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Food Import Safety Conference:
Systems, Infrastructure & Governance

May 26-27, 2009 (One and one-half day conference)

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This conference will address food import safety from a variety of perspectives including systems analysis, infrastructure resilience, governance and policy analysis. Two morning plenary talks will set the stage by covering the origins of adulteration and contamination in rapidly developing economies, and by examining import violations found at both port and land-borders. An industry panel will address consumer opinion and several aspects of supply chain, supplier management, and self governance, including supplier agreements. Another panel will discuss cost-effective sampling schemes, testing and detection technology advancements, and testing limitations. European speakers will discuss approaches from the European Food Safety Authority and European Commission used to regulate safety in imported foods, including the rapid alert system. A second-day panel will be chaired by a well-known industry spokesman for food safety, who will be speaking to the way forward. This will include discussions of global approaches to food protection, as well as different forms of governance, including third party oversight.


  • Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy (WAGE)
  • Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE)
  • Engineering Professional Development (EPD)
  • European Union Center of Excellence (EUCE)
  • ISyE (Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering)
  • FRI (Food Research Institute)
  • CIBER (Center for International Business Education and Research
  • The China Initiative

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Tentative Agenda

Tuesday, May 26

8:15 am - Welcoming Remarks

Lorna Zach, Scientist, Center for Human Performance and Risk Analysis; 
Steve Ingham, Administrator, Food Safety Division, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection

Opening Plenary
Understanding the Scope of the Problem

8:30 am - Wenran Jiang, Mactaggart Research Chair, China Institute, University of Alberta.  "The Impact of the Chinese Development Model on Food Safety".

9:15 am - Joe Corby, Executive Director, Association of Food and Drug Officials.  "Experiences with Food Import Violations in New York State."

10:00 am - Break

10:30  am - Industry Panel
Gale Prince, Food Product Safety Pioneer, Moderator

11:00 am - Dale Morton, Director of Food Safety Programs, Quaker Tropicana Gatorade and Pepsi Cola North America 

11:30 am - Joe Shebuski, Director, Global Food Safety Products and Processes, Department of Food Safety and Regulatory Affairs, Cargill, Inc. 

12:00 pm - Scott Hood, Manager Microbiology Quality and Regulatory Operations, General Mills, Inc.

12:30 pm - Lunch

Afternoon Sessions:
Issues in Detection and Enforcement

1:30 pmWilliam Nganje, Associate Professor of Agribusiness Finance, Morrison School of Management and Agribusiness, Arizona State University. "Intelligent Sampling of Fresh Produce: The Case of Mexico Fresh Produce to the U.S."

2:00 pm - Wayne Ellefson, Senior Client Manager, Covance, Inc. "Testing and Detection Technologies."

2:30 pm
John Spink, PhD. Associate Director & Assistant Professor, Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection Program, School of Criminal Justice, Michigan State University. "Defining Food Fraud & The Chemistry of the Crime."

3:00 pmIrv Rosenthal, Senior Fellow, Risk Management and Decision Processes Center, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.  "Third-party Oversight of Food Safety."

3:30 pm - Break

4:00  pm - Moderated Discussion     
How to Achieve Stakeholder Cooperation 

Moderator: Vicki Bier, Professor, School of Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison

5:00 Adjourn

Wednesday, May 28
The Way Forward

8:30 am - William Sperber, Global Ambassador for Food Protection, Cargill, Inc. "Proposed World Organization for Food Protection."

9:00 am
- Rhodri Evans, Chief Specialist, Toxicology, Food Safety Authority of Ireland.  "Experience of Food Safety Authorities in Europe."

9:30 amMiriam Haritz,  Faculty of Law, University of Maastricht, Netherlands.  "Food Safety, Trust, and the European Union."

10:00 amNeal Fortin, Director and Professor, Institute for Food Laws and Regulation, Michigan State University.  "The Regulation of Food Imports: Past, Present, and Future."

10:30 am - Break

11: 00 am - Belem Avedaņo, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Baja, Mexico, "The Role of Public-Private Partnerships on Access to Fresh Produce Export Markets for Small Latin American Producers."

11:30 am - Closing Plenary
Shaun Kennedy, Director, National Center Food Protection and Defense, University of Minnesota, "Emerging Global Food System Risks and Potential Solutions."

12:00 pm - Adjourn

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