2017 Illinois Food Safety Symposium

Connecting Illinois in a Fast Changing Food Safety World

Connecting the Food Safety Community in Illinois

The Illinois Food Safety Symposium will be held on August 8th and 9th, 2017 at the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois. The symposium provides a forum for the discussion of food safety issues and an opportunity for professional growth, networking and educational enrichment. It is designed for professionals in the fields of public health, agriculture, dairy, education, food service and others interested in promoting food safety and reducing the incidence of food borne illness. The following topics will be discussed: food safety, nutrition, food defense, transportation and distribution, and public health awareness.

Quick Facts

  • The Symposium initially started in the year 2000. Running for 16 years.
  • The Symposium focuses on the sweeping impact of the Food Safety Modernization Act.
  • 250-300 attendees have participated in each Symposium in prior years.
  • Five Continuing Education Credits are offered each day. Ten total for both days.
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Registration for the 2017 Illinois Food Safety Symposium is open! The price of a two day pass is: $140 and one day pass: $80

Highlighted Speakers

Robert Brackett, Ph.D.

Robert Brackett, Ph.D.

Director of Institute for Food Safety and Health

As IFSH Director, Dr. Brackett is responsible for management of the institute and will continue to improve its stature as a national and international leader in the fields of food safety and nutrition science. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Brackett served for three years as Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific and Regulatory Officer with the Grocery Manufacturers Association in Washington, DC. Dr. Brackett also served as Director of the U.S Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (FDA CFSAN), where he provided executive leadership to the Center’s development and implementation of programs and policies relative to the composition, quality, safety, and labeling of foods, food and color additives, dietary supplements and cosmetics.

Jessica McAnelly

Jessica McAnelly

Chief, Division of Food, Drugs, & Dairies

Jessica McAnelly received her degree in Biology from Blackburn University and obtained her Licensed Environmental Health Practitioner certification. She has been in public health for 20 years, working in Environmental Health Divisions within three local health departments and most recently for the Illinois Department of Public Health as Division Chief of Food, Drugs and Dairies. Jessica likes training and conference planning, working with the public, and has always been dedicated to food safety programs within public health. She enjoys music and animals and lives with her husband, two sons and daughter.

William Weissinger

William Weissinger

Director of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Chicago office

Mr. William (Bill) Weissinger is the director of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Chicago office as well as the director of the regional human and animal food inspection program. The FDA Chicago District Office coordinates civil regulatory actions in the State of Illinois including inspections, investigations, emergency response, recall audits, and complaint handling. Products covered include drugs, medical devices, imported products, biologics, human and animal food, and clinical trials.. Mr. Weissinger previously served as deputy district director where he assisted with day-to-day management of all district operations, both crisis-oriented and routine. He also supervised the district’s emergency response functions and facilitated integration with state and local health departments though partnership and contracts. Mr. Weissinger was also an investigator with the Chicago District Office and a Quality Control Manager for Vandervoort’s Dairy in Ft. Worth, TX. He received his B.S. in biology from Purdue University in 1997 and his M.S. from the University of Georgia in 2000 where he specialized in food microbiology.


Day 1 – Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

8:00AM – 9:00 AMRegistration & Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM – 10:00 AMOpening Remarks & Keynote Address
Welcome to the 2017 Illinois Food Safety Symposium, hosted by connectfood.com.
10:00 AM – 10:30 AMBreak – Coffee and Snacks
10:30 AM – 11:30 AMFood Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Compliance
Robert Brackett, Ph.D.
Director, Institute for Food Safety and Health
11:30 AM – 12:30 PMLunch – Included
12:30 PM – 1:30 PMFood Defense
Dave Park
Principal, Food Defense, LLC
1:30 PM – 2:00 PMSnack & Break
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Panel: Distribution & Transportation of Products
Tanesia Cole
Manager, Food Regulatory Compliance, US Foods

Jeffery H. Newey
Manager of Deseret Transportation

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM How to Make Food Safety Plans Easier
Matthew Botos, CEO, ConnectFood
Chris Metz, CTO, ConnectFood
4:00 PM – 6:00 PMCatered Reception and Exhibitor Visit

Day 2 – Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

8:00AM – 9:00 AMRegistration and Continental Breakfast (Redbird C/D)

Ad Hoc Meeting for Local Health Departments Only (Redbird A.B)
Topic: Food Program Reviews Summary and Local Health Protection Grant Standards Update
Facilitators: Molly Lamb, Jessica McAnelly, April Caulk
9:00 AM – 10:00 AMWilliam Weissinger
District Director at FDA Chicago District

FDA Inspections and Enforcement Then and Now: Changes over Five Years
10:00 AM – 10:30 AMBreak – Coffee and Snacks
10:30 AM – 11:30 AMState of Public Health
Jessica McAnelly
Chief, Division of Food, Drugs, and Dairies
Illinois Department of Public Health
11:30 AM – 12:30 PMLunch – Included
12:30 PM – 1:30 PMLabeling and Nutrition
Eric F. Greenberg
Principal Attorney, Eric F. Greenberg, P.C.
1:30 PM – 2:00 PMSnack & Break
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Panel: Recalls & Outbreaks
Moderator: Dr. Kathy Knutson
3:00 PM – 4:00 PMJuice Production and Safety
Laurie Jahn, LEPH, MPA
Senior Environmental Health Program Specialist, Lake County Health Department, Illinois
4:00 PM – 4:20 PMClosing Remarks

Sponsors and Partners

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Hotel and Conference Center Information

Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
201 Broadway Avenue Normal Illinois 61761 USA

To book a hotel room at the block rate ($91/night), please contact the Hyatt Place right next door. Reservations can be made by individuals before 31-Jul-2017 by reserving online or calling 1-888 HYATT HP (1-888-492-8847) (Hyatt Place) OR by going online to Hyatt.com and entering reservation using G-IFSS as the group/corporate number.

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Registration for the 2017 Illinois Food Safety Symposium is open! The price of a two day pass is: $140 and one day pass: $80