An Intensive Learning Experience

An Interactive Environment

Informative Speakers

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.

2016 Pre-conference Workshops

for-attendees-4Designed for the Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) this course meets the FDA requirements for FSMA training. A PCQI is a professional who can manage a Food Safety Plan at a facility in accordance with the U.S. FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act. This person should have successfully completed training in the development and application of risk-based preventive controls. Join us for this 2 day training program (20 hours) that has been designed and developed by the Food Safety Preventative Controls Alliance (FSPCA) for the PCQIs in the food and beverage industry.

The two 10 hour days of training proceed the Food Safety Consortium’s main agenda (Tuesday and Wednesday)

At the end of this training program, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss Good Manufacturing Practices and Prerequisite Programs
  • Conduct hazard analysis and determine preventive controls
  • Define process, food allergen, sanitation and supply-chain preventive controls
  • Discuss verification, validation, recall and record keeping requirements

Participants will receive an official FSPCA Preventive Controls Qualified Individual certificate issued by AFDO after attending this training program.

Training curriculum for Preventive Controls Qualified Individual
This course has been designed by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) in collaboration with the FDA. It is taught by a Lead Instructor for the FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food Course.
This course meets the Preventive Controls Qualified Individual Training requirements. Participants will receive their official FSPCA Preventive Controls Qualified Person certificate issued by AFDO.


Debby NewslowLead Instructor:
Debby Newslow (lead instructor) with Erika Miller as the second instructor.

The Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) designed this 2 day (20 hour) workshop in collaboration with the FDA. It is presently the ONLY FDA-recognized curriculum for the Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Risk-based Preventive Controls for Animal Food requirements. The course is taught by a certified FSPCA Lead Instructor who also has many years of experience as a food safety professional working within this food sector. Successful completion meets the FDA requirements for a FSPCA Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) in accordance with FSMA rule as defined in 21CFR507. A PCQI is a professional who can manage a Food Safety Plan at a facility in accordance with FSMA requirements. Participants receive an official “FSPCA Preventive Controls Qualified Individual for Animal Food” certificate upon completion.

The Food Safety Modernization Act, or FSMA, is completely changing the way we think about the manufacture, transportation, distribution and storage of animal food. Many professionals working with ‘animal food”, including ingredients, mixed animal feed, pet food, or those who supply the feed and pet food industries through either primary products or by-products, are concerned about the changes this rule may require in their day-to-day operations as well as possible new requirements. This course explains these requirements along with providing application examples and decision-making logics. Training materials include the FSPCA comprehensive manual, key terms, concepts, and reference materials to aid in communication tasks.

Who Must Comply with the Hazard Analysis and Preventive Controls Rule?
Facilities required to register with FDA under section 415 of the Food, Drug, & Cosmetic Act and/or Registration of Food Facilities (21 CFR part 1, subpart H; the section 415 registration regulations) must comply if they manufacture process, pack or hold food intended for animals. Compliance with the cGMP portion of this rule becomes mandatory for large firms in September 2016. Compliance dates are staggered with cGMP compliance required first, then giving additional time to comply with the Preventive Controls requirements. Other firms may have additional time to comply based on the number of employees and dollar amount of revenue generated from sales of animal food.

for-attendees-5Join food industry professionals from all levels of the supply chain to discover the benefits of third-party food safety and quality certification. Learn better business practices that increase profits and protect brands, including lessons learned from recent food safety outbreaks. Or expand your knowledge, skills, and expertise in the field of food safety auditing.

Key Benefits:

  • Gain insight on the SQF certification program
  • Critical updates on food safety certification issues
  • Industry peer collaboration
  • Connect with potential partners who can help implement your program
  • Face-to-face interaction
  • Create new relationships

Information Day Schedule:
8:30am to 5:00pm

$50.00 (Which includes lunch) which is an additional optional item on the Food Safety Consortium registration.

