2021 FDA Retail Food Protection Seminar

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Conference Dates

Dates: September 13 – 16, 2021
Location: Virtual Conference
Time: 1:00pm – 5:00pm EST (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday)
(Wednesday – Times will vary with breakouts)

Registration is free!

Registration for the Retail Seminar is closed, please email afdo@afdo.org if you’re interested in attending.  We’ll respond as soon as possible.

About the Conference

This seminar provides an opportunity for FDA, state, local, tribal, and territorial regulators to discuss issues of mutual concern. Attendance is a maintenance requirement for all FDA Standardized Training Officers. Representatives from the regulated community, academia and others interested in food safety are also encouraged to attend.

Agenda

Monday, September 13, 2021

1:00PM – 1:15PM – Greetings from FDA’s Office of State Cooperative Programs

  • Laurie Farmer, Director, Office of State Cooperative Programs, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

1:15PM – 1:25PM ET – AFDO Opening Remarks

  • Steven Mandernach, Executive Director, Association of Food and Drug Officials

1:25PM – 1:55PM ET – Bending the Curve on Foodborne Illness in FDA’s New Era of Smarter Food Safety

Deputy FDA Commissioner Frank Yiannas talks about the goals the agency has set in the New Era of Smarter Food Safety blueprint to further modernize and help ensure the safety of foods sold at restaurants and other retail establishments. Working with partners in the public and private sectors, FDA is committed to reducing risks and increasing practices shown to be effective in preventing foodborne illness.

  • Frank Yiannas, Deputy Commissioner, Food Policy & Response, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

1:55PM – 2:00PM ET – Break

2:00PM – 2:45PM ET – Working Together in the New Era – The Retail Food Safety Regulatory Association Collaborative

  • Dr. Laura Brown, Behavioral Scientist, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
  • David T. Dyjack, Dr.PH, CIH, Executive Director, National Environmental Health Association (NEHA)
  • Dr. David McSwane, Executive Director, Conference for Food Protection (CFP)
  • Elizabeth Nutt, Project Manager, Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO)
  • Dr. Chelsea Gridley-Smith, Director, Environmental Health, National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)
  • Christopher Smith, Director, Retail Food Protection Branch 3, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

2:45PM – 2:50PM ET – Break

2:50PM – 3:40PM ET – Funding Model Regulatory Agencies of the Future: The FDA Retail Flexible Funding Model

  • Maribeth Niesen, Consumer Safety Officer, Office of Partnerships, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

3:40PM – 3:45PM ET – Break

3:45PM – 4:15PM ET – Modernizing Regulatory Programs with Comprehensive Strategic Improvement Plans

  • Susan Shelton, Food Safety Program Public Health Advisor, Washington State Department of Health
  • Amber English, EH Supervisor, Washoe County Health District, NV

4:15PM – 5:00PM ET – FDA’s National Retail Food Team Updates

Moderator: Tracynda Davis, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

  • Timothy Weigner, Office of Partnerships, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Mary Cartagena, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Janet Williams, Office of Training Education and Development (OTED), U.S. Food and Drug Administration

5:00PM ET – Adjourn

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

1:00PM – 1:25PM ET – Leveraging Environmental Health Data to Inform Food Safety Initiatives

This presentation will describe how environmental health data from foodborne outbreaks and research can inform prevention efforts. Specifically, it will focus on how food safety management systems, regulations, and root cause analysis are key to modernize food safety prevention.

  • Beth Wittry, NCEH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

1:25PM – 2:00PM ET – Tips to Consider from National Experts When Building a Successful Foodborne Illness Investigation Programs

National foodborne illness program experts provide what they wish they had known when developing a successful foodborne illness program and team.  Learn their key considerations when looking to develop, grow, or expand investigations for your program.

