For Attendees

The 6th Annual Food Safety Consortium Conference & Expo 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the Conference?

2018 Schedule
There are pre-conference workshops Tuesday Nov. 12 and Wednesday Nov. 13, 2018
The Conference is Wednesday, Nov. 13 – Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018



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?

2018 Pricing will be announced soon.



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 Joanne Johnson, 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 RJ Palermo, 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:

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.