Michigan State University’s Online Master of Science (MS) in Food Safety Program (MSU OFS) is set to host an event June 11-13, 2024, featuring prominent figures in the field—Frank Yiannas and Bill Marler. The event aims to ignite conversations on tools, strategies, and behavior-based science essential for creating a robust food safety culture in the workplace.

Founded in 2002, the MSU OFS was established in response to a market research study conducted in 2000, revealing a critical need for individuals educated in the multifaceted aspects of safeguarding the food supply. The program addresses the concerns of the food industry, government, and public health, providing a fully online format to accommodate both individuals and employers.

Frank Yiannas

Frank Yiannas, a former Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response, is set to share insights gained during his leadership role in implementing the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). With a diverse background encompassing leadership roles at Walmart and the Walt Disney Company, Yiannas has been globally recognized for pioneering blockchain for transparent food traceability.

Bill Marler

Bill Marler, the publisher of Food Safety News, is an accomplished personal injury lawyer and national expert on foodborne illness litigation. Marler, who began representing foodborne illness victims in 1993, brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the event.

Frank Yiannas’s presentation will focus on creating a behavior-based food safety management system, drawing from his expertise in supply chain innovation, outbreak response, and product recall activities. Attendees will receive copies of Yiannas’s books, “Food Safety Culture: Creating a Behavior-Based Food Safety Management System” and “Food Safety = Behavior: 30 Proven Techniques to Enhance Employee Compliance.”

Bill Marler’s guest lecture will provide valuable insights into foodborne illness litigation, adding a legal perspective to the discussions. His pivotal role in representing victims of the Jack in the Box E. coli O157:H7 outbreak in 1993, resulting in a landmark settlement, positions him as a leading authority in the field.

The event offers three registration types, catering to different professionals. The Executive registration, priced at $3,200, is open to industry professionals, covering most meals, hotel accommodations, and transportation on designated days. The Alumni/Non-Profit registration, priced at $2,200, is available for MSU OFS alumni and non-profit professionals with similar coverage.

Notably, the registration fee for both categories includes copies of Frank Yiannas’s books, enhancing the learning experience for participants. Cancellation policies are in place, with a $400 fee for cancellations on or before May 24 and forfeiture of the entire registration cost for cancellations after that date.

Food safety professionals from various sectors, including industry, regulatory bodies, academia, and the military, are encouraged to participate in this exceptional opportunity to learn from two leading experts in the field. Detailed event information, including venue specifics and schedules, will be provided after registration.

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