Food Safety Consortium

October 20 – 22, 2024

 Washington, DC

The Food Safety Consortium will take place October 20-22, 2024, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington VA directly across the Potomac River from  Washington, DC. The Program starts with several pre-conference workshops and training which leads into two full days of high-level panel discussions and educational presentations.

Food Safety Tech and The American Frozen Food Institute Join Forces for 2024 Food Safety Consortium Conference & Expo

Food Safety Tech  

Food Safety Tech and The American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) proudly announce their partnership on 13th Annual Food Safety Consortium, a conference for food safety and quality assurance professionals that equips attendees with cutting-edge knowledge, practical skills, and a collaborative network to enhance their professional development as champions of food safety and innovation in the production of foods and beverages.

This collaboration underscores the shared commitment of AFFI and Food Safety Tech to elevate industry standards, and the exploration of key scientific and regulatory developments impacting public health and safety and its implications for food production. The Food Safety Consortium represents an invaluable opportunity for professionals to engage with leading experts, exchange insights, and collectively advance best practices in food safety.

Join AFFI and Food Safety Tech at The Food Safety Consortium October 20-22, 2024, in Washington D.C., where expertise and knowledge sharing leads to practical implementation, and together, we pave the way for a safer, more resilient food industry.

Use the interactive Agenda

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The Crystal Gateway Marriott is only one mile from Reagan National Airport (DCA), two miles to Washington, DC and directly connected to the Crystal City Metro station. Ideally located in Arlington, VA, the hotel is steps to the exciting new National Landing development and Pentagon City; as well as a quick and convenient Metro ride to downtown Washington D.C. and Old Town Alexandria.

Washington D.C. as a Destination

Make it a conference to remember! Bring the family, enjoy the sights of our nation’s capital! Click on Registration Info button above and scroll to the bottom for more details about Washington D.C. as a destination, including information on the National Air & Space Museum, the National Museum of African American History and the Holocaust Memorial Museum.

FSSC Insights Event, North America 2024

CBs, Auditors, Food Companies, plan to attend the FSSC Insights Event, North America 2024 at the The Food Safety Consortium, Tuesday October 22, 2024, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington VA. See the agenda for program details.

The Cannabinoid Quality Conference is co-located with the Food Safety Consortium with both programs running concurrently. Several pre-conference workshops and training kick off the program which leads into two full days of high-level panel discussions and educational presentations. Attendees have access to both conferences.
Mettler Eskin

FDA Keynote Speaker

James (Jim) Jones, Deputy Commissioner for Human Foods, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Sandra Eskin USDA

USDA Keynote Speaker

Sandra Eskin, Deputy Under Secretary Food Safety, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food Safety & Inspection Service

2024 Program

The 2024 program features panel discussions and concurrent breakout sessions intended for mid-to-senior-level food safety professionals that address important industry issues, including:

  • FDA & USDA Keynotes + Town Hall Q&A
  • Audits: Internal Audits, Supplier Audits, Recruiting & Retaining Auditors, Training
  • Food Safety Hazards: Pathogens, Chemical, PFAS, Virus, Foreign Objects: Detection, Mitigation & Control
  • Digital Transformation: Data Analytics, AI/ML applications in food safety
  • Food Safety Supply Chain Management: Audits, Record Keeping, Transportation, etc.
  • FSMA 204 Traceability: Challenges, Best Practices, Regulations
  • Compliance: Regulatory, FSMA, Standards, GFSI
  • Sanitation: Environmental Monitoring, Biofilms, Hard to Clean Areas
  • Recalls: Trends, Regulations, Recall Ready
  • Food Safety Culture: Best Practices and Techniques to advance an organizations Food Safety Culture
  • Food Integrity: Food Fraud, Economically Motivated Adulteration
  • Food Defense: Strategies, Best Practices, Regulations
  • Labeling: Challenges, Best Practices, Regulations
  • Data Analytics
  • Risk Mitigation
  • Root Cause Analysis: Methods, Best Practices, Case Histories
  • Cannabinoid Quality: Testing, Standards, Regulations, GMPs
  • Ask The Experts: Round table curated discussions on a variety of topics

Pre-Conference Workshops and Training. Earn CE Hours! More info on the agenda

* Innovative Environmental Monitoring: Revolutionizing Listeria monocytogenes Detection with a Three-Class Sampling Plan
During this 1/2-day workshop, attendees will gain insights on a groundbreaking approach to environmental monitoring, specifically targeting Lm, designed to address the deficiencies of traditional methods.

* Unveiling the Source: Investigating the Causes of Food Safety Events
Join us for an interactive workshop where we delve into the intricacies of root cause analysis and its pivotal role in determining the causes of adverse food safety events. Through real-world cases studies and practical exercises, participants will gain valuable insights into how information gathered through root cause analysis can inform effective solutions and pave the path forward for preventing similar events in the future.