Who Should Attend:

  • Food producers, manufactures, wholesalers, distributors, and retailers
  • Food safety and quality experts, consultants, trainers, auditors, and service providers
  • Food organizations and officials from federal and state government food safety programs


National Environmental Health Association

Certified in Comprehensive Food Safety (CCFS) Credential Review Course

Monday, December 5 – Tuesday, December 6 from 8 am – 5 pm
Schaumburg, Illinois at the Food Safety Consortium

The CCFS is a strong core credential for food safety professionals interested in participating in the oversight of human food production, processing, and manufacturing for the US consumer. The CCFS provides a strong foundation in hazard identification and risk assessment, introduces preventive controls concepts in conjunction with other hazard mitigation tools and strategies, and outlines the requirements necessary to verify food safety systems are operating as intended. It has been designed to meet the increasing need for comprehensive knowledge and training resources focused on the prevention of food safety breaches at production and manufacturing facilities in the US and abroad. The credential course will cover exam content areas as described in the job task analysis (Exam Content). The course utilizes different learning modalities from critical thinking exercises to small group breakouts and videos to reinforce the participants’ learning experience.

Cost: $699 (USD). Includes the Certified in Comprehensive Food Safety (CCFS) Manual a $209 value.
REGISTER FOR CCFS REVIEW COURSE when you register for the Food Safety Consortium. It is one of the optional items.

The exam will NOT be held immediately after the CCFS pre-con course has ended. To take the exam, a separate application and fees are required ($345 member/$490 nonmember). You may take the exam later at a Pearson VUE computer testing center after your application has been approved. You may apply to take the exam by filling out the CCFS application here:

CCFS Exam Application

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the Conference?

2016 Schedule
There are pre-conference workshops Monday Dec. 5 and Tuesday Dec. 6
STOP Foodborne Illness’ Award Banquet on Tuesday Dec. 6.
The Conference is Wednesday, Dec. 7 – Thursday, Dec. 8
There are Post-conference workshops on Friday Dec. 9.

Where is the event?

The Consortium is held at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center, 1551 Thoreau Dr N, Schaumburg, Illinois, just outside of Chicago, IL.

Click here for information on the Center and getting there.

How much does it cost to attend?

2017 Pricing will be available soon. Early Bird and Team Discounts will be available.

How do I Pay?

You have several options to pay for your registration, Credit Card or Company Check.

Credit Card: Select the Credit Card option. We accept the following credit cards: American Express, Visa, MasterCard, Discover. Lastly, Innovative Publishing is the merchant name that will appear on your credit card statement.

Company Check: Request an invoice by emailing Karen Devlin, Payment must be received prior to the event. If your organization requires it, Innovative Publishing Co. LLC is a women-owned US corporation. Innovative Publishing Co. LLC’s tax ID is 27-0302543. Email us if you need a W-9 emailed to you.

Innovative Publishing Co. LLC, owns Food Safety Tech which is the organizer of the Food Safety Consortium.

Where in the world is Schaumburg?

Schaumburg Illinois is a suburb of Chicago and is 20 minutes from Chicago’s O’Hare Airport

What Airport should I Fly into?

Chicago O’Hare Airport is ideal. It is a 20 minute taxi ride to the Conference Hotel. Chicago’s Midway Airport is over an hour taxi ride.

What is the Dress Code for the Consortium?

Business Casual.

Who do I contact regarding exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities?

Contact Marc Spector, Food Safety Tech’s Director of Sales.

Can I ask questions to the speakers?

Yes! If you attend on-site, you will be able to directly ask questions of each speaker. If you are a virtual attendee, you will type your questions into a chat dialog box and the moderator will read it out loud to the speakers.

What happens if I miss the event or if I need to cancel?

Cancellation and Refund Policy: All cancellations must be made via email. Should you not be able to attend the conference, you may have someone else from your organization take your place or use your registration fee as credit towards a future Food Safety Tech event. If these options are not possible, you can receive a refund of the registration fee less a 20% processing fee up until 7 business days prior to the conference. There are no refunds for cancellations within the 7 day period prior to the conference or for “no-shows” to the conference. Early Bird Registrations are non refundable.

Attendee Testimonials from the 2015 Consortium:

Q: Would you recommend this conference to a colleague and if so, what would you tell them?

This is a good conference for content, the intimate size makes it productive

Speakers with good background in the food industry; including emerging trends for preparedness in regards to quality and food safety

The information shared with the participants was relevant and useful

The size of the conference facilitates interaction. Not too large/not too small

Excellent topics, great presentations and workshops

The overall conference was well put together. I like the jump and switch capability for the different segments. Great networking

Variety of relevant topics, great presenters, very informative

Overall, I felt the Consortium offered a good variety of sessions. I personally found the Workshops and Plenary sessions provided very beneficial information.