Can’t Travel to Schaumburg, IL?

Attend part of the conference virtually via a WebEx broadcast.

The Listeria pre-conference workshop, Plenary Sessions and select Breakouts Presentations make up the Virtual Attendee Track and will 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.

These presentations make up the Virtual Track:
All times listed are Central Standard Time (Chicago)

Wednesday 11/29/2017:

9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Listeria: Detection, Mitigation, Control & Regulation Pre-Conference Workshop

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM
Keynote Presentation by Stephen Ostroff, M.D., Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine, FDA followed by a Town Hall meeting

1:45 PM – 2:30 PM
Plenary Presentation, William Shaw, Food Safety Risk Manager at USDA-FSIS

3:00 PM – 3:45 PM
General Session: FBI’s role in Food Defense

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Food Safety: Past Present & Future

Thursday 11/30/2017

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Plenary Panel Discussion: What’s Next for Audits? Supplier Verification Continues, Third Party Certification

10:00 AM CT to 10:45 AM
Panel discussion – Nutritional labeling challenges: cutting time-to-market, and speeding compliance

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Plenary: The High-Profile Foodborne Illness Trial: When You Become a Target

2:30 PM CT to 3:15 PM
Is your Food Chain Recall Ready?

3:30 PM CT to 4:15 PM
Taking the Risk out of Allergen Risk Assessment – A Quantitative Approach

4:45 PM – 5:45 PM
Plenary: How Metagenomic Studies of the Microbiome will drive the future regulatory food safety research

Friday 12/1/17

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Plenary FDA Inspections from the Frontlines: How Best to Prepare in the FSMA Environment

9:30 AM CT to 10:15 AM
Ask The Experts: Supply Chain Nightmares and How to Solve Them

9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Ask The Experts: What if there are red flags in your supplier audit reports?

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Plenary Closing Panel Discussion: A Culture of Food Safety Success Story

We highly recommend attending in person. The experience is much better and allows for networking with FDA, USDA, industry 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.

How to Attend Virtually

When you begin the Registration process (click the red “Register Now!” link above,) you will be give a drop-down menu to choose the “Registration Type”.

Select “Virtual Attendee” and continue the registration process. You will receive instructions via email prior to the beginning of the Consortium, explaining how to log into the WebEx system for the sessions.

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 too 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.