Moderator: Steven Mandernach Executive Director, Association of Food and Drug Officials

  • Doug Dyer, Health and Environmental Investigator III, Seattle & King County Public Health, Washington
  • Brendalee Viveiros, Principal Public Health Promotion Specialist, Rhode Island Department of Health
  • DJ Irving, Epidemiologist, Foodborne Illness Program, Tennessee Department of Health

2:00PM – 2:05PM ET – Break

2:05PM – 2:50PM ET – CFP Panel Discussion

Moderator: CDR Jessica Otto, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

  • Anna Johnson, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
  • Adam Inman, Kansas Department of Agriculture
  • Traci Michelson, McDonalds
  • Lisa Campbell, Mars Petcare

2:50PM – 2:55PM ET – Break

2:55PM – 3:35PM ET – The Challenges of Challenge Studies

  • Dr. Jason Bolton, University of Maine
  • Mary Yavelak, North Carolina State University

3:35PM – 3:40PM ET – Break

3:40PM – 4:20PM ET – Reflecting on Risk Factors for Safer Markets in the Future: Results of the FDA 2015-2016 Deli Study

  • Michael Nordos, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

4:20PM – 4:25PM ET – Break

4:25PM – 5:00PM ET – Focusing on Risk Factors: Studies from Regulatory Partners

  • Donna Wanucha, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Morgan Lowder, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
  • Heather Sanders, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture

5:00PM ET – Adjourn

Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021

Northeast (NER) Breakout Session

Moderators:

  • Mary Leong, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Steven Nattrass, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

12:00PM – 12:10PM ET – Welcome/Opening Remarks

  • Elizabeth O’Malley, Branch Director, Division of Retail Food – Branch 1, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • FDA Retail Food Specialists

12:20PM – 1:20PM ET – The Future of Culinary Education:  Curriculum Pivot to Reflect the Evolution of Industry

  • Bridget L. Sweet, LP.D., RS, CP-FS, DAAS, Executive Director of Food Safety, College of Food Innovation & Technology, Johnson & Wales University

1:20PM – 1:30PM ET – Break

1:30PM – 2:30PM ET – Ghost Kitchens 101

  • Ilana Greenblatt, Director, Office of Food Protection, Bureau of Environmental Sanitation, Nassau County Department of Health, New York
  • Chef Carrie Goodman, Founder and Part Owner, The City Kitch in North Carolina

2:30PM – 2:45PM ET – Break

2:45PM – 3:55PM ET – What’s New in the Northeast?

Creation of a Wild Mushroom Forager Certification

  • Colleen Smith, Administrator, New Hampshire Food Protection, New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services
  • Cathy Feeney, Chief, Center for Food Protection, Rhode Island Department of Health

My Dinner with Andre the Dog

  • Michael Moore, Director, Massachusetts Food Protection Program, Massachusetts Department of Public Health

3:55PM – 4:00PM ET – Closing Remarks

Southeast Breakout

12:00PM – 12:10PM ET – Welcome/Opening Remarks

12:10PM – 1:00PM ET – Cannabis and Cannabis-Derived Products, Including Cannabidiol (CBD) at Retail

  • Kristi Muldoon Jacobs, Ph.D., Deputy Director, Office of Food Additive Safety, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

1:00PM – 1:55PM ET – The Future of EH

  • David Dyjack, DrPH, CIH, Executive Director, National Environmental Health Association (NEHA)

1:55PM – 2:05PM ET – Break (Acknowledgement of Retail Program Standards achievements)

2:05PM – 3:05PM ET – Insights to Food Code Adoption (Panel discussion)

The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Food Code is a model code for safeguarding public health and is a scientifically sound, technical resource that can be used to regulate the retail segment of the food industry. Adoption of the Food Code represents a successful federal/state/local partnership in improving food safety and signals a commitment to the goal of preventing and reducing the incidence of foodborne illness in retail and foodservice establishments in the United States. This panel discusses insights to Food Code Adoption from several perspectives. Jurisdictions will learn about the Retail Food Safety Regulatory Association Collaborative and its national strategy for widespread Food Code adoption. In addition, two state program managers will share their adoption processes and methods as well as what’s worked for them and the challenges they’ve had to overcome. If you’re thinking about Food Code adoption now or in the near future, this session is perfect for you to get some tips, tricks and tidbits that will benefit you in protecting the retail food supply in your communities.   

