Food companies are concerned about protecting their customers, their brands and their own company’s financial bottom line. The term “Food Protection” requires a company-wide culture that incorporates food safety, food integrity and food defense into the company’s Food Protection strategy.

The Food Safety Consortium is an educational and networking event for Food Protection that has food safety, food integrity and food defense as the foundation of the educational content of the program. With a unique focus on science, technology and compliance, the “Consortium” enables attendees to engage in conversations that are critical for advancing careers and organizations alike. Delegates visit with exhibitors to learn about cutting-edge solutions, explore three high-level educational tracks for learning valuable industry trends, and network with industry executives to find solutions to improve quality, efficiency and cost effectiveness in the evolving food industry.

Agenda
Wednesday, October 19
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
presented by Frank Yiannas, Deputy Commissioner Food Policy & Response, U.S. Food & Drug Administration
1:45 PM - 2:30 PM
1:45 PM - 2:30 PM
presented by Dr. Denise Eblen, Assistant Administrator, Office of Public Health Science, USDA, Food Safety & Inspection Service
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Your chance to speak directly to FDA and USDA
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
3:30 PM - 4:15 PM
3:30 PM - 4:15 PM
A panel discussion moderated by Dr. Darin Detwiler, Assistant Teaching Professor, Director of the Master of Science in the Regulatory Affairs of Food and Food Industries program Northeastern University
4:15 PM - 5:00 PM
4:15 PM - 5:00 PM
Hear from to senior level FSQA panelists who report directly to their respective CEOs as well as a food company CEO on effective tools and techniques need to communicate key food safety and quality concerns to your C-Suite.
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Thursday, October 20
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
8:30 AM - 9:15 AM
8:30 AM - 9:15 AM
Moderated by Jill Hoffman, Senior Director, Food Safety and Quality, B&G Foods. Panelists: Gina Kramer, Director Partnerships & Learning, Center for Foodborne Illness & Prevention, OSU and Steven Mandernach, Executive Director, AFDO
9:15 AM - 10:00 AM
9:15 AM - 10:00 AM
Moderated by Gary Smith, Vice President – Quality Systems, Gourmet Foods and Gift Baskets, 1800FLOWERS.COM, Inc.
Moderated by Jason Bashura, Senior Manager, Global Defense Pepsi Co.
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Moderated by Trish Wester, President, Association for Food Safety Auditing Professionals. Panelist: Allison Milewski, Sr. Director, US Brand Quality, Mondelēz International
Presented by Dr. Donald Schaffner, Rutgers University and Dr. Ben Chapman, North Carolina State University
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Moderated by April Bishop, Senior Director Food Safety TreeHouse Foods. Panelists: Peter Begg, Vice President Quality and Food Safety, Hearthside Food Solutions and Ann Marie McNamara, Vice-President Food Safety and Quality for Supply Chain, US Foods
Moderated by Shawn Stevens, Food Industry Counsel. Panelists: Jorge Hernandez, VP, Quality Assurance, The Wendy's Company and Elise Forward, Founder & Principal Consultant, Forward Food Solutions
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
1:15 PM - 2:00 PM
1:15 PM - 2:00 PM
Moderated by Peter Begg, Vice President Quality and Food Safety, Hearthside Food Solutions. Panelists: Melanie Neumann, EVP & General Counsel, Matrix Sciences International, Inc.
