2020 Conference Review

This year’s conference was held at the Hilton Palacio del Rio, located along the River Walk, San Antonio’s most popular attraction.


  • Traditional Mexican food, drinks, and a live performance by Mariachi Alma de Jalisco at our Preconference Mixer
  • Opening the conference with USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service Aaron Lavallee’s “How are Consumers Handling Your Products? Hint: It’s Not How You Think.”
  • Shawn Stevens from Food Industry Counsel’s presentation “The Use of Strain Typing in Environmental Monitoring – Will It Hurt or Help?”
  • An out-of-this-world presentation by Todd Elliott of NASA’s Johnson Space Center Microbiology Lab “Microbial Monitoring for Spaceflight Operations”
  • A crowd-favorite Dr. Mickey Parish from the FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition “FDA’s Regulatory Updates and Their Industry Impact”
  • The one-hour narrated Go Rio River Cruise Wednesday afternoon, an unforgettable way to experience the world-famous San Antonio River Walk


  • “Thanks, to present all of these interesting topics, very satisfied to have attended this conference.”
  • “Wonderful conference! Well organized. Great speaker line-up, will definitely be back.”
  • “First time attending but will be back!”
  • “Really good line up of topics and speakers. Glad I could participate.”
  • “I liked listening to those in the regulatory field hearing about what they are seeing out in the real world.”
  • “This is my first conference and I thoroughly enjoyed it”
  • “Very diverse subject experts, excellent experience”
  • “I liked how each talk built onto the next, well thought out for good learning”
  • “Wonderful event! Can’t wait for next year!”