2024 Conference Agenda – Association of Food and Drug Officials                                                
128th AFDO AEC Conference 2024

2024 Conference Agenda

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June 7, 2024
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Self-Assessment and Verification Audit Workshops 

Workshop
This workshop is specifically designed for state, local, territorial, and tribal regulatory agencies. It is recommended that participants from regulatory agencies be program managers and/or staff responsible for working on self-assessments, preparing for verification audits, or both. Registration will be capped at two per jurisdiction and will close once capacity is reached. A waitlist will then be created.
Speakers
  • Katherine Del Mundo, RS/REHS, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
  • David H. Engelskirchen, MA, CP-FS, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
  • Kenya Moon, CP-FS, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
  • Valerie A. Potopsingh, MPA, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
  • Robert Sudler, Jr., MS, Consumer Safety Officer, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition/Office of Food Safety
  • Jonathan Tran, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
  • Carolyn White, MPH, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
June 8, 2024
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7:00 am
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8:00 am

Continental Breakfast

Location: Amway - Imperial Ballroom - 2nd Floor
June 8, 2024
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8:00 am
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5:00 pm

Self-Assessment and Verification Audit Workshops

Workshop
This workshop is specifically designed for state, local, territorial, and tribal regulatory agencies. It is recommended that participants from regulatory agencies be program managers and/or staff responsible for working on self-assessments, preparing for verification audits, or both.   Registration will be capped at two per jurisdiction and will close once capacity is reached. A waitlist will then be created. 
Speakers
  • Katherine Del Mundo, RS/REHS, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
  • David H. Engelskirchen, MA, CP-FS, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
  • Kenya Moon, CP-FS, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
  • Valerie A. Potopsingh, MPA, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
  • Robert Sudler, Jr., MS, Consumer Safety Officer, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition/Office of Food Safety
  • Jonathan Tran, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
  • Carolyn White, MPH, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
June 8, 2024
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8:00 am
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4:15 pm

Food Chemistry 101

Workshop
Location: Amway – Imperial Ballroom – 2nd Floor Food chemistry comprises the structure and function of foods, which are inextricably linked to human health and nutrition. This eight-hour workshop is designed for the food regulatory professional to learn the latest about color additives, PFAS, pesticide residues, mycotoxins, and heavy metals, including a discussion of subsampling. Public health risks of these emerging issues will be discussed along with what we test for and how testing occurs.  Download the the Food Chemistry 101 Workshop Agenda Download presentation #1 Download presentation #2 Download presentation #3 Download presentation #4  Download presentation #5 Download presentation #6
Speakers
  • Dr. Courtney Carignan, Assistant Professor, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Michigan State University
  • Terry Councell, Coordinator of Total Diet Study, Office of Analytics and Outreach, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Sally Flowers, Scientific Affairs Director, Association of Food and Drug Officials
  • Karen Hall, Regulatory Review Scientist, Division of Food Ingredients, Office of Food Safety, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Dr. Maria Ishida, Director of Food Laboratory, New York Department of Agriculture and Markets
  • Maria Knirk, Acting Director, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Jason S. Kong, Laboratory Director, CPL, Ohio Department of Agriculture
  • John Misock, Senior Regulatory Consultant, CeutiReg, Inc.
  • Maggie Pandis, Senior Regulatory Affairs Specialist, Conagra Brands
  • Dr. Felicia Wu, John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor in Food Safety, Toxicology, and Risk Assessment and University Distinguished Professor, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Michigan State University
June 8, 2024
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1:00 pm
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5:00 pm

The Risk-Based Inspections Trail: Where are you along the journey?

Workshop
Location: Amway – Pantlind Ballroom – 2nd Floor This interactive workshop is designed for Retail Program Managers to explore Risk-Based Inspections. Where is your program on the trail to reach the Risk-Based Inspections summit? Whether you are just starting out on Risk-Based Inspections or have been on the Risk-Based Inspection path for years, this workshop will help you along the way. Learn where your program is on this journey, what direction your next steps should be, and get some tools to conduct more effective Risk-Based Inspections. 
Speaker
  • Deanna Copeland, Retail Food Safety Director, Association of Food and Drug Officials 
June 8, 2024
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1:00 pm
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5:00 pm

Chat at Your Service: Integrating AI into Your Food Safety Routine

Workshop
Location: Amway – Gerald R. Ford Room – 1st Floor Dive into the future of food safety with our workshop, a four-hour interactive session. Designed for food safety professionals, this workshop offers a comprehensive introduction to generative AI, focusing on ChatGPT and other AI technologies, and how they can be applied to enhance food safety practices. Through a blend of instruction, practical exercises, and discussions on ethics, security, and the future of AI, participants will gain hands-on experience in integrating AI tools into their work routines. The workshop format encourages lively participation and is flexible to adapt to the audience's engagement, ensuring a rich learning experience that blends foundational knowledge with cutting-edge applications in food safety.  Please bring a laptop or mobile device to access the freely available generative AI tools you'll use during this workshop.  Download the presentation here
Moderator
  • Carrie Rigdon, Research Director, Association of Food and Drug Officials
Speaker
  • Dray McFarlane, Co-Founder of Tasio
 
June 9, 2024
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7:00 am
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8:00 am

Continental Breakfast

Location: Amway - Imperial Ballroom (2nd Floor)
June 9, 2024
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8:00 am
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1:00 pm

Self-Assessment and Verification Audit Workshops

Workshop
This workshop is specifically designed for state, local, territorial, and tribal regulatory agencies. It is recommended that participants from regulatory agencies be program managers and/or staff responsible for working on self-assessments, preparing for verification audits, or both.   Registration will be capped at two per jurisdiction and will close once capacity is reached. A waitlist will then be created. 
Speakers
  • Katherine Del Mundo, RS/REHS, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
  • David H. Engelskirchen, MA, CP-FS, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
  • Kenya Moon, CP-FS, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
  • Valerie A. Potopsingh, MPA, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
  • Robert Sudler, Jr., MS, Consumer Safety Officer, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition/Office of Food Safety
  • Jonathan Tran, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
  • Carolyn White, MPH, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
June 9, 2024
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8:00 am
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11:30 am

Pre-Conference Workshops

Workshop

Taking Your Instructor Skills from Ordinary, to Extraordinary!

Location: Amway – Imperial Ballroom – 1st Floor (8:00 - 11:30 am) Get ready for an interactive learning experience that will challenge your current way of delivering training. Walk away with new ideas on how to engage your participants and make not-so-exciting topics the most memorable and enjoyable for your learners.   Who should attend: If you deliver training and have a mindset of continuous learning and improvement, then this session is perfect for you. 

SPEAKERS

  • Catherine Hosman, Funding Programs Director, Association of Food and Drug Officials 
  • Brenda Morris, Director of Produce Safety, Association of Food and Drug Officials

Adapt and Thrive: Cultivating Change Management Concepts

Location: Amway – Gerald R. Ford Room – 1st Floor (8:00 - 11:30 am) Unravel the mysteries of change by discovering how to lead and implement change techniques that help your team adapt and thrive.  Who should attend: Anyone who is in a position to lead, seeking to be in a position to lead, or is given opportunities to lead. 

SPEAKERS

  • Jacob Fleig, SAFHER Implementation Manager, Association of Food and Drug Officials 
  • Kellie Isaac, Chief Innovation Officer, SAFHER Director, Association of Food and Drug Officials
  • Debbie Pickle, SAFHER Implementation Manager, Association of Food and Drug Officials

Joint Retail and Manufactured Program Managers Roundtable Discussion (Invitation Only)

Location: Amway – Ambassador West – 2nd Floor (8:00 - 10:00 am) Session info coming soon.  

Retail Foods Program Managers Roundtable Discussion (Invitation Only)

Location: Amway – Pantlind Ballroom – 2nd Floor (10:00 am - 1:00 pm) Session info coming soon.  
June 9, 2024
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10:00 am
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1:00 pm

Manufactured Foods Program Managers Roundtable Discussion (Invitation Only)

Workshop
Location: Amway – Governors Room – 2nd Floor
June 9, 2024
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11:30 am
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12:30 pm

Lunch on your own

June 9, 2024
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12:30 pm
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1:15 pm

FDA’s Investments to Advance an Integrated Food Safety System

General Sessions
Location: Amway - Ambassador West – 2nd Floor FDA’s Office of Partnerships will provide an update on its current funded and programmatic partnerships.
Speaker
  • Wendy Campbell, Division Director, U.S. Food and Drug Administration 
June 9, 2024
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1:15 pm
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2:00 pm

The Future of Training is Here! Navigating the Reimagined IFSS Regulatory and Laboratory Training System (RLTS)

General Sessions
Location: Amway - Ambassador West – 2nd Floor In April 2024, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, in collaboration with its federal agency and regulatory/public health association partners, launched a 5-year strategic plan to transform how the IFSS workforce obtains the job-specific competencies needed to do their important work. Beginning in 2025, the reimagined, collaboratively governed RLTS will leverage the expertise and resources of all IFSS partners - including federal/SLTT agencies, academia, industry, and private training companies - to improve access to high quality training and other learning resources. This presentation will introduce attendees to the RLTS and the National Curriculum Standard (NCS) - a national competency standard for HAF regulatory and laboratory professionals. Attendees will participate in an interactive, “Choose Your Adventure” exploration as we navigate through the RLTS ecosystem to ensure Food Inspector Anthony has the competencies needed to do the mission-critical work he's been assigned. Lastly, attendees will learn how they can get involved in this exciting initiative.
Speakers
  • Craig Kaml, Senior Vice President – Operations, IFPTI
  • Alan Tart, Deputy Director, Office of Partnerships, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
June 9, 2024
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2:00 pm
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3:30 pm

Live Podcast Recording of Food Safety Talk

General Sessions
Location: Amway - Ambassador West – 2nd Floor Dr. Don and Professor Ben will record a live episode of their (mostly) biweekly hit food safety podcast called Food Safety Talk. They have been recording together for almost 13 years and still strive to be relevant, funny, and informative… or at the very least make each other laugh. Don and Ben will open the session by talking about food safety in the news. After they cover the stories of the day and anything else they have on their minds they will take questions from the audience. Download the presentation here
Speakers
  • Benjamin Chapman, PhD, Department Head, Professor, North Carolina State University
  • Don Schaffner, Distinguished Professor and Extension Specialist, Rutgers University
June 9, 2024
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3:30 pm
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4:30 pm

Break sponsored by International Dairy Foods Association

General Sessions
Location: Amway – Center Concourse – 2nd Floor
June 9, 2024
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3:30 pm
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4:30 pm

First Time Attendee Orientation

General Sessions
Location: Amway – Ambassador East – 2nd Floor AFDO considers first time attendees to be VIPs at the Annual AFDO Conference. If this is your first AFDO meeting we invite you to attend the First Time Attendee Welcome Reception that is being held in your honor. During the session, you will have the opportunity to meet AFDO alumni, fellows and other first time attendees; learn about AFDO and its affiliate organizations; and find out about the exciting events that will take place during the 2024 conference. 
June 9, 2024
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4:30 pm
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6:00 pm

Opening Session

General Sessions
Location: DeVos Center – Ballroom A – Street Level

Introductory Remarks and Welcomes

MODERATOR

  • Steven Mandernach, Executive Director, Association of Food and Drug Officials
Download the presentation here

SPEAKERS

  • Dr. Tim Boring, Director, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development  
  • Adam London, Ph.D., RS, DAAS, Administrative Health Officer, Kent County Health Department   
  • Ted McKinney, CEO, The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) 

Endowment Foundation Address

SPEAKER

  • Cynthia Culmo, Principal Consultant, CC Consulting   

President’s Address

SPEAKER

  • Katherine Simon, Food and Feed Safety Division Director, Minnesota Department of Agriculture 

Glenn W. Kilpatrick Memorial Conversation

MODERATOR

  • Joseph Corby, Senior Advisor, Association of Food and Drug Officials 
  • Brian Ronholm, Director, Food Policy, Consumer Reports

SPEAKER

  • Roberta Wagner, Senior Vice President, Regulatory and Scientific Affairs, International Dairy Foods Association
June 9, 2024
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6:30 pm
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7:30 pm

Welcome Reception & Exhibitor Showcase

Special Events
Location: Amway – Center Concourse – 2nd Floor
June 9, 2024
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8:00 pm
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10:00 pm

Endowment Foundation Benefit Event

Special Events
Location: Amway – Ambassador West – 2nd Floor Live Band Karaoke supporting the AFDO Endowment Foundation 
June 10, 2024
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7:00 am
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8:00 am

Continental Breakfast sponsored by Wegmans and Coca-Cola

Location: Amway – Center Concourse – 2nd Floor
June 10, 2024
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8:00 am
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8:30 am

Deputy Commissioner’s update on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Food Program

General Sessions
Location: DeVos Center – Ballroom A – Street Level
Speaker
  • James Jones, Deputy Commissioner for Human Foods, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
June 10, 2024
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8:30 am
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8:50 am

Update on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Regulatory Affairs

General Sessions
Location: DeVos Center – Ballroom A – Street Level
Speaker
  • Michael Rogers, Associate Commissioner for Regulatory Affairs, U.S. Food and Drug Administration 
June 10, 2024
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8:50 am
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9:10 am

CDC Food Safety Priorities and Perspectives for 2024

General Sessions
Location: DeVos Center – Ballroom A – Street Level
Speaker
  • Dr. Robert Tauxe, Director, Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 
June 10, 2024
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9:10 am
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9:30 am

Food Safety Initiatives Update: U.S. Department of Agriculture

General Sessions
Location: DeVos Center – Ballroom A – Street Level Download the presentation here
Speaker
  • Dr. José Emilio Esteban, Under Secretary for Food Safety, Office of Food Safety, U.S. Department of Agriculture 
June 10, 2024
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9:30 am
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10:00 am

U.S. Food and Drug Officials (FDA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Joint Question and Answer

General Sessions
Location: DeVos Center – Ballroom A – Street Level
Moderator
  • Steven Mandernach, Executive Director, Association of Food and Drug Officials 
Speakers
  • Dr. José Emilio Esteban, Under Secretary for Food Safety, Office of Food Safety, U.S. Department of Agriculture 
  • James Jones, Deputy Commissioner for Human Foods, U.S. Food and Drug Administration 
  • Michael Rogers, Associate Commissioner for Regulatory Affairs, U.S. Food and Drug Administration 
  • Dr. Robert Tauxe, Director, Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 
June 10, 2024
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10:00 am
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10:30 am

Break sponsored by PepsiCo

General Sessions
Location: DeVos Center – Ballroom A Pre-function – Street Level
June 10, 2024
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10:30 am
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12:00 pm

Building Trust in a Post-Truth World

General Sessions
Location: DeVos Center – Ballroom A – Street Level We used to agree on facts, even when we disagreed on how they should be applied or exactly what they meant. Not anymore. Today, we live in a post-truth world where an online influencer may have more social credibility than leading scientists. In this session, Charlie Arnot, CEO of the Center for Food Integrity, will explain how we got here and more importantly how we can make the science-based information we rely on, relevant and meaningful to an increasingly skeptical public. The session will include workshop activities using real life examples like the growth in cottage foods and home-based restaurants. Come prepared to learn and work as we apply the trust building principles to these challenging topics. Download the presentation here 
Moderator
  • Steven Mandernach, Executive Director, Association of Food and Drug Officials
Speaker
  • Charlie Arnot, CEO, The Center for Food Integrity  
June 10, 2024
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12:00 pm
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1:30 pm

Lunch on your own

June 10, 2024
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1:30 pm
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3:00 pm

Cannabis Economics

Cannabis Track
Location: Amway – Gerald R Ford Ballroom – 1st Floor Join us for an essential discussion addressing the economic hurdles facing the legal cannabis industry in the United States. Explore the intricate balance between regulatory requirements, market dynamics, and consumer safety, with a focus on mitigating barriers to entry and long-term sustainability. Gain actionable insights into fostering a single robust framework that promotes economic viability and market growth. This session is designed to include different vantage points while offering a collaborative platform to strategize and implement effective solutions for a thriving, regulated cannabis industry.
Speakers
  • Avis Bulbulyan, CEO, SIVA Enterprises
  • Lezli Engelking, President & Founder, FOCUS: The Cannabis Health & Safety Organization
  • Ruth Fisher, Co-Founder, CannDynamics
  • Rachael Herndon
  • Cindy Northcutt, RN, BSN, JD  Owner, Northcutt Law, LLC /  Northcutt Consulting, LLC
June 10, 2024
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1:30 pm
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1:45 pm

Welcome

Body Art Track
Location: Amway – Governors Room – 2nd Floor A welcome from the Body Art Committee Chairs
Moderator
  • Jodi Jackson, Environmental Health Specialist, Jefferson County Public Health
Speaker
  • Brian Everett, Tattoo Industry Consultant
  • Jodi Jackson, Environmental Health Specialist, Jefferson County Public Health
June 10, 2024
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1:30 pm
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2:15 pm

Produce Safety Regulations: Basics of Understanding the Rule for Retail and Manufactured Food Programs

Produce Track
Location: Amway – Imperial Ballroom – 1st Floor Learn about the Produce Safety Rule as it applies to both the Retail and Manufactured Food Programs. Download the presentation here
Moderator
  • Ben Marshall, Produce Safety Expert, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Speaker
  • Amber Matulis, Dairy, Feed, and Produce Division Director, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
June 10, 2024
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1:30 pm
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3:00 pm

Building a Sustainable Future- Utilizing the Retail Program Standards to Support Your Success

Retail Track
Location: Amway – Ambassador West – 2nd Floor Whether you are newly enrolled in the Retail Program Standards, have dabbled in the Standards, or have successfully met and verified one or more Standards, you may also have this question that keeps coming up for jurisdictions: “How do I maintain conformance with the Retail Program Standards when our workforce and priorities are ever changing?” This session will equip you with tools, resources, and information needed to support your jurisdiction’s success with the Retail Program Standards now and in the future.
Moderator
  • Christopher J. Smith, Director, Retail Food Protection Branch 3, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
Speakers
  • Aileen Benavente-Pangelinan, Environmental Health Officer, Commonwealth Health Corporation, Saipan
  • Katherine Del Mundo, RS/REHS, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
  • David H. Engelskirchen, MA, CP-FS, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
  • Amber English, REHS, Environmental Health Specialist Supervisor, Northern Nevada Public Health
  • Shawna Johnson, MPH, Food Safety Lead, Boulder County Public Health
  • Kenya Moon, CP-FS, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
  • Valerie A. Potopsingh, MPA, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
  • Tiara Smith, Program Analyst, National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)
  • Stephanie Streight, Environmental Health Coordinator, Peoria City/County Health Department
  • Randy Treadwell, MPH, Associate Executive Director of Programs, Association of Food and Drug Officials
  • Carolyn White, MPH, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
  • Summer Williams, Food Safety Division Deputy Director, Georgia Department of Agriculture
  • Elisabeth Wirsing, MPH, Senior Environmental Health Program Manager, Vermont Department of Health
June 10, 2024
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1:30 pm
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3:00 pm

Outbreak Lessons Learned: Unique Locations, Products, and Approaches

Outbreaks Track
Location: Amway – Senator Vandenberg – 2nd Floor Join us to hear from your state and local health colleagues as they share their lessons learned from outreach responses, including some unique products, environments, and investigational approaches. Download presentation #1 Download presentation #2
Moderators
  • Colby Brown, MPH, Special Processes & Retail Plan Review Coordinator, Georgia Department of Agriculture
  • Carrie Rigdon, Research Director, Association of Food and Drug Officials
Speakers
  • Heather Birt, Recall Specialist, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Michele R. DiMaggio, R.E.H.S., Supervising Environmental Health Specialist, Contra Costa Health
  • Sara Sowko, Public Health Epidemiologist, Contra Costa Health
  • Sinisa Urban, Chief, Division of Environmental Sciences, Maryland Department of Health
  • Brendalee Viveiros, Chief, Center for Food Protection, RI Department of Health
June 10, 2024
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1:30 pm
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2:15 pm

Consumer Risk Communication and Education on Food Safety

Food Track 1
Location: Amway – Pantlind Ballroom – 2nd Floor This session will delve into consumer education issues regarding trust and food safety. Moderated by Benjamin Chapman, PhD, with speakers Mitzi Baum, M.Sc., and Brittanny Saunier, the format will include succinct introductions followed by a round table discussion. Topics will span challenges, new research findings, and strategic next steps in consumer risk communication and education within the food safety domain. Download presentation #1 Download presentation #2 Download presentation #3
Moderator
  • Benjamin Chapman, PhD, Department Head, Professor, North Carolina State University
Speakers
  • Mitzi Baum, Chief Executive Officer, Stop Foodborne Illness
  • Benjamin Chapman, PhD, Department Head, Professor, North Carolina State University
  • Britanny Saunier, Executive Director, Partnership for Food Safety Education
June 10, 2024
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1:30 pm
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3:00 pm

Food Safety Culture

Food Track 2
Location: DeVos Center – Ballroom A – Street Level Engage with a distinguished panel of food safety culture practitioners as they share practical strategies and nuanced perspectives during this expert panel session. Drawing from extensive experience and research, the panel will offer valuable insights into fostering a resilient food safety culture within organizations. Prepare to delve into substantive discussions that explore effective implementation methods and address challenges faced by industry and regulatory professionals. Download the presentation here
Moderator
  • Dr. Conrad Choiniere, Deputy Director for Regulatory Affairs, Center for Food and Applied Nutrition, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Laurie Farmer, Director, Office of State Cooperative Programs, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Speakers
  • Mara Burr, Vice President, Regulatory & Technical Affairs, Consumer Brands Association
  • Jay Ellingson, Chief Scientific Officer, Kwik Trip Inc
  • Joan Menke-Schaenzer, Chief Quality Officer, Van Drunen Farms
  • Michael Schaffer, Fort Bend County
  • Kelly Stevens, Director, Global Food Safety and Regulatory Compliance, General Mills
  • Monica J. Wilkins, Corporate Vice President, Regulatory and Quality, Abbott
June 10, 2024
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1:45 pm
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2:30 pm

Ink Sterilization/Validation

Body Art Track
Location: Amway – Governors Room – 2nd Floor Irradiation of packaged ink is an effective method of controlling pathogens in tattoo ink and permanent makeup ink. Under MoCRA, safety substantiation is required. Using a validated process is necessary to assure the safety of inks. The validation requirements for gamma, e-beam and x-ray irradiation sterilization of tattoo and Permanent makeup will be discussed.
Moderator
  • Jodi Jackson, Environmental Health Specialist, Jefferson County Public Health
Speaker
  • Betty Howard, Senior Sterilization Manager, Steris
June 10, 2024
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2:15 pm
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3:00 pm

Innovations for Food Donations

Food Track 1
Location: Amway – Pantlind Ballroom – 2nd Floor USDA reports that 44.2 million people didn’t have enough to eat and didn’t know where their next meal would come from in 2022. Even more people – 1 in 5 in the United States – turn to food banks, food pantries, and other food programs to feed their families. The need for nourishing, safe food is great. How do we rise to the challenges? Share your innovative approaches, ask questions, and learn from each other in a discussion with a variety of experts who work to end hunger.
Moderators
  • Joe Graham, Water Recreation and Food Safety Section Manager, Washington State Department of Health
  • Kim Stryker, Program Manager, Food Safety and Sanitation Program, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
Speakers
  • Glenda Lewis, Director, Retail Food Protection Staff, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Dru Montri, Vice President, Agri Food Engagement, Feeding America
  • Hilary Thesmar, Ph.D., RD, Chief Science Officer and Vice President of Food Safety Programs, Food Marketing Institute
June 10, 2024
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2:15 pm
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3:00 pm

Are You Investing in Produce Safety Training?

