Thursday, December 9, 2010

Prepare for new food safety regulations: learn from experts at Petfood Workshop: Safety First

Though S. 510, the new US Food Safety Modernization Act, is not yet law because of a procedural snafu in the Senate version passed last week, it's likely that the US Congress will work out the problems soon and pass it for President Obama's signature. That means most food producers, including petfood manufacturers, will need to register with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and prove they are using written, risk-based hazard control programs such as HACCP or cGMPs.If you're concerned your company might not be ready, or you just want a better idea of what to expect with the new regulations, you might want to consider attending Petfood Workshop: Safety First April 13-14 at the Renaissance Schaumburg near Chicago's O'Hare airport. (It happens just after Petfood Forum 2011 at the same venue.)Petfood Workshop: Safety First will bring you face-to-face with experts on:
* The Global Food Safety Initiative, a consortium of companies and organizations from around the world, led by retailers such as Walmart, that strives to continuously improve food safety management systems to ensure confidence in the delivery of food to consumers;
* The quickly changing regulatory landscape, especially in the US (speaker is Judi Lazaro, director of customer relations for AIB International);
* How to prepare for -- and survive -- an FDA inspection (presented by Bob McDonald of Food Safety Validation); 
* Creating and improving a HACCP program (by David Rosenblatt, DVM, of Sher Consulting and Training);
* Testing and controlling for toxins and other contaminants.Be sure to register for Petfood Workshop by February 15, 2011, to save up to 15%. If you also register for Petfood Forum, you'll save even more on your Petfood Workshop registration!

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