Moderator – Donna Wanucha, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

  • Brenda Bacon, Director of Quality Assurance, Harris Teeter
  • Sandra D. Craig, Director, Division of Food and Lead Risk Assessments, South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control
  • C. Shane Smith, REHS, Branch Head, Division of Public Health, Food Protection and Facilities Branch, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

3:10PM – 3:55PM ET – Strategies that Elevate the Food Safety IQ/Active Managerial Control

  • Dionne Crawford, Manager of US Restaurant Food Safety, McDonald’s Corporation
  • Maryann Paciullo McDonald’s Operator

3:55PM – 4:00PM ET – Closing Remarks

Central Breakout

9:00AM – 9:20AM ET – Welcome/Opening Remarks

  • Kimberly Destromp, Branch Director, Division of Retail Food – Branch 2, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

9:20AM – 10:20AM ET – COVID-19 Sharing Session and Panel Discussion: Lessons Learned and Impact

Moderator: Jon Tran, Retail Food Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

10:20AM – 10:30AM ET – Break

10:30AM – 11:30AM ET – Cell-Cultured Products

  • William Hallman, Ph.D, Professor, Rutgers University

11:30AM – 11:40AM ET – Break

11:40AM – 12:20PM ET – Brunch/Coffee Break with your Central Cohorts

Moderators:

  • Greg Abel, Retail Food Specialists, U.S. Food and Drug Administration  
  • Kenya Moon, Retail Food Specialists, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Mike Nordos, Retail Food Specialists, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Carolyn White, Retail Food Specialists, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

12:20PM – 12:55PM ET – FDA Standardized Officers’ Food Code Question & Answer Session

12:55PM – 1:00PM ET – Closing Remarks

Southwest Breakout

1:00PM – 1:10PM CT – Opening Remarks

  • Kimberly Destromp, Branch Director, Division of Retail Food – Branch 2, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

1:10PM – 1:20PM CT – Program Standards Recognition

Moderator: Elizabeth Shafer, Kansas Department of Agriculture

1:20PM – 1:50 PM CT – A Virtual Shift in Regulatory Reality

Moderator: Chris Nelson, Utah Department of Health

  • Rosa Haukedahl, Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals

1:50PM – 2:00PM CT – Break

2:00PM – 2:40PM CT – I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghost– Kitchen

Moderator: Troy Huffman, Retail Food Program Manager, Division of Environmental Health and Sustainability, Colorado Department Of Public Health And Environment

  • Patrick Guzzle, National Restaurant Association
  • Frank Curto, Territory Foods LLC

2:40PM – 3:30PM CT – Regulatory Challenges with Food Freedom and Cottage Food

Moderator: Michael Nordos, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

  • Justin Latham, Wyoming Department of Agriculture
  • Karl Hartman, Utah Department of Health
  • Julie Kraling, Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals
  • Hunter McClellan, Nebraska Department Of Agriculture

3:30PM – 3:40PM CT – Break

3:40PM – 4:55PM CT – State Reports

Moderator: Travis Waller, Utah Department Of Agriculture And Food

  • Arkansas Department of Health
    • Sherri Woodus
  • Colorado Department of Health and Environment
    • Troy Huffman
  • Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals
    • Mark Speltz
  • Kansas Department of Agriculture
    • Elizabeth Shafer
  • Oklahoma State Department of Health
    • Travis Splawn
  • Texas Department of State Health Services
    • Joe Williams
  • Utah Department of Agriculture
    • Tim Lane
  • Utah Department of Health
    • Karl Hartman

