Michigan's Food & Ag Border Gateway Summit III

February 23, 2014 • Schoolcraft Community College - Vista Tech Center • Livonia, MI 

The Symposium was co-presented by the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD) and the Consulate General of Canada at Detroit and Covered:

  • This symposium explored border issues facing the food and agriculture sector.  The U.S. and Canadian border area is an important economic hub for movement of people, food and agricultural products, and other critical infrastructure activities.  During this era of scarce resources, it is important for governments and the private sector to align their efforts to ensure the safety of our borders. At this summit, attendees heard from U.S. and Canadian businesses and agencies involved with various components of producing, selling, transporting, and protecting food and agriculture.  We explored current challenges and future trends as well as provide updates on current initiatives from multiple sectors, including the intelligence community, public health, transportation, and the private sector.  

Program Speakers:

  • Jamie Clover Adams, Director, Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development
  • Glenn Bass, Detroit District Director, Food & Drug Administration
  • Michael Berney, DHS-Customs and Border Protection
  • D/F/Lt. Kyle Bowman, Michigan State Police
  • Mark Davidson, Weapons of Mass Destruction Coordinator, Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Brad Deacon, Michigan Dept of Agriculture & Rural Development
  • Robert Gaydo, Deringer
  • Dan Harpster, USDA-APHIS and Mike Neault, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Lyzette Johnston, Director, Food Regulatory Modernization, Canadian Food Inspection Agency
  • Roy Norton, Consul General of Canada at Detroit
  • Sandra Pupatello, Windsor Essex Economic Development Commission
  • Laurie Tannous, Russell Farrow
  • Daniel Ujczo, Dickinson Wright
  • Domenic Veneziano, Director, Division of Import Operations, Food and Drug Administration
  • Neil Woelke, Kozik Woelke
  • Gerald Wojtala, International Food Protection Training Institute


Regulations, Private Standards and Third Party Audits

October 29, 2013 • NSF International HQ  Ann Arbor, MI 

October 30, 2013 • Marriott Ann Arbor Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest  Ann Arbor, MI 

The Symposium was co-presented by NSF International and covered:

  • This symposium explored the points of intersection, the potential for collision and harmony, and how to work together to improve public health through a safer global food supply.

Program Speakers:


Innovations in Life Sciences &

Technology in Improving Food Protection

June 19, 2013 • The Fetzer Center at Western Michigan University, 2350 Business Ct. Drive • Kalamazoo, MI 

The Symposium was co-presented by MichBio and covered:

  • Novel technologies in-development and commercially available for their benefits and application for a safer global food supply.

Program Speakers:

  • Fred Beyerlein, nanoRETE, Inc.
  • Preetha Biswas, Neogen Corporation
  • Julia Bradsher, Global Food Protection Institute
  • J. Peter Clark, Food Technology Magazine
  • Rob DeWit, Southwest Michigan Innovation Center
  • Diane Durance, Great Lakes Entrepreneur's Quest
  • Dale Grogan, Michigan Accelerator Fund 1
  • Tom Herlache, MSU Technologies
  • Michael Kurek, BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting, LLC
  • Houng-Yau Mei, nanoRETE, Inc.
  • Ron Meeusen, Cultivian Ventures, LP
  • Pat Morand, Open Prairie Ventures
  • Harry Norris, Rapid Diagnostek, Inc
  • Stephen Rapundalo, MichBio


Food Safety Innovations in Transportation and Logistics

October 29, 2012 • Palmer House, 17 E. Monroe Street • Chicago, IL 60603

The Symposium covered:

  • Food transportation and logistics through the lens of government and industry.

Program Speakers:

  • A. Scott Gilliam, Indiana State Department of Heath
  • Jorge Hernandez, U.S. Foods
  • George Hughes, U.S. FDA Office of Criminal Investigation
  • Scott McIntire, U.S. FDA
  • Mark Moorman, Kellogg Company
  • Joe Rajkovacz, California Construction Trucking Association
  • Sharon Thompson, Center for Agriculture and Food Security and Preparedness (CAFSP) at the University of Tennessee


Controls and Allergen Management in the Manufacturing Environment

September 24, 2012 • Hyatt Fairfax • Fairfax.VA

The Symposium Covered:

  • Threshold Overview
  • Allergen Control – A Regulatory Perspective
  • Consumer Perspective on Thresholds
  • Preventive Controls Alliance
  • Clinical Research Update: Big Picture for Industry
  • Current State of the Science of Testing: Diagnostic vs. Environmental
  • Current State of Labeling in the U.S.
  • Preventive Controls for Food Allergen Management: Industry Leading Practices

Program Speakers

Julia Bradsher
Global Food Protection Institute

Shannon Cole
Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA)

George Dunaif
Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA)

Susan Estes

Steven Gendel
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Matthew Greenhawt
University of Michigan

Joseph Levitt
Hogan Lovells US LLP

John Lehr
FAAN (The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network)

Anthony Lupo
Neogen Corporation

Maria Said
Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia

Steve Taylor
University of Nebraska

Ensuring Safe Food in Dynamic Food Systems

May 1-2, 2012 • McCamly Plaza Hotel • Battle Creek, MI

Examining food systems through the lens of food safety.


Ellen Gustafson

Keynote Speaker

Ellen Gustafson
Co-Founder of Feed Projects and Founder of 30 Project


The Symposium Covered:

  • Food Systems History & Overview
  • Consumer & Regulatory Perspective
  • Manufacturing Viewpoints
  • Food Service Industry
  • Food Distribution
  • Local Food Systems


Program Speakers

Dr. David Acheson
Managing Director, Food and Import Safety Practice at Leavitt Partners

Dr. Julia Bradsher
President & CEO of Global Food Protection Institute

Dr. Christine M. Bruhn
Director of the Center for Consumer Research - University of California, Davis

Dan Carmody
President of Detroit's Eastern Market Corporation

Joe Colyn, P. Ag
Founder of Originz, LLC

Bradd Eldridge
Director of Quality with Abbott Nutrition

Dr. Rick Foster
Director of the Greening Michigan Institute

Joseph Reardon
Senior Advisor for Federal-State Relations U.S. FDA

Ricardo Salvador
Director and Senior Scientist of the Food and Environment Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists