May 7-10, 2018

Rosemont, Illinois

Donald Stephens Convention Center

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Keynote Presentation: Hot Topics in Food Safety

Every day thousands of food safety professionals working for food processors, retailers, foodservice operations, manufacturers, distributors, for government agencies or in academia are committed to protecting the consumer, the customer, and the brand. The industry is now at a point where there is true collaboration among the stakeholders - regulatory, industry, and academia – who are all sitting at the same table with the same objectives. The goal is for all members of the industry to come together, discuss the issues and make this a non-competitive issue where everyone works together to improve public health and food safety.

During the opening day keynote presentation, join a dynamic panel of speakers from industry and government who will address the most important issues facing food safety professionals including the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act, Litigation, International Implications of the FSMA Rules, and Corporate Commitment.

Our experts panelists will discuss the issues ranging from the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA); learning how Food Safety Professionals can get the resources they need i.e., money, people and departmental cooperation to effectively do their jobs; legal implications including ligation, the role of the Department of Justice (DOJ), understanding of recent recalls, food fraud, and Food Defense; as well as understanding the impact of produce, foreign supplier verification and the intentional adulteration rule on food companies here and abroad.


  • Kathy Gombas, former Senior Advisor for Food Safety, FDA
  • Dave Gombas, former Vice President, Technical Services, United Fresh Produce  
  • Jeffrey Steger, Assistant Director, US Department of Justice
  • Shawn Stevens, National Food Industry Lawyer, Food Industry Counsel, LLC 
  • Craig Wilson, VP, GMM, Costco Wholesale Corporation

Moderator: Dane Bernard, Managing Director, Bold Bear Food Safety

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