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ROSEMONT, IL, May 17, 2021 – Food safety professionals from Walt Disney, Coca-Cola, Publix Supermarkets, The Kraft Heinz Company, Aramark, Blue Bell Creameries, The Wendy’s Company, McDonald’s, Costco, and many others, as well as experts from U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Center for Disease Control (CDC) and other state and local regulatory organizations attended last week’s virtual Food Safety Summit. Participants heard from an A-list roster of speakers who shared their experiences during the global pandemic and the most important lessons learned, which will be standard as the industry moves forward.  All of the content is available on-demand through April 2022 at the Virtual Portal at www.foodsafetysummit.com.

“We are honored that over 1,300 food safety professionals have chosen to learn, network, and connect during our virtual Food Safety Summit. Over the last six months we brought together over 2,500 industry professionals through our events and webinar series,” said Scott Wolters, Chief Events Office, BNP Media, owners of the Food Safety Summit. “We thank our exhibitors, sponsors, speakers, attendees and especially our Educational Advisory Board who develop the content for our events, for their ongoing support. We are happy to report that we plan to have the 2022 Food Safety Summit in person at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL from May 9–13.” 

The notable speakers at the Town Hall had this to say about the Food Safety Summit. “I really appreciate the chance to connect with this audience, and this remarkable panel. Truly an honor and a pleasure,” said Rob Tauxe, Director, DFWED, NCEZID, DDID, CDC “Agree. World-class event with so many talented, public health servants. It was an honor to be on the same panel with them,” added Frank Yiannas, Deputy Commissioner, Food Policy & Response, FDA. “Great spending time with everyone,” said Sandra Eskin, Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety for USDA.

During the final day of the Summit, attendees had chance to participate in an extensive workshop on What Does Traceability Means for Me and My Business with speakers from Deloitte Consulting, Michigan State University, Public Super Markets, Institute of Food Technologist (IFT), Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and United Fresh Produce Association. This knowledgeable panel provided a common understanding of traceability, standard based solutions and how they can be applied, the status of the regulatory process, and the impact of traceability on the supply chain.

Will Daniels of IEH, Mary Lynn Walsh with Sysco, Glenn Stolowski with HEB, and Gary Ades with G&L Consulting provided the attendees with a Guide to Flexible Planning while moving Beyond COVID during the General Session. The afternoon sessions then focused on Local Public Health – Navigating Conflicting Information; Retail and New Business: What Should the Future Look Like; How Climate Affects the Safety of the Food Supply Chain; How to Take Care of Yourself, Each Other, Employees, and Communities; Managing Unintended Consequences during a Crisis; and International Impact on Food Supply – Imports.

During the three-day event hundreds of professionals visited with leading vendors to learn about the latest food safety solutions through exhibit booths, Solutions Stages, and Tech Tent Presentations. The Exhibit Hall featured Gold Sponsor Purell; Silver Sponsors Applied Food Diagnostics, Aptean, and Millipore Sigma; and Bronze Sponsors Elisa Technologies, Zenput, and Pure Global Solutions as well as Orkin, Hexagon, Intertek Alchemy, FoodLogiQ, Mettler Toledo, Controlant, Perkin Elmer, Inficon, Beekeeper, One Event Technologies, WeRFood Safety, Safety Chain, AFCO, IFS, and others. 

Plans are already being made for the 24th Annual Food Safety Summit, which will be held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL, from Monday, May 9 through Thursday, May 12, 2022. For more information, on sponsorship or exhibiting opportunities contact Kim Hansen at hansenk@bnpmedia.com or Adam Haas at haasa@bnpmedia.com. For more information and updates, visit www.foodsafetysummit.com

 
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PARIS and COLOGNE, 13th May 2021 -- The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), The Consumer Goods Forum’s Coalition of Action on food safety, and GLOBALG.A.P. c/o FoodPLUS GmbH, a global organization offering a set of standards for good agricultural practices (G.A.P.), are pleased to announce that GLOBALG.A.P. has successfully achieved recognition against GFSI’s Benchmarking Requirements Version 2020.1. The recognition encompasses Produce Handling Assurance (PHA) certification program.

