy and practices has been gradual but sustained and driven forward by other catalytic outbreaks and contamination incidents - from peanuts and produce to melamine," Taylor said. "The result is today's significant alignment among government, industry and consumers on the goal of prevention and the modern practices that can achieve it. Nevertheless, preventable illness and death from foodborne hazards remains an unsolved public health problem and threat to consumer confidence in the food supply. Join me for this presentation as we discuss how to take food safety to the next level without waiting for tragic events to drive us there."

The Summit will kick off on Monday, May 6, with eight certification and certificate courses. New for 2019 are the full 2.5 day Seafood HACCP Training, Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training and IA Conducting Vulnerability Assessments Course. The five returning courses are Professional Food Safety Auditor Training, Certified in Comprehensive Food Safety (CCFS), HACCP Training, Preventive Controls for Human Foods, and Foreign Supplier Verification. New for this year, the North Central Association of Food & Drug Officials (NC AFDO) will have its annual meeting.

More than 1,700 food safety professionals attend the summit's education sessions. The 2019 program will offer on a wide range of topics affecting industry professionals including blockchain technology, innovative social media and digital tools, whole genome sequencing, prop 65, third-party accreditation, the Sanitary Transportation Food Act, and much more. From 10:30 am - 2:30 pm, there will be dedicated exhibit hall time for attendees to learn about new solutions; engage in small group discussions in the Community Hub; attend free presentations by food safety experts in the Community Learning Lounge, on the Solutions Stages, and in the Tech Tent; enjoy lunch; and network with peers. 

The exhibit hall at the Food Safety Summit has proven to be an essential resource for attendees, bringing them the opportunity to meet with leading companies introducing the latest products and technologies in food safety. Click here to view the 2019 exhibitor list. Space is filling up fast and there are limited spaces available for exhibitors. Interested companies can contact Kim Hansen at hansenk@bnpmedia.com with any questions. To register for the summit, visit https://www.foodsafetystrategies.com/food-safety-summit.