Produce Track
Location: Amway – Imperial Ballroom – 1st Floor Are you taking advantage of the workshops offered? Workshops are available to help bring stakeholders together in your state and improve aspects of produce safety practices. Hear an overview of these training opportunities to help you determine the next workshop in your state. Download presentation #1 Download presentation #2 Download presentation #3
Moderator
  • Ben Marshall, Produce Safety Expert, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Speakers
  • Rebecca Agnew, Produce Safety Program Specialist, New Mexico Department of Agriculture
  • Kristina Banks, Produce Safety Specialist, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
  • Sarah Avery Cope, Produce Outreach Coordinator, North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
  • Kirby Quam, Produce Safety Outreach Coordinator, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
  • Christy Smith, Program Administrator, Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries
  • Laura Strawn, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, Virginia Tech
  • Megan Todd, Faculty and Senior Legal Specialist, University of Maryland, Baltimore
June 10, 2024
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2:30 pm
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3:00 pm

What is a Disposable Piercing Studio?

Body Art Track
Location: Amway – Governors Room – 2nd Floor The tattoo community has embraced a disposable model, and this has resulted in huge benefits for public safety and worker safety. Piercing studios can also be disposable, however, there are some key differences from tattoo studios. This presentation addresses different strategies for disposable piercing studios, and the ways studio owners and health officials can collaboratively work on compliance that benefits public health. View the presentation here
Moderator
  • Jodi Jackson, Environmental Health Specialist, Jefferson County Public Health
Speaker
  • Jef Saunders, former Association of Professional Piercers President and contributing author of The Revised and Expanded Piercing Bible
June 10, 2024
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3:00 pm
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3:30 pm

Break sponsored by PepsiCo & Exhibitor Showcase

Body Art TrackCannabis TrackFood Track 1Outbreaks TrackProduce TrackRetail Track
Location: Amway – Center Concourse – 2nd Floor
June 10, 2024
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3:00 pm
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3:30 pm

Break sponsored by PepsiCo

Food Track 2
Location: DeVos Center – Ballroom A Pre-Function – Street Level
June 10, 2024
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3:30 pm
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4:15 pm

MoCRA and Professionals

Body Art Track
Location: Amway – Governors Room – 2nd Floor Discussion of the effect of MoCRA on Tattoo and Permanent makeup shops, and other professions that use cosmetics in their practice. Although not directly responsible for MoCRA compliance, the artist / shop owner will feel the effects of the changes. The presentation will focus on the effects of MoCRA on professionals.
Moderator
  • Jodi Jackson, Environmental Health Specialist, Jefferson County Public Health
Speaker
  • John Misock, Senior Regulatory Consultant, CeutiReg, Inc.
June 10, 2024
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3:30 pm
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5:30 pm

Explore Innovation, Technology, and New Products from Around the World

Cannabis TrackFood Track 1Food Track 2Outbreaks TrackRetail Track
Location: DeVos Center – Ballroom A – Street Level Has this ever happened to you? You walk into a food establishment, and see something you know you are supposed to know, but you don't? Then it hits you ... this overwhelming stress, and you quickly try to figure it out so you aren't embarrassed. Or, have you ever found yourself looking at a food product, scratching your head, and saying, “What in the world is this?” If you've ever felt this way, then this is the session for you! This interactive experience explores innovation, technology, and new products from around the world. Adding to the excitement, there is a “pushing the limits” section: The challenge is to think of new ways to integrate innovations and new technologies into the food safety landscape while protecting public health.
Moderator
  • Laurie Farmer, Director, Office of State Cooperative Programs, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Speakers
  • Patrick Bird, Dr. Manager Scientific Affairs, bioMérieux
  • Dan Braido, CTO and VP of Engineering, RoboBurger
  • Mike Liedtke, Co-founder and Dir. of Business Development, Certified Quality Foods
  • Scott Nicolas, Director, Global McDonald’s Account Relationship Team, Taylor Company
June 10, 2024
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4:30 pm

All Mushrooms are Edible But Some Only Once

Produce Track
Location: Amway – Imperial Ballroom – 1st Floor Mushrooms are a hot topic for both produce and retail food programs. How are wild-foraged and farm-raised mushrooms are handled under the Produce Safety Rule and how is it determined whether mushrooms are an approved source for retail programs. Download presentation #1 Download presentation #2 Download presentation #3
Moderator
  • Tommy Saunders, Produce Safety Alliance, Cornell University 
Speakers
  • Nicole Baysal, Produce Safety Program Manager, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
  • Kim Carlton, Retail Food Program Manager, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
  • Kim Galloup, Senior Produce Safety Inspector, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Ben Marshall, Produce Safety Expert, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Stefanie Smith, Chief, Food Safety Policy & Programs, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
June 10, 2024
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What to Expect When You Are Inspecting a Body Art Facility

Body Art Track
Location: Amway – Governors Room – 2nd Floor Discussion of the dynamics of body art facility inspection... What does a shop owner do when the inspector shows up? What is "professional behavior" on the part of the inspector? Keeping calm and in the moment is best.
Moderator
  • Jodi Jackson, Environmental Health Specialist, Jefferson County Public Health
Speakers
  • Jodi Jackson, Environmental Health Specialist, Jefferson County Public Health
  • Katherine Martinez, Sanitarian Specialist, Environmental Health Division, Kent County Health Department
June 10, 2024
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Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA’s): and Conversations With Those Growers

Produce Track
Location: Amway – Imperial Ballroom – 1st Floor Download presentation #1 Download presentation #2
Moderator
  • Tommy Saunders, Produce Safety Alliance, Cornell University 
Speakers
  • Brian Mitchell, Director of Farm Operations, Square Roots
  • Monica Noble, 80 Acres Farms
June 10, 2024
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Discussion/Wrap Up

Body Art Track
Location: Amway – Governors Room – 2nd Floor
June 10, 2024
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Monday Night Event sponsored by Meijer

Special Events
Bus Pickup: Amway – Lobby – 1st Floor

A Taste of Pure Michigan

Embark on a gourmet journey as you dash from table to table, sampling an array of delectable dishes from the Grand Rapid’s Downtown Market's finest vendors. Pair your culinary adventures with refreshing beverages, including craft beers, fine wines, artisanal cocktails, mocktails by the teenage bartender and specialized pop. Groove to the rhythm of live music, adding a dash of fun and festivity to your dining experience.
June 11, 2024
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Continental Breakfast sponsored by Instacart & Coca-Cola

General Sessions
Location: Amway – Center Concourse – 2nd Floor
June 11, 2024
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Cottage Foods – Setting a Permanent Place at the Table

General Sessions
Location: DeVos Center – Ballroom A – Street Level Join us for this multi-perspective panel discussion exploring the complexity of home-based food producers as a food source. As cottage foods have exponentially expanded in the US market and legislative agendas, bake sales and jellies are the farmers’ market are no longer the norm. This in-depth conversation will delve into the nuance of the economic, cultural, political, and public health issues so you are prepared to influence from your seat at the table.
Moderator
  • Katherine Simon, Food and Feed Safety Division Director, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Speakers
  • Mikaylah Heffernan, Legislative Liaison, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Pam Miles, Office of Dairy and Foods Program Manager, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
  • Carrie Rigdon, Research Director, Association of Food and Drug Officials
  • Mark Speltz, Food Safety Bureau Chief, Iowa Department of Inspections, Appeals, & Licensing
  • Alexander Steward, President, MI Farmers Market Association
June 11, 2024
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The Face of Foodborne Illness: One Mother’s Crusade

General Sessions
Location: DeVos Center – Ballroom A – Street Level Foodborne illness sometimes seems more like numbers and statistics rather than the impact to people and families. Collette Dziadul's daughter, Dana, is a survivor of Salmonella Poona from eating cantaloupe at the age of 3 and continues to suffer with reactive arthritis. Dziadul was very involved with the advocacy for the Food Safety Modernization Act, which was signed into law in 2010. Dziadul will share her personal story in a conversation with magazine editor Jason Brill during this session that reminds us why it matters.
Moderator
  • Jason Brill, Editor, Quality Assurance and Food Safety Magazine
Speaker
  • Colette Dziadul, Advocate and Mother, North Carolina
June 11, 2024
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Break sponsored by PepsiCo

General Sessions
Location: Devos Center – Ballroom A Pre-function – Street Level
June 11, 2024
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Food Safety in the Modern Context

General Sessions
Location: DeVos Center – Ballroom A – Street Level As a follow-up to his 2023 presentation on the opportunities and challenges inherent in teaching, training, and employing Generation Z, Dr. Evans will discuss effective strategies for ensuring robust food safety teams and outcomes in light of changing food trends, foodservice innovation, and cultural headwinds. Download the presentation here
Moderator
  • Ellen Buchanan, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Speaker
  • Jason Evans, Dean, College of Food Innovation and Technology, Johnson & Wales University
June 11, 2024
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1:30 pm

Wiley Awards Luncheon – Included with Registration

General Sessions
Location: DeVos Center – Ballroom B – Street Level
June 11, 2024
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Data Visualization: How to Use Data as a Communication Tool

Food Track 2
Location: DeVos Center – Ballroom A – Street Level Take an enlightening journey to uncover the transformative power of visualizing data to improve food safety. Begin by delving into the nuances of popular visualization tools like Tableau and Power BI, offering a comparison to help you choose the right tool for your data storytelling needs. Then, speakers will showcase the art of creating compelling visualizations for local, state, and federal regulatory programs, demonstrating real-world applications that have led to significant insights. Through a series of dynamic presentations and demonstrations, this panel will guide you through the best practices for designing clear, intuitive visualizations that not only captivate but also communicate complex data effectively to diverse audiences. Join this collaborative exploration into how data visualization can serve as a pivotal communication tool, driving informed decision-making and fostering a culture of transparency and excellence in food safety programs. Download presentation #1 Download presentation #2 Download presentation #3
Moderator
  • Carrie Rigdon, Research Director, Association of Food and Drug Officials
Speakers
  • Cameron Garrison, Executive Director, HS Govtech/Healthspace USA
  • Frank Greene, Director, Connecticut Consumer Protection
  • Utkarsh Shrivastava, Asst. Professor of Business Information Systems, Western Michigan University
  • Mark Speltz, Food Safety Bureau Chief, Iowa Department of Inspections, Appeals, & Licensing
June 11, 2024
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Get to the Root of the Issue: Root Cause Analysis and Corrective Actions from the Regulatory and Industry Perspective

Outbreaks Track
Location: Amway – Senator Vandenberg – 2nd Floor Root Cause Analysis can be most valuable when it's used proactively, before a foodborne illness outbreak has occurred. Learn how industry, academic, and regulatory partners are working to incorporate RCA into their work culture. Download presentation #1 Download presentation #2
Moderator
  • Randy Treadwell, MPH, Associate Executive Director of Programs, Association of Food and Drug Officials
Speakers
  • Eduardo Gutierrez-Rodriguez, Associate Professor, Colorado State University
  • Emily Hollingsworth, Retail Food Program Manager, Bureau of Food Safety and Animal Health, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Raquel Maymir, Global Regulatory Affairs Manager, General Mills
  • Sonia Salas, Assistant Vice President, Science, Western Growers Association
June 11, 2024
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Communication Blunders Unveiled: A Theatrical Exploration of Challenges for Regulators & Industry

Retail Track
Location: Amway – Ambassador West – 2nd Floor Attend this session to help avoid your own "outtakes!" Sit in on this fun, interactive role-play dialogue between food safety regulators and industry to help you become a "star" on the food safety "Walk of Fame." Learn communication tips and best practices from a panel of presenters (and maybe even join a skit yourself!).
Moderators
  • Greg Astley, Director of Government Affairs, Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association
  • Joe Graham, Water Recreation and Food Safety Section Manager, Washington State Department of Health
Speaker
  • Christine Ancrum, MPH, Agriculture Compliance Specialist Supervisor, South District Office, Georgia Department of Agriculture
  • Adam Inman, Assistant Program Manager, Food Safety and Lodging, Kansas Department of Agriculture
  • Eric Moore, Director of Food Safety & Industry Outreach, Testo Solutions - North America
  • Carrie Pohjola, MS, RS, Food Scientist, Advanced-Division of Food and Recreational Safety Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
  • Mandy Sedlak, Director of Global Food Safety and Public Health, Ecolab
  • Shelly Wallingford, Director of Food Safety, First Watch Restaurants
June 11, 2024
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Schedule III

Cannabis Track
Location: Amway – Gerald R Ford Ballroom – 1st Floor This session offers a unique opportunity to explore the potential benefits and challenges associated with rescheduling cannabis, providing valuable perspectives from diverse stakeholders as they anticipate and adapt to regulatory shifts in this evolving landscape. As calls for reevaluation gain momentum, diverse stakeholders will offer valuable perspectives on the complexities of rescheduling cannabis as they anticipate and adapt to regulatory shifts in this evolving industry. Panelists will explore potential benefits and challenges surrounding product standardization, distribution channels, public safety, and market competition. Gain insights from industry leaders, legal experts, and policymakers on the intricacies of rescheduling and its impact on both the existing cannabis marketplace, as well as other, parallel industries.
Moderator
  • Lezli Engelking, President & Founder, FOCUS – Foundation of Cannabis Unified Standards
Speakers
  • Dale Hunt, Founder & Senior Attorney, Hunt IP Law/Breeders Best
  • Cori Muse, Founder, Muse Food Safety
  • Shaun Opie, Founder & Managing Partner, E4 Bioscience
  • Chip Paul, Founder, Gnu Pharma
June 11, 2024
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Clean First, Don’t Sanitize the Dirt

Produce Track
Location: Amway – Imperial Ballroom – 1st Floor Cleaning before sanitizing is key for food safety. Learn about the biological hazards, understand why you must remove the dirt before sanitizing, and glean knowledge of how good sanitary design is key.  Download the presentation here
Moderator
  • Robert Donato, Produce Safety Regulatory Supervisor, South Carolina Department of Agriculture
Speaker
  • Dr. Laura Strawn, Associate Professor, Extension Specialist, Virginia Tech
June 11, 2024
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Compliance Verification of Tattoo Inks and Permanent Make-up Pigments

Body Art Track
Location: Amway – Governors Room – 2nd Floor The presentation will include an overview of Canadian cosmetic requirements like labelling and notification and an overview of the compliance verification project conducted in 2022 on tattoo inks and permanent make-up pigments.  Download the presentation here
Moderator
  • Ken Coleman Stevenson II, President, Ceutical Labs
Speaker
  • Kyle MacIsaac, Compliance and Enforcement Officer. Health Canada HC/SC (Virtual Presentation) 
June 11, 2024
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The Gray Zone: Food, Supplement, or Drug? Emerging Food Safety Challenges

Food Track 1
Location: Amway – Ambassador East – 2nd Floor When a product being sold isn’t clearly a food, drug, or supplement, who has jurisdiction? How do agencies rapidly respond to these kinds of public health threats, especially when it seems like there’s regularly something new? The panel will share some case study experiences and talk about building partnerships to respond.
Moderator
  • Brad Deacon, Director, Office of Legal Affairs & Emergency Management, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
Speakers
  • Melissa Card-Abela, Senior Regulatory Counsel, Whole Foods Market
  • Mott Heath, Special Agent, Office of Criminal Investigation, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Tim Slawinski, Food & Animal Health Bureau Director, MI Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Jodi Taylor, Chief, Division of Food Safety, Ohio Department of Agriculture
  • Lori Woznicki, MPH, Food and Drug Inspections Unit Director, Consumer Protection Division, Texas Department of State Health Services
June 11, 2024
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A Path to Protecting Public Health: How to build a Body Art Program

Body Art Track
Location: Amway – Governors Room – 2nd Floor Are you considering updating your jurisdiction’s body art regulations but don’t know where to start? The NEHA Body Art Model Code (BAMC) is the only comprehensive model code that addresses current body art issues and public health risks and is available for jurisdictions to adopt. During this presentation resources, including the Annex to the BAMC and the 2024 BAMC adoption toolkit will be shared. You will leave this presentation with an understanding of the rigorous Code update process, stories from local jurisdictions that adopted the Code, and how you can do the same. Download the presentation here
Moderator
  • Ken Coleman Stevenson II, President, Ceutical Labs
Speaker
  • Sadie Shervheim, Project Coordinator, National Environmental Health Association (NEHA)
June 11, 2024
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LGMA and the Romaine Test & Learn Study

Produce Track
Location: Amway – Imperial Ballroom – 1st Floor For the first time ever, Romaine farmers are sharing and aggregating data to advance food safety in leafy greens. The Romaine Test & Learn program requires farmers to use standardized testing for both pre-harvest and finished product. The data that farmers submit will be analyzed over a period of two years to identify risks and improve food safety. Download the presentation here
Moderator
  • Robert Donato, Produce Safety Regulatory Supervisor, South Carolina Department of Agriculture
Speaker
  • Tim York, CEO, Leafy Green Marketing Agreement (LGMA)
June 11, 2024
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Break sponsored by PepsiCo

Food Track 2
Location: DeVos Center – Ballroom A Pre-Function – Street Level
June 11, 2024
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Break & Exhibit Showcase

Body Art TrackCannabis TrackFood Track 1Outbreaks TrackProduce TrackRetail Track
Location: Amway – Center Concourse – 2nd Floor
June 11, 2024
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FDA’s Food Traceability Rule: Are You Ready?