4:55PM – 5:00PM CT – Closing Remarks

Pacific Breakout

Co-Moderator/Chat Monitors – David Engelskirchen & Katey Kennedy

1:00PM – 1:15PM PST – Welcome & FDA OSCP Retail Update

  • Christopher Smith, Director, Retail Food Protection Branch 3, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

1:15PM – 1:30PM PST – Retail Program Standards Recognition

  • Christopher Smith, Director, Retail Food Protection Branch 3, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

1:30PM – 2:15PM PST  – Panel: State/Local Experiences with Food Freedom Bills

Facilitator – Brad Tufto

  • Ed Evanson, Supervisor, Food & Consumer Safety  Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services
  • Julie Wagendorf, Director, Food & Lodging ,State of North Dakota
  • Justin Daniel, EH Supervisor, Lincoln Lancaster Health, Nebraska

2:15PM – 3:00PM PST  – Washington State Experience with 2017 FDA Model Code Adoption

  • Susan Shelton, Public Health Advisor, Washington State Department of Health Food Safety Program

3:00PM – 3:15PM  PST –  Break  – Please enjoy the rolling video presentation of fellow Pacific Region program standards jurisdictions who received recognition since June 2020.  

3:15PM – 4:00PM PST- Panel: Risk-Based Inspections/Std 3 Experiences 

Facilitator – Katherine Del Mundo

  • Timothy Hurst, EH Supervisor,  Maricopa County Environmental Health Services, Arizona
  • Brigette Bashaw, Food Safety Manager, Clark County Public Health, Washington
  • Clark Snyder, Program Manager, Riverstone Health Environmental Health Services, Montana

4:00PM – 4:45PM PST – Panel: Virtual Assessments, Lessons Learned. Where do we go from here?

Facilitator – CAPT Diane Kelsch

  • Kim Stryker, Program Manager, Alaska State Food Safety & Sanitation Program
  • Teresa Hayes, Environmental Health Program Manager, Nevada State Department of Health
  • Doug Dyer, Public Health-Seattle/King County, Washington

4:45 PM PST – Closeout

  • Christopher Smith, Director, Retail Food Protection Branch 3, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Retail Flexible Funding Model Workshops

1:00PM – 2:00PM ET – How to Create a Comprehensive Strategic Improvement Plan

  • Review the purpose of the Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards (VNRFRPS) and how they connect to the basic steps of a strategic planning process
  • Define a Comprehensive Strategic Improvement Plan (CSIP) and explore the benefits of work planning in a retail food protection program
  • Evaluate Retail Flexible Funding Model (RFFM) criteria for CSIPs
  • Evaluate a written CSIP example scenario

Speakers:

  • Becky Steiner, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Katherine Del Mundo, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

2:00 PM – 3:00PM ET – How to Create a Project Implementation Plan

  • Review the differences between a Comprehensive Strategic Improvement Plan (CSIP) and a Project Implementation Plan (PIP)
  • Examine the requirements for a PIP under the Retail Flexible Funding Model (RFFM)
  • Identify the basic elements of a PIP
  • Evaluate examples of written PIP example scenario templates

Speakers:

  • Carolyn White, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • David Engelskirchen, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

3:00PM – 4:00PM ET – Submitting a Grant Application

  • Learn how to navigate the grant submission portal and submit an application to the NEHA-FDA Retail Flexible Funding Model Grant Program

Speakers:

  • Art Johnstone, NEHA
  • Rance Baker, NEHA
  • Michael Turner, NEHA
  • Chelsea Gridley-Smith, NACCHO

4:00PM – 5:00PM ET – Optional Resources to assist with navigating the RFFM

  • Review the optional templates available for jurisdictions to use for outlining a Comprehensive Strategic Improvement Plan (CSIP) and Project Implementation Plan (PIP)
  • Discuss utility of the current Self-Assessment Verification Audit Gap Analysis tool compared to these other optional templates
  • RFFM plan generator demonstration

Speaker:

  • Alisha Johnson, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

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