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Presented by Laurel Stoltzner, Corporate QA Manager OSI Industries and Trish Wester President, Association for Food Safety Auditing Professionals
2:45 PM - 3:15 PM
2:45 PM - 3:15 PM
3:15 PM - 4:00 PM
3:15 PM - 4:00 PM
Hear about how to properly analyze new FSQA technology before you sign the Purchase Order. Moderated by Gary Smith, Vice President – Quality Systems, Gourmet Foods and Gift Baskets, 1800FLOWERS.COM, Inc. Panelists: Jorge Hernandez and Peter Begg
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Moderated by Melody Ge, FSQA Director, StarKist, Co.
4:45 PM - 5:30 PM
4:45 PM - 5:30 PM
Moderated by Dr. Darin Detwiler, Northeastern University. Panelists: Ann Marie McNamara, Vice-President Food Safety and Quality for Supply Chain, US Foods and Dr. Don Schaffner, Rutgers University
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Friday, October 21
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
8:30 AM - 9:15 AM
8:30 AM - 9:15 AM
Moderated by Dr. Darin Detwiler, Northeastern University, Panelists: Melanie Neumann, EVP & General Counsel, Matrix Sciences International, Inc.
9:15 AM - 10:00 AM
9:15 AM - 10:00 AM
Moderated by Melody Ge, FSQA Director, StarKist, Co. Panelists: Mitzi Baum, CEO, STOP Foodborne Illness, Elise Forward, Founder & Principal Consultant, Forward Food Solutions
Moderated by Jason Bashura, Senior Manager, Global Defense Pepsi Co.
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Presented by Erica Sheward, Director GFSI
10:45 AM - 11:30 AM
10:45 AM - 11:30 AM
Moderated by Steven Sklare, Steven Sklare, REHS/RS, CP-FS, LEHP, The Food Safety Academy
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Presented by Jill Stuber and Tia Glave, Co-Founders Catalyst, LLC
12:15 PM - 12:30 PM
12:15 PM - 12:30 PM
Moderated by Rick Biros, President and Founder, FoodSafetyTech.com and the Food Safety Consortium. Panelists from Food Safety Consortium Advisory Board
Sponsors
Speakers
Deputy Commissioner Food Policy & Response
FDA
Assistant Administrator, Office of Public Health Science
USDA, Food Safety & Inspection Service
President
Food Safety Tech, Innovative Publishing, Inc.
Senior Manager, Global Defense
Pepsi Co.
CEO
STOP Foodborne Illness
Senior Director Food Safety
TreeHouse Foods
Vice President Quality and Food Safety
Hearthside Food Solutions
President
Food Safety by Design
Department Head Professor, Food Safety Specialist Department of Agricultural and Human Sciences
North Carolina State University
Global Technical Director, Supply Chain Assurance
LRQA
CEO, Founder & Business Advisor
The Drop In CEO
Assistant Teaching Professor, Director of the Master of Science in the Regulatory Affairs of Food and Food Industries program
Northeastern University
Founder & Principal Consultant
Forward Food Solutions
FSQA Director
StarKist, Co.
Co-Founder
Catalyst, LLC
VP, Quality Assurance
The Wendy's Company
Senior Director, Food Safety and Quality
B&G Foods
Director Partnerships & Learning
Center for Foodborne Illness & Prevention, OSU
Executive Director
Association of Food and Drug Officials
Vice-President Food Safety and Quality for Supply Chain, Manufacturing and Commercialization
US Foods
Sr. Director, US Brand Quality
Mondelēz International
EVP & General Counsel
Matrix Sciences International, Inc.
Distinguished Professor & Extension Specialist in Food Science
Rutgers University
Director
GFSI
Vice President – Quality Systems, Gourmet Foods and Gift Baskets
1800FLOWERS.COM, Inc.
Food Safety Lawyer
Food Safety Counsel, LLC
Corporate QA Manager
OSI Industries
Co-Founder
Catalyst, LLC
President
Association for Food Safety Auditing Professionals
Exhibitors
Floor Plan
Floor Plan