The PHA certification program is available to on-farm and stand-alone post-harvest handling facilities around the world. It provides food safety management certification of post-harvest activities, such as cooling, packing, re-packing, handling, and storage of crops for consumption. The PHA certification program incorporates United States Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requirements from both the Produce Safety Rule and the Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule, where applicable.

“PHA allows GLOBALG.A.P. to extend exceptional food safety assurance to both field and facility” said Kristian Moeller, Managing Director at GLOBALG.A.P. c/o FoodPLUS GmbH and President of GLOBALG.A.P. North America, Inc. “We are pleased to now offer PHA as a GFSI benchmarked standard, alongside the Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) and Harmonized Produce Safety Standard (HPSS) certification programs for farms.” 

 

Giovanna Ordonez, GFSI Senior Technical Manager, The Consumer Goods Forum, said, "Version 2020.1 is the most robust GFSI Benchmarking Requirements yet, so it's great to see CPOs like GLOBAL.G.A.P. continue to help the food industry raise the bar on food safety. The GFSI Benchmarking Requirements are the most widely-recognised in the industry and that's in part thanks to the collaborative nature of our work and the broader GFSI community". 

 
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ROSEMONT, IL, May 12, 2021 – The Food Safety Summit kicked off yesterday with a State of the Industry workshop with in-depth insight fromOscar Garrison, United Egg Producers Association, Jennifer McEntire Ph.D., United Fresh Produce Association, and KatieRose McCullough, PhD, MPH, North American Meat Institute, who discuss the challenges in production, worker safety, virtual audits, and the impact of the supply chain in egg, produce, and meat processing. Hundreds of food safety professionals engaged in a dynamic Q&A session moderated by Craig Henry with discussions focused on labor shortages, impact of vaccinations, and working with public health authorities. 

Following the workshop, Larry Keener, chair of Food Safety Magazine’s Award Committee, presented the magazine’s Distinguished Leadership Award to Frank Busta, Ph.D. Larry stated that “Frank had unanimous support for his personification of what it means to be a food safety scientist. He is an advocate and leader of the fundamental sciences of the basis of food safety and worthy of this prestigious award.”  Dr. Busta is the director emeritus of the National Center for Food Protection and Defense (NCFPD; now Food Protection & Defense Institute) and professor emeritus of food microbiology at the University of Minnesota. “I am truly honored to receive this award. Thank you for this honor. My success is truly a measure of the extraordinary students and colleagues I have worked with at the University of Minnesota and a variety of others school. Without these collegial relationships and teamwork, I would not have accomplished what I did in my career,” said Frank Busta. Click here, to tune in to hear an interview with Dr. Busta on the new episode of our Food Safety Matters podcast! 

Craig Wilson, Vice President, GMM, Costco presented a terrific keynote address honoring the food industry employees who were on the front line, following policies and procedures, especially during the pandemic. “Congratulations to everyone in the food supply chain for being the true heroes,” Craig said. “At Costco keeping our members and employees safe all the time is a top priority and we followed the science and the CDC guidance for keeping folks safe during the pandemic."

Stacy Atchison, publisher of Food Safety Magazine, then moderated a conversation with Craig, who answered questions from the audience on everything from reconciling conflicting information, the role OSHA is playing in food safety, dealing with the supply chain issues, keeping members and employees safe, blockchain, virtual auditing, implementing Standard Operating Procedures, the future of mask wearing, and much more.

The Summit continues on Wednesday, May 12th from 8 am–10 am CT with a two-hour workshop laying out a RoadMap to Food Safety Culture. Speakers from Sysco, Food Industry Council, Deloitte Consulting, CFSAN FDA, and Public Health Innovations will discuss creating and implementing a strong food safety culture within an organization.

From 10 am–11:30 am CT, Gary Ades will moderate the 10th annual Town Hall with two new speakers: Sherri McGarry, Health Scientist Microbiologist, CDC Liaison to FDA for Food Safety​, will open the session with a COVID update from the CDC/FDA perspective and Sandra Eskin, Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety, USDA, will share her perspective. In addition, Steven Mandernach, J.D., Executive Director, AFDO; Robert Tauxe, M.D., M.P.H., Director, Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases, CDC; and Frank Yiannas, Deputy Commissioner, Food Policy and Response, FDA; will provide updates from each of their organizations and will be available for an extensive question-and-answer session.