Food Track 2
Location: DeVos Center – Ballroom A – Street Level The FDA Food Traceability Rule, the last major FSMA regulation, requires the food industry to collect, maintain, and share data up and down the supply chain, and that includes facility tracing. With an effective date of January 2026, this rule impacts every type of food business, from farm to retail and those in between. Learn more about the FDA requirements, current implementation efforts and challenges, and some expert tips and tricks from the A-team of food safety and traceability.
Moderator
  • Sharon Mayl, Partner, DLA Piper
Speakers
  • Sharon Mayl, Partner, DLA Piper
  • Jennifer McEntire, Ph.D., Founder, Food Safety Strategy, LLC
  • Liz Sertl, Senior Director, Retail Grocery Community Engagement, GS1 US
  • Hilary Thesmar, Ph.D., RD, Chief Science Officer and Vice President of Food Safety Programs, Food Marketing Institute
  • Roberta Wagner, Senior Vice President, Regulatory and Scientific Affairs: International Dairy Association 
  • Lisa Weddig, Chief Food Safety Officer, National Fisheries Institute
June 11, 2024
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Applying AI and Big Data in Food Safety: A Hands-On Approach

Food Track 1
Location: Amway – Ambassador East – 2nd Floor This session is designed as a dynamic, hands-on experience for food safety professionals who are eager to explore the potential of AI and big data. It will unfold in two parts: an expert panel discussion followed by an audience-engaging exercise. The diverse panel of experts with varied perspectives will shed light on the practical application of AI and big data to bolster food safety initiatives. Following the discussion, participants will engage in a group activity to tackle specific food safety challenges, facilitating a deep dive into relevant questions and the potential for applying AI tools. The session promises a comprehensive learning experience, emphasizing clarity on AI's role in food safety and fostering a collaborative environment for knowledge exchange. Download the presentation here
Moderator
  • Carrie Rigdon, Research Director, Association of Food and Drug Officials
Speakers
  • Joe Castle, Executive Advisor, Public Sector Technology, SAS Institute Inc.
  • Jorge A. Hernandez, VP, Quality Assurance, The Wendy’s Company
  • Brendan Ring, Commercial Director, Creme Global
  • Michael Walton, President, BCD iLabs
  • Stephanie Weber, Industry Leader for State and Local Government, Appian
June 11, 2024
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Who Collected What from Where?!? Multi-Partner Response Coordination After Collecting a Positive LFFM Produce Sample

Outbreaks Track
Location: Amway – Senator Vandenberg – 2nd Floor Learn more about how states have coordinated and communicated with their various partners when responding to a positive sample result collected under the Laboratory Flexible Funding Model. Download presentation #1  
Moderators
  • Sally Flowers, Scientific Affairs Director, Association of Food and Drug Officials
  • Brendalee Viveiros, Rhode Island Department of Health
Speakers
  • Lauren Edwards, RRT Epidemiologist, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Shay Frankenfield, Produce Safety Compliance Officer, S.C. Dept. of Agriculture
  • Kelly E. Kline, Rapid Response Team Food Safety Program Specialist, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
  • Terri McConnell, Integrated Laboratory Network Director, FDA ORA Office of Regulatory Science
  • Brandon Nader, Microbiology Section Manager, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Jonathan D. Wheeler, PCQI, CHM, Special Processes Team Leader, Division of Food and Lead Risk Assessments, S.C. Dept. of Health & Environmental Control
June 11, 2024
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Around the World: A Journey Through Food Safety Inspection and Cross-Cultural Foods

Retail Track
Location: Amway – Ambassador West – 2nd Floor Embark on a captivating journey through this engaging session to unravel the intricate tapestry of food safety in cultural cuisines. Visit the earthy richness of dried wood ear mushrooms in Asian dishes, the unique Alaskan tradition of seal blubber utilization, and the vibrant flavors of kimchi in Korean fare to explore the food safety implications of these culturally significant ingredients.
Moderator
  • Shawna Johnson, MPH, Food Safety Lead, Boulder County Public Health
Speakers
  • Han Chen, PhD., candidate. Purdue University Department of Food Science
  • Betty Feng, Associate Professor, Purdue University Department of Food Science
  • Kim Stryker, Program Manager, Food Safety and Sanitation Program, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Kyle Walsh, Environmental Health Supervisor, Chester County Health Department
  • Joann Xiong, Food & Consumer Safety Supervisor, Marion County Public Health Department
June 11, 2024
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Cannabis Occupational Safety & Health

Cannabis Track
Location: Amway – Gerald R Ford Ballroom – 1st Floor Leveraging the collective expertise of professionals across various domains, this panel will delve into the distinctive challenges related to occupational health and safety in this new legal industry. Employing evidence-based research and pragmatic insights, the discourse will explore effective strategies for mitigating risks associated with the cultivation, manufacturing, and dispensing of cannabis, while also ensuring the well-being of workers.
Speakers
  • Kyle Baker, Founder & Chief Scientific Officer, Clean Theory
  • Alex Hearding, Founder, FOCUS Risk Management
  • Bill Martin, Medical Director, Mediprise
  • Stacey Watrobski, Founder, Cannabis Workers Resource
June 11, 2024
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Plumbing the Depths of Wells: Exploring the nuances of risk in well systems

Produce Track
Location: Amway – Imperial Ballroom – 1st Floor Can you tell a well from a hole in the ground? This session will not only give you the tools you need to tell the difference (in some cases not much!) but also give you the opportunity to think about the well as part of a water system. Even investigators with some knowledge of wells will gain a better understanding of the hazards at play and the circumstances that turn those hazards into risks. Download the presentation here
Moderator
  • Christy Smith, Program Administrator, Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries
Speaker
  • Phil Tocco, Extension Educator, Michigan State University
June 11, 2024
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What’s In My Ink: A Survey of Tattoo Ink Compositions

Body Art Track
Location: Amway – Governors Room – 2nd Floor As tattoos continue to rise in popularity, the demand for tattoo ink has surged. Historically, tattoo inks have been under-regulated in the US market. Our work focuses on understanding what's in the bottle of tattoo inks compared to what's on the label. This presentation will discuss the analytical chemistry that goes into characterizing tattoo inks and highlight gaps in accurate labeling with respect to inks available on the US market and those specifically marketed as REACH-compliant for the EU market. 
Moderator
  • Ken Coleman Stevenson II, President, Ceutical Labs
Speaker
  • John Swierk, Assistant Professor, Binghamton University, Department of Chemistry 
June 11, 2024
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APT Update

Body Art Track
Location: Amway – Governors Room – 2nd Floor Current happenings at APT.
Moderator
  • Ken Coleman Stevenson II, President, Ceutical Labs
Speaker
  • Selina Medina, Director of Research with the Alliance of Professional Tattooists
June 11, 2024
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Seeking Norovirus Reduction: Developing New and Improved Employee Health Tools

Retail Track
Location: Amway – Ambassador West – 2nd Floor The AFDO Healthy People 2030 Norovirus Workgroup has been working in collaboration with others on the development of new and improved employee health assessment tools in the fight against norovirus. Hear workgroup leaders from FDA and CDC discuss the status of this crucial work at retail and how you can provide input and get involved. Download the presentation here
Moderators
  • Shelly Wallingford, Director of Food Safety, First Watch
  • Carolyn White, MPH, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
Speakers
  • Katherine Del Mundo, RS/REHS, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
  • Laurie Farmer, Director, Office of State Cooperative Programs, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Beth Wittry, CDR USPHS, CDC Safe Food Section
June 11, 2024
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Produce Standards

Produce Track
Location: Amway – Imperial Ballroom – 1st Floor Building a Stronger State Produce Program using the Produce Regulatory Program Standards (PRPS) Download the presentation here
Moderator
  • Christy Smith, Program Administrator, Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries
Speaker
  • Michael Botelho, Agricultural Food Safety Division Director, Massachusetts Department of Agriculture Resources
June 11, 2024
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Virginia’s Approach to Hemp-Derived Cannabinoids: A Discussion with Pamela Miles

Cannabis Track
Location: Amway – Gerald R Ford Ballroom – 1st Floor Join us for an enlightening session as we delve into Virginia's distinct regulatory strategies concerning hemp-derived cannabis products. The session begins with an engaging slide presentation, providing an in-depth analysis of Virginia's regulatory approach. Following the presentation, attendees will participate in a dynamic and interactive discussion, exploring the efficacy of various regulatory approaches for this new class of products. Download the presentation here
Moderator
  • Lezli Engelking, President & Founder, FOCUS – Foundation of Cannabis Unified Standards
Speaker
  • Pam Miles, Office of Dairy and Foods Program Manager, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
June 11, 2024
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FDA Inspections of Tattoo Ink Manufacturing Facilities, GMPs, and the 7 Elements of MoCRA

Body Art Track
Location: Amway – Governors Room – 2nd Floor The Modernization of Cosmetic Regulation Act is currently changing the way cosmetic products, including tattoo ink, are regulated in the United States. This presentation will provide an overview of tattoo ink manufacturing as it relates to the 7 primary elements of MoCRA, FDA inspections, and general GMP compliance concepts.
Moderator
  • Ken Coleman Stevenson II, President, Ceutical Labs
Speakers
  • Sean Brown, City Council Member, Public health and Safety, Village of Volente
  • Ken Coleman Stevenson II, President, CeutReg LLC
June 11, 2024
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NASDA News

Produce Track
Location: Amway – Imperial Ballroom – 1st Floor Hear about NASDA updates and work in produce safety.
Moderator
  • Christy Smith, Program Administrator, Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries
Speaker
  • Bob Ehart, Senior Policy & Science Advisor, NASDA
  • Joe Reardon, Senior Director of Food Safety Programs, NASDA
June 11, 2024
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Discussion/Wrap Up

Body Art Track
Location: Amway – Governors Room – 2nd Floor
June 11, 2024
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President’s Reception sponsored by McDonald’s & Exhibitor Showcase

Body Art TrackCannabis TrackFood Track 1Food Track 2General SessionsOutbreaks TrackProduce TrackRetail Track
Location: Amway – Crown Foyer & Center Concourse – 2nd Floor
June 11, 2024
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Offsite Networking Event, Dueling pianos at Flanagan’s Pub

Special Events
Location: 1 minute walk from the Amway
June 12, 2024
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Changing the Picture! The Landscape of State Retail Food Programs

Retail Track
Location: Amway – Ambassador West – 2nd Floor The Retail State Surveys 2.0 were completed with State Retail Program Managers in 2023. These interviews asked over 40 questions about staffing, training programs, risk-based inspections, compliance, and the Retail Standards. So, what’s new in the retail food landscape? Bring your coffee and join us to hear about the colorful landscape of State Retail Programs.
Moderator
  • Autumn Schuck, Assistant Program Director, Association of Food and Drug Officials
Speakers
  • Deanna Copeland, Retail Food Safety Director, Association of Food and Drug Officials
  • Carrie Rigdon, Research Director, Association of Food and Drug Officials
June 12, 2024
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Body Art Committee Planning Session

Body Art Track
Location: Amway – Pantlind Ballroom – 2nd Floor This session will focus on the future of the BAC. Participants will share ideas, prioritize actions, and create a roadmap going forward. 
June 12, 2024
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Meijer Distribution Center and NSF Laboratory Tour

Special Events
Bus Pickup: Amway – Lobby – 1st Floor What is an automated Witron Distribution Center?  A fully automated warehouse is a facility that uses automated logistics solutions to carry out all operations, from goods receiving to the processing of orders and their subsequent dispatch. Discover more about these centers, which are characterized by minimal operator intervention in the logistics processes.  NSF Laboratory Tour: NSF was founded in 1944 at the University of Michigan School of Public Health to develop consensus national standards related to the sanitation of food and water; our mission is to improve human and planet health. This tour of the NSF laboratories will take you through some of the over 130,000 ft2 of lab space at NSF’s headquarters located in Ann Arbor, MI. These state-of-the-art, ISO/IEC 17025-accredited and OSHA Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories (NRTL) include the leading drinking water treatment systems laboratory worldwide for assessing water filtration performance and material safety, and the leading laboratory for testing for contaminants and athletic banned substances in dietary supplements and functional foods. Other labs on-site include bio-safety cabinetry testing and the engineering and microbiology labs that are fundamental to food equipment evaluations. NSF welcomes you to see the work we do every day to support our shared missions and hope you enjoy the tour!
June 12, 2024
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A New Way Forward for Cannabidiol (CBD) and Other Hemp Products

Cannabis Track
Location: Amway – Gerald R Ford Ballroom – 1st Floor Listen to an FDA update on its vision of the path forward for regulating CBD and other cannabinoids.  Download the presentation here    
Speaker
  • Patrick Cournoyer, Senior Science Advisor and Lead for FDA’s Cannabis Product Committee, U.S. Food and Drug Association
June 12, 2024
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Knowledge Is Power! A One-of-a-Kind Educational Adventure on Variances and HACCP Plans for Specialized Processes at Retail

Retail Track
Location: Amway – Ambassador West – 2nd Floor Meet the Regulatory Experts who approve hundreds of variances in one calendar year. Get insider information on policies, procedures, and setting expectations as they relate to variances, HACCP plans, and special processes at retail. AFDO has a new guidance tool for your toolbox on how to meet the recommended requirements of the FDA Food Code in Relation to Specialized Processing Methods at Retail. It's called Guidance for Developing HACCP Plans for Specialized Processes at Retail. There is a raffle during this session for five (5) free guides, but you must be on time to receive your raffle ticket and you must be present to win a copy.
Moderator
  • Tara Paster Cammarata, FMP, CP-FS, President/CEO, Cenza, Inc.
Speakers
  • Veronica Bryant, REHS, Emergency Preparedness and Outbreak Coordinator, Division of Public Health, Environmental Health Section, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
  • Tara Edwards, Sr. Environmental Health Specialist, Southern Nevada Health District, Environmental Health, Training-Special Processes
  • Amanda Garvin, MPH, REHS, MLS(ASCP), Regional Food Service Specialist, Local Health Services, Bureau of Food Safety and Animal Health, Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development
  • Carrie Pohjola, MS, RS, Food Scientist, Advanced-Division of Food and Recreational Safety, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
  • Raymond Starin, REHS/RS, Agricultural Consultant, Food and Feed Safety Division, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
  • Jonathan D. Wheeler, PCQI, CHM, Special Processes Team Leader, Division of Food and Lead Risk Assessments, S.C. Dept. of Health & Environmental Control
June 12, 2024
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10:30 am

Break sponsored by PepsiCo & Exhibitor Showcase

Body Art TrackRetail Track
Location: Amway – Center Concourse – 2nd Floor
June 12, 2024
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2:00 pm

Cannabis Tour

Cannabis Track
Bus Pickup: Amway – Lobby – 1st Floor Are you curious about how cannabis is produced and manufactured? Do you wonder what the inside of a cannabis facility looks like? Are you involved with the regulation of cannabis? If so, please join us for a unique opportunity to increase your awareness and education on a cannabis facility tour during this year’s AFDO Educational Conference. From raw ingredients to finished products, you’ll observe firsthand the inner workings and protocols for cannabis horticulture, trimming, drying, and curing; as well as the manufacturing and processing practices that transform raw cannabis flowers into the multitude of products available on the market today. Participants will see how cannabis regulations function in a real-life setting, better understand the importance of quality assurance and standards in this nascent industry and speak candidly with the cannabis facility team and other experts.
June 12, 2024
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12:00 pm

A Real-World Whodunit! Can You Crack the FBI Outbreak at Retail?

Retail Track
Location: Amway – Ambassador West – 2nd Floor This interactive session empowers you to apply critical thinking skills to be proactive and preventive as they relate to foodborne illness outbreaks. We'll learn to solve a real-world retail mystery that no one saw coming: the FBI Outbreak! Industry, regulatory, and academia will investigate, question, and explore:
  • Noting false flags, challenges, and barriers
  • Knowing and applying critical thinking
  • Directing your resources
  • Working efficiently
  • Providing tools
  • Messaging to your team
  • Being solution driven
No one saw this coming! Can you crack the Foodborne Illness Outbreak at Retail?
Moderators
  • Tara Paster Cammarata, FMP, CP-FS, President/CEO, Cenza, Inc.
Speakers
  • Nick Adams, Senior Program Analyst, NACCHO
  • Deanna Copeland, Retail Food Safety Director, Association of Food and Drug Officials
  • Adam Inman, Assistant Program Manager, Food Safety and Lodging, Kansas Department of Agriculture
  • Rebecca Vought, Biologist, Retail Food Policy Team, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Kyle Walsh, Environmental Health Supervisor, Chester County Health Department
June 12, 2024
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10:30 am
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11:15 am

Body Art Committee Planning Session (continued)

Body Art Track
Location: Amway – Pantlind Ballroom – 2nd Floor
June 12, 2024
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11:15 am
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12:30 pm

Planning Session/Wrap Up 

Body Art Track
Location: Amway – Pantlind Ballroom – 2nd Floor
June 7, 2024
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8:00 am
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5:00 pm

Self-Assessment and Verification Audit Workshops 

Workshop
This workshop is specifically designed for state, local, territorial, and tribal regulatory agencies. It is recommended that participants from regulatory agencies be program managers and/or staff responsible for working on self-assessments, preparing for verification audits, or both. Registration will be capped at two per jurisdiction and will close once capacity is reached. A waitlist will then be created.
Speakers
  • Katherine Del Mundo, RS/REHS, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
  • David H. Engelskirchen, MA, CP-FS, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
  • Kenya Moon, CP-FS, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
  • Valerie A. Potopsingh, MPA, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
  • Robert Sudler, Jr., MS, Consumer Safety Officer, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition/Office of Food Safety
  • Jonathan Tran, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
  • Carolyn White, MPH, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
June 8, 2024
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8:00 am

Continental Breakfast

Location: Amway - Imperial Ballroom - 2nd Floor
June 8, 2024
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8:00 am
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5:00 pm

Self-Assessment and Verification Audit Workshops

Workshop
This workshop is specifically designed for state, local, territorial, and tribal regulatory agencies. It is recommended that participants from regulatory agencies be program managers and/or staff responsible for working on self-assessments, preparing for verification audits, or both.   Registration will be capped at two per jurisdiction and will close once capacity is reached. A waitlist will then be created. 
Speakers
  • Katherine Del Mundo, RS/REHS, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
  • David H. Engelskirchen, MA, CP-FS, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
  • Kenya Moon, CP-FS, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
  • Valerie A. Potopsingh, MPA, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
  • Robert Sudler, Jr., MS, Consumer Safety Officer, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition/Office of Food Safety
  • Jonathan Tran, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
  • Carolyn White, MPH, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
June 8, 2024
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Food Chemistry 101

Workshop
Location: Amway – Imperial Ballroom – 2nd Floor Food chemistry comprises the structure and function of foods, which are inextricably linked to human health and nutrition. This eight-hour workshop is designed for the food regulatory professional to learn the latest about color additives, PFAS, pesticide residues, mycotoxins, and heavy metals, including a discussion of subsampling. Public health risks of these emerging issues will be discussed along with what we test for and how testing occurs.  Download the the Food Chemistry 101 Workshop Agenda Download presentation #1 Download presentation #2 Download presentation #3 Download presentation #4  Download presentation #5 Download presentation #6
Speakers
  • Dr. Courtney Carignan, Assistant Professor, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Michigan State University
  • Terry Councell, Coordinator of Total Diet Study, Office of Analytics and Outreach, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Sally Flowers, Scientific Affairs Director, Association of Food and Drug Officials
  • Karen Hall, Regulatory Review Scientist, Division of Food Ingredients, Office of Food Safety, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Dr. Maria Ishida, Director of Food Laboratory, New York Department of Agriculture and Markets
  • Maria Knirk, Acting Director, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Jason S. Kong, Laboratory Director, CPL, Ohio Department of Agriculture
  • John Misock, Senior Regulatory Consultant, CeutiReg, Inc.
  • Maggie Pandis, Senior Regulatory Affairs Specialist, Conagra Brands
  • Dr. Felicia Wu, John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor in Food Safety, Toxicology, and Risk Assessment and University Distinguished Professor, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Michigan State University
June 8, 2024
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5:00 pm

The Risk-Based Inspections Trail: Where are you along the journey?

Workshop
Location: Amway – Pantlind Ballroom – 2nd Floor This interactive workshop is designed for Retail Program Managers to explore Risk-Based Inspections. Where is your program on the trail to reach the Risk-Based Inspections summit? Whether you are just starting out on Risk-Based Inspections or have been on the Risk-Based Inspection path for years, this workshop will help you along the way. Learn where your program is on this journey, what direction your next steps should be, and get some tools to conduct more effective Risk-Based Inspections. 
Speaker
  • Deanna Copeland, Retail Food Safety Director, Association of Food and Drug Officials 
June 8, 2024
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5:00 pm

Chat at Your Service: Integrating AI into Your Food Safety Routine

Workshop
Location: Amway – Gerald R. Ford Room – 1st Floor Dive into the future of food safety with our workshop, a four-hour interactive session. Designed for food safety professionals, this workshop offers a comprehensive introduction to generative AI, focusing on ChatGPT and other AI technologies, and how they can be applied to enhance food safety practices. Through a blend of instruction, practical exercises, and discussions on ethics, security, and the future of AI, participants will gain hands-on experience in integrating AI tools into their work routines. The workshop format encourages lively participation and is flexible to adapt to the audience's engagement, ensuring a rich learning experience that blends foundational knowledge with cutting-edge applications in food safety.  Please bring a laptop or mobile device to access the freely available generative AI tools you'll use during this workshop.  Download the presentation here
Moderator
  • Carrie Rigdon, Research Director, Association of Food and Drug Officials
Speaker
  • Dray McFarlane, Co-Founder of Tasio
 
June 9, 2024
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8:00 am

Continental Breakfast

Location: Amway - Imperial Ballroom (2nd Floor)
June 9, 2024
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8:00 am
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1:00 pm

Self-Assessment and Verification Audit Workshops

Workshop
This workshop is specifically designed for state, local, territorial, and tribal regulatory agencies. It is recommended that participants from regulatory agencies be program managers and/or staff responsible for working on self-assessments, preparing for verification audits, or both.   Registration will be capped at two per jurisdiction and will close once capacity is reached. A waitlist will then be created. 
Speakers
  • Katherine Del Mundo, RS/REHS, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
  • David H. Engelskirchen, MA, CP-FS, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
  • Kenya Moon, CP-FS, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
  • Valerie A. Potopsingh, MPA, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
  • Robert Sudler, Jr., MS, Consumer Safety Officer, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition/Office of Food Safety
  • Jonathan Tran, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
  • Carolyn White, MPH, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
June 9, 2024
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Pre-Conference Workshops

Workshop

Taking Your Instructor Skills from Ordinary, to Extraordinary!

Location: Amway – Imperial Ballroom – 1st Floor (8:00 - 11:30 am) Get ready for an interactive learning experience that will challenge your current way of delivering training. Walk away with new ideas on how to engage your participants and make not-so-exciting topics the most memorable and enjoyable for your learners.   Who should attend: If you deliver training and have a mindset of continuous learning and improvement, then this session is perfect for you. 

SPEAKERS

  • Catherine Hosman, Funding Programs Director, Association of Food and Drug Officials 
  • Brenda Morris, Director of Produce Safety, Association of Food and Drug Officials

Adapt and Thrive: Cultivating Change Management Concepts

Location: Amway – Gerald R. Ford Room – 1st Floor (8:00 - 11:30 am) Unravel the mysteries of change by discovering how to lead and implement change techniques that help your team adapt and thrive.  Who should attend: Anyone who is in a position to lead, seeking to be in a position to lead, or is given opportunities to lead. 

