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FDA, USDA, CDC and AFDO Share Agency Update During Town Hall at Food Safety Summit; NSF Awards Presented

Rosemont, IL, May 11, 2017 – The 19th Annual Food Safety Summit, held this week in Rosemont, IL attracted nearly 1,700 food safety professionals and 190 exhibiting companies. During the three-day event, held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, food safety professionals discussed the most pressing issues facing the food industry including Listeria, the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act, the Integration of the Nation's Food Safety System as well as case studies from recent foodborne illness outbreaks.

Food Safety Summit LogoOn Wednesday evening attendees enjoyed the Food Safety Summit Gives Back Networking Reception to benefit Feeding America. Chuck Wilson of BNP Media presented Mitzi Baum, Director of Food Safety for Feeding America with a donation of $8,000 to help provide 90,000 meals on behalf of the sponsors, speakers, exhibitors, and attendees. In addition, Sani Professional Food Safety Advisory Council presented the 2017 Sani Awards. 

On Thursday morning, during the 6th Annual Town Hall (seated from left to right) AFDO's Joe Corby, CDC's Dr. Robert Tauxe, USDA's Al Almanza, and FDA's Stephen Ostroff discussed how the agencies are working together on food safety initiatives and exciting new developments such as Whole Genome Sequencing which will have a revolutionary impact on the industry. The Town Hall was moderated by Gary Ades, President of G&L Consulting and Chairman of the Summit Educational Advisory Board. 

Prior to the Town Hall, Jim Mann from Handwashing for Life, presented the 14th Annual NSF Food Safety Leadership Awards. The 2017 NSF Food Safety Leadership Lifetime Achievement Awards were presented to Jack Guzewick, Trainer/Consultant; Lee-Ann Jaykus, PhD, North Carolina State University; and David Theno, PhD, Gray Dog Partners. 

Plans are already being made for the 2018 Food Safety Summit which will again be held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL from Tuesday, May 8 through Thursday, May 10, 2018, with pre-conference certification courses starting on Monday, May 7. For more information visit

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