* Advanced Food Safety HACCP Workshop. This 20-hour workshop focuses on the maintenance and continuous improvement of effective Food Safety HACCP Programs. Experienced and knowledgeable instructors have chosen key subject areas that are important to current issues and resolutions for effective management of Food Safety HACCP Programs. The agenda will vary based on current food safety issues, FSMA updates and the needs of the actual attendees based on their industry sector.

We are providing this course in three (2-3 hr.) virtual classes conducted by a live instructor in September and October culminating with an in person 8–10-hour class on October 20th at the Food Safety Tech Consortium

* Food Safety Auditor Training. This 4-part series is designed to provide the knowledge, behaviors and technical skills attributed to a competent food safety auditor. The series includes 3 virtual 2 hour presentations conducted by a live instructor to support participants learning experience regardless of their current level of auditing experience. These sessions are recorded and available for additional self-paced study for less experienced participants, while experienced auditors can refresh their understanding of auditing fundamentals before advancing to the more complex skills and critical thinking behaviors needed to audit high risk products. The course culminates with a full day of in person instruction (Sunday, Oct. 20) on advanced topics such as potential conflicts of interest, enhanced conflict resolution techniques and providing tips in advanced written communication skills to support the delivery of comprehensive audit reports. A variety of learning techniques such as case studies and role playing will be used to reinforce the knowledge and skills covered by this course of study. designed to augment the skills, knowledge and behaviors attributed to a competent third party food safety auditor. (last year this workshop was sold out!)

* FSPCA Intentional Adulteration (IA) Conducting Vulnerability Assessments Participant Course. This course will provide participants with the knowledge to implement the requirements of conducting a vulnerability assessment under the Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration (IA) regulation of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This regulation is one of a number of regulations and guidance that implement the provisions of the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

The Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration regulation (referred to as the IA rule) is aimed at preventing intentional adulteration from acts intended to cause wide-scale public health harm, including acts of terrorism targeting the food supply. The regulation requires that certain activities must be completed by a “food defense qualified individual” who has successfully completed training in the conduct of a vulnerability assessment (21 cfr 121.4). This course developed by the FSPCA is the “standardized curriculum” recognized by FDA; successfully completing this course is one way to meet the requirements for a “food defense qualified individual” responsible for conducting a vulnerability assessment.

The IA rule does not specify a particular method that you must use to conduct your vulnerability assessment. Two potential methods that can be used are the Key Activity Type (KAT) and/or the Three Fundamental Elements methods. If you conduct your vulnerability assessment using the KAT method with no modifications, you should consider completing the FSPCA IA Conducting Vulnerability Assessments Using Key Activity Types course. However, if you use any modifications to the KAT method or plan to use the Three Fundamental Elements method, then this course would provide the tools you need to do so.

12 or 20 CE Hours: The Food Safety Consortium Conference’s two-day program is recognized by NEHA (National Environmental Health Association) for 12.0 Continuing Education (CE) Hours. If you participate in one of the Pre-Conference Workshops or Training and attend the conference (a total of three days), the NEHA CE Hours is 20.

About the Consortium

Food companies are concerned about protecting their customers, their brands and their own company’s financial bottom line. The term “Food Protection” requires a company-wide culture that incorporates food safety, food integrity and food defense into the company’s Food Protection strategy.

Food Safety + Food Integrity + Food Defense = FOOD PROTECTION

​Organized by Food Safety Tech, the Food Safety Consortium Conference has been an educational and networking event since 2012 for Food Protection that has food safety, food integrity and food defense as the foundation of the educational content of the program.

With a unique focus on science, technology, best practices and compliance, the “Consortium” features critical thinking topics that have been developed for both industry veterans and knowledgeable newcomers.

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American Frozen Food Institute and Food Safety Tech Join Forces for 2024 Food Safety Consortium Conference & Expo

About AFFI

The American Frozen Food Institute is the member-driven national trade association representing all segments of the frozen food supply chain from manufacturers to suppliers and distributors. AFFI advocates before legislative and regulatory entities on the industry’s behalf, serves as the voice for the industry and convenes industry leadership to create an environment where frozen foods are essential in today’s dynamic marketplace.

About Food Safety Tech

Food Safety Tech is a digital media community for food industry professionals interested in food safety and quality. We inform, educate and connect food manufacturers and processors, retail & food service, food laboratories, growers, suppliers and vendors, and regulatory agencies with original, in-depth features and reports, curated industry news and user-contributed content, and live and virtual events that offer knowledge, perspectives, strategies and resources to facilitate an environment that fosters safer food for consumers.

