The Food Safety Modernization Act is in full swing and affecting food and beverage companies regardless of their size. Did you join us when we launched FaB’s Food Safety Forum and dove into the Top 3 Challenges of FSMA that may be facing your company in your efforts to ensure compliance?

We secured Leah Ziemba, Partner at Michael Best & Friedrich. Leah has been a force behind our Food Safety Regulatory Updates and she zeroed in on some common challenges arising in conjunction with FSMA.

In response to Leah’s insights, we lined up a panel of food safety professionals to share how their companies are addressing these challenges. Plus, we built in ample time for attendees to engage each other, and FaB, more purposefully.


CHALLENGE #1: Managing your supply chain programs
Are you prepared to implement rigorous supply chain monitoring at your company? This challenge will focus on the Foreign Supplier Verification Program and the written assurances required by the Preventive Controls rules.

CHALLENGE #2: Meeting the documentation requirements for Preventive Controls Rule
Are you properly documenting your food safety information? This challenge will focus on what must written down, in what detail, and managing your documentation.

CHALLENGE #3: Managing inspections with FDA’s new authority
How are you managing your FDA inspections? This challenge will focus on what is expected of you as a company, length and intensity of inspections, and possibility of swabs being taken.


LEAH ZIEMBA

Partner
Michael Best & Friedrich


Leah takes a big-picture approach in advising clients as they face challenges on environmental, food safety, and regulatory compliance issues. She draws on experience gained in cases involving the EPA, FDA, and other public agencies.Leah’s success as a counselor, litigator and negotiator reflects her combination of subject matter expertise, industry knowledge, and creativity. Her work includes:

  • Investigating, assessing, and remediating vapor intrusion issues at sites with historic solvent contamination
  • Providing environmental liability assessments and risk management during transactional due diligence
  • Implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act and advising on food labeling matters (e.g., “natural” claims, standards of identity)
  • Navigating local, county, and state environmental regulations to permit and build or expand manufacturing facilities and commercial dairy operations

AGENDA

8:30 – 9:00 AM
Arrival window - attendees enjoyed a continental buffet, coffee, and their peers.

9:00 – 9:10 AM
Welcome & about the FaB Food Safety Forum

9:10 – 9:35 AM
The Top 3 Challenges of FSMA, presented by Leah Ziemba of Michael Best & Friedrich

9:35 – 10:00 AM
Addressing the Top 3 Challenges – an industry panel best practice response featuring:

PAT WERNER
Director of Food Safety
FaB Wisconsin
SCOTT HALVERSON
Director of Food Quality Systems
Denali Ingredients
KATHY SISSON
Director of Quality Assurance
Good Foods Group
JIM KROMBACH
Director of Quality
Palermo's Pizza



10:00 – 10:20 AM
Attendee table discussion

  • Which of the top 3 challenges is most difficult for your company and why?
  • What other food safety challenges is your company experiencing?
  • Do you have examples of other food safety best practices?
  • Do you have a table question for the panel/moderator?

10:20 – 10:55 AM
Table reports and questions to panelists

10:55 – 11:00 AM
Closing remarks


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