Exhibitors & Sponsor Info
Reserving your booth and sponsorship is a sound business decision. The Food Safety Consortium Conference gives sponsors new and innovative tools for face to face lead generation. With limited space for exhibits, get exclusive access to hundreds of attendees, interact with participants and reserve a spot for your business today before they sell out. For Sponsorship  and Exhibit information contact RJ Palermo or download the information here
FAQs

What are the Registration Prices:

We are happy to welcome everyone back in Person for the 2022 Food Safety Consortium, but we understand not everyone feels comfortable gathering indoors. To that end, we are offering the following registration options:

  • Individual Registration - In Person On-Site OR Virtual:

Early Bird - $595 - Available until July 31, 2022
Regular - $795 - Available between August 1 - Sept. 30
Late/On-Site - $995 - Available Oct. 1

This is a Single Participant registration. You can choose between On-Site - In Person or Virtual option.

The Virtual option provides you the ability to attend live broadcasts of sessions as they happen throughout the 2 days of the conference (1/2 day on Wednesday, full day on Thursday and 1/2 day on Friday).

The On-Site option provides you the ability to be present in "the room when it happens," and engaging with colleagues and vendors

Both options include access to the recordings of all sessions (available about 48 hrs after the end of the event)

  • Enterprise License Registration:

Early Bird - $1190 - Available until July 31, 2022
Regular - $1590 - Available between August 1 - Sept. 30
Late/On-Site - $1990 - Available Oct. 1

This is a Corporate Registration, that provides you with ONE In Person/On Site Registration, PLUS, UNLIMITED Virtual Participants from your company. Both the One On-Site Participant and the UNLIMITED Virtual participants from your company will have the ability to attend live broadcasts of sessions as they happen throughout the 2 days of the conference (1/2 day on Wednesday, full day on Thursday and 1/2 day on Friday).

The ONE On-Site registration provides your company the ability to send ONE person to be present in "the room when it happens," and engaging with colleagues and vendors, while providing the opportunity for your employees to attend any/all the sessions their schedule permits.

This option includes access to the recordings of all sessions (available about 48 hrs after the end of the event)

Can I Cancel my Registration:

Cancellations minus a 20% cancellation fee are available until October 7, 2022. Cancellations MUST be submitted in WRITING to Veronica Allen, CMP events manager at vallen@innovativepublishing.net. Cancellation requests MUST be receive by October 7, 2022. There will be NO refunds on Cancellations received after October 7. 

We will gladly substitute your registration to another colleague.

What sessions are included in the VIRTUAL Registration:

All sessions will be available virtually. Remember you will only be able to participate in ONE session at a time during the live event, whether you are in person or a VIRTUAL participants. All REGISTRATIONS will receive access to a gated link to all the recordings for you to listen to after the event.  Recordings will be available about a week after the event.

I can't make the In-Person event, what can I do?

If you registered to attend in Person, and you can not make the trip, NO PROBLEM! Please let us know that you will not be able to attend in person (via email to vallen@innovativepublishing.net) and we will send you the links to join the live sessions.

Do you have a room block at the hotel?

We have a limited block of rooms for the conference at the Hilton Parsippany for the discounted rate of $179++ per night. This rate will be available until Monday, October 3, 2022. Make your reservations early, because the block will fill up fast! You can select the HILTON PARSIPPANY button on this page or visit HILTON PARSIPPANY

COVID Protocols for Your Safety

We Care about Your Health and Keeping You Safe

The Food Safety Consortium/Cannabis Quality Conference, is dedicated to keeping you safe as we embark in this renewed process of getting back together in hotels spaces. As part of our commitment to your safety, we have done a lot of work in preparation to welcoming you to our first in person event, after these past two years.

In preparation, we have:
Polled our audience on their comfort level about attending In person events
75% (?) of our respondents said that they would feel comfortable attending in person events IF:
They didn’t have to travel/ board a plane to arrive at conference location
They were within driving distance of destination
Did not need overnight at a hotel

With some of those responses in mind, we have scheduled our event at a centralized location, that can be easily reached via driving or a quick train ride. For those who are comfortable flying, we are also easily accessible to all NYC airports (within 30 minutes)

We will also be conducting daily kitchen inspections with one of our Food Safety Inspectors to ensure we are all healthy!

Our hotel location offers participants plenty of free parking and outdoor space, as well as the following precautions:

  • No table linens at any of our meeting rooms
  • Individualized water station to minimize contact
  • Buttlered coffee stations to minimize contact
  • Individualized meals (grab and go)
  • Hotel offers PURE rooms that are equipped with air purifiers and are allergen free
  • Hand sanitizer stations throughout the facility
  • We will provide face masks for all participants that desire them
  • We will also provide individual hand sanitizers with each registration

We look forward to getting together in person once again!