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Global Food Supply Chain, 2011
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Achieving Safety in the Global Food Supply Chain:
Integrating Science and Policy

Date:  April 27-28, 2011
Location:  University of Wisconsin - Madison, Pyle Center
Sponsor:  Please see event description for sponsor information.

To view a video of presentations, please click on each speaker's name below.

Conference Overview:
Recent incidents indicate that globally sourced products—particularly foods, food-grade chemicals (e.g., citric acid), and dietary supplements—can create serious safety issues, and also present regulatory challenges. The evolving structure of the global and national supply chains affects the design of both national import regulations and corporate procurement and quality-assurance programs. It includes contamination of food, both deliberate and unintentional.

The University of Wisconsin –Madison will present a conference addressing implications for import safety of the globalization of the food supply. This is a follow-up to previous conferences (“Strategies for Import Safety: Regulatory and Market Approaches,” and “Food Import Safety: Systems, Infrastructure, and Governance”).  Panels will examine the development of policies and procedures for dealing with import safety in the public and private sectors, as well as public-private partnerships.

This multi-disciplinary event will address issues including communication and resource sharing, risk analysis in supply chains, global supply chains and traceability, border inspections, laboratory testing, agricultural issues, examples of public-private cooperation, private programs for improving supplier relationships, and global approaches to food protection.  This conference is part of the WAGE-sponsored project, Managing Import Safety in a Global Economy.

CLE credit pending

Who is expected to attend:
•      Federal and state regulators and policy makers with responsibility for food safety;
•      Legal and scientific professionals serving all levels of the food industry (including the agriculture, manufacturing, wholesale, and retail sectors);
•      Food-safety and quality-assurance professionals;
•      Procurement managers and practitioners in the food industry; and
•      Academics with teaching and research interests in related areas.

Register here

Wednesday 8:30 -9:00 am
Welcoming remarks: Lorna Zach, Prof. Molly Jahn, Professor of Genetics and Agronomy and Special Advisor to the Chancellor and Provost.

Wednesday 9:00 –11:30 am Opening Plenary Panel:  Safety in the Global Food Supply Chain  --Moderator:  Lorna Zach

•      David Acheson, Managing Director, Food and Import Safety, Leavitt Partners (formerly Associate Commissioner for Foods, U.S. Food and Drug Administration)

•      Robert Brackett, Vice President Illinois Institute of Technology, and Director, Institute for Food Safety and Health, (formerly Chief Science Officer and Senior Vice President for Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, Grocery Manufacturers Association)  Assuring Food Safety in the Global Marketplace: Challenges and Opportunities.

•      Sangtae Kim, Executive Director, Morgridge Institute for Research, University of Wisconsin –Madison (member, Science Board, U.S. Food and Drug Administration)

•      Craig Wilson, Vice President of Food Safety and Quality Assurance, Costco Wholesale Corporation.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm Lunch

Wednesday 12:30 - 2:45 pm Global Approaches to Food Protection --Moderator:  Chuck Czuprynski

•      Mark Vandenbosch, Professor Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, Unintended Consequences: The Role of Opportunism in Ultra-Competitive Global Markets.

•      Steve Solomon, Deputy Associate Commissioner for Compliance Policy, US Food and Drug Administration.

•      Bob Koeritzer, Technology Manager, 3M Food Safety Dept.  Global Harmonization of Rapid Testing Methods.

•      Cary Coglianese, Edward B. Shils Professor of Law and professor of political science, of the Univ. of Pennsylvania Law School.  Regulatory Challenges of Global Food Trade

2:45 –3:15 pm Break

Wednesday 3:15 –5:00 pm  Public –Private Partnerships for Protection in Supply Chains ----Moderator:  Chuck Czuprynski

•      Jeffrey Peterson, Director of Quality Control, Global Aquaculture Alliance, Certification Management Division.  Successful Development and Implementation of Standards for the International Shrimp Industry.

•      Jeff Sindelar, Assistant Professor and Extension Meat Specialist, University of Wisconsin.  Successes, Challenges, and Shortcomings of HACCP in the Meat Industry.

•     Arturo Jessel, International Trade Advisor for Greenberg Traurig Law, (formerly Senior Trade Counselor, Embassy of Mexico, Washington, D.C., Trade Office/NAFTA Office), Mexican Efforts to Assure Safety in the Fresh Produce Supply Chain.

Wednesday 5:00pm Adjourn

Thursday 8:30 –10:30am Supplier Risk Management:  Moderator: Vicki Bier

•      Roger Lawrence, Corporate Vice President Worldwide Quality Assurance, McCormick & Company, Inc.  McCormick’s Approach to Supplier Risk Management

•      Justin Kastner, Assistant Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University  Models of Cross-Border Cooperation and the Role of Public-Private Partnerships in Import Security.

•      Jonathan Welburn (Research Assistant) and Vicki Bier (Professor and Chair), Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Wisconsin - Madison.  Observations from OASIS Violations Data for Border Inspection.

•      Ryan Newkirk, Epidemiology Doctoral Candidate, National Center for Food Protection and Defense, University of Minnesota. Integrating supply chain data and a food defense risk assessment methodology.

10:30 -11:00 am  Break

Thursday 11:00am –12:40pm  Consumer and Industry Perspectives –Moderator: Steph Tai
•      Getachew Abatekassa, Product Market Analyst, Michigan State University Product Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources.  Food Safety Certification: Food Supplier and Consumer Perceptions. 

•     Shawn Stevens, National Food Safety Lawyer, Partner, Gass Weber Mullins Law Firm, Milwaukee. Lessons Learned from Recent Foodborne Illness Outbreaks and Recalls

•      Jennifer Cleveland McEntire, Senior Staff Scientist, Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), Washington DC. Updates to the FDA-commissioned Report on Traceability.

12:40pm   Adjourn

Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy (WAGE), Center for Human Performance and Risk Analysis (CHPRA), Center for International Studies, European Union Center of Excellence (EUCE), Food Research Institute (FRI)

Partnering for publication with The Journal of Food Law and Policy.

For convenient conference accommodation, please contact the following:

The Dahlman Campus Inn
Reservations Phone: 1-800-589-6285
Group Number: 106633
Group Name: Safety in the Global Food Supply
Cut-off Date: March 12, 2011.
URL for online reservations is:

The Lowell Center, Inn and Conference Center
Reservations Phone: 1-866-301-1753 or 1-608-256-2621
Password = Lowell
Cut-off date: March 28, 2011
The URL for Online Reservations is:

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