Monday, May 18, 2009

Food Import Safety: Systems, Infrastructure & Governance Conference, May 26 & 27 Univ of WI - Madison

Food Import Safety: Systems, Infrastructure & Governance Conference


Dates: May 26 & 27, 2009 (One and one-half day conference)

Location:  University of Wisconsin – Madison, Tong Auditorium in Engineering Centers Building

Registration is free-of-charge but space is limited

To register:

For the Agenda and more information: go to the website above and click on “event agenda and speaker list” or send an email to  


This workshop will address consumer safety from imported food by discussing supply chains, private and public regulation and future guidance for global trade.

Learn how food companies are dealing with this issue privately

·         through supplier agreements and

·         third-party oversight

Explore issues with laboratory testing of imported foods

·         including cost effectiveness

·         advancements in detection and testing limitations

Find out more about types of violations that have been caught at the border

Learn more about the European experience

Who Will Benefit

·         Representatives of the food industry (procurement, research and development, quality assurance)

·         Local, state and federal regulators with responsibilities for food safety

  • Academics and students


Sponsors:  Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy (WAGE), Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE), Engineering Professional Development (EPD), European Union Center of Excellence (EUCE), ISyE (Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering), and FRI (Food Research Institute), CIBER (Center for International Business Education and Research, The China Initiative.


Food Import Safety: Systems, Infrastructure, and Governance\

Agenda Detail

Tong Auditorium, Engineering Centers Building

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Sponsored by the Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy (WAGE)

May 26 and 27, 2009 (1.5 days)


To register: Send an email with the following information to Name, Title, Affiliation, Mailing Address, Telephone Number, Fax Number, and E-mail

The conference is free-of-charge but space is limited.


Tentative Agenda

8:15am Welcoming remarks:

Lorna Zach, Scientist, Center for Human Performance and Risk Analysis; 

Steve Ingham, Administrator, Food Safety Division, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection


Tuesday 8:30 AM:     Opening Plenary—Understanding the Scope of the Problem

8:30 am  Wenran Jiang, Mactaggart Research Chair, China Institute, University of Alberta.  The Impact of the Chinese Development Model on Food Safety

9:15 am Joe Corby, Executive Director, Association of Food and Drug Officials.  Experiences with Food Import Violations in New York State

10:00 Break

Industry Panel:

10:30  Gale Prince, Food Product Safety Pioneer, Moderator

11:00  Dale Morton, Director of Food Safety Programs, Quaker Tropicana Gatorade and Pepsi Cola North America  

11:30  Joe Shebuski, Director, Global Food Safety Products and Processes, Department of Food Safety and Regulatory Affairs, Cargill, Inc. 

12:00  Scott Hood, Manager Microbiology Quality and Regulatory Operations, General Mills, Inc.

12:30 Lunch


Tuesday PM:             Issues in Detection and Enforcement

1:30  William Nganje, Associate Professor of Agribusiness Finance, Morrison School of Management and Agribusiness, Arizona State University.  Intelligent Sampling of Fresh Produce

2:00  Wayne Ellefson, Senior Client Manager, Covance, Inc.  Testing and Detection Technologies.

2:30  John Spink, Research Faculty, National Food Safety and Toxicology Center, Michigan State University. Counterfeit Products and Food Fraud

3:00  Irv Rosenthal, Senior Fellow, Risk Management and Decision Processes Center, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.  Third-party Oversight of Food Safety.

3:30 Break

4:00  Moderated Discussion:      How to Achieve Stakeholder Cooperation 

Moderator: David Trubek, Professor, School of Law, University of Wisconsin-Madison

5:00 Adjourn


Wednesday AM:       The Way Forward

8:30 am

William Sperber, Global Ambassador for Food Protection, Cargill, Inc. Proposed World Organization for Food Protection

9:00  Rhodri Evans, Chief Specialist, Toxicology, Food Safety Authority of Ireland.  Experience of Food Safety Authorities in Europe

9:30  Miriam Haritz,  Faculty of Law, University of Maastricht, Netherlands.  Food Safety, Trust, and the European Union.

10:00  Neil Fortin, Director and Professor, Institute for Food Laws and Regulation, Michigan State University.  The Regulation of Food Imports: Past, Present, and Future.

10:30 Break

Belem Avedano, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington DC, The Role of Public-Private Partnerships on Access to Fresh Produce Export Markets for Small Latin American Producers

11:30  Closing Plenary

Shaun Kennedy, Director, National Center Food Protection and Defense, University of Minnesota

12:00   Adjourn

Sponsoring organizations at the University of Wisconsin-Madison:

Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy (WAGE)

Center for Freight Infrastructure Research and Education

Center for Human Performance and Risk Analysis

Center for International Business Education and Research

China Initiative

College of Engineering

Department of Engineering Professional Development

Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

European Union Center of Excellence

Food Research Institute

Conference hotel:

            Best Western Inn Towner

2424 University Avenue

Madison, WI 53726

Phone 608-233-8778

Fax 608-233-1325

Reservations 800-258-8321

            Rooms group code FOODSFTY


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