SPEAKERS

  • Jacob Fleig, SAFHER Implementation Manager, Association of Food and Drug Officials 
  • Kellie Isaac, Chief Innovation Officer, SAFHER Director, Association of Food and Drug Officials
  • Debbie Pickle, SAFHER Implementation Manager, Association of Food and Drug Officials

Joint Retail and Manufactured Program Managers Roundtable Discussion (Invitation Only)

Location: Amway – Ambassador West – 2nd Floor (8:00 - 10:00 am) Session info coming soon.  

Retail Foods Program Managers Roundtable Discussion (Invitation Only)

Location: Amway – Pantlind Ballroom – 2nd Floor (10:00 am - 1:00 pm) Session info coming soon.  
June 9, 2024
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Manufactured Foods Program Managers Roundtable Discussion (Invitation Only)

Workshop
Location: Amway – Governors Room – 2nd Floor
June 9, 2024
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11:30 am
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12:30 pm

Lunch on your own

June 9, 2024
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1:15 pm

FDA’s Investments to Advance an Integrated Food Safety System

General Sessions
Location: Amway - Ambassador West – 2nd Floor FDA’s Office of Partnerships will provide an update on its current funded and programmatic partnerships.
Speaker
  • Wendy Campbell, Division Director, U.S. Food and Drug Administration 
June 9, 2024
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1:15 pm
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2:00 pm

The Future of Training is Here! Navigating the Reimagined IFSS Regulatory and Laboratory Training System (RLTS)

General Sessions
Location: Amway - Ambassador West – 2nd Floor In April 2024, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, in collaboration with its federal agency and regulatory/public health association partners, launched a 5-year strategic plan to transform how the IFSS workforce obtains the job-specific competencies needed to do their important work. Beginning in 2025, the reimagined, collaboratively governed RLTS will leverage the expertise and resources of all IFSS partners - including federal/SLTT agencies, academia, industry, and private training companies - to improve access to high quality training and other learning resources. This presentation will introduce attendees to the RLTS and the National Curriculum Standard (NCS) - a national competency standard for HAF regulatory and laboratory professionals. Attendees will participate in an interactive, “Choose Your Adventure” exploration as we navigate through the RLTS ecosystem to ensure Food Inspector Anthony has the competencies needed to do the mission-critical work he's been assigned. Lastly, attendees will learn how they can get involved in this exciting initiative.
Speakers
  • Craig Kaml, Senior Vice President – Operations, IFPTI
  • Alan Tart, Deputy Director, Office of Partnerships, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
June 9, 2024
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3:30 pm

Live Podcast Recording of Food Safety Talk

General Sessions
Location: Amway - Ambassador West – 2nd Floor Dr. Don and Professor Ben will record a live episode of their (mostly) biweekly hit food safety podcast called Food Safety Talk. They have been recording together for almost 13 years and still strive to be relevant, funny, and informative… or at the very least make each other laugh. Don and Ben will open the session by talking about food safety in the news. After they cover the stories of the day and anything else they have on their minds they will take questions from the audience. Download the presentation here
Speakers
  • Benjamin Chapman, PhD, Department Head, Professor, North Carolina State University
  • Don Schaffner, Distinguished Professor and Extension Specialist, Rutgers University
June 9, 2024
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3:30 pm
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4:30 pm

Break sponsored by International Dairy Foods Association

General Sessions
Location: Amway – Center Concourse – 2nd Floor
June 9, 2024
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3:30 pm
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4:30 pm

First Time Attendee Orientation

General Sessions
Location: Amway – Ambassador East – 2nd Floor AFDO considers first time attendees to be VIPs at the Annual AFDO Conference. If this is your first AFDO meeting we invite you to attend the First Time Attendee Welcome Reception that is being held in your honor. During the session, you will have the opportunity to meet AFDO alumni, fellows and other first time attendees; learn about AFDO and its affiliate organizations; and find out about the exciting events that will take place during the 2024 conference. 
June 9, 2024
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4:30 pm
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6:00 pm

Opening Session

General Sessions
Location: DeVos Center – Ballroom A – Street Level

Introductory Remarks and Welcomes

MODERATOR

  • Steven Mandernach, Executive Director, Association of Food and Drug Officials
Download the presentation here

SPEAKERS

  • Dr. Tim Boring, Director, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development  
  • Adam London, Ph.D., RS, DAAS, Administrative Health Officer, Kent County Health Department   
  • Ted McKinney, CEO, The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) 

Endowment Foundation Address

SPEAKER

  • Cynthia Culmo, Principal Consultant, CC Consulting   

President’s Address

SPEAKER

  • Katherine Simon, Food and Feed Safety Division Director, Minnesota Department of Agriculture 

Glenn W. Kilpatrick Memorial Conversation

MODERATOR

  • Joseph Corby, Senior Advisor, Association of Food and Drug Officials 
  • Brian Ronholm, Director, Food Policy, Consumer Reports

SPEAKER

  • Roberta Wagner, Senior Vice President, Regulatory and Scientific Affairs, International Dairy Foods Association
June 9, 2024
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6:30 pm
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7:30 pm

Welcome Reception & Exhibitor Showcase

Special Events
Location: Amway – Center Concourse – 2nd Floor
June 9, 2024
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8:00 pm
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10:00 pm

Endowment Foundation Benefit Event

Special Events
Location: Amway – Ambassador West – 2nd Floor Live Band Karaoke supporting the AFDO Endowment Foundation 
June 10, 2024
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7:00 am
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8:00 am

Continental Breakfast sponsored by Wegmans and Coca-Cola

Location: Amway – Center Concourse – 2nd Floor
June 10, 2024
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8:00 am
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8:30 am

Deputy Commissioner’s update on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Food Program

General Sessions
Location: DeVos Center – Ballroom A – Street Level
Speaker
  • James Jones, Deputy Commissioner for Human Foods, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
June 10, 2024
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8:30 am
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8:50 am

Update on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Regulatory Affairs

General Sessions
Location: DeVos Center – Ballroom A – Street Level
Speaker
  • Michael Rogers, Associate Commissioner for Regulatory Affairs, U.S. Food and Drug Administration 
June 10, 2024
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8:50 am
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9:10 am

CDC Food Safety Priorities and Perspectives for 2024

General Sessions
Location: DeVos Center – Ballroom A – Street Level
Speaker
  • Dr. Robert Tauxe, Director, Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 
June 10, 2024
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9:30 am

Food Safety Initiatives Update: U.S. Department of Agriculture

General Sessions
Location: DeVos Center – Ballroom A – Street Level Download the presentation here
Speaker
  • Dr. José Emilio Esteban, Under Secretary for Food Safety, Office of Food Safety, U.S. Department of Agriculture 
June 10, 2024
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9:30 am
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10:00 am

U.S. Food and Drug Officials (FDA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Joint Question and Answer

General Sessions
Location: DeVos Center – Ballroom A – Street Level
Moderator
  • Steven Mandernach, Executive Director, Association of Food and Drug Officials 
Speakers
  • Dr. José Emilio Esteban, Under Secretary for Food Safety, Office of Food Safety, U.S. Department of Agriculture 
  • James Jones, Deputy Commissioner for Human Foods, U.S. Food and Drug Administration 
  • Michael Rogers, Associate Commissioner for Regulatory Affairs, U.S. Food and Drug Administration 
  • Dr. Robert Tauxe, Director, Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 
June 10, 2024
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10:00 am
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10:30 am

Break sponsored by PepsiCo

General Sessions
Location: DeVos Center – Ballroom A Pre-function – Street Level
June 10, 2024
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12:00 pm

Building Trust in a Post-Truth World

General Sessions
Location: DeVos Center – Ballroom A – Street Level We used to agree on facts, even when we disagreed on how they should be applied or exactly what they meant. Not anymore. Today, we live in a post-truth world where an online influencer may have more social credibility than leading scientists. In this session, Charlie Arnot, CEO of the Center for Food Integrity, will explain how we got here and more importantly how we can make the science-based information we rely on, relevant and meaningful to an increasingly skeptical public. The session will include workshop activities using real life examples like the growth in cottage foods and home-based restaurants. Come prepared to learn and work as we apply the trust building principles to these challenging topics. Download the presentation here 
Moderator
  • Steven Mandernach, Executive Director, Association of Food and Drug Officials
Speaker
  • Charlie Arnot, CEO, The Center for Food Integrity  
June 10, 2024
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12:00 pm
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1:30 pm

Lunch on your own

June 10, 2024
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1:30 pm
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3:00 pm

Cannabis Economics

Cannabis Track
Location: Amway – Gerald R Ford Ballroom – 1st Floor Join us for an essential discussion addressing the economic hurdles facing the legal cannabis industry in the United States. Explore the intricate balance between regulatory requirements, market dynamics, and consumer safety, with a focus on mitigating barriers to entry and long-term sustainability. Gain actionable insights into fostering a single robust framework that promotes economic viability and market growth. This session is designed to include different vantage points while offering a collaborative platform to strategize and implement effective solutions for a thriving, regulated cannabis industry.
Speakers
  • Avis Bulbulyan, CEO, SIVA Enterprises
  • Lezli Engelking, President & Founder, FOCUS: The Cannabis Health & Safety Organization
  • Ruth Fisher, Co-Founder, CannDynamics
  • Rachael Herndon
  • Cindy Northcutt, RN, BSN, JD  Owner, Northcutt Law, LLC /  Northcutt Consulting, LLC
June 10, 2024
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1:30 pm
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1:45 pm

Welcome

Body Art Track
Location: Amway – Governors Room – 2nd Floor A welcome from the Body Art Committee Chairs
Moderator
  • Jodi Jackson, Environmental Health Specialist, Jefferson County Public Health
Speaker
  • Brian Everett, Tattoo Industry Consultant
  • Jodi Jackson, Environmental Health Specialist, Jefferson County Public Health
June 10, 2024
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1:30 pm
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2:15 pm

Produce Safety Regulations: Basics of Understanding the Rule for Retail and Manufactured Food Programs

Produce Track
Location: Amway – Imperial Ballroom – 1st Floor Learn about the Produce Safety Rule as it applies to both the Retail and Manufactured Food Programs. Download the presentation here
Moderator
  • Ben Marshall, Produce Safety Expert, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Speaker
  • Amber Matulis, Dairy, Feed, and Produce Division Director, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
June 10, 2024
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1:30 pm
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3:00 pm

Building a Sustainable Future- Utilizing the Retail Program Standards to Support Your Success

Retail Track
Location: Amway – Ambassador West – 2nd Floor Whether you are newly enrolled in the Retail Program Standards, have dabbled in the Standards, or have successfully met and verified one or more Standards, you may also have this question that keeps coming up for jurisdictions: “How do I maintain conformance with the Retail Program Standards when our workforce and priorities are ever changing?” This session will equip you with tools, resources, and information needed to support your jurisdiction’s success with the Retail Program Standards now and in the future.
Moderator
  • Christopher J. Smith, Director, Retail Food Protection Branch 3, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
Speakers
  • Aileen Benavente-Pangelinan, Environmental Health Officer, Commonwealth Health Corporation, Saipan
  • Katherine Del Mundo, RS/REHS, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
  • David H. Engelskirchen, MA, CP-FS, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
  • Amber English, REHS, Environmental Health Specialist Supervisor, Northern Nevada Public Health
  • Shawna Johnson, MPH, Food Safety Lead, Boulder County Public Health
  • Kenya Moon, CP-FS, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
  • Valerie A. Potopsingh, MPA, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
  • Tiara Smith, Program Analyst, National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)
  • Stephanie Streight, Environmental Health Coordinator, Peoria City/County Health Department
  • Randy Treadwell, MPH, Associate Executive Director of Programs, Association of Food and Drug Officials
  • Carolyn White, MPH, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
  • Summer Williams, Food Safety Division Deputy Director, Georgia Department of Agriculture
  • Elisabeth Wirsing, MPH, Senior Environmental Health Program Manager, Vermont Department of Health
June 10, 2024
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1:30 pm
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3:00 pm

Outbreak Lessons Learned: Unique Locations, Products, and Approaches

Outbreaks Track
Location: Amway – Senator Vandenberg – 2nd Floor Join us to hear from your state and local health colleagues as they share their lessons learned from outreach responses, including some unique products, environments, and investigational approaches. Download presentation #1 Download presentation #2
Moderators
  • Colby Brown, MPH, Special Processes & Retail Plan Review Coordinator, Georgia Department of Agriculture
  • Carrie Rigdon, Research Director, Association of Food and Drug Officials
Speakers
  • Heather Birt, Recall Specialist, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Michele R. DiMaggio, R.E.H.S., Supervising Environmental Health Specialist, Contra Costa Health
  • Sara Sowko, Public Health Epidemiologist, Contra Costa Health
  • Sinisa Urban, Chief, Division of Environmental Sciences, Maryland Department of Health
  • Brendalee Viveiros, Chief, Center for Food Protection, RI Department of Health
June 10, 2024
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1:30 pm
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2:15 pm

Consumer Risk Communication and Education on Food Safety

Food Track 1
Location: Amway – Pantlind Ballroom – 2nd Floor This session will delve into consumer education issues regarding trust and food safety. Moderated by Benjamin Chapman, PhD, with speakers Mitzi Baum, M.Sc., and Brittanny Saunier, the format will include succinct introductions followed by a round table discussion. Topics will span challenges, new research findings, and strategic next steps in consumer risk communication and education within the food safety domain. Download presentation #1 Download presentation #2 Download presentation #3
Moderator
  • Benjamin Chapman, PhD, Department Head, Professor, North Carolina State University
Speakers
  • Mitzi Baum, Chief Executive Officer, Stop Foodborne Illness
  • Benjamin Chapman, PhD, Department Head, Professor, North Carolina State University
  • Britanny Saunier, Executive Director, Partnership for Food Safety Education
June 10, 2024
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3:00 pm

Food Safety Culture

Food Track 2
Location: DeVos Center – Ballroom A – Street Level Engage with a distinguished panel of food safety culture practitioners as they share practical strategies and nuanced perspectives during this expert panel session. Drawing from extensive experience and research, the panel will offer valuable insights into fostering a resilient food safety culture within organizations. Prepare to delve into substantive discussions that explore effective implementation methods and address challenges faced by industry and regulatory professionals. Download the presentation here
Moderator
  • Dr. Conrad Choiniere, Deputy Director for Regulatory Affairs, Center for Food and Applied Nutrition, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Laurie Farmer, Director, Office of State Cooperative Programs, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Speakers
  • Mara Burr, Vice President, Regulatory & Technical Affairs, Consumer Brands Association
  • Jay Ellingson, Chief Scientific Officer, Kwik Trip Inc
  • Joan Menke-Schaenzer, Chief Quality Officer, Van Drunen Farms
  • Michael Schaffer, Fort Bend County
  • Kelly Stevens, Director, Global Food Safety and Regulatory Compliance, General Mills
  • Monica J. Wilkins, Corporate Vice President, Regulatory and Quality, Abbott
June 10, 2024
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2:30 pm

Ink Sterilization/Validation

Body Art Track
Location: Amway – Governors Room – 2nd Floor Irradiation of packaged ink is an effective method of controlling pathogens in tattoo ink and permanent makeup ink. Under MoCRA, safety substantiation is required. Using a validated process is necessary to assure the safety of inks. The validation requirements for gamma, e-beam and x-ray irradiation sterilization of tattoo and Permanent makeup will be discussed.
Moderator
  • Jodi Jackson, Environmental Health Specialist, Jefferson County Public Health
Speaker
  • Betty Howard, Senior Sterilization Manager, Steris
June 10, 2024
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3:00 pm

Innovations for Food Donations

Food Track 1
Location: Amway – Pantlind Ballroom – 2nd Floor USDA reports that 44.2 million people didn’t have enough to eat and didn’t know where their next meal would come from in 2022. Even more people – 1 in 5 in the United States – turn to food banks, food pantries, and other food programs to feed their families. The need for nourishing, safe food is great. How do we rise to the challenges? Share your innovative approaches, ask questions, and learn from each other in a discussion with a variety of experts who work to end hunger.
Moderators
  • Joe Graham, Water Recreation and Food Safety Section Manager, Washington State Department of Health
  • Kim Stryker, Program Manager, Food Safety and Sanitation Program, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
Speakers
  • Glenda Lewis, Director, Retail Food Protection Staff, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Dru Montri, Vice President, Agri Food Engagement, Feeding America
  • Hilary Thesmar, Ph.D., RD, Chief Science Officer and Vice President of Food Safety Programs, Food Marketing Institute
June 10, 2024
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3:00 pm

Are You Investing in Produce Safety Training?

Produce Track
Location: Amway – Imperial Ballroom – 1st Floor Are you taking advantage of the workshops offered? Workshops are available to help bring stakeholders together in your state and improve aspects of produce safety practices. Hear an overview of these training opportunities to help you determine the next workshop in your state. Download presentation #1 Download presentation #2 Download presentation #3
Moderator
  • Ben Marshall, Produce Safety Expert, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Speakers
  • Rebecca Agnew, Produce Safety Program Specialist, New Mexico Department of Agriculture
  • Kristina Banks, Produce Safety Specialist, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
  • Sarah Avery Cope, Produce Outreach Coordinator, North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
  • Kirby Quam, Produce Safety Outreach Coordinator, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
  • Christy Smith, Program Administrator, Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries
  • Laura Strawn, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, Virginia Tech
  • Megan Todd, Faculty and Senior Legal Specialist, University of Maryland, Baltimore
June 10, 2024
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What is a Disposable Piercing Studio?

Body Art Track
Location: Amway – Governors Room – 2nd Floor The tattoo community has embraced a disposable model, and this has resulted in huge benefits for public safety and worker safety. Piercing studios can also be disposable, however, there are some key differences from tattoo studios. This presentation addresses different strategies for disposable piercing studios, and the ways studio owners and health officials can collaboratively work on compliance that benefits public health. View the presentation here
Moderator
  • Jodi Jackson, Environmental Health Specialist, Jefferson County Public Health
Speaker
  • Jef Saunders, former Association of Professional Piercers President and contributing author of The Revised and Expanded Piercing Bible
June 10, 2024
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Break sponsored by PepsiCo & Exhibitor Showcase

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Location: Amway – Center Concourse – 2nd Floor
June 10, 2024
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Break sponsored by PepsiCo

Food Track 2
Location: DeVos Center – Ballroom A Pre-Function – Street Level
June 10, 2024
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MoCRA and Professionals

Body Art Track
Location: Amway – Governors Room – 2nd Floor Discussion of the effect of MoCRA on Tattoo and Permanent makeup shops, and other professions that use cosmetics in their practice. Although not directly responsible for MoCRA compliance, the artist / shop owner will feel the effects of the changes. The presentation will focus on the effects of MoCRA on professionals.
Moderator
  • Jodi Jackson, Environmental Health Specialist, Jefferson County Public Health
Speaker
  • John Misock, Senior Regulatory Consultant, CeutiReg, Inc.
June 10, 2024
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Explore Innovation, Technology, and New Products from Around the World

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Location: DeVos Center – Ballroom A – Street Level Has this ever happened to you? You walk into a food establishment, and see something you know you are supposed to know, but you don't? Then it hits you ... this overwhelming stress, and you quickly try to figure it out so you aren't embarrassed. Or, have you ever found yourself looking at a food product, scratching your head, and saying, “What in the world is this?” If you've ever felt this way, then this is the session for you! This interactive experience explores innovation, technology, and new products from around the world. Adding to the excitement, there is a “pushing the limits” section: The challenge is to think of new ways to integrate innovations and new technologies into the food safety landscape while protecting public health.
Moderator
  • Laurie Farmer, Director, Office of State Cooperative Programs, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Speakers
  • Patrick Bird, Dr. Manager Scientific Affairs, bioMérieux
  • Dan Braido, CTO and VP of Engineering, RoboBurger
  • Mike Liedtke, Co-founder and Dir. of Business Development, Certified Quality Foods
  • Scott Nicolas, Director, Global McDonald’s Account Relationship Team, Taylor Company
June 10, 2024
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All Mushrooms are Edible But Some Only Once

Produce Track
Location: Amway – Imperial Ballroom – 1st Floor Mushrooms are a hot topic for both produce and retail food programs. How are wild-foraged and farm-raised mushrooms are handled under the Produce Safety Rule and how is it determined whether mushrooms are an approved source for retail programs. Download presentation #1 Download presentation #2 Download presentation #3
Moderator
  • Tommy Saunders, Produce Safety Alliance, Cornell University 
Speakers
  • Nicole Baysal, Produce Safety Program Manager, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
  • Kim Carlton, Retail Food Program Manager, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
  • Kim Galloup, Senior Produce Safety Inspector, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Ben Marshall, Produce Safety Expert, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Stefanie Smith, Chief, Food Safety Policy & Programs, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
June 10, 2024
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What to Expect When You Are Inspecting a Body Art Facility

Body Art Track
Location: Amway – Governors Room – 2nd Floor Discussion of the dynamics of body art facility inspection... What does a shop owner do when the inspector shows up? What is "professional behavior" on the part of the inspector? Keeping calm and in the moment is best.
Moderator
  • Jodi Jackson, Environmental Health Specialist, Jefferson County Public Health
Speakers
  • Jodi Jackson, Environmental Health Specialist, Jefferson County Public Health
  • Katherine Martinez, Sanitarian Specialist, Environmental Health Division, Kent County Health Department
June 10, 2024
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Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA’s): and Conversations With Those Growers

Produce Track
Location: Amway – Imperial Ballroom – 1st Floor Download presentation #1 Download presentation #2
Moderator
  • Tommy Saunders, Produce Safety Alliance, Cornell University 
Speakers
  • Brian Mitchell, Director of Farm Operations, Square Roots
  • Monica Noble, 80 Acres Farms
June 10, 2024
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Discussion/Wrap Up