The Exhibit Hall will be open from 12:00–2:30 pm CT and feature leading vendors including Gold Sponsor Purell; Silver Sponsors Applied Food Diagnostics, Aptean and Millipore Sigma; and Bronze Sponsors Elisa Technologies, Zenput, and Pure Global Solutions. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from technology companies in the Tech Tent and attend live sponsored education sessions on the Solutions Stage with informative presentations from Millipore Sigma, Orkin, Hexagon, Intertek Alchemy, FoodLogiQ, Mettler Toledo, Controlant, Perkin Elmer, Inficon, Beekeeper, One Event Technologies, WeRFood Safety, Safety Chain, AFCO, IFS, and others. 

For access to the full Food Safety Summit agenda, which will be held through Thursday, May 13 from 8:00 am–4:45 pm CT, visit www.foodsafetysummit.com. To register, click here.

 
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Houston – The Polytron 6100 EC WL is a flexible and cost-efficient solution for plant expansions, upgrades or new installations. The wireless gas detection transmitter demonstrates its advantages even in challenging measuring tasks in loading or inspection areas. Wireless detection reduces the planning effort required while retaining the same safety levels provided by a wired transmitter. The Polytron 6100 EC WL is SIL2 capable. It uses field-proven DrägerSensors optimized for industrial applications. They cover a spectrum of 140 different hazardous gases in a temperature range of -40 F to 149 F.

Convenient during installation and in operation

The industrial wireless standard ISA100.11a ensures safe transmission of the measured values. Together with the PROFIsafe protocol, it ensures the SIL2 capability of the system. With the PolySoft software solution, users can conveniently access the Polytron 6100 EC WL via a Bluetooth interface – on an explosion-protected tablet, laptop or desktop PC in the workshop. The transmitter data and the event log can be easily transferred as a data set and evaluated when necessary.

The integrated LEDs, which are visible from a great distance, indicate the status of the life signal, warnings, alarms and Bluetooth interface. The intrinsically safe design of the wireless gas detection transmitter enables safe maintenance, such as changing the batteries or sensors, in the hazardous area. The Polytron 6100 EC WL can also cover application scenarios in long-term operations without batteries. The wireless transmitter is supplied with 24 volts for this purpose – directly in a general purpose area and via a suitable supply isolator in the hazardous area.

 
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VANCOUVER, B.C., May 5, 2021 -- Great Little Box Company Ltd/ Ideon Packaging (GLBC) announced today that it has been recognized for overall business performance and sustained growth with the prestigious Canada’s Best Managed Companies designation for the 17th consecutive year. The 2021 Best Managed program

award winners are amongst the best-in-class of Canadian owned and managed companies demonstrating leadership in the areas of strategy, capabilities and innovation, culture and commitment, and financials to achieve sustainable growth. This award recognizes a select group of Canadian companies and offers 4 levels of achievement in this exclusive network. GLBC has achieved platinum status for 10 consecutive years. 

“The past year has posed numerous challenges for Canadian businesses and has touched each and everyone in some form or another—including this year’s Best Managed winners,” says Kari Lockhart, Partner, Deloitte Private and Co-Leader Canada’s Best Managed Companies Program. “They should be extremely proud of this designation and use it as a catalyst to continue the work they do each and every day. Their unwavering commitment to their people, and their adaptability amid a year of turmoil, has led them to this achievement and it mustn’t go unnoticed.”

“We are proud to receive platinum status for the 10th consecutive year and continue to believe our success is a direct testament to our incredible team,” said Brad Tindall, President of Great Little Box Company/ Ideon Packaging. 

Headquartered in Richmond, B.C., GLBC has established itself as a local source for innovative and custom packaging and label solutions. Founded 39 years ago, the company is now comprised of a diverse workforce of 425 employees and growing. Their 6 packaging divisions enable an innovative and consultative approach to customer’s packaging challenges that ensures brand equity across all packaging mediums.  GLBC’s unique approach to supporting and valuing their employees includes everything from wellness programs and birthdays off to a companywide goal that when reached takes all employees on a “BOX GOAL” trip.

 

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