With the Food Safety Modernization Act setting new requirements for manufacturing and distribution, food companies must adapt to the new regulatory environment by identifying and resolving potential problems that could expose them to a damaging recall, government enforcement or downstream liability.

Helping food producers to meet the demands of the new legislation is the aim of the American Conference Institute’s Advanced Summit on Food Safety Regulatory Compliance, to be held June 15 and 16 in Chicago. This is the second annual conference, and features a completely updated agenda.  

Topics to be addressed during the two-day summit include:

Hazard analysis risk-based preventive controls

Import certification and verification

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Inspections, both foreign and domestic

Laboratory accreditation

Food tracking and tracing

Proposed produce safety standards

Defining what qualifies as “high-risk” vs “non high-risk” facilities

The Reportable Food Registry – one year later

How to report problems while minimizing exposure to government investigation or private litigation

FDA embargo authority – how it can be triggered

Deciphering when “reasonable probability” triggers the FDA’s new mandatory recall authority

How to respond to government warning letters

Using traceability and effective recordkeeping to ensure accountability and minimize liability

Emerging chemical s of concern (BPA, acrylamide, PhIP, PAHs, benzene and others)

The summit is structured to provide a forum to share and discuss best practices in response to the new legislation, as well as to provide practical solutions for companies to update internal food safety and regulatory compliance programs to meet the requirements of the new law.

Speakers include:

•  Scott MacIntire, director of the Chicago district office of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration

•  Gary Jay Kushern, partner and leader, Food and Agriculture Practice, Hogan Lovells in Washington D.C. and former vice president and general counsel, American Meat Industry

•  Scott Rickman, associated general counsel, Del Monte Foods

•  Kenneth Odza, partner, Stoel Rives

•  Shirley Boyd, vice president and associate general counsel, Cargill

•  Fang He, partner, June He Law Offices in Beijing, China

Sponsored by Keller and Heckman LLP, in partnership with the National Meat Association (NMA), Food Safety News and the Midwest Food Processors Association, Inc., the summit will be held at Chicago’s Sutton Place Hotel.

Register by calling 888-224-2480, faxing your registration to 877-927-1563 or registering online at www.AmericanConference.com/Food.


Image of an FDA food inspector checking out imported shrimp is from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.