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Meat Industry Food Safety Conference


September 4-5, 2019 | Hilton Rosemont, Chicago O’Hare


Wednesday, September 4th


10:30 am – 11:30 am
Chicago District FSIS Government Relations Meeting
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Conference Registration (Lunch not provided)
1:00 pm – 1:05 pm
Welcome and Introduction
Casey Gallimore and KatieRose McCullough, Directors of Regulatory and Scientific Affairs, North American Meat Institute
1:05 pm – 1:30 pm
Focusing Food Safety on Public Health Outcomes
Dane Bernard, Managing Director, Bold Bear Food Safety
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Building a Better Food Safety Culture
Megan Kenjora, Senior Manager, Food Safety Culture, The Hershey Company
2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) Panel Discussion: What We’ve Learned and What’s Next
Jessica Burke, Senior Manager, Technical Services, BRCGS,
Kristie Grzywinski, Technical Director, SQFI,
Tracie Sheehan, VP Technical Services, Mérieux NutriSciences,
Moderated by Sharon Beals, SVP Food Safety & Quality, CTI Foods
2:45 pm – 3:30 pm
Understanding Salmonella Control in Product and Environment
Jennifer Williams, Vice President, Tyson Fresh Meats
3:30 pm – 3:45 pm
Break
3:15 – 5:15 pm
Concurrent Sessions
Beef Pork Further Processed
A Closer Look at Salmonella in Beef
Angie Siemens, Vice President, Food Safety, Quality & Regulatory, Cargill,
Brenden McCullough, VP of Technical Services, National Beef Packing
Sherri Williams, Regional Beef Technical Services, JBS
Salmonella in Pork and Intervention Update
Randy Phebus, Professor, Kansas State University

A Practitioner’s Reflections on the use of SPC/SQC in Processing
Joel Coble, Senior Director Food Safety and Quality Assurance, Tyson Foods
Changes and Challenges in Lethality and Stabilization
Jeff Sindelar, Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Bradley Marks, Professor, Michigan State University
5:15 pm – 6:45 pm
Networking Reception with Tabletop Exhibits

Thursday, September 5th


7:45 am – 8:30 am
FSIS Update: Regulatory Initiatives and Food Safety Challenges
Mindy Brashears, Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety, USDA
8:30 am – 9:15 am
Connecting the Dots in Outbreak Investigations
Craig Hedberg, Professor, Division of Environmental Health Sciences, University of Minnesota
9:15 am – 10:00 am
Going Local? How to Get the Most Out of In-house Labs
Aaron Asmus, Director of Lab Services and Refrigerated Foods Product Development, Hormel Foods
10:00 – 10:15 am
Break
10:15 am – 11:00 am
Concurrent Sessions
Beef Pork Further Processed
Making Salmonella Count
Alex Brandt, Chief Science Officer, FSNS,
Kendra Nightingale, Professor, Texas Tech University
The New Swine Inspection System: Panel Discussion
Nate Jansen, President/CEO, Quality Pork Processors,
Joel Coble, Senior Director Food Safety and Quality Assurance, Tyson Foods,
Katie Hanigan, Vice President, Food Safety, Smithfield Foods,
Barry Wiseman, Sr. Director of Research, Development, and Technical, Triumph Foods,
Moderated by Casey Gallimore, Director, Regulatory and Scientific Affairs, NAMI
Pathogen Growth in Alternatively Cured Products During Cooking and Cooling and Processing Deviations
James Dickson, Professor, Iowa State University
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Lunch
12:00 pm – 12:45 pm
Tackling Foreign Material Contamination: Prevention and Reaction
Brian Covington, Vice President, Food Safety and Quality, Lopez Foods
12:45 pm – 1:00 pm
Break
1:00 pm – 1:45 pm
Concurrent Sessions: Foreign Material Focus



Detection Capabilities and Technology Review
Robert Rogers, Sr. Advisor for Food Safety Mettler Toledo,
Jeff Youngs, President/CEO, Prospection Solutions,
Kevin Guernsey, Head of New Product Development, Intralox,
Christopher Young, Business Development Manager, Anritsu Infivis, Inc.,
Moderated by Ashley Lembke, Director of QA & Food Safety, American Foods Group
Best Practices in Monitoring and Control
Rob Elder, Sr. Director FSQA/Regulatory Compliance, Seaboard Triumph Foods
Root Cause Analysis and Equipment Evaluation
Curtis Pittman, Director of Food Safety and Quality Assurance, Harris Ranch Beef
1:45 pm – 2:00 pm
Break
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Recall Investigations: Lessons Learned Panel Discussion
Jeremiah Johnson, Corporate Manager, Regulatory Compliance, Hormel Foods,
Angie Siemens, Vice President, Food Safety, Quality & Regulatory, Cargill,
Sherri Williams, Regional Beef Technical Services, JBS,
Moderated by Barb Masters, VP Regulatory Policy, Food and Agriculture, Tyson Foods
3:00 pm
Conference concludes