LIVE | January 27, 2021 at 2:00 pm EST

When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rolled out the “New Era of Smarter Food Safety” blueprint, the concept of domestic mutual reliance was woven throughout. But what does “domestic mutual alliance” mean and, more importantly, what does it look like in practice? We will talk to the FDA official charged with identifying opportunities to bring mutual reliance to life and to national and state officials whose stories illustrate that it is already happening successfully.

During this webinar, you will:

  • Learn about the role of domestic mutual reliance in FDA's blueprint for an integrated food safety system
  • Examine how simple or complex mutual reliance partnerships can be developed and their benefits
  • Learn from professionals who have developed and experienced mutual reliance success


Joseph Corby, Senior Advisor of Food Safety Regulations, Association of Food and Drug Officials. Joe Corby worked for the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets for 37 years before retiring in 2008 as the director of the Division of Food Safety and Inspection. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the International Food Protection Training Institute (IFPTI). He is also an instructor for IFPTI, Louisiana State University, the National Environmental Health Association, and the University of Tennessee. He has been an outspoken advocate for the advancement of a nationally integrated food safety system and continues to work with numerous groups and associations in support of this cause.

Frank Greene, RS, M.P.H., Division Director for the Division of Food, Standards and Product Safety, Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection. Frank Green is currently the chair of the Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standards Alliance and president of the Northeastern affiliate of the Association of Food and Drug Officials.

Erik P. Mettler, M.P.H., M.P.A., Assistant Commissioner for Partnerships and Policy within the Office of Regulatory Affairs, FDA. In this role, Eric Mettler serves as advisor to the associate commissioner for regulatory affairs on the full range of Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA)'s activities, including partnerships, implementation of new laws and regulations, and overall strategic planning and prioritization. He is responsible for providing long-range strategic direction for ORA policies and programs, including the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act. Mettler holds a Master of Public Health from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of New Mexico.

Pamela Miles, Program Supervisor, Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services.  In her current position, Pamela Miles directs a statewide food safety program; providing supervision, direction, and support to all program staff, including food safety specialists who are responsible for the inspection and ongoing monitoring of all food manufacturers, food retailers, and warehouses. She previously served as the president of the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) and currently serves on the Board of Directors as the affiliate representative for AFDO of the Southern States.

Mark Sestak, Deputy Director, Food/Milk/Lodging, Alabama Department of Public Health. Mark Sestak’s current responsibilities include the activities of the Retail Food, Food Manufacturing, Shellfish, Milk, Lodging, and Body Art programs. He has worked in food safety for almost 30 years, beginning as a local inspector then as a retail food standardization officer, and the last 13 years as a program administrator. He is also the current president of the Association of Food and Drug Officials.

Barbara VanRenterghem, Ph.D., Editorial Director, Food Safety Magaazine

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