Food Safety: Policy Changes, Science-Based Opportunities

The federal government has begun the process of implementing measures mandated by the Food Safety Modernization Act, signed into law in January 2011. This act imposes new requirements on almost any business that manufactures, processes, packs, distributes, receives, holds or imports food. This will accelerate the progress, already well underway in the private sector, toward a more science-based food safety system with global reach.

To comply and remain competitive, companies need innovative solutions. The Midwest is a world leader in agriculture and food production with annual shipments from food processing facilities in the region estimated at over $200 billion. Throughout the Midwest leading academic and government laboratories are engaged in important research that can provide needed innovation.

As part on an ongoing dialog between research institutions and industry to preserve and strengthen the economy of the region, this program is designed to provide a forum for meaningful interactions between key executives and scientists, with a view to creating new products and novel, effective solutions to improve food safety.

Hear from academicians, scientists, industry and regulatory experts about cutting-edge work, resources and the challenges of ensuring the safety and security of the food supply.


Registration is now closed; please contact Sandy Schneider for assistance. Thank you.

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Robert Hibbert
Attorney, K & L Gates L.L.P.
Robert Hibbert is a Washington, D.C.-based attorney with K&L Gates L.L.P. His practice focuses on regulation of the food and agricultural industries. He formerly served as a senior attorney with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and subsequently directed the USDA’s standards and labeling staff, formulating policy in areas including food safety, product standards and nutrition labeling. He also held the position of vice president and general counsel with the American Meat Institute.

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7:30 AM
8:00 AM
David Oppedahl, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago View Bio
8:15 AM
Keynote Speaker
Robert Hibbert, K & L Gates L.L.P. View Bio
8:45 AM
Scientific Panel
, Center Director, ARS, U.S. Department of Agriculture View Bio
, Director, Science and Policy Initiatives, Institute of Food Technologies View Bio
Carla Little, Illinois Department of Public Health View Bio
Todd Ward, Supervisory Research Geneticist, U.S. Department of Agriculture View Bio
9:30 AM
Industry Panel
Matthew Botos, Vice President, Illinois Science & Technology Coalition View Bio
Justin Ransom, Assistant Vice President, Food Protection and Government Affairs, OSI Industries View Bio
Greg West, President, National Pasteurized Egg Inc.
D J Alwattar, Vice President, Northland Laboratories View Bio
10:15 AM

Adjournment is at 10:30 a.m.



Last Updated: 07/15/2011

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