Even before the ongoing government shutdown slowed down food inspections in the United States, recalls have been on the rise.
According to a study from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, recalls have increased across the board 10 percent between 2013 and 2017. Poultry recalls, however, have jumped 70 percent in the same timeframe, while Class 1 meat and chicken recalls are up more than 80 percent.
That’s what makes next month’s 7th annual American Food Sure Summit in Chicago so critical for anyone working in the food supply chain. The conference “goes beyond industry transparency and quality to give the most thorough view of the industry, exploring food defense plans, product recalls, food supply chain, food safety laws and regulations,” according to Food Dive.
I’ll be speaking at this year’s event, detailing cases studies that illustrate how technology can help manufacturers automate the supply chain for FSMA and GFSI compliance. This presentation is set for 4:15 p.m. on Feb. 4, the opening day of the conference. You can register today here.
But there are plenty of other reasons to attend this conference. This is a great conference to network, listen, and learn. I’m especially excited to hear a number of our customers present on key issues – companies such as Ajinomoto, Barilla, and Nestle. For example:
Michael Cramer, senior director of Food Safety & Quality Assurance, at Ajinomoto Foods North America Inc. will discuss “Effective Food Allergen Management Strategies” in his Safety Stream session. Cramer will cover allergen ingredient handling in process, label verification and application, effective sanitation and monitoring and more
Jeff Vaca, head of quality and food safety–Region Americas, at Barilla America Inc. will lay out a case study illustrating the importance of “Promoting Quality and Food Safety Culture within the Organization.”
Fabien Robert, Director NQAC zone America, at Nestle Quality Assurance Center will present a case study, detailing, “Food Safety and Analytics: External Environment Changes, Consumer versus Experts View on Risk Perception.” Robert will also take part in a panel discussion scheduled for later in the conference that will discuss how companies can help cultivate an engaged workforce that’s invested in a culture of food safety and quality.
These are just a handful of sessions that are set for this year’s conference that showcase just how committed both TraceGains and our clients are to food safety.
Please join us Feb. 4-5 in Chicago and find out how your company can “Plug In and Go Faster.”