The Food Safety Summit is offering the opportunity for industry professionals who were not able to attend the event earlier this most to view the Keynote Presentation by Michael Taylor, co-chair of the Stop Foodborne Illness Board and Former Deputy Commissioner for Food for the FDA. The free online session, sponsored by Siemens, is part of the Summit’s Broadcasting Live program, and can be accessed at any time. Click here to view keynote presentation.
During the presentation, Michael Taylor talked about how the world of food safety hasn’t been the same since the Jack in the Box outbreak 25 years ago triggered change in how both industry and government understand their responsibility to prevent foodborne illness. The process of change in policy and practices has been gradual but sustained and driven forward by other catalytic outbreaks and contamination incidents—from peanuts and produce to melamine. The result is today’s significant alignment among government, industry and consumers on the goal of prevention and the modern practices that can achieve it. Nevertheless, preventable illness and death from foodborne hazards remains an unsolved public health problem and threat to consumer confidence in the food supply. Michael addressed what mix of bad events, consumer expectations, industry leadership, technological innovation and public policy will drive future food safety progress. Can we take food safety to the next level without waiting for tragic events to drive us there?
The Food Safety Summit is a solutions-based conference and expo designed to meet the educational and informational needs of the entire food industry, including government and academia, retailers, food processors, distributors, food manufacturers, growers, foodservice and other food safety professionals. Attendees of the Summit were able to learn from subject matter experts and trainers, exchange ideas, find solutions to their current job challenges and become certified in the newest courses available.
The 2020 Food Safety Summit will be held May 4-7 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. For more information, visit www.foodsafetysummit.com.