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Food Safety Summit to feature new exhibitors, exhibitor presentations

The Food Safety Summit, a BNP Media event scheduled for April 8-10 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, recently announced an increase of the companies on the show floor, of which 36 are first-time exhibitors and several are from overseas. The show floor will showcase new products and services from leaders in the industry, including sponsors Roka Bioscience, Alchemy and Eurofins. New exhibitors include several international companies, including Alimentos y Nutricion/Food Safety Net from Mexico, Atlantium Technologies from Israel, Pure Hold Ltd. and BRC Global Standards from the United Kingdom, and Multix Detection from France.

“We are excited to be expanding our show floor to offer new companies and solutions to our attendees providing services ranging from auditing; listeria, salmonella and rapid microbiological testing; data collection and management; computer software; pathogen detection and control; sanitation supplies; and more,” says Scott Wolters, director for the Food Safety Summit. “We have over 160 vendors who will not only showcase and demonstrate new products and technologies, but also educate our attendees in our Exhibitor Theatres in the Expo Hall.”

The Food Safety Summit will offer two full days of presentations from exhibitors in the Exhibitor Theatres, as a chance for all attendees to hear from subject matter experts about the newest solutions and technologies in food safety and security. The following is a schedule of the exhibitor presentations.

Wednesday, April 9

11-11:30 a.m.—“Food Safety Approaches for Allergens and Pathogens—Sample Preparation and Environmental Testing Solutions,” Tim Lawruk, senior director, sales and marketing, Romer Labs Inc.

11:30 a.m.-Noon—“NSF/H-1 Food Machinery Lubricants & Their Relevance with HACCP and Eco-Green Requirements,” Ellen Girard, original equipment manufacturer (OEM) marketing analyst, Lubriplate Lubricants Co.

Noon-12:30 p.m.—“The Most Advanced Electronic Controls for Metal Detection Equipment Allows for Convenient Traceability,” Robert Bunting Jr., Bunting Magentics Co.

12:30-1 p.m.—“Deciphering GFSI and BRC Certification Strategies,” John Kukoly, director, Americas, BRC Global Standards

1-1:30 p.m.—“ Becoming 365 Audit Ready,” Gary Nowacki, CEO, TraceGains

1:30-2 p.m. —“You Can Have Your Cake and Eat It Too,” Tom Giunta, director of Wonderware Software, Schneider Electric

2-2:30 p.m. —“Eurofins Genomics Solutions for Food Quality and Safety,” Doug Marshall, Ph.D., CFS, chief scientific officer, Eurofins Microbiology Laboratories Inc.

Thursday, April 10

11-11:30 a.m.—“Your Roadmap to GFSI Compliance,” Christian Hutter, senior vice president manufacturing and distribution, Junction Solutions

11:30 a.m.-Noon—“Drive Operational Excellence (a Novel Case Study of Documented Behavior Change),” Lone Jespersen, director, food safety strategy, Maple Leaf Foods, and Laura Dunn Nelson, vice president, technical services and business development, Alchemy Systems

Noon-12:30 p.m.—“Improving Food Safety,” Katie Moore, global industry manager—food and beverage, GE Intelligent Platforms

12:30-1 p.m.—“The Food Safety Vertical—Building a Culture and a Curriculum for Everyone in the Food Industry,” Rance Baker, program administrator, entrepreneurial zone, NEHA

1-1:30 p.m.—“GFSI Auditing Scheme Impact on Some Midsized and Smaller American Food Companies,” Jim Chance, senior consultant, SAI Global Assurance Services (Americas)

1:30-2 p.m.—“How to Control and Monitor Your Air and Compressed Gases for Microbial Contamination,” Tim Cser, senior microbiology specialist, EMD Millipore

2-2:30 p.m.—“Designing and Implementing a Robust Foreign Material Prevention Program,” Robert Rogers, senior adviser for food safety and regulations, Mettler-Toledo

In addition to the exhibit hall, The Food Safety Summit education program will offer four certification programs on Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points (HACCP), Seafood HACCP, Food Fraud and ServSafe; four half-day workshops on “A One Health Approach,” prerequisite programs and traceability; and an afternoon session on meeting consumer Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) food expectations.

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