Body Art Track
Location: Amway – Governors Room – 2nd Floor
June 10, 2024
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Monday Night Event sponsored by Meijer

Special Events
Bus Pickup: Amway – Lobby – 1st Floor

A Taste of Pure Michigan

Embark on a gourmet journey as you dash from table to table, sampling an array of delectable dishes from the Grand Rapid’s Downtown Market's finest vendors. Pair your culinary adventures with refreshing beverages, including craft beers, fine wines, artisanal cocktails, mocktails by the teenage bartender and specialized pop. Groove to the rhythm of live music, adding a dash of fun and festivity to your dining experience.
June 11, 2024
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Continental Breakfast sponsored by Instacart & Coca-Cola

General Sessions
Location: Amway – Center Concourse – 2nd Floor
June 11, 2024
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Cottage Foods – Setting a Permanent Place at the Table

General Sessions
Location: DeVos Center – Ballroom A – Street Level Join us for this multi-perspective panel discussion exploring the complexity of home-based food producers as a food source. As cottage foods have exponentially expanded in the US market and legislative agendas, bake sales and jellies are the farmers’ market are no longer the norm. This in-depth conversation will delve into the nuance of the economic, cultural, political, and public health issues so you are prepared to influence from your seat at the table.
Moderator
  • Katherine Simon, Food and Feed Safety Division Director, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Speakers
  • Mikaylah Heffernan, Legislative Liaison, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Pam Miles, Office of Dairy and Foods Program Manager, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
  • Carrie Rigdon, Research Director, Association of Food and Drug Officials
  • Mark Speltz, Food Safety Bureau Chief, Iowa Department of Inspections, Appeals, & Licensing
  • Alexander Steward, President, MI Farmers Market Association
June 11, 2024
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The Face of Foodborne Illness: One Mother’s Crusade

General Sessions
Location: DeVos Center – Ballroom A – Street Level Foodborne illness sometimes seems more like numbers and statistics rather than the impact to people and families. Collette Dziadul's daughter, Dana, is a survivor of Salmonella Poona from eating cantaloupe at the age of 3 and continues to suffer with reactive arthritis. Dziadul was very involved with the advocacy for the Food Safety Modernization Act, which was signed into law in 2010. Dziadul will share her personal story in a conversation with magazine editor Jason Brill during this session that reminds us why it matters.
Moderator
  • Jason Brill, Editor, Quality Assurance and Food Safety Magazine
Speaker
  • Colette Dziadul, Advocate and Mother, North Carolina
June 11, 2024
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Break sponsored by PepsiCo

General Sessions
Location: Devos Center – Ballroom A Pre-function – Street Level
June 11, 2024
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Food Safety in the Modern Context

General Sessions
Location: DeVos Center – Ballroom A – Street Level As a follow-up to his 2023 presentation on the opportunities and challenges inherent in teaching, training, and employing Generation Z, Dr. Evans will discuss effective strategies for ensuring robust food safety teams and outcomes in light of changing food trends, foodservice innovation, and cultural headwinds. Download the presentation here
Moderator
  • Ellen Buchanan, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Speaker
  • Jason Evans, Dean, College of Food Innovation and Technology, Johnson & Wales University
June 11, 2024
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Wiley Awards Luncheon – Included with Registration

General Sessions
Location: DeVos Center – Ballroom B – Street Level
June 11, 2024
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Data Visualization: How to Use Data as a Communication Tool

Food Track 2
Location: DeVos Center – Ballroom A – Street Level Take an enlightening journey to uncover the transformative power of visualizing data to improve food safety. Begin by delving into the nuances of popular visualization tools like Tableau and Power BI, offering a comparison to help you choose the right tool for your data storytelling needs. Then, speakers will showcase the art of creating compelling visualizations for local, state, and federal regulatory programs, demonstrating real-world applications that have led to significant insights. Through a series of dynamic presentations and demonstrations, this panel will guide you through the best practices for designing clear, intuitive visualizations that not only captivate but also communicate complex data effectively to diverse audiences. Join this collaborative exploration into how data visualization can serve as a pivotal communication tool, driving informed decision-making and fostering a culture of transparency and excellence in food safety programs. Download presentation #1 Download presentation #2 Download presentation #3
Moderator
  • Carrie Rigdon, Research Director, Association of Food and Drug Officials
Speakers
  • Cameron Garrison, Executive Director, HS Govtech/Healthspace USA
  • Frank Greene, Director, Connecticut Consumer Protection
  • Utkarsh Shrivastava, Asst. Professor of Business Information Systems, Western Michigan University
  • Mark Speltz, Food Safety Bureau Chief, Iowa Department of Inspections, Appeals, & Licensing
June 11, 2024
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Get to the Root of the Issue: Root Cause Analysis and Corrective Actions from the Regulatory and Industry Perspective

Outbreaks Track
Location: Amway – Senator Vandenberg – 2nd Floor Root Cause Analysis can be most valuable when it's used proactively, before a foodborne illness outbreak has occurred. Learn how industry, academic, and regulatory partners are working to incorporate RCA into their work culture. Download presentation #1 Download presentation #2
Moderator
  • Randy Treadwell, MPH, Associate Executive Director of Programs, Association of Food and Drug Officials
Speakers
  • Eduardo Gutierrez-Rodriguez, Associate Professor, Colorado State University
  • Emily Hollingsworth, Retail Food Program Manager, Bureau of Food Safety and Animal Health, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Raquel Maymir, Global Regulatory Affairs Manager, General Mills
  • Sonia Salas, Assistant Vice President, Science, Western Growers Association
June 11, 2024
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Communication Blunders Unveiled: A Theatrical Exploration of Challenges for Regulators & Industry

Retail Track
Location: Amway – Ambassador West – 2nd Floor Attend this session to help avoid your own "outtakes!" Sit in on this fun, interactive role-play dialogue between food safety regulators and industry to help you become a "star" on the food safety "Walk of Fame." Learn communication tips and best practices from a panel of presenters (and maybe even join a skit yourself!).
Moderators
  • Greg Astley, Director of Government Affairs, Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association
  • Joe Graham, Water Recreation and Food Safety Section Manager, Washington State Department of Health
Speaker
  • Christine Ancrum, MPH, Agriculture Compliance Specialist Supervisor, South District Office, Georgia Department of Agriculture
  • Adam Inman, Assistant Program Manager, Food Safety and Lodging, Kansas Department of Agriculture
  • Eric Moore, Director of Food Safety & Industry Outreach, Testo Solutions - North America
  • Carrie Pohjola, MS, RS, Food Scientist, Advanced-Division of Food and Recreational Safety Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
  • Mandy Sedlak, Director of Global Food Safety and Public Health, Ecolab
  • Shelly Wallingford, Director of Food Safety, First Watch Restaurants
June 11, 2024
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Schedule III

Cannabis Track
Location: Amway – Gerald R Ford Ballroom – 1st Floor This session offers a unique opportunity to explore the potential benefits and challenges associated with rescheduling cannabis, providing valuable perspectives from diverse stakeholders as they anticipate and adapt to regulatory shifts in this evolving landscape. As calls for reevaluation gain momentum, diverse stakeholders will offer valuable perspectives on the complexities of rescheduling cannabis as they anticipate and adapt to regulatory shifts in this evolving industry. Panelists will explore potential benefits and challenges surrounding product standardization, distribution channels, public safety, and market competition. Gain insights from industry leaders, legal experts, and policymakers on the intricacies of rescheduling and its impact on both the existing cannabis marketplace, as well as other, parallel industries.
Moderator
  • Lezli Engelking, President & Founder, FOCUS – Foundation of Cannabis Unified Standards
Speakers
  • Dale Hunt, Founder & Senior Attorney, Hunt IP Law/Breeders Best
  • Cori Muse, Founder, Muse Food Safety
  • Shaun Opie, Founder & Managing Partner, E4 Bioscience
  • Chip Paul, Founder, Gnu Pharma
June 11, 2024
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Clean First, Don’t Sanitize the Dirt

Produce Track
Location: Amway – Imperial Ballroom – 1st Floor Cleaning before sanitizing is key for food safety. Learn about the biological hazards, understand why you must remove the dirt before sanitizing, and glean knowledge of how good sanitary design is key.  Download the presentation here
Moderator
  • Robert Donato, Produce Safety Regulatory Supervisor, South Carolina Department of Agriculture
Speaker
  • Dr. Laura Strawn, Associate Professor, Extension Specialist, Virginia Tech
June 11, 2024
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Compliance Verification of Tattoo Inks and Permanent Make-up Pigments

Body Art Track
Location: Amway – Governors Room – 2nd Floor The presentation will include an overview of Canadian cosmetic requirements like labelling and notification and an overview of the compliance verification project conducted in 2022 on tattoo inks and permanent make-up pigments.  Download the presentation here
Moderator
  • Ken Coleman Stevenson II, President, Ceutical Labs
Speaker
  • Kyle MacIsaac, Compliance and Enforcement Officer. Health Canada HC/SC (Virtual Presentation) 
June 11, 2024
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The Gray Zone: Food, Supplement, or Drug? Emerging Food Safety Challenges

Food Track 1
Location: Amway – Ambassador East – 2nd Floor When a product being sold isn’t clearly a food, drug, or supplement, who has jurisdiction? How do agencies rapidly respond to these kinds of public health threats, especially when it seems like there’s regularly something new? The panel will share some case study experiences and talk about building partnerships to respond.
Moderator
  • Brad Deacon, Director, Office of Legal Affairs & Emergency Management, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
Speakers
  • Melissa Card-Abela, Senior Regulatory Counsel, Whole Foods Market
  • Mott Heath, Special Agent, Office of Criminal Investigation, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Tim Slawinski, Food & Animal Health Bureau Director, MI Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Jodi Taylor, Chief, Division of Food Safety, Ohio Department of Agriculture
  • Lori Woznicki, MPH, Food and Drug Inspections Unit Director, Consumer Protection Division, Texas Department of State Health Services
June 11, 2024
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A Path to Protecting Public Health: How to build a Body Art Program

Body Art Track
Location: Amway – Governors Room – 2nd Floor Are you considering updating your jurisdiction’s body art regulations but don’t know where to start? The NEHA Body Art Model Code (BAMC) is the only comprehensive model code that addresses current body art issues and public health risks and is available for jurisdictions to adopt. During this presentation resources, including the Annex to the BAMC and the 2024 BAMC adoption toolkit will be shared. You will leave this presentation with an understanding of the rigorous Code update process, stories from local jurisdictions that adopted the Code, and how you can do the same. Download the presentation here
Moderator
  • Ken Coleman Stevenson II, President, Ceutical Labs
Speaker
  • Sadie Shervheim, Project Coordinator, National Environmental Health Association (NEHA)
June 11, 2024
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LGMA and the Romaine Test & Learn Study

Produce Track
Location: Amway – Imperial Ballroom – 1st Floor For the first time ever, Romaine farmers are sharing and aggregating data to advance food safety in leafy greens. The Romaine Test & Learn program requires farmers to use standardized testing for both pre-harvest and finished product. The data that farmers submit will be analyzed over a period of two years to identify risks and improve food safety. Download the presentation here
Moderator
  • Robert Donato, Produce Safety Regulatory Supervisor, South Carolina Department of Agriculture
Speaker
  • Tim York, CEO, Leafy Green Marketing Agreement (LGMA)
June 11, 2024
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Break sponsored by PepsiCo

Food Track 2
Location: DeVos Center – Ballroom A Pre-Function – Street Level
June 11, 2024
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Break & Exhibit Showcase

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Location: Amway – Center Concourse – 2nd Floor
June 11, 2024
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FDA’s Food Traceability Rule: Are You Ready?

Food Track 2
Location: DeVos Center – Ballroom A – Street Level The FDA Food Traceability Rule, the last major FSMA regulation, requires the food industry to collect, maintain, and share data up and down the supply chain, and that includes facility tracing. With an effective date of January 2026, this rule impacts every type of food business, from farm to retail and those in between. Learn more about the FDA requirements, current implementation efforts and challenges, and some expert tips and tricks from the A-team of food safety and traceability.
Moderator
  • Sharon Mayl, Partner, DLA Piper
Speakers
  • Sharon Mayl, Partner, DLA Piper
  • Jennifer McEntire, Ph.D., Founder, Food Safety Strategy, LLC
  • Liz Sertl, Senior Director, Retail Grocery Community Engagement, GS1 US
  • Hilary Thesmar, Ph.D., RD, Chief Science Officer and Vice President of Food Safety Programs, Food Marketing Institute
  • Roberta Wagner, Senior Vice President, Regulatory and Scientific Affairs: International Dairy Association 
  • Lisa Weddig, Chief Food Safety Officer, National Fisheries Institute
June 11, 2024
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Applying AI and Big Data in Food Safety: A Hands-On Approach

Food Track 1
Location: Amway – Ambassador East – 2nd Floor This session is designed as a dynamic, hands-on experience for food safety professionals who are eager to explore the potential of AI and big data. It will unfold in two parts: an expert panel discussion followed by an audience-engaging exercise. The diverse panel of experts with varied perspectives will shed light on the practical application of AI and big data to bolster food safety initiatives. Following the discussion, participants will engage in a group activity to tackle specific food safety challenges, facilitating a deep dive into relevant questions and the potential for applying AI tools. The session promises a comprehensive learning experience, emphasizing clarity on AI's role in food safety and fostering a collaborative environment for knowledge exchange. Download the presentation here
Moderator
  • Carrie Rigdon, Research Director, Association of Food and Drug Officials
Speakers
  • Joe Castle, Executive Advisor, Public Sector Technology, SAS Institute Inc.
  • Jorge A. Hernandez, VP, Quality Assurance, The Wendy’s Company
  • Brendan Ring, Commercial Director, Creme Global
  • Michael Walton, President, BCD iLabs
  • Stephanie Weber, Industry Leader for State and Local Government, Appian
June 11, 2024
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Who Collected What from Where?!? Multi-Partner Response Coordination After Collecting a Positive LFFM Produce Sample

Outbreaks Track
Location: Amway – Senator Vandenberg – 2nd Floor Learn more about how states have coordinated and communicated with their various partners when responding to a positive sample result collected under the Laboratory Flexible Funding Model. Download presentation #1  
Moderators
  • Sally Flowers, Scientific Affairs Director, Association of Food and Drug Officials
  • Brendalee Viveiros, Rhode Island Department of Health
Speakers
  • Lauren Edwards, RRT Epidemiologist, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Shay Frankenfield, Produce Safety Compliance Officer, S.C. Dept. of Agriculture
  • Kelly E. Kline, Rapid Response Team Food Safety Program Specialist, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
  • Terri McConnell, Integrated Laboratory Network Director, FDA ORA Office of Regulatory Science
  • Brandon Nader, Microbiology Section Manager, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Jonathan D. Wheeler, PCQI, CHM, Special Processes Team Leader, Division of Food and Lead Risk Assessments, S.C. Dept. of Health & Environmental Control
June 11, 2024
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Around the World: A Journey Through Food Safety Inspection and Cross-Cultural Foods

Retail Track
Location: Amway – Ambassador West – 2nd Floor Embark on a captivating journey through this engaging session to unravel the intricate tapestry of food safety in cultural cuisines. Visit the earthy richness of dried wood ear mushrooms in Asian dishes, the unique Alaskan tradition of seal blubber utilization, and the vibrant flavors of kimchi in Korean fare to explore the food safety implications of these culturally significant ingredients.
Moderator
  • Shawna Johnson, MPH, Food Safety Lead, Boulder County Public Health
Speakers
  • Han Chen, PhD., candidate. Purdue University Department of Food Science
  • Betty Feng, Associate Professor, Purdue University Department of Food Science
  • Kim Stryker, Program Manager, Food Safety and Sanitation Program, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Kyle Walsh, Environmental Health Supervisor, Chester County Health Department
  • Joann Xiong, Food & Consumer Safety Supervisor, Marion County Public Health Department
June 11, 2024
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Cannabis Occupational Safety & Health

Cannabis Track
Location: Amway – Gerald R Ford Ballroom – 1st Floor Leveraging the collective expertise of professionals across various domains, this panel will delve into the distinctive challenges related to occupational health and safety in this new legal industry. Employing evidence-based research and pragmatic insights, the discourse will explore effective strategies for mitigating risks associated with the cultivation, manufacturing, and dispensing of cannabis, while also ensuring the well-being of workers.
Speakers
  • Kyle Baker, Founder & Chief Scientific Officer, Clean Theory
  • Alex Hearding, Founder, FOCUS Risk Management
  • Bill Martin, Medical Director, Mediprise
  • Stacey Watrobski, Founder, Cannabis Workers Resource
June 11, 2024
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Plumbing the Depths of Wells: Exploring the nuances of risk in well systems

Produce Track
Location: Amway – Imperial Ballroom – 1st Floor Can you tell a well from a hole in the ground? This session will not only give you the tools you need to tell the difference (in some cases not much!) but also give you the opportunity to think about the well as part of a water system. Even investigators with some knowledge of wells will gain a better understanding of the hazards at play and the circumstances that turn those hazards into risks. Download the presentation here
Moderator
  • Christy Smith, Program Administrator, Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries
Speaker
  • Phil Tocco, Extension Educator, Michigan State University
June 11, 2024
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What’s In My Ink: A Survey of Tattoo Ink Compositions

Body Art Track
Location: Amway – Governors Room – 2nd Floor As tattoos continue to rise in popularity, the demand for tattoo ink has surged. Historically, tattoo inks have been under-regulated in the US market. Our work focuses on understanding what's in the bottle of tattoo inks compared to what's on the label. This presentation will discuss the analytical chemistry that goes into characterizing tattoo inks and highlight gaps in accurate labeling with respect to inks available on the US market and those specifically marketed as REACH-compliant for the EU market. 
Moderator
  • Ken Coleman Stevenson II, President, Ceutical Labs
Speaker
  • John Swierk, Assistant Professor, Binghamton University, Department of Chemistry 
June 11, 2024
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APT Update

Body Art Track
Location: Amway – Governors Room – 2nd Floor Current happenings at APT.
Moderator
  • Ken Coleman Stevenson II, President, Ceutical Labs
Speaker
  • Selina Medina, Director of Research with the Alliance of Professional Tattooists
June 11, 2024
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Seeking Norovirus Reduction: Developing New and Improved Employee Health Tools

Retail Track
Location: Amway – Ambassador West – 2nd Floor The AFDO Healthy People 2030 Norovirus Workgroup has been working in collaboration with others on the development of new and improved employee health assessment tools in the fight against norovirus. Hear workgroup leaders from FDA and CDC discuss the status of this crucial work at retail and how you can provide input and get involved. Download the presentation here
Moderators
  • Shelly Wallingford, Director of Food Safety, First Watch
  • Carolyn White, MPH, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
Speakers
  • Katherine Del Mundo, RS/REHS, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
  • Laurie Farmer, Director, Office of State Cooperative Programs, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Beth Wittry, CDR USPHS, CDC Safe Food Section
June 11, 2024
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Produce Standards

Produce Track
Location: Amway – Imperial Ballroom – 1st Floor Building a Stronger State Produce Program using the Produce Regulatory Program Standards (PRPS) Download the presentation here
Moderator
  • Christy Smith, Program Administrator, Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries
Speaker
  • Michael Botelho, Agricultural Food Safety Division Director, Massachusetts Department of Agriculture Resources
June 11, 2024
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Virginia’s Approach to Hemp-Derived Cannabinoids: A Discussion with Pamela Miles

Cannabis Track
Location: Amway – Gerald R Ford Ballroom – 1st Floor Join us for an enlightening session as we delve into Virginia's distinct regulatory strategies concerning hemp-derived cannabis products. The session begins with an engaging slide presentation, providing an in-depth analysis of Virginia's regulatory approach. Following the presentation, attendees will participate in a dynamic and interactive discussion, exploring the efficacy of various regulatory approaches for this new class of products. Download the presentation here
Moderator
  • Lezli Engelking, President & Founder, FOCUS – Foundation of Cannabis Unified Standards
Speaker
  • Pam Miles, Office of Dairy and Foods Program Manager, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
June 11, 2024
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FDA Inspections of Tattoo Ink Manufacturing Facilities, GMPs, and the 7 Elements of MoCRA

Body Art Track
Location: Amway – Governors Room – 2nd Floor The Modernization of Cosmetic Regulation Act is currently changing the way cosmetic products, including tattoo ink, are regulated in the United States. This presentation will provide an overview of tattoo ink manufacturing as it relates to the 7 primary elements of MoCRA, FDA inspections, and general GMP compliance concepts.
Moderator
  • Ken Coleman Stevenson II, President, Ceutical Labs
Speakers
  • Sean Brown, City Council Member, Public health and Safety, Village of Volente
  • Ken Coleman Stevenson II, President, CeutReg LLC
June 11, 2024
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NASDA News

Produce Track
Location: Amway – Imperial Ballroom – 1st Floor Hear about NASDA updates and work in produce safety.
Moderator
  • Christy Smith, Program Administrator, Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries
Speaker
  • Bob Ehart, Senior Policy & Science Advisor, NASDA
  • Joe Reardon, Senior Director of Food Safety Programs, NASDA
June 11, 2024
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Discussion/Wrap Up

Body Art Track
Location: Amway – Governors Room – 2nd Floor
June 11, 2024
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President’s Reception sponsored by McDonald’s & Exhibitor Showcase

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Location: Amway – Crown Foyer & Center Concourse – 2nd Floor
June 11, 2024
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Offsite Networking Event, Dueling pianos at Flanagan’s Pub

Special Events
Location: 1 minute walk from the Amway
June 12, 2024
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Changing the Picture! The Landscape of State Retail Food Programs

