The Food Safety Summit, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, will take place May 7–10 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. The Food Safety Summit addresses the importance of food safety throughout today’s interconnected supply chain and food manufacturing.

On Wednesday, May 9, Carletta Ooton, vice president of health and safety, sustainability, security and compliance at Amazon, will deliver a keynote presentation on “Amazon’s Approach to Innovation and What it Means for Food Safety.” She will discuss the company’s unique business model and how Amazon is transforming food safety through big data and technology.

The event provides several opportunities for workforce development and education, including:

  • Seven certification courses
  • Two dozen educational sessions
  • An interactive town hall
  • Case studies
  • Discussion groups
  • Several networking events
  • A trade show floor featuring more than 200 exhibitors

The Food Safety Summit seeks to help advance knowledge among the food industry to meet regulatory requirements and provide training. Course options include HACCP, Foreign Supplier Verification, Preventive Controls for Human Foods, Auditor Training and the Certified in Comprehensive Food Safety course, among others.

The educational program will include 26 sessions covering important topics, such as traceability, regulations, FSMA, foodborne outbreaks, big data, food fraud prevention, microbial interventions, co-packers, cold chain and more.

At this year’s event, visitors will be able to stop by one of the four Community Cafés on the exhibit hall floor to ask questions and continue conversations with subject matter experts covering four areas of the supply chain: Manufacturer/Processor/Supplier; Distributor; Retailer/Foodservice; and Regulatory.

Attendees and exhibitors will kick off the event with a Welcome Reception on the exhibit hall floor on Tuesday evening. On Wednesday, May 9, from 5:30 to 7 pm, an evening reception will celebrate the Food Safety Summit’s 20th anniversary.

The Town Hall offers attendees the unique opportunity for an open and honest dialogue with leaders from USDA, CDC, FDA and other food safety organizations.

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