12:00 pm - 12:05 pm – Welcome and Introductions
Inga Hansen, Managing Editor, Food Safety Tech
12:05 pm - 12:35 pm – Pre-approval and Onboarding of New Suppliers
Gary Smith, Vice President of Quality Systems, Food Brands at 1-800-Flowers
12:35 pm - 12:55 pm – The Impact of Digitalization of Food Safety
Sara Jane Bellocchi, Networked Ingredients Functional Consultant, TraceGains
This session explores the intersection of automation and AI in the context of material lot compliance. Sara Jane will delve into the potential of leveraging these technologies to streamline and enhance compliance processes, ensuring adherence to regulatory requirements and quality standards. Additionally, the session touches on the application of automation and AI in addressing Corrective and Preventive Actions (CARs or CAPAs), offering insights into how these advancements can optimize efficiency and effectiveness in managing non-conformances and driving continuous improvement.
12:55 pm - 1:25 pm - Tips to Improve Supplier Management Maintenance
Trish Wester, President of the Association for Food Safety Auditing Professionals
FSMA’s rules include some very specific requirements for pre-purchase supplier approvals. But supplier management doesn’t end with the initial approval, it requires a comprehensive plan that ensures product safety criteria are continuously met. This session will look at some steps for improving your program.
1:25 pm - 1:55 pm – Advancing Traceability Through Innovation and Collaboration
Blake Harris, Technical Director of the Global Food Traceability Center, Institute of Food Technologists
The successful implementation of the FDA’s Food Traceability Rule requires a dual approach, combining collaborative efforts from the industry as a whole and the integration of technologies to capture and share data. This session will dig into the transformative shifts within the technology landscape and offer valuable insights into both macro and micro investment considerations. We will also address the practical challenges associated with designing technology solutions for real-world applications and highlight ongoing initiatives aimed at fostering connectivity among these technologies. Additionally, we will explore the pressing need for community engagement and collaboration, and the opportunities that arise from such collective endeavors.
1:55 pm - 2:00 pm – Wrap up and Conference Close