Retail Track
Location: Amway – Ambassador West – 2nd Floor The Retail State Surveys 2.0 were completed with State Retail Program Managers in 2023. These interviews asked over 40 questions about staffing, training programs, risk-based inspections, compliance, and the Retail Standards. So, what’s new in the retail food landscape? Bring your coffee and join us to hear about the colorful landscape of State Retail Programs.
Moderator
  • Autumn Schuck, Assistant Program Director, Association of Food and Drug Officials
Speakers
  • Deanna Copeland, Retail Food Safety Director, Association of Food and Drug Officials
  • Carrie Rigdon, Research Director, Association of Food and Drug Officials
June 12, 2024
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Body Art Committee Planning Session

Body Art Track
Location: Amway – Pantlind Ballroom – 2nd Floor This session will focus on the future of the BAC. Participants will share ideas, prioritize actions, and create a roadmap going forward. 
June 12, 2024
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5:00 pm

Meijer Distribution Center and NSF Laboratory Tour

Special Events
Bus Pickup: Amway – Lobby – 1st Floor What is an automated Witron Distribution Center?  A fully automated warehouse is a facility that uses automated logistics solutions to carry out all operations, from goods receiving to the processing of orders and their subsequent dispatch. Discover more about these centers, which are characterized by minimal operator intervention in the logistics processes.  NSF Laboratory Tour: NSF was founded in 1944 at the University of Michigan School of Public Health to develop consensus national standards related to the sanitation of food and water; our mission is to improve human and planet health. This tour of the NSF laboratories will take you through some of the over 130,000 ft2 of lab space at NSF’s headquarters located in Ann Arbor, MI. These state-of-the-art, ISO/IEC 17025-accredited and OSHA Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories (NRTL) include the leading drinking water treatment systems laboratory worldwide for assessing water filtration performance and material safety, and the leading laboratory for testing for contaminants and athletic banned substances in dietary supplements and functional foods. Other labs on-site include bio-safety cabinetry testing and the engineering and microbiology labs that are fundamental to food equipment evaluations. NSF welcomes you to see the work we do every day to support our shared missions and hope you enjoy the tour!
June 12, 2024
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8:30 am
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9:15 am

A New Way Forward for Cannabidiol (CBD) and Other Hemp Products

Cannabis Track
Location: Amway – Gerald R Ford Ballroom – 1st Floor Listen to an FDA update on its vision of the path forward for regulating CBD and other cannabinoids.  Download the presentation here    
Speaker
  • Patrick Cournoyer, Senior Science Advisor and Lead for FDA’s Cannabis Product Committee, U.S. Food and Drug Association
June 12, 2024
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9:00 am
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10:00 am

Knowledge Is Power! A One-of-a-Kind Educational Adventure on Variances and HACCP Plans for Specialized Processes at Retail

Retail Track
Location: Amway – Ambassador West – 2nd Floor Meet the Regulatory Experts who approve hundreds of variances in one calendar year. Get insider information on policies, procedures, and setting expectations as they relate to variances, HACCP plans, and special processes at retail. AFDO has a new guidance tool for your toolbox on how to meet the recommended requirements of the FDA Food Code in Relation to Specialized Processing Methods at Retail. It's called Guidance for Developing HACCP Plans for Specialized Processes at Retail. There is a raffle during this session for five (5) free guides, but you must be on time to receive your raffle ticket and you must be present to win a copy.
Moderator
  • Tara Paster Cammarata, FMP, CP-FS, President/CEO, Cenza, Inc.
Speakers
  • Veronica Bryant, REHS, Emergency Preparedness and Outbreak Coordinator, Division of Public Health, Environmental Health Section, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
  • Tara Edwards, Sr. Environmental Health Specialist, Southern Nevada Health District, Environmental Health, Training-Special Processes
  • Amanda Garvin, MPH, REHS, MLS(ASCP), Regional Food Service Specialist, Local Health Services, Bureau of Food Safety and Animal Health, Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development
  • Carrie Pohjola, MS, RS, Food Scientist, Advanced-Division of Food and Recreational Safety, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
  • Raymond Starin, REHS/RS, Agricultural Consultant, Food and Feed Safety Division, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
  • Jonathan D. Wheeler, PCQI, CHM, Special Processes Team Leader, Division of Food and Lead Risk Assessments, S.C. Dept. of Health & Environmental Control
June 12, 2024
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10:00 am
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10:30 am

Break sponsored by PepsiCo & Exhibitor Showcase

Body Art TrackRetail Track
Location: Amway – Center Concourse – 2nd Floor
June 12, 2024
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2:00 pm

Cannabis Tour

Cannabis Track
Bus Pickup: Amway – Lobby – 1st Floor Are you curious about how cannabis is produced and manufactured? Do you wonder what the inside of a cannabis facility looks like? Are you involved with the regulation of cannabis? If so, please join us for a unique opportunity to increase your awareness and education on a cannabis facility tour during this year’s AFDO Educational Conference. From raw ingredients to finished products, you’ll observe firsthand the inner workings and protocols for cannabis horticulture, trimming, drying, and curing; as well as the manufacturing and processing practices that transform raw cannabis flowers into the multitude of products available on the market today. Participants will see how cannabis regulations function in a real-life setting, better understand the importance of quality assurance and standards in this nascent industry and speak candidly with the cannabis facility team and other experts.
June 12, 2024
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10:30 am
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12:00 pm

A Real-World Whodunit! Can You Crack the FBI Outbreak at Retail?

Retail Track
Location: Amway – Ambassador West – 2nd Floor This interactive session empowers you to apply critical thinking skills to be proactive and preventive as they relate to foodborne illness outbreaks. We'll learn to solve a real-world retail mystery that no one saw coming: the FBI Outbreak! Industry, regulatory, and academia will investigate, question, and explore:
  • Noting false flags, challenges, and barriers
  • Knowing and applying critical thinking
  • Directing your resources
  • Working efficiently
  • Providing tools
  • Messaging to your team
  • Being solution driven
No one saw this coming! Can you crack the Foodborne Illness Outbreak at Retail?
Moderators
  • Tara Paster Cammarata, FMP, CP-FS, President/CEO, Cenza, Inc.
Speakers
  • Nick Adams, Senior Program Analyst, NACCHO
  • Deanna Copeland, Retail Food Safety Director, Association of Food and Drug Officials
  • Adam Inman, Assistant Program Manager, Food Safety and Lodging, Kansas Department of Agriculture
  • Rebecca Vought, Biologist, Retail Food Policy Team, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Kyle Walsh, Environmental Health Supervisor, Chester County Health Department
June 12, 2024
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10:30 am
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11:15 am

Body Art Committee Planning Session (continued)

Body Art Track
Location: Amway – Pantlind Ballroom – 2nd Floor
June 12, 2024
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11:15 am
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12:30 pm

Planning Session/Wrap Up 

Body Art Track
Location: Amway – Pantlind Ballroom – 2nd Floor
June 7, 2024
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8:00 am
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5:00 pm

Self-Assessment and Verification Audit Workshops 

Workshop
This workshop is specifically designed for state, local, territorial, and tribal regulatory agencies. It is recommended that participants from regulatory agencies be program managers and/or staff responsible for working on self-assessments, preparing for verification audits, or both. Registration will be capped at two per jurisdiction and will close once capacity is reached. A waitlist will then be created.
Speakers
  • Katherine Del Mundo, RS/REHS, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
  • David H. Engelskirchen, MA, CP-FS, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
  • Kenya Moon, CP-FS, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
  • Valerie A. Potopsingh, MPA, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
  • Robert Sudler, Jr., MS, Consumer Safety Officer, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition/Office of Food Safety
  • Jonathan Tran, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
  • Carolyn White, MPH, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
June 8, 2024
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8:00 am

Continental Breakfast

Location: Amway - Imperial Ballroom - 2nd Floor
June 8, 2024
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8:00 am
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5:00 pm

Self-Assessment and Verification Audit Workshops

Workshop
This workshop is specifically designed for state, local, territorial, and tribal regulatory agencies. It is recommended that participants from regulatory agencies be program managers and/or staff responsible for working on self-assessments, preparing for verification audits, or both.   Registration will be capped at two per jurisdiction and will close once capacity is reached. A waitlist will then be created. 
Speakers
  • Katherine Del Mundo, RS/REHS, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
  • David H. Engelskirchen, MA, CP-FS, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
  • Kenya Moon, CP-FS, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
  • Valerie A. Potopsingh, MPA, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
  • Robert Sudler, Jr., MS, Consumer Safety Officer, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition/Office of Food Safety
  • Jonathan Tran, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
  • Carolyn White, MPH, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
June 8, 2024
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4:15 pm

Food Chemistry 101

Workshop
Location: Amway – Imperial Ballroom – 2nd Floor Food chemistry comprises the structure and function of foods, which are inextricably linked to human health and nutrition. This eight-hour workshop is designed for the food regulatory professional to learn the latest about color additives, PFAS, pesticide residues, mycotoxins, and heavy metals, including a discussion of subsampling. Public health risks of these emerging issues will be discussed along with what we test for and how testing occurs.  Download the the Food Chemistry 101 Workshop Agenda Download presentation #1 Download presentation #2 Download presentation #3 Download presentation #4  Download presentation #5 Download presentation #6
Speakers
  • Dr. Courtney Carignan, Assistant Professor, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Michigan State University
  • Terry Councell, Coordinator of Total Diet Study, Office of Analytics and Outreach, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Sally Flowers, Scientific Affairs Director, Association of Food and Drug Officials
  • Karen Hall, Regulatory Review Scientist, Division of Food Ingredients, Office of Food Safety, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Dr. Maria Ishida, Director of Food Laboratory, New York Department of Agriculture and Markets
  • Maria Knirk, Acting Director, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Jason S. Kong, Laboratory Director, CPL, Ohio Department of Agriculture
  • John Misock, Senior Regulatory Consultant, CeutiReg, Inc.
  • Maggie Pandis, Senior Regulatory Affairs Specialist, Conagra Brands
  • Dr. Felicia Wu, John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor in Food Safety, Toxicology, and Risk Assessment and University Distinguished Professor, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Michigan State University
June 8, 2024
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The Risk-Based Inspections Trail: Where are you along the journey?

Workshop
Location: Amway – Pantlind Ballroom – 2nd Floor This interactive workshop is designed for Retail Program Managers to explore Risk-Based Inspections. Where is your program on the trail to reach the Risk-Based Inspections summit? Whether you are just starting out on Risk-Based Inspections or have been on the Risk-Based Inspection path for years, this workshop will help you along the way. Learn where your program is on this journey, what direction your next steps should be, and get some tools to conduct more effective Risk-Based Inspections. 
Speaker
  • Deanna Copeland, Retail Food Safety Director, Association of Food and Drug Officials 
June 8, 2024
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1:00 pm
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5:00 pm

Chat at Your Service: Integrating AI into Your Food Safety Routine

Workshop
Location: Amway – Gerald R. Ford Room – 1st Floor Dive into the future of food safety with our workshop, a four-hour interactive session. Designed for food safety professionals, this workshop offers a comprehensive introduction to generative AI, focusing on ChatGPT and other AI technologies, and how they can be applied to enhance food safety practices. Through a blend of instruction, practical exercises, and discussions on ethics, security, and the future of AI, participants will gain hands-on experience in integrating AI tools into their work routines. The workshop format encourages lively participation and is flexible to adapt to the audience's engagement, ensuring a rich learning experience that blends foundational knowledge with cutting-edge applications in food safety.  Please bring a laptop or mobile device to access the freely available generative AI tools you'll use during this workshop.  Download the presentation here
Moderator
  • Carrie Rigdon, Research Director, Association of Food and Drug Officials
Speaker
  • Dray McFarlane, Co-Founder of Tasio
 
June 9, 2024
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7:00 am
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8:00 am

Continental Breakfast

Location: Amway - Imperial Ballroom (2nd Floor)
June 9, 2024
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8:00 am
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1:00 pm

Self-Assessment and Verification Audit Workshops

Workshop
This workshop is specifically designed for state, local, territorial, and tribal regulatory agencies. It is recommended that participants from regulatory agencies be program managers and/or staff responsible for working on self-assessments, preparing for verification audits, or both.   Registration will be capped at two per jurisdiction and will close once capacity is reached. A waitlist will then be created. 
Speakers
  • Katherine Del Mundo, RS/REHS, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
  • David H. Engelskirchen, MA, CP-FS, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
  • Kenya Moon, CP-FS, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
  • Valerie A. Potopsingh, MPA, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
  • Robert Sudler, Jr., MS, Consumer Safety Officer, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition/Office of Food Safety
  • Jonathan Tran, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
  • Carolyn White, MPH, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
June 9, 2024
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11:30 am

Pre-Conference Workshops

Workshop

Taking Your Instructor Skills from Ordinary, to Extraordinary!

Location: Amway – Imperial Ballroom – 1st Floor (8:00 - 11:30 am) Get ready for an interactive learning experience that will challenge your current way of delivering training. Walk away with new ideas on how to engage your participants and make not-so-exciting topics the most memorable and enjoyable for your learners.   Who should attend: If you deliver training and have a mindset of continuous learning and improvement, then this session is perfect for you. 

SPEAKERS

  • Catherine Hosman, Funding Programs Director, Association of Food and Drug Officials 
  • Brenda Morris, Director of Produce Safety, Association of Food and Drug Officials

Adapt and Thrive: Cultivating Change Management Concepts

Location: Amway – Gerald R. Ford Room – 1st Floor (8:00 - 11:30 am) Unravel the mysteries of change by discovering how to lead and implement change techniques that help your team adapt and thrive.  Who should attend: Anyone who is in a position to lead, seeking to be in a position to lead, or is given opportunities to lead. 

SPEAKERS

  • Jacob Fleig, SAFHER Implementation Manager, Association of Food and Drug Officials 
  • Kellie Isaac, Chief Innovation Officer, SAFHER Director, Association of Food and Drug Officials
  • Debbie Pickle, SAFHER Implementation Manager, Association of Food and Drug Officials

Joint Retail and Manufactured Program Managers Roundtable Discussion (Invitation Only)

Location: Amway – Ambassador West – 2nd Floor (8:00 - 10:00 am) Session info coming soon.  

Retail Foods Program Managers Roundtable Discussion (Invitation Only)

Location: Amway – Pantlind Ballroom – 2nd Floor (10:00 am - 1:00 pm) Session info coming soon.  
June 9, 2024
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1:00 pm

Manufactured Foods Program Managers Roundtable Discussion (Invitation Only)

Workshop
Location: Amway – Governors Room – 2nd Floor
June 9, 2024
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11:30 am
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12:30 pm

Lunch on your own

June 9, 2024
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12:30 pm
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1:15 pm

FDA’s Investments to Advance an Integrated Food Safety System

General Sessions
Location: Amway - Ambassador West – 2nd Floor FDA’s Office of Partnerships will provide an update on its current funded and programmatic partnerships.
Speaker
  • Wendy Campbell, Division Director, U.S. Food and Drug Administration 
June 9, 2024
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1:15 pm
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2:00 pm

The Future of Training is Here! Navigating the Reimagined IFSS Regulatory and Laboratory Training System (RLTS)

General Sessions
Location: Amway - Ambassador West – 2nd Floor In April 2024, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, in collaboration with its federal agency and regulatory/public health association partners, launched a 5-year strategic plan to transform how the IFSS workforce obtains the job-specific competencies needed to do their important work. Beginning in 2025, the reimagined, collaboratively governed RLTS will leverage the expertise and resources of all IFSS partners - including federal/SLTT agencies, academia, industry, and private training companies - to improve access to high quality training and other learning resources. This presentation will introduce attendees to the RLTS and the National Curriculum Standard (NCS) - a national competency standard for HAF regulatory and laboratory professionals. Attendees will participate in an interactive, “Choose Your Adventure” exploration as we navigate through the RLTS ecosystem to ensure Food Inspector Anthony has the competencies needed to do the mission-critical work he's been assigned. Lastly, attendees will learn how they can get involved in this exciting initiative.
Speakers
  • Craig Kaml, Senior Vice President – Operations, IFPTI
  • Alan Tart, Deputy Director, Office of Partnerships, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
June 9, 2024
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2:00 pm
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3:30 pm

Live Podcast Recording of Food Safety Talk

General Sessions
Location: Amway - Ambassador West – 2nd Floor Dr. Don and Professor Ben will record a live episode of their (mostly) biweekly hit food safety podcast called Food Safety Talk. They have been recording together for almost 13 years and still strive to be relevant, funny, and informative… or at the very least make each other laugh. Don and Ben will open the session by talking about food safety in the news. After they cover the stories of the day and anything else they have on their minds they will take questions from the audience. Download the presentation here
Speakers
  • Benjamin Chapman, PhD, Department Head, Professor, North Carolina State University
  • Don Schaffner, Distinguished Professor and Extension Specialist, Rutgers University
June 9, 2024
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3:30 pm
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4:30 pm

Break sponsored by International Dairy Foods Association

General Sessions
Location: Amway – Center Concourse – 2nd Floor
June 9, 2024
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3:30 pm
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4:30 pm

First Time Attendee Orientation

General Sessions
Location: Amway – Ambassador East – 2nd Floor AFDO considers first time attendees to be VIPs at the Annual AFDO Conference. If this is your first AFDO meeting we invite you to attend the First Time Attendee Welcome Reception that is being held in your honor. During the session, you will have the opportunity to meet AFDO alumni, fellows and other first time attendees; learn about AFDO and its affiliate organizations; and find out about the exciting events that will take place during the 2024 conference. 
June 9, 2024
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4:30 pm
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6:00 pm

Opening Session

General Sessions
Location: DeVos Center – Ballroom A – Street Level

Introductory Remarks and Welcomes

MODERATOR

  • Steven Mandernach, Executive Director, Association of Food and Drug Officials
Download the presentation here

SPEAKERS

  • Dr. Tim Boring, Director, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development  
  • Adam London, Ph.D., RS, DAAS, Administrative Health Officer, Kent County Health Department   
  • Ted McKinney, CEO, The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) 

Endowment Foundation Address

SPEAKER

  • Cynthia Culmo, Principal Consultant, CC Consulting   

President’s Address

SPEAKER

  • Katherine Simon, Food and Feed Safety Division Director, Minnesota Department of Agriculture 

Glenn W. Kilpatrick Memorial Conversation

MODERATOR

  • Joseph Corby, Senior Advisor, Association of Food and Drug Officials 
  • Brian Ronholm, Director, Food Policy, Consumer Reports

SPEAKER

  • Roberta Wagner, Senior Vice President, Regulatory and Scientific Affairs, International Dairy Foods Association
June 9, 2024
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6:30 pm
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7:30 pm

Welcome Reception & Exhibitor Showcase

Special Events
Location: Amway – Center Concourse – 2nd Floor
June 9, 2024
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8:00 pm
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10:00 pm

Endowment Foundation Benefit Event

Special Events
Location: Amway – Ambassador West – 2nd Floor Live Band Karaoke supporting the AFDO Endowment Foundation 
June 10, 2024
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7:00 am
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8:00 am

Continental Breakfast sponsored by Wegmans and Coca-Cola

Location: Amway – Center Concourse – 2nd Floor
June 10, 2024
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8:00 am
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8:30 am

Deputy Commissioner’s update on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Food Program

General Sessions
Location: DeVos Center – Ballroom A – Street Level
Speaker
  • James Jones, Deputy Commissioner for Human Foods, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
June 10, 2024
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8:30 am
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8:50 am

Update on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Regulatory Affairs

General Sessions
Location: DeVos Center – Ballroom A – Street Level
Speaker
  • Michael Rogers, Associate Commissioner for Regulatory Affairs, U.S. Food and Drug Administration 
June 10, 2024
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8:50 am
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9:10 am

CDC Food Safety Priorities and Perspectives for 2024

General Sessions
Location: DeVos Center – Ballroom A – Street Level
Speaker
  • Dr. Robert Tauxe, Director, Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 
June 10, 2024
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9:10 am
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9:30 am

Food Safety Initiatives Update: U.S. Department of Agriculture

General Sessions
Location: DeVos Center – Ballroom A – Street Level Download the presentation here
Speaker
  • Dr. José Emilio Esteban, Under Secretary for Food Safety, Office of Food Safety, U.S. Department of Agriculture 
June 10, 2024
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9:30 am
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10:00 am

U.S. Food and Drug Officials (FDA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Joint Question and Answer

General Sessions
Location: DeVos Center – Ballroom A – Street Level
Moderator
  • Steven Mandernach, Executive Director, Association of Food and Drug Officials 
Speakers
  • Dr. José Emilio Esteban, Under Secretary for Food Safety, Office of Food Safety, U.S. Department of Agriculture 
  • James Jones, Deputy Commissioner for Human Foods, U.S. Food and Drug Administration 
  • Michael Rogers, Associate Commissioner for Regulatory Affairs, U.S. Food and Drug Administration 
  • Dr. Robert Tauxe, Director, Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 
June 10, 2024
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10:00 am
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10:30 am

Break sponsored by PepsiCo

General Sessions
Location: DeVos Center – Ballroom A Pre-function – Street Level
June 10, 2024
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12:00 pm

