Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Seminar - Food Import Safety: Systems, Infrastructure, and Governance

A seminar titled, Food Import Safety: Systems, Infrastructure, and Governance, is sponsored by the Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy (WAGE) at University of Wisconsin – Madison, Tong Auditorium in the Engineering Centers Building, May 26 and 27, 2009 (1.5 days).

To register, send an email to with the following information: Name, Title, Affiliation, Mailing Address, Telephone Number, Fax Number, and E-mail. More information is available , here, and here. The conference is free-of-charge but space is limited. For a map of the UW campus, see

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: Vicki Bier, Professor, School of Engineering, 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 Neal 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

Conference hotel: Best Western Inn Towner, 2424 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53726; Reservations 800-258-832.

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