The Food and Drug Administration, in partnership with STOP Foodborne Illness, a non-profit public health organization, is set to host the 11th and final installment of its webinar series on food safety culture. The webinar will be streamed live May 9 from 5:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. EDT from the Food Safety Summit taking place May 6 to May 9, 2024, in Rosemont, IL at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.

The webinar is titled “The Journey Continues” and will feature distinguished guest speakers, including:

  • Vanessa Coffman, PhD, Director, Alliance to Stop Foodborne Illness, Stop Foodborne Illness (Moderator)
  • Conrad Choiniere, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Regulatory Affairs, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, FDA
  • Olamide (Ola) Afolayan, Director, Global Food Safety and Regulatory, Kellanova
  • Jorge Hernandez, Vice President, Quality Assurance, The Wendy’s Company
  • Karen McCarty, Senior Director, Commercial Quality Assurance, Agropur
  • Megan Kenjora, Senior Manager, Food Safety Culture, The Hershey Company
  • Lone Jespersen, Principal, Cultivate SA

This collaborative series brings together experts from both the public and private sectors to exchange ideas and experiences regarding the importance of cultivating a robust food safety culture, ultimately contributing to safer food production.

According to the FDA, food safety culture stands as a cornerstone in the FDA’s New Era of Smarter Food Safety blueprint. This strategic blueprint emphasizes the need to influence the beliefs, attitudes and behaviors of individuals and organizations to achieve significant reductions in foodborne illnesses.

For those interested in participating in this enlightening webinar, you can register here.

To access additional information about the webinar series and to listen to past sessions, visit “Collaborating on Culture in the New Era of Smarter Food Safety.”

About STOP
STOP Foodborne Illness, a dedicated public health non-profit organization, has been advocating for food safety since 1994. With a mission to educate and inform the public about the importance of food safety through personal advocate stories, STOP Foodborne Illness is a dedicated team working to prevent foodborne illnesses and fatalities. More information can be found on their website,

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