Building Trust in a Post-Truth World

General Sessions
Location: DeVos Center – Ballroom A – Street Level We used to agree on facts, even when we disagreed on how they should be applied or exactly what they meant. Not anymore. Today, we live in a post-truth world where an online influencer may have more social credibility than leading scientists. In this session, Charlie Arnot, CEO of the Center for Food Integrity, will explain how we got here and more importantly how we can make the science-based information we rely on, relevant and meaningful to an increasingly skeptical public. The session will include workshop activities using real life examples like the growth in cottage foods and home-based restaurants. Come prepared to learn and work as we apply the trust building principles to these challenging topics. Download the presentation here 
Moderator
  • Steven Mandernach, Executive Director, Association of Food and Drug Officials
Speaker
  • Charlie Arnot, CEO, The Center for Food Integrity  
June 10, 2024
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12:00 pm
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1:30 pm

Lunch on your own

June 10, 2024
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1:30 pm
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3:00 pm

Cannabis Economics

Cannabis Track
Location: Amway – Gerald R Ford Ballroom – 1st Floor Join us for an essential discussion addressing the economic hurdles facing the legal cannabis industry in the United States. Explore the intricate balance between regulatory requirements, market dynamics, and consumer safety, with a focus on mitigating barriers to entry and long-term sustainability. Gain actionable insights into fostering a single robust framework that promotes economic viability and market growth. This session is designed to include different vantage points while offering a collaborative platform to strategize and implement effective solutions for a thriving, regulated cannabis industry.
Speakers
  • Avis Bulbulyan, CEO, SIVA Enterprises
  • Lezli Engelking, President & Founder, FOCUS: The Cannabis Health & Safety Organization
  • Ruth Fisher, Co-Founder, CannDynamics
  • Rachael Herndon
  • Cindy Northcutt, RN, BSN, JD  Owner, Northcutt Law, LLC /  Northcutt Consulting, LLC
June 10, 2024
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1:30 pm
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1:45 pm

Welcome

Body Art Track
Location: Amway – Governors Room – 2nd Floor A welcome from the Body Art Committee Chairs
Moderator
  • Jodi Jackson, Environmental Health Specialist, Jefferson County Public Health
Speaker
  • Brian Everett, Tattoo Industry Consultant
  • Jodi Jackson, Environmental Health Specialist, Jefferson County Public Health
June 10, 2024
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1:30 pm
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2:15 pm

Produce Safety Regulations: Basics of Understanding the Rule for Retail and Manufactured Food Programs

Produce Track
Location: Amway – Imperial Ballroom – 1st Floor Learn about the Produce Safety Rule as it applies to both the Retail and Manufactured Food Programs. Download the presentation here
Moderator
  • Ben Marshall, Produce Safety Expert, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Speaker
  • Amber Matulis, Dairy, Feed, and Produce Division Director, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
June 10, 2024
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1:30 pm
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3:00 pm

Building a Sustainable Future- Utilizing the Retail Program Standards to Support Your Success

Retail Track
Location: Amway – Ambassador West – 2nd Floor Whether you are newly enrolled in the Retail Program Standards, have dabbled in the Standards, or have successfully met and verified one or more Standards, you may also have this question that keeps coming up for jurisdictions: “How do I maintain conformance with the Retail Program Standards when our workforce and priorities are ever changing?” This session will equip you with tools, resources, and information needed to support your jurisdiction’s success with the Retail Program Standards now and in the future.
Moderator
  • Christopher J. Smith, Director, Retail Food Protection Branch 3, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
Speakers
  • Aileen Benavente-Pangelinan, Environmental Health Officer, Commonwealth Health Corporation, Saipan
  • Katherine Del Mundo, RS/REHS, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
  • David H. Engelskirchen, MA, CP-FS, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
  • Amber English, REHS, Environmental Health Specialist Supervisor, Northern Nevada Public Health
  • Shawna Johnson, MPH, Food Safety Lead, Boulder County Public Health
  • Kenya Moon, CP-FS, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
  • Valerie A. Potopsingh, MPA, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
  • Tiara Smith, Program Analyst, National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)
  • Stephanie Streight, Environmental Health Coordinator, Peoria City/County Health Department
  • Randy Treadwell, MPH, Associate Executive Director of Programs, Association of Food and Drug Officials
  • Carolyn White, MPH, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
  • Summer Williams, Food Safety Division Deputy Director, Georgia Department of Agriculture
  • Elisabeth Wirsing, MPH, Senior Environmental Health Program Manager, Vermont Department of Health
June 10, 2024
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1:30 pm
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3:00 pm

Outbreak Lessons Learned: Unique Locations, Products, and Approaches

Outbreaks Track
Location: Amway – Senator Vandenberg – 2nd Floor Join us to hear from your state and local health colleagues as they share their lessons learned from outreach responses, including some unique products, environments, and investigational approaches. Download presentation #1 Download presentation #2
Moderators
  • Colby Brown, MPH, Special Processes & Retail Plan Review Coordinator, Georgia Department of Agriculture
  • Carrie Rigdon, Research Director, Association of Food and Drug Officials
Speakers
  • Heather Birt, Recall Specialist, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Michele R. DiMaggio, R.E.H.S., Supervising Environmental Health Specialist, Contra Costa Health
  • Sara Sowko, Public Health Epidemiologist, Contra Costa Health
  • Sinisa Urban, Chief, Division of Environmental Sciences, Maryland Department of Health
  • Brendalee Viveiros, Chief, Center for Food Protection, RI Department of Health
June 10, 2024
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1:30 pm
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2:15 pm

Consumer Risk Communication and Education on Food Safety

Food Track 1
Location: Amway – Pantlind Ballroom – 2nd Floor This session will delve into consumer education issues regarding trust and food safety. Moderated by Benjamin Chapman, PhD, with speakers Mitzi Baum, M.Sc., and Brittanny Saunier, the format will include succinct introductions followed by a round table discussion. Topics will span challenges, new research findings, and strategic next steps in consumer risk communication and education within the food safety domain. Download presentation #1 Download presentation #2 Download presentation #3
Moderator
  • Benjamin Chapman, PhD, Department Head, Professor, North Carolina State University
Speakers
  • Mitzi Baum, Chief Executive Officer, Stop Foodborne Illness
  • Benjamin Chapman, PhD, Department Head, Professor, North Carolina State University
  • Britanny Saunier, Executive Director, Partnership for Food Safety Education
June 10, 2024
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1:30 pm
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3:00 pm

Food Safety Culture

Food Track 2
Location: DeVos Center – Ballroom A – Street Level Engage with a distinguished panel of food safety culture practitioners as they share practical strategies and nuanced perspectives during this expert panel session. Drawing from extensive experience and research, the panel will offer valuable insights into fostering a resilient food safety culture within organizations. Prepare to delve into substantive discussions that explore effective implementation methods and address challenges faced by industry and regulatory professionals. Download the presentation here
Moderator
  • Dr. Conrad Choiniere, Deputy Director for Regulatory Affairs, Center for Food and Applied Nutrition, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Laurie Farmer, Director, Office of State Cooperative Programs, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Speakers
  • Mara Burr, Vice President, Regulatory & Technical Affairs, Consumer Brands Association
  • Jay Ellingson, Chief Scientific Officer, Kwik Trip Inc
  • Joan Menke-Schaenzer, Chief Quality Officer, Van Drunen Farms
  • Michael Schaffer, Fort Bend County
  • Kelly Stevens, Director, Global Food Safety and Regulatory Compliance, General Mills
  • Monica J. Wilkins, Corporate Vice President, Regulatory and Quality, Abbott
June 10, 2024
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2:30 pm

Ink Sterilization/Validation

Body Art Track
Location: Amway – Governors Room – 2nd Floor Irradiation of packaged ink is an effective method of controlling pathogens in tattoo ink and permanent makeup ink. Under MoCRA, safety substantiation is required. Using a validated process is necessary to assure the safety of inks. The validation requirements for gamma, e-beam and x-ray irradiation sterilization of tattoo and Permanent makeup will be discussed.
Moderator
  • Jodi Jackson, Environmental Health Specialist, Jefferson County Public Health
Speaker
  • Betty Howard, Senior Sterilization Manager, Steris
June 10, 2024
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3:00 pm

Innovations for Food Donations

Food Track 1
Location: Amway – Pantlind Ballroom – 2nd Floor USDA reports that 44.2 million people didn’t have enough to eat and didn’t know where their next meal would come from in 2022. Even more people – 1 in 5 in the United States – turn to food banks, food pantries, and other food programs to feed their families. The need for nourishing, safe food is great. How do we rise to the challenges? Share your innovative approaches, ask questions, and learn from each other in a discussion with a variety of experts who work to end hunger.
Moderators
  • Joe Graham, Water Recreation and Food Safety Section Manager, Washington State Department of Health
  • Kim Stryker, Program Manager, Food Safety and Sanitation Program, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
Speakers
  • Glenda Lewis, Director, Retail Food Protection Staff, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Dru Montri, Vice President, Agri Food Engagement, Feeding America
  • Hilary Thesmar, Ph.D., RD, Chief Science Officer and Vice President of Food Safety Programs, Food Marketing Institute
June 10, 2024
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3:00 pm

Are You Investing in Produce Safety Training?

Produce Track
Location: Amway – Imperial Ballroom – 1st Floor Are you taking advantage of the workshops offered? Workshops are available to help bring stakeholders together in your state and improve aspects of produce safety practices. Hear an overview of these training opportunities to help you determine the next workshop in your state. Download presentation #1 Download presentation #2 Download presentation #3
Moderator
  • Ben Marshall, Produce Safety Expert, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Speakers
  • Rebecca Agnew, Produce Safety Program Specialist, New Mexico Department of Agriculture
  • Kristina Banks, Produce Safety Specialist, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
  • Sarah Avery Cope, Produce Outreach Coordinator, North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
  • Kirby Quam, Produce Safety Outreach Coordinator, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
  • Christy Smith, Program Administrator, Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries
  • Laura Strawn, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, Virginia Tech
  • Megan Todd, Faculty and Senior Legal Specialist, University of Maryland, Baltimore
June 10, 2024
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2:30 pm
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3:00 pm

What is a Disposable Piercing Studio?

Body Art Track
Location: Amway – Governors Room – 2nd Floor The tattoo community has embraced a disposable model, and this has resulted in huge benefits for public safety and worker safety. Piercing studios can also be disposable, however, there are some key differences from tattoo studios. This presentation addresses different strategies for disposable piercing studios, and the ways studio owners and health officials can collaboratively work on compliance that benefits public health. View the presentation here
Moderator
  • Jodi Jackson, Environmental Health Specialist, Jefferson County Public Health
Speaker
  • Jef Saunders, former Association of Professional Piercers President and contributing author of The Revised and Expanded Piercing Bible
June 10, 2024
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3:00 pm
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3:30 pm

Break sponsored by PepsiCo & Exhibitor Showcase

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Location: Amway – Center Concourse – 2nd Floor
June 10, 2024
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Break sponsored by PepsiCo

Food Track 2
Location: DeVos Center – Ballroom A Pre-Function – Street Level
June 10, 2024
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4:15 pm

MoCRA and Professionals

Body Art Track
Location: Amway – Governors Room – 2nd Floor Discussion of the effect of MoCRA on Tattoo and Permanent makeup shops, and other professions that use cosmetics in their practice. Although not directly responsible for MoCRA compliance, the artist / shop owner will feel the effects of the changes. The presentation will focus on the effects of MoCRA on professionals.
Moderator
  • Jodi Jackson, Environmental Health Specialist, Jefferson County Public Health
Speaker
  • John Misock, Senior Regulatory Consultant, CeutiReg, Inc.
June 10, 2024
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5:30 pm

Explore Innovation, Technology, and New Products from Around the World

Cannabis TrackFood Track 1Food Track 2Outbreaks TrackRetail Track
Location: DeVos Center – Ballroom A – Street Level Has this ever happened to you? You walk into a food establishment, and see something you know you are supposed to know, but you don't? Then it hits you ... this overwhelming stress, and you quickly try to figure it out so you aren't embarrassed. Or, have you ever found yourself looking at a food product, scratching your head, and saying, “What in the world is this?” If you've ever felt this way, then this is the session for you! This interactive experience explores innovation, technology, and new products from around the world. Adding to the excitement, there is a “pushing the limits” section: The challenge is to think of new ways to integrate innovations and new technologies into the food safety landscape while protecting public health.
Moderator
  • Laurie Farmer, Director, Office of State Cooperative Programs, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Speakers
  • Patrick Bird, Dr. Manager Scientific Affairs, bioMérieux
  • Dan Braido, CTO and VP of Engineering, RoboBurger
  • Mike Liedtke, Co-founder and Dir. of Business Development, Certified Quality Foods
  • Scott Nicolas, Director, Global McDonald’s Account Relationship Team, Taylor Company
June 10, 2024
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4:30 pm

All Mushrooms are Edible But Some Only Once

Produce Track
Location: Amway – Imperial Ballroom – 1st Floor Mushrooms are a hot topic for both produce and retail food programs. How are wild-foraged and farm-raised mushrooms are handled under the Produce Safety Rule and how is it determined whether mushrooms are an approved source for retail programs. Download presentation #1 Download presentation #2 Download presentation #3
Moderator
  • Tommy Saunders, Produce Safety Alliance, Cornell University 
Speakers
  • Nicole Baysal, Produce Safety Program Manager, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
  • Kim Carlton, Retail Food Program Manager, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
  • Kim Galloup, Senior Produce Safety Inspector, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Ben Marshall, Produce Safety Expert, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Stefanie Smith, Chief, Food Safety Policy & Programs, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
June 10, 2024
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What to Expect When You Are Inspecting a Body Art Facility

Body Art Track
Location: Amway – Governors Room – 2nd Floor Discussion of the dynamics of body art facility inspection... What does a shop owner do when the inspector shows up? What is "professional behavior" on the part of the inspector? Keeping calm and in the moment is best.
Moderator
  • Jodi Jackson, Environmental Health Specialist, Jefferson County Public Health
Speakers
  • Jodi Jackson, Environmental Health Specialist, Jefferson County Public Health
  • Katherine Martinez, Sanitarian Specialist, Environmental Health Division, Kent County Health Department
June 10, 2024
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Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA’s): and Conversations With Those Growers

Produce Track
Location: Amway – Imperial Ballroom – 1st Floor Download presentation #1 Download presentation #2
Moderator
  • Tommy Saunders, Produce Safety Alliance, Cornell University 
Speakers
  • Brian Mitchell, Director of Farm Operations, Square Roots
  • Monica Noble, 80 Acres Farms
June 10, 2024
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5:30 pm

Discussion/Wrap Up

Body Art Track
Location: Amway – Governors Room – 2nd Floor
June 10, 2024
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Monday Night Event sponsored by Meijer

Special Events
Bus Pickup: Amway – Lobby – 1st Floor

A Taste of Pure Michigan

Embark on a gourmet journey as you dash from table to table, sampling an array of delectable dishes from the Grand Rapid’s Downtown Market's finest vendors. Pair your culinary adventures with refreshing beverages, including craft beers, fine wines, artisanal cocktails, mocktails by the teenage bartender and specialized pop. Groove to the rhythm of live music, adding a dash of fun and festivity to your dining experience.
June 11, 2024
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8:00 am

Continental Breakfast sponsored by Instacart & Coca-Cola

General Sessions
Location: Amway – Center Concourse – 2nd Floor
June 11, 2024
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8:00 am
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9:30 am

Cottage Foods – Setting a Permanent Place at the Table

General Sessions
Location: DeVos Center – Ballroom A – Street Level Join us for this multi-perspective panel discussion exploring the complexity of home-based food producers as a food source. As cottage foods have exponentially expanded in the US market and legislative agendas, bake sales and jellies are the farmers’ market are no longer the norm. This in-depth conversation will delve into the nuance of the economic, cultural, political, and public health issues so you are prepared to influence from your seat at the table.
Moderator
  • Katherine Simon, Food and Feed Safety Division Director, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Speakers
  • Mikaylah Heffernan, Legislative Liaison, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Pam Miles, Office of Dairy and Foods Program Manager, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
  • Carrie Rigdon, Research Director, Association of Food and Drug Officials
  • Mark Speltz, Food Safety Bureau Chief, Iowa Department of Inspections, Appeals, & Licensing
  • Alexander Steward, President, MI Farmers Market Association
June 11, 2024
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10:00 am

The Face of Foodborne Illness: One Mother’s Crusade

General Sessions
Location: DeVos Center – Ballroom A – Street Level Foodborne illness sometimes seems more like numbers and statistics rather than the impact to people and families. Collette Dziadul's daughter, Dana, is a survivor of Salmonella Poona from eating cantaloupe at the age of 3 and continues to suffer with reactive arthritis. Dziadul was very involved with the advocacy for the Food Safety Modernization Act, which was signed into law in 2010. Dziadul will share her personal story in a conversation with magazine editor Jason Brill during this session that reminds us why it matters.
Moderator
  • Jason Brill, Editor, Quality Assurance and Food Safety Magazine
Speaker
  • Colette Dziadul, Advocate and Mother, North Carolina
June 11, 2024
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Break sponsored by PepsiCo

General Sessions
Location: Devos Center – Ballroom A Pre-function – Street Level
June 11, 2024
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Food Safety in the Modern Context

General Sessions
Location: DeVos Center – Ballroom A – Street Level As a follow-up to his 2023 presentation on the opportunities and challenges inherent in teaching, training, and employing Generation Z, Dr. Evans will discuss effective strategies for ensuring robust food safety teams and outcomes in light of changing food trends, foodservice innovation, and cultural headwinds. Download the presentation here
Moderator
  • Ellen Buchanan, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Speaker
  • Jason Evans, Dean, College of Food Innovation and Technology, Johnson & Wales University
June 11, 2024
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1:30 pm

Wiley Awards Luncheon – Included with Registration

General Sessions
Location: DeVos Center – Ballroom B – Street Level
June 11, 2024
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3:00 pm

Data Visualization: How to Use Data as a Communication Tool

Food Track 2
Location: DeVos Center – Ballroom A – Street Level Take an enlightening journey to uncover the transformative power of visualizing data to improve food safety. Begin by delving into the nuances of popular visualization tools like Tableau and Power BI, offering a comparison to help you choose the right tool for your data storytelling needs. Then, speakers will showcase the art of creating compelling visualizations for local, state, and federal regulatory programs, demonstrating real-world applications that have led to significant insights. Through a series of dynamic presentations and demonstrations, this panel will guide you through the best practices for designing clear, intuitive visualizations that not only captivate but also communicate complex data effectively to diverse audiences. Join this collaborative exploration into how data visualization can serve as a pivotal communication tool, driving informed decision-making and fostering a culture of transparency and excellence in food safety programs. Download presentation #1 Download presentation #2 Download presentation #3
Moderator
  • Carrie Rigdon, Research Director, Association of Food and Drug Officials
Speakers
  • Cameron Garrison, Executive Director, HS Govtech/Healthspace USA
  • Frank Greene, Director, Connecticut Consumer Protection
  • Utkarsh Shrivastava, Asst. Professor of Business Information Systems, Western Michigan University
  • Mark Speltz, Food Safety Bureau Chief, Iowa Department of Inspections, Appeals, & Licensing
June 11, 2024
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Get to the Root of the Issue: Root Cause Analysis and Corrective Actions from the Regulatory and Industry Perspective

Outbreaks Track
Location: Amway – Senator Vandenberg – 2nd Floor Root Cause Analysis can be most valuable when it's used proactively, before a foodborne illness outbreak has occurred. Learn how industry, academic, and regulatory partners are working to incorporate RCA into their work culture. Download presentation #1 Download presentation #2
Moderator
  • Randy Treadwell, MPH, Associate Executive Director of Programs, Association of Food and Drug Officials
Speakers
  • Eduardo Gutierrez-Rodriguez, Associate Professor, Colorado State University
  • Emily Hollingsworth, Retail Food Program Manager, Bureau of Food Safety and Animal Health, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Raquel Maymir, Global Regulatory Affairs Manager, General Mills
  • Sonia Salas, Assistant Vice President, Science, Western Growers Association
June 11, 2024
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1:30 pm
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Communication Blunders Unveiled: A Theatrical Exploration of Challenges for Regulators & Industry

Retail Track
Location: Amway – Ambassador West – 2nd Floor Attend this session to help avoid your own "outtakes!" Sit in on this fun, interactive role-play dialogue between food safety regulators and industry to help you become a "star" on the food safety "Walk of Fame." Learn communication tips and best practices from a panel of presenters (and maybe even join a skit yourself!).
Moderators
  • Greg Astley, Director of Government Affairs, Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association
  • Joe Graham, Water Recreation and Food Safety Section Manager, Washington State Department of Health
Speaker
  • Christine Ancrum, MPH, Agriculture Compliance Specialist Supervisor, South District Office, Georgia Department of Agriculture
  • Adam Inman, Assistant Program Manager, Food Safety and Lodging, Kansas Department of Agriculture
  • Eric Moore, Director of Food Safety & Industry Outreach, Testo Solutions - North America
  • Carrie Pohjola, MS, RS, Food Scientist, Advanced-Division of Food and Recreational Safety Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
  • Mandy Sedlak, Director of Global Food Safety and Public Health, Ecolab
  • Shelly Wallingford, Director of Food Safety, First Watch Restaurants
June 11, 2024
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Schedule III

Cannabis Track
Location: Amway – Gerald R Ford Ballroom – 1st Floor This session offers a unique opportunity to explore the potential benefits and challenges associated with rescheduling cannabis, providing valuable perspectives from diverse stakeholders as they anticipate and adapt to regulatory shifts in this evolving landscape. As calls for reevaluation gain momentum, diverse stakeholders will offer valuable perspectives on the complexities of rescheduling cannabis as they anticipate and adapt to regulatory shifts in this evolving industry. Panelists will explore potential benefits and challenges surrounding product standardization, distribution channels, public safety, and market competition. Gain insights from industry leaders, legal experts, and policymakers on the intricacies of rescheduling and its impact on both the existing cannabis marketplace, as well as other, parallel industries.
Moderator
  • Lezli Engelking, President & Founder, FOCUS – Foundation of Cannabis Unified Standards
Speakers
  • Dale Hunt, Founder & Senior Attorney, Hunt IP Law/Breeders Best
  • Cori Muse, Founder, Muse Food Safety
  • Shaun Opie, Founder & Managing Partner, E4 Bioscience
  • Chip Paul, Founder, Gnu Pharma
June 11, 2024
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Clean First, Don’t Sanitize the Dirt

