2017 Food Safety Consortium

December 4 - 8, 2017

Exhibit and Sponsorship Opportunities

The Food Safety Consortium offers many opportunities for sponsors/exhibitors to “engage” with attendees. On the low end is a simple table top booth and on the high end is a Gold level sponsor. Please contact Marc Spector, Director of Sales for an Exhibitor & Sponsors Prospectus.
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Call for Abstracts

The Food Safety Consortium is requesting abstracts for content to be presented during our upcoming conference Dec. 4–8, 2017 in Schaumburg, IL. Submission Deadline: May 15, 2017
Submit Abstract

2017 Call for Abstracts

The Food Safety Consortium is requesting abstracts for content to be presented during our upcoming conference Dec. 5-6, 2017 in Schaumburg, IL.

Submit Abstract

2016 Featured Speakers

Opening Keynotes > Town Hall Meeting:

Opening Keynotes > Town Hall Meeting:

Stephen Ostroff, M.D.

Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Opening Keynotes > Town Hall Meeting:

Opening Keynotes > Town Hall Meeting:

Alfred V. Almanza

Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety, Food Safety and Inspection Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Wednesday Keynote:

Wednesday Keynote:

Frank Yiannas

VP Food Safety, Walmart

NEW! Thursday Morning Plenary:

NEW! Thursday Morning Plenary:

Special Agent Scott Mahloch

Weapons of Mass Destruction Coordinator
FBI Chicago

About the Consortium

The 5th Annual Food Safety Consortium conference is a summit of Food Safety and Quality Assurance (FSQA) industry experts and government officials. The agenda is comprised of panel discussions, individual presentations, "Ask The Experts" discussion groups, workshops and training programs running concurrently, coupled with overarching plenary sessions paired with a table-top exhibition. This is an event focused on food safety education and networking providing attendees best practices and new technology solutions to today's food safety challenges.
Audience response during Food Safety Culture debate. Photo: amyBcreativeThe Food Safety Consortium offers attendees the ability to focus their time on a single track or walk freely among the various sessions. The concurrent running tracks are:

  • Compliance (FSMA and GFSI)
  • Food Manufacturing Operations & Sanitation
  • Food Safety Supply Chain Management
  • Food Labs
Syed Hassan of PepsiCo addresses Michael Taylor during FDA Town Hall. Photo: amyBcreative

Syed Hassan of PepsiCo addresses Michael Taylor during FDA Town Hall. Photo: amyBcreative

During the registration process, attendees build their own schedule based on the current needs of their organization. While you are building the schedule now (which helps us with planning), you are not locked into the schedule and can attend any conference, workshop or training component of the Consortium.

Each day the Conference begins with a Plenary Presentation open to all attendees. Scheduled after are concurrent running sessions and “Ask the Experts” Discussion groups. Also, there are pre and post conference workshops for you to choose from.

On the agenda (see link on right side of page), the plenary presentations, concurrent running sessions, “Ask the Experts” Discussion groups and workshops are listed in chronological order.

Use the drop down menu to display the agenda by conference, workshops or by individual day. Click on the word “Go” to display.

During the registration process, you will build your own agenda. The plenary presentations are for everyone but you will select from the concurrent running presentations and workshops.

At the end of the registration process you will be able to print your customized agenda.

app-mockup-shotThe Food Safety Consortium smartphone app is available for your smartphones and tablets which will significantly enhance your conference experience! The app is your complete source of all conference information.

We strongly urge you to download the app (available in November) and become familiar with it before the conference. When you first go to download it, select Innovative Publishing Co, and then select Food Safety Consortium.

We have replaced the paper programs with this app. This means to access the speakers presentation slides, you need to download them from the app.

app-mockup-shot2Once installed, you will have instant access to features, like:

  • The full event schedule
  • Your agenda that you built during registration
  • Session materials (slide decks, handouts, etc.) at your fingertips.
  • Contact info of other attendees
  • Social sharing on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn
  • Detailed info about speakers, exhibitors, and sponsors
  • Room maps, exhibit maps, and local area maps
  • Notifications of important updates, special offers, and more

The app is available for both Apple and Android devices


Attend part of the conference virtually.

The Compliance track (FSMA & GFSI) and plenary presentations components of the Consortium are broadcast live via WebEx so that you can watch and hear the presentations from your desktop, virtually. You will see the PowerPoint presentations and hear the audio on your PC. For the audio, we suggest external speakers. Headphones are ideal. If you would like to have multiple people from your organization attend the Consortium virtually, we offer a multi person option that you will see on the fee and registration pages. Please note, only the Compliance track and plenary presentations are offered virtually. We highly recommend attending in person. The experience is much better and allows for networking with FDA, speakers and peers. Which is extremely valuable, something you can not experience remotely. However, if you can not travel to the conference, attending it remotely is the next best thing!


We broadcast conference live using a WebEx platform. You will see the presentations on your monitor and hear the audio through your computer’s speakers.

We will email you log in instructions 24 hours prior to the start of the conference. Before you contact us in a panic that you do not have log in instructions, check your spam filter.

We strongly suggest you log on 20 minutes prior to the start to make sure your settings and connection is ok.

We will provide you an archive recording to the conference, with a Certificate of Attendance about 2 weeks after the conference.

Pros and Cons

No Travel!
If you miss the live broadcast, you can watch it all or any part of it later, On Demand.
Most of the feedback from our other virtual attendees has been very positive.

No networking with peers or the speakers during breaks or during the reception.
This is a live broadcast in which there are some variables that we can not control. While most speakers are good presenters, from time to time we find the presenter to be to soft spoken or they don’t speak directly into the microphone. This can impact the audio quality for the virtuals more so than on site attendees. We work very hard to correct this when it happens, but it happens!
The audio will come through your computer. Headphones, not earbuds are highly recommended. External speakers are ok too but the typical built in speakers do not work well.

2016 Platinum Sponsors

2016 Sponsors

2016 Exhibitors

2016 Partner Organizations

Media Partners