Exhibit and Sponsorship Opportunities

Reserving your booth and sponsorship is a sound business decision. The Food Safety Consortium Conference gives sponsors new and innovative tools for face to face lead generation. With limited space for exhibits, get exclusive access to hundreds of attendees, interact with participants and reserve a spot for your business today before they sell out.​

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Past Attendee Companies & Testimonials

Agrobiotek El Salvador
Ahold Retail Business Services
American River Nutrition LLC
Athletic Brewing
Bayer CropScience
Bimbo QSR
Brett Anthony Foods
Brinker International
Cameron Melendrez
Clemson University
Coca-Cola Cómpany
Cocoa Processing Company Limited
Colorado Department of Agriculture
Compass Group
Conagra Brands
Costco Wholesale
Crystal Geyser
Dr. Greenhouse Inc.
Durham Pecan Company
Eastman Chemical
EJ Papadopoulos SA
Elite Spice Inc.
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Feeding America
Fiesta Mart
Flagstone Foods
Flavorchem Corporation
Food and Drug Administration/Office of Food Policy & Response
Glanbia Nutritionals
Global Food & Nutrition Inc.
Golden Peanut and Tree Nuts
Golden State Foods
greenville agro corporation
Griffith Foods Ltd.
Gsf Egypt
Handi Foods Ltd.
Hills Pet Nutrition
Honee Bear Canning Co
Hydrite Chemical Co.
Institute of Food Technologists
ISE America
JTM Food Group
Kalsec Europe
Kalsec Southwest
Kampala Serena Hotel
Kellogg Company
Kemin Industries South Asia Pvt ltd
Kraft Heinz
Lamb Weston
Leyton USA
Manitoba Harvest
MAPAQ (Quebec’s Ministry of Agriculture)
McKee Foods Corporation
Morinaga America Foods Inc
Nation Pizza
New Aces Pecan Company
Northeastern University
NOW Heatlh Group, Ic.
Packaging Corporation of America
Peppo Foods
Pinnacle Management Systems
Pro Citrus Network, Inc.
Quaker Oats/PepsiCo
Reser’s Fine Foods
Retail Business Services/Ahold Delhaize
Rise Baking Company
Sargento Foods, Inc.
Sesaco Corporation
Smithfield Foods
Southwest Cheese Company
Starbucks Coffee Company
Steuben Foods, Inc
Supherb Farms
Texas Department of State Health Services – Foods Group
The Cheesecake Factory
The Kroger Co. /, Inc.
The Suter Company
The Wendy’s Company
The Wine Group
Torres Trading Co., Inc.
TreeHouse Foods
Trophy Foods
Turkey Hill Dairy
VA Department of Agriculture
Village Gourmet Company Inc
Walgreens Boots Alliance
Walgreens Supply Chain
Westberry Farms Ltd
White Castle
“Thought the speakers were awesome and my colleagues were chatting me they got a lot out of the sessions too. Great start!”

“A great experience – today’s final panel echoed many of my thoughts and did a super job of headlining the ‘take-aways’. I too am left ‘craving for more’ so intend to revisit some of the episodes. Well-balanced, varied, huge amount of information transfer, important messages and trends were highlighted throughout the 16 episodes with both breadth and depth and honest insights. The facilitators did a fab job – I think – and throughout there was a familiarity and ‘inclusive’ feel to this consortium. Well done!”

“I enjoyed the Food Safety Culture Fireside Chat and all their experiences on food borne illnesses, and how COVID19 is playing a big part in the plant facility.”

“This episode was great! I feel more confident in my ability to put together a food fraud vulnerability assessment for my facility.”

“Appreciated the honesty of several accounts given by today’s speakers”

“I agree that Frank Yiannas has been an inspirational leader in the public sector. I’m grateful for his leadership.”

“Thank you for the information, insight, and resources! Very well done.”

“Great job to all. Extremely interesting.”

“Women in Food Safety Path to Leadership – Thought the speakers did a great job – especially need to keep being relevant and about confidence.”

“I understand much better what a biofilm is and how it impacts cleaning activities and the need for stringent practices.”

“The speakers had such honesty and compassion.”

“I think there’s a great mix of subject/speakers. Particularly enjoying those who are candid about own experiences…as Rob was.”

“Great information. Rob Mommsen’s presentation was eye-opening!”

“Overall I really enjoyed this episode and found it very informative!”

“It is comforting that all of us are going through the same trials during this covid times”

“I got information on different chemicals/sanitizers/disinfectants. I now know that we have some “safer” options for our employees to use.”

“I’ve enjoyed all episode’s of the Virtual Consortium thus far.”

“It was interesting to hear that all sectors of the food industry have surprised themselves in what they have been able to accomplish since the onset of the pandemic. The episode increased my awareness of how much more work there is to be done in creating test kits to improving risk based management and in making use of technology to better trace food items throughout the food chain.”

“It is particularly helpful to hear perspectives from a range of industry professionals across the public, private and non-profit sectors so thank you for all of the participants you lined up for today’s sessions, in particular.”

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