Produce Track
Location: Amway – Imperial Ballroom – 1st Floor Cleaning before sanitizing is key for food safety. Learn about the biological hazards, understand why you must remove the dirt before sanitizing, and glean knowledge of how good sanitary design is key.  Download the presentation here
Moderator
  • Robert Donato, Produce Safety Regulatory Supervisor, South Carolina Department of Agriculture
Speaker
  • Dr. Laura Strawn, Associate Professor, Extension Specialist, Virginia Tech
June 11, 2024
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1:30 pm
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2:15 pm

Compliance Verification of Tattoo Inks and Permanent Make-up Pigments

Body Art Track
Location: Amway – Governors Room – 2nd Floor The presentation will include an overview of Canadian cosmetic requirements like labelling and notification and an overview of the compliance verification project conducted in 2022 on tattoo inks and permanent make-up pigments.  Download the presentation here
Moderator
  • Ken Coleman Stevenson II, President, Ceutical Labs
Speaker
  • Kyle MacIsaac, Compliance and Enforcement Officer. Health Canada HC/SC (Virtual Presentation) 
June 11, 2024
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1:30 pm
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3:00 pm

The Gray Zone: Food, Supplement, or Drug? Emerging Food Safety Challenges

Food Track 1
Location: Amway – Ambassador East – 2nd Floor When a product being sold isn’t clearly a food, drug, or supplement, who has jurisdiction? How do agencies rapidly respond to these kinds of public health threats, especially when it seems like there’s regularly something new? The panel will share some case study experiences and talk about building partnerships to respond.
Moderator
  • Brad Deacon, Director, Office of Legal Affairs & Emergency Management, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
Speakers
  • Melissa Card-Abela, Senior Regulatory Counsel, Whole Foods Market
  • Mott Heath, Special Agent, Office of Criminal Investigation, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Tim Slawinski, Food & Animal Health Bureau Director, MI Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Jodi Taylor, Chief, Division of Food Safety, Ohio Department of Agriculture
  • Lori Woznicki, MPH, Food and Drug Inspections Unit Director, Consumer Protection Division, Texas Department of State Health Services
June 11, 2024
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3:00 pm

A Path to Protecting Public Health: How to build a Body Art Program

Body Art Track
Location: Amway – Governors Room – 2nd Floor Are you considering updating your jurisdiction’s body art regulations but don’t know where to start? The NEHA Body Art Model Code (BAMC) is the only comprehensive model code that addresses current body art issues and public health risks and is available for jurisdictions to adopt. During this presentation resources, including the Annex to the BAMC and the 2024 BAMC adoption toolkit will be shared. You will leave this presentation with an understanding of the rigorous Code update process, stories from local jurisdictions that adopted the Code, and how you can do the same. Download the presentation here
Moderator
  • Ken Coleman Stevenson II, President, Ceutical Labs
Speaker
  • Sadie Shervheim, Project Coordinator, National Environmental Health Association (NEHA)
June 11, 2024
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2:30 pm
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LGMA and the Romaine Test & Learn Study

Produce Track
Location: Amway – Imperial Ballroom – 1st Floor For the first time ever, Romaine farmers are sharing and aggregating data to advance food safety in leafy greens. The Romaine Test & Learn program requires farmers to use standardized testing for both pre-harvest and finished product. The data that farmers submit will be analyzed over a period of two years to identify risks and improve food safety. Download the presentation here
Moderator
  • Robert Donato, Produce Safety Regulatory Supervisor, South Carolina Department of Agriculture
Speaker
  • Tim York, CEO, Leafy Green Marketing Agreement (LGMA)
June 11, 2024
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3:30 pm

Break sponsored by PepsiCo

Food Track 2
Location: DeVos Center – Ballroom A Pre-Function – Street Level
June 11, 2024
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Break & Exhibit Showcase

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Location: Amway – Center Concourse – 2nd Floor
June 11, 2024
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FDA’s Food Traceability Rule: Are You Ready?

Food Track 2
Location: DeVos Center – Ballroom A – Street Level The FDA Food Traceability Rule, the last major FSMA regulation, requires the food industry to collect, maintain, and share data up and down the supply chain, and that includes facility tracing. With an effective date of January 2026, this rule impacts every type of food business, from farm to retail and those in between. Learn more about the FDA requirements, current implementation efforts and challenges, and some expert tips and tricks from the A-team of food safety and traceability.
Moderator
  • Sharon Mayl, Partner, DLA Piper
Speakers
  • Sharon Mayl, Partner, DLA Piper
  • Jennifer McEntire, Ph.D., Founder, Food Safety Strategy, LLC
  • Liz Sertl, Senior Director, Retail Grocery Community Engagement, GS1 US
  • Hilary Thesmar, Ph.D., RD, Chief Science Officer and Vice President of Food Safety Programs, Food Marketing Institute
  • Roberta Wagner, Senior Vice President, Regulatory and Scientific Affairs: International Dairy Association 
  • Lisa Weddig, Chief Food Safety Officer, National Fisheries Institute
June 11, 2024
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Applying AI and Big Data in Food Safety: A Hands-On Approach

Food Track 1
Location: Amway – Ambassador East – 2nd Floor This session is designed as a dynamic, hands-on experience for food safety professionals who are eager to explore the potential of AI and big data. It will unfold in two parts: an expert panel discussion followed by an audience-engaging exercise. The diverse panel of experts with varied perspectives will shed light on the practical application of AI and big data to bolster food safety initiatives. Following the discussion, participants will engage in a group activity to tackle specific food safety challenges, facilitating a deep dive into relevant questions and the potential for applying AI tools. The session promises a comprehensive learning experience, emphasizing clarity on AI's role in food safety and fostering a collaborative environment for knowledge exchange. Download the presentation here
Moderator
  • Carrie Rigdon, Research Director, Association of Food and Drug Officials
Speakers
  • Joe Castle, Executive Advisor, Public Sector Technology, SAS Institute Inc.
  • Jorge A. Hernandez, VP, Quality Assurance, The Wendy’s Company
  • Brendan Ring, Commercial Director, Creme Global
  • Michael Walton, President, BCD iLabs
  • Stephanie Weber, Industry Leader for State and Local Government, Appian
June 11, 2024
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Who Collected What from Where?!? Multi-Partner Response Coordination After Collecting a Positive LFFM Produce Sample

Outbreaks Track
Location: Amway – Senator Vandenberg – 2nd Floor Learn more about how states have coordinated and communicated with their various partners when responding to a positive sample result collected under the Laboratory Flexible Funding Model. Download presentation #1  
Moderators
  • Sally Flowers, Scientific Affairs Director, Association of Food and Drug Officials
  • Brendalee Viveiros, Rhode Island Department of Health
Speakers
  • Lauren Edwards, RRT Epidemiologist, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Shay Frankenfield, Produce Safety Compliance Officer, S.C. Dept. of Agriculture
  • Kelly E. Kline, Rapid Response Team Food Safety Program Specialist, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
  • Terri McConnell, Integrated Laboratory Network Director, FDA ORA Office of Regulatory Science
  • Brandon Nader, Microbiology Section Manager, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Jonathan D. Wheeler, PCQI, CHM, Special Processes Team Leader, Division of Food and Lead Risk Assessments, S.C. Dept. of Health & Environmental Control
June 11, 2024
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Around the World: A Journey Through Food Safety Inspection and Cross-Cultural Foods

Retail Track
Location: Amway – Ambassador West – 2nd Floor Embark on a captivating journey through this engaging session to unravel the intricate tapestry of food safety in cultural cuisines. Visit the earthy richness of dried wood ear mushrooms in Asian dishes, the unique Alaskan tradition of seal blubber utilization, and the vibrant flavors of kimchi in Korean fare to explore the food safety implications of these culturally significant ingredients.
Moderator
  • Shawna Johnson, MPH, Food Safety Lead, Boulder County Public Health
Speakers
  • Han Chen, PhD., candidate. Purdue University Department of Food Science
  • Betty Feng, Associate Professor, Purdue University Department of Food Science
  • Kim Stryker, Program Manager, Food Safety and Sanitation Program, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Kyle Walsh, Environmental Health Supervisor, Chester County Health Department
  • Joann Xiong, Food & Consumer Safety Supervisor, Marion County Public Health Department
June 11, 2024
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Cannabis Occupational Safety & Health

Cannabis Track
Location: Amway – Gerald R Ford Ballroom – 1st Floor Leveraging the collective expertise of professionals across various domains, this panel will delve into the distinctive challenges related to occupational health and safety in this new legal industry. Employing evidence-based research and pragmatic insights, the discourse will explore effective strategies for mitigating risks associated with the cultivation, manufacturing, and dispensing of cannabis, while also ensuring the well-being of workers.
Speakers
  • Kyle Baker, Founder & Chief Scientific Officer, Clean Theory
  • Alex Hearding, Founder, FOCUS Risk Management
  • Bill Martin, Medical Director, Mediprise
  • Stacey Watrobski, Founder, Cannabis Workers Resource
June 11, 2024
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Plumbing the Depths of Wells: Exploring the nuances of risk in well systems

Produce Track
Location: Amway – Imperial Ballroom – 1st Floor Can you tell a well from a hole in the ground? This session will not only give you the tools you need to tell the difference (in some cases not much!) but also give you the opportunity to think about the well as part of a water system. Even investigators with some knowledge of wells will gain a better understanding of the hazards at play and the circumstances that turn those hazards into risks. Download the presentation here
Moderator
  • Christy Smith, Program Administrator, Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries
Speaker
  • Phil Tocco, Extension Educator, Michigan State University
June 11, 2024
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4:15 pm

What’s In My Ink: A Survey of Tattoo Ink Compositions

Body Art Track
Location: Amway – Governors Room – 2nd Floor As tattoos continue to rise in popularity, the demand for tattoo ink has surged. Historically, tattoo inks have been under-regulated in the US market. Our work focuses on understanding what's in the bottle of tattoo inks compared to what's on the label. This presentation will discuss the analytical chemistry that goes into characterizing tattoo inks and highlight gaps in accurate labeling with respect to inks available on the US market and those specifically marketed as REACH-compliant for the EU market. 
Moderator
  • Ken Coleman Stevenson II, President, Ceutical Labs
Speaker
  • John Swierk, Assistant Professor, Binghamton University, Department of Chemistry 
June 11, 2024
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APT Update

Body Art Track
Location: Amway – Governors Room – 2nd Floor Current happenings at APT.
Moderator
  • Ken Coleman Stevenson II, President, Ceutical Labs
Speaker
  • Selina Medina, Director of Research with the Alliance of Professional Tattooists
June 11, 2024
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Seeking Norovirus Reduction: Developing New and Improved Employee Health Tools

Retail Track
Location: Amway – Ambassador West – 2nd Floor The AFDO Healthy People 2030 Norovirus Workgroup has been working in collaboration with others on the development of new and improved employee health assessment tools in the fight against norovirus. Hear workgroup leaders from FDA and CDC discuss the status of this crucial work at retail and how you can provide input and get involved. Download the presentation here
Moderators
  • Shelly Wallingford, Director of Food Safety, First Watch
  • Carolyn White, MPH, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
Speakers
  • Katherine Del Mundo, RS/REHS, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of State Cooperative Programs
  • Laurie Farmer, Director, Office of State Cooperative Programs, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Beth Wittry, CDR USPHS, CDC Safe Food Section
June 11, 2024
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Produce Standards

Produce Track
Location: Amway – Imperial Ballroom – 1st Floor Building a Stronger State Produce Program using the Produce Regulatory Program Standards (PRPS) Download the presentation here
Moderator
  • Christy Smith, Program Administrator, Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries
Speaker
  • Michael Botelho, Agricultural Food Safety Division Director, Massachusetts Department of Agriculture Resources
June 11, 2024
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Virginia’s Approach to Hemp-Derived Cannabinoids: A Discussion with Pamela Miles

Cannabis Track
Location: Amway – Gerald R Ford Ballroom – 1st Floor Join us for an enlightening session as we delve into Virginia's distinct regulatory strategies concerning hemp-derived cannabis products. The session begins with an engaging slide presentation, providing an in-depth analysis of Virginia's regulatory approach. Following the presentation, attendees will participate in a dynamic and interactive discussion, exploring the efficacy of various regulatory approaches for this new class of products. Download the presentation here
Moderator
  • Lezli Engelking, President & Founder, FOCUS – Foundation of Cannabis Unified Standards
Speaker
  • Pam Miles, Office of Dairy and Foods Program Manager, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
June 11, 2024
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4:45 pm
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5:15 pm

FDA Inspections of Tattoo Ink Manufacturing Facilities, GMPs, and the 7 Elements of MoCRA

Body Art Track
Location: Amway – Governors Room – 2nd Floor The Modernization of Cosmetic Regulation Act is currently changing the way cosmetic products, including tattoo ink, are regulated in the United States. This presentation will provide an overview of tattoo ink manufacturing as it relates to the 7 primary elements of MoCRA, FDA inspections, and general GMP compliance concepts.
Moderator
  • Ken Coleman Stevenson II, President, Ceutical Labs
Speakers
  • Sean Brown, City Council Member, Public health and Safety, Village of Volente
  • Ken Coleman Stevenson II, President, CeutReg LLC
June 11, 2024
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5:00 pm
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5:30 pm

NASDA News

Produce Track
Location: Amway – Imperial Ballroom – 1st Floor Hear about NASDA updates and work in produce safety.
Moderator
  • Christy Smith, Program Administrator, Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries
Speaker
  • Bob Ehart, Senior Policy & Science Advisor, NASDA
  • Joe Reardon, Senior Director of Food Safety Programs, NASDA
June 11, 2024
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5:15 pm
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5:30 pm

Discussion/Wrap Up

Body Art Track
Location: Amway – Governors Room – 2nd Floor
June 11, 2024
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5:30 pm
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6:30 pm

President’s Reception sponsored by McDonald’s & Exhibitor Showcase

Body Art TrackCannabis TrackFood Track 1Food Track 2General SessionsOutbreaks TrackProduce TrackRetail Track
Location: Amway – Crown Foyer & Center Concourse – 2nd Floor
June 11, 2024
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7:00 pm
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11:00 pm

Offsite Networking Event, Dueling pianos at Flanagan’s Pub

Special Events
Location: 1 minute walk from the Amway
June 12, 2024
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8:00 am
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9:00 am

Changing the Picture! The Landscape of State Retail Food Programs

Retail Track
Location: Amway – Ambassador West – 2nd Floor The Retail State Surveys 2.0 were completed with State Retail Program Managers in 2023. These interviews asked over 40 questions about staffing, training programs, risk-based inspections, compliance, and the Retail Standards. So, what’s new in the retail food landscape? Bring your coffee and join us to hear about the colorful landscape of State Retail Programs.
Moderator
  • Autumn Schuck, Assistant Program Director, Association of Food and Drug Officials
Speakers
  • Deanna Copeland, Retail Food Safety Director, Association of Food and Drug Officials
  • Carrie Rigdon, Research Director, Association of Food and Drug Officials
June 12, 2024
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8:00 am
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10:00 am

Body Art Committee Planning Session

Body Art Track
Location: Amway – Pantlind Ballroom – 2nd Floor This session will focus on the future of the BAC. Participants will share ideas, prioritize actions, and create a roadmap going forward. 
June 12, 2024
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8:00 am
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5:00 pm

Meijer Distribution Center and NSF Laboratory Tour

Special Events
Bus Pickup: Amway – Lobby – 1st Floor What is an automated Witron Distribution Center?  A fully automated warehouse is a facility that uses automated logistics solutions to carry out all operations, from goods receiving to the processing of orders and their subsequent dispatch. Discover more about these centers, which are characterized by minimal operator intervention in the logistics processes.  NSF Laboratory Tour: NSF was founded in 1944 at the University of Michigan School of Public Health to develop consensus national standards related to the sanitation of food and water; our mission is to improve human and planet health. This tour of the NSF laboratories will take you through some of the over 130,000 ft2 of lab space at NSF’s headquarters located in Ann Arbor, MI. These state-of-the-art, ISO/IEC 17025-accredited and OSHA Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories (NRTL) include the leading drinking water treatment systems laboratory worldwide for assessing water filtration performance and material safety, and the leading laboratory for testing for contaminants and athletic banned substances in dietary supplements and functional foods. Other labs on-site include bio-safety cabinetry testing and the engineering and microbiology labs that are fundamental to food equipment evaluations. NSF welcomes you to see the work we do every day to support our shared missions and hope you enjoy the tour!
June 12, 2024
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8:30 am
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9:15 am

A New Way Forward for Cannabidiol (CBD) and Other Hemp Products

Cannabis Track
Location: Amway – Gerald R Ford Ballroom – 1st Floor Listen to an FDA update on its vision of the path forward for regulating CBD and other cannabinoids.  Download the presentation here    
Speaker
  • Patrick Cournoyer, Senior Science Advisor and Lead for FDA’s Cannabis Product Committee, U.S. Food and Drug Association
June 12, 2024
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9:00 am
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10:00 am

Knowledge Is Power! A One-of-a-Kind Educational Adventure on Variances and HACCP Plans for Specialized Processes at Retail

Retail Track
Location: Amway – Ambassador West – 2nd Floor Meet the Regulatory Experts who approve hundreds of variances in one calendar year. Get insider information on policies, procedures, and setting expectations as they relate to variances, HACCP plans, and special processes at retail. AFDO has a new guidance tool for your toolbox on how to meet the recommended requirements of the FDA Food Code in Relation to Specialized Processing Methods at Retail. It's called Guidance for Developing HACCP Plans for Specialized Processes at Retail. There is a raffle during this session for five (5) free guides, but you must be on time to receive your raffle ticket and you must be present to win a copy.
Moderator
  • Tara Paster Cammarata, FMP, CP-FS, President/CEO, Cenza, Inc.
Speakers
  • Veronica Bryant, REHS, Emergency Preparedness and Outbreak Coordinator, Division of Public Health, Environmental Health Section, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
  • Tara Edwards, Sr. Environmental Health Specialist, Southern Nevada Health District, Environmental Health, Training-Special Processes
  • Amanda Garvin, MPH, REHS, MLS(ASCP), Regional Food Service Specialist, Local Health Services, Bureau of Food Safety and Animal Health, Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development
  • Carrie Pohjola, MS, RS, Food Scientist, Advanced-Division of Food and Recreational Safety, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
  • Raymond Starin, REHS/RS, Agricultural Consultant, Food and Feed Safety Division, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
  • Jonathan D. Wheeler, PCQI, CHM, Special Processes Team Leader, Division of Food and Lead Risk Assessments, S.C. Dept. of Health & Environmental Control
June 12, 2024
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10:00 am
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10:30 am

Break sponsored by PepsiCo & Exhibitor Showcase

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Location: Amway – Center Concourse – 2nd Floor
June 12, 2024
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10:00 am
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2:00 pm

Cannabis Tour

Cannabis Track
Bus Pickup: Amway – Lobby – 1st Floor Are you curious about how cannabis is produced and manufactured? Do you wonder what the inside of a cannabis facility looks like? Are you involved with the regulation of cannabis? If so, please join us for a unique opportunity to increase your awareness and education on a cannabis facility tour during this year’s AFDO Educational Conference. From raw ingredients to finished products, you’ll observe firsthand the inner workings and protocols for cannabis horticulture, trimming, drying, and curing; as well as the manufacturing and processing practices that transform raw cannabis flowers into the multitude of products available on the market today. Participants will see how cannabis regulations function in a real-life setting, better understand the importance of quality assurance and standards in this nascent industry and speak candidly with the cannabis facility team and other experts.
June 12, 2024
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12:00 pm

A Real-World Whodunit! Can You Crack the FBI Outbreak at Retail?

Retail Track
Location: Amway – Ambassador West – 2nd Floor This interactive session empowers you to apply critical thinking skills to be proactive and preventive as they relate to foodborne illness outbreaks. We'll learn to solve a real-world retail mystery that no one saw coming: the FBI Outbreak! Industry, regulatory, and academia will investigate, question, and explore:
  • Noting false flags, challenges, and barriers
  • Knowing and applying critical thinking
  • Directing your resources
  • Working efficiently
  • Providing tools
  • Messaging to your team
  • Being solution driven
No one saw this coming! Can you crack the Foodborne Illness Outbreak at Retail?
Moderators
  • Tara Paster Cammarata, FMP, CP-FS, President/CEO, Cenza, Inc.
Speakers
  • Nick Adams, Senior Program Analyst, NACCHO
  • Deanna Copeland, Retail Food Safety Director, Association of Food and Drug Officials
  • Adam Inman, Assistant Program Manager, Food Safety and Lodging, Kansas Department of Agriculture
  • Rebecca Vought, Biologist, Retail Food Policy Team, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Kyle Walsh, Environmental Health Supervisor, Chester County Health Department
June 12, 2024
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10:30 am
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11:15 am

Body Art Committee Planning Session (continued)

Body Art Track
Location: Amway – Pantlind Ballroom – 2nd Floor
June 12, 2024
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11:15 am
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12:30 pm

Planning Session/Wrap Up 

Body Art Track
Location: Amway – Pantlind Ballroom – 2nd Floor