2019 Schedule

We are currently finalizing our 2020 program, so check back for this upcoming year’s speakers and presentation topics.

SUNDAY Event Location
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM Registration Wisteria Lanes
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM Conference Kick-off Reception Wisteria Lanes
MONDAY Event Speaker
7:00 AM Registration and Breakfast  
8:00 AM Welcome Message  
8:30 AM Whole Genome Sequencing in Foodborne Outbreak Detection Art Liang, MD, MPH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
9:15 AM Your First Out-of-Spec Result: Now What? Brian Eyink, Hogan Lovells
10:00 AM Break  
10:30 AM Root Cause Investigation Jeffrey L. Kornacki, Ph.D., Kornacki Microbiology Solutions, Inc.
11:45 AM Starting Up After a Contamination Related Shut Down Kevin Lorcheim, ClorDiSys Solutions
12:15 PM The Value of a Food Defense Plan Brian Eyink, Hogan Lovells
1:00 PM Lunch  
2:00 PM How to Train a Diverse Group of People Dina Scott, Darden Restaurant Group
2:45 PM Tips for Establishing Cultural Change  Kevin Lorcheim, ClorDiSys Solutions
3:15 PM Break  
3:45 PM Allergen Management Through Hygienic Zoning and Sanitation Duane Grassmann, Nestlé USA
4:30 PM Case Studies on 9 Leading Food Companies: Automating Supply Chains for FSMA and GFSI Gary Nowacki, TraceGains
5:15 PM Evening Reception  
TUESDAY Event Speaker
7:00 AM Breakfast  
8:00 AM The Missing Element in Microbiological Food Safety Inspection: Boots on the Ground Jeffrey L. Kornacki, Ph.D., Kornacki Microbiology Solutions, Inc.
9:15 AM Cleaning Validation, Verification and Monitoring Duane Grassmann, Nestlé USA
9:45 AM Break  
10:15 AM Understanding Your Plant’s Microbiome Using 16S Metagenomics Michele Sayles, Diamond Pet Foods
11:00 AM Results Right Now: Tracking Listeria in Your Facility David Blomquist, DFB Consulting, LLC
11:30 AM Benefits of Mapping Your Environmental Monitoring Data Melissa Calicchia, Food Microbiological Laboratories
12:15 PM Using Data to Drive Change within Your Sanitation Program Michele Sayles, Diamond Pet Foods
1:00 PM Lunch  
2:00 PM Proactive Integrated Pest Management in a Food Environment Steve Romero, Industrial Fumigant Company
2:45 PM Break  
3:15 PM How To Validate a Clean Break Melissa Calicchia, Food Microbiological Laboratories
4:15 PM Clean Break for Dry Sanitation Kevin Lorcheim, ClorDiSys Solutions, Inc
WEDNESDAY Event Speaker
7:00 AM Breakfast  
8:00 AM Center for Food Safety: Opportunities & Benefits for the Food Industry Francisco Diez-Gonzalez, University of Georgia
8:45 AM Department of Justice Criminal Investigations of Food Companies Brian Eyink, Hogan Lovells
9:30 AM How a Flour Recall Forever Changed Food Safety Scott Hood, General Mills
10:15 AM Break  
10:30 AM Hot Topic: What’s in the News? Kathy Knutson, Ph.D., Kornacki Microbiology Solutions, Inc.
11:00 AM How to Convince Plant Executives to Increase Environmental Monitoring Program Budgets Wendy White, Golden State Foods
12:00 PM Closing Remarks and Adjournment  

The Wednesday afternoon tour of the David J. Sencer CDC Museum at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Headquarters is currently at maximum capacity.

To those already registered for the one-hour tour, please be aware transportation is not provided, and a government-issued photo I.D. is required.