Association of Food and Drug Officials

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Retail Breakouts 

8:00 am - 9:15 am - Lessons Learned from Large Community Hepatitis A Outbreaks

  • Jim Dingman, Environmental Health Manager, City of Plano, Texas 

10:30 am - 12:00 pm - Sushi as a Special Process in the Food Code

“Safe Sushi” from a Producer Prospective

  • Thomas W. Nerney, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Sushi Food Code Regulation

  • Dr. Larry Payton, Corporate Director of Quality Assurance, Sushic, LLC

Tips for Inspectors when Inspecting Sushi Operations

  • Catherine Feeney, Supervising Environmental Health Food Specialist, Center for Food Protection, Rhode Island Department of Health

Cannabis Breakouts 

8:00 am - 9:45 am - Status of Cannabis Legalization

Much Ado About Nothing: Cannabis and the Current Administration 

        • Lezli Engelking, Founder, FOCUS: The Cannabis Health and Safety Organization
        • Sean McClelland, Director of Government Relations, FOCUS: The Cannabis Health and Safety Organization
  • Carmen Garson-Shumway, Student Worker Paraprofessional Sr. Position, Minnesota Department of Agriculture

How Cannabis-Derived Medications Go Through the FDA Approval Process: Development and Regulation
  • Alice Mead, Vice President of US Public Policy and Public Affairs for GW Pharma, Greenwich Biosciences


  • Maureen McNamara, Founder & Chief Facilitator, Cannabis Trainers

10:45 am - 11:45 am - Challenges on Implementing a Cannabis Program

Marijuana Infused Edibles in Washington State

  • David Smith, Training & Compliance Manager, Washington State Department of Agriculture - Food Safety Program 

Minnesota’s Medical Model

  • Michelle Larson, MPA, Director of the Office of Medical Cannabis, Minnesota Department of Health

Navigating Industrial Hemp Regulations in Colorado

  • Thuy Vu, Founder & CEO, Thuy Vu Consulting, LLC

11:45 pm - 12:45 pm - Regulatory Challenges in Cannabis Testing

Analytical Labs- Proficiency, Variance & Standardization

      • Ken Groggel, Director, Emerald Scientific Proficiency Testing Program

Cannabis is in the Weeds: Are You Ready for Testing

      • Susie Y Dai, Ph.D., University of Iowa


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