Dynamic agenda set for food security summit in Illinois this week

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By Adriene Cooper, Senior Events Manager, Food Security Summit

After a two-year hiatus from our live event, the Food Safety Summit will bring together more than 1,500 food safety professionals who will have access to five certificate courses, three full days of training sessions, more than vendors showcasing the latest and most innovative food safety. solutions and several networking opportunities. The live event will take place May 10-12, with pre-event certificate classes taking place May 9, all at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL, which is a suburb of Chicago.

The event will begin with a Mock Civil Trial 2.0 with Shawn Stevens and Joel Chappelle of the Food Industry Counsel arguing a large-scale foodborne illness outbreak with the public deliberating the case and delivering a final verdict.

General sessions include the keynote presentation focused on the future of food safety culture: engagement and collaboration with speakers from the Food and Drug Administration, Department of Justice, and Publix Supermarkets; the annual Summit Town Hall with leaders from the FDA, USDA, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Association of Food and Drug Officials; and an interactive wrap-up session “In the Trenches with Sanitation: Challenges and Key Lessons from Solving Problems in the Field”.

On May 9, the summit will kick off with five certificate courses focusing on Intentional Adulteration, Environmental Sampling, HACCP, Food Fraud Prevention, and Certified Professional Food Safety.

On behalf of BNP Media, Food Safety Summit and Food Safety Magazine, we look forward to welcoming the food safety community back to Rosemont for the first in-person event since 2019.

For 24 years, the Food Security Summit has brought together leading experts from diverse backgrounds to learn the most effective solutions, evaluate the latest technologies, and network with like-minded peers. This year, we are returning to an in-person meeting after two successful (but distanced) years in a virtual environment and we are confident that our attendees and exhibitors will find the chance to reconnect face-to-face worthwhile. Our educational advisory board – comprised of subject matter experts from a variety of backgrounds including manufacturing, consulting, retail/food service, regulatory/legal, education and others – has curated an exceptional training program providing solutions to the most pressing food security challenges.

In addition to general sessions, the Summit will offer dozens of educational sessions featuring subject matter experts from government, academia and industry on such hot topics as leadership, food safety culture , foodborne disease costs, communication with regulatory agencies, supply chain, technology-based traceability, virtual audit tools, cybersecurity, food safety management systems and many others. Visit https://www.food-safety.com/food-safety-summit/agenda for sessions and speakers.

We have developed an exceptional educational program that will feature many new speakers from EG America, Feeding America, Consumer Brands Association, Institute of Food Technologists, McDonald’s, Butterball, Del Monte Fresh Produce, BrightFarms, Stop Foodborne Illness, Frick Quality Meats and many other returning speakers We invite our attendees to take advantage of the many networking opportunities we have built into the program to reconnect with their peers, and also to build new relationships with top solution providers in the exhibit hall.

The showroom will be open Wednesday and Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and will feature gold sponsor Purell; Silver sponsors Intertek Alchemy and InstantRecall; and Bronze sponsors Infor, Redzone and Zenput. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from technology companies in the Tech Tent and attend sponsored training sessions live on the Solutions Stage with informative presentations from Spartan, Millipore Sigma, FoodChain ID, Enviro Tech, SafetyChain Software, ThinkIQ, CMX, and FoodLogiIQ, plus Stage Solutions presentations by bioMérieux, Controland, Eagle Protect PBC, LUBRIPLATE Lubricants Company, NSF International, GOJO Industries, Valor Manufacturing Training, Xcluder, Bruker, Contec, Professional, Kestrel Tellvate LLC, Registrar Corp. and others.

There are several networking events, including the Welcome Reception on Tuesday evenings from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. On Wednesday evenings from 5:30-7:00 p.m., the Food Security Summit will host an evening reception in support of Feeding America, where the Summit will match every dollar donated to support the fight against hunger in America.

For more information and updates for the 2022 event, visit www.foodsafetysummit.com or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. To access the full program and to register, go to https://www.food-safety.com/food-safety-summit.

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Ryan H. Bowman