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Food Forum for Industry and Government in Southwestern Ontario

Due to the ongoing situation with the COVID-19 pandemic the FFIGS steering committee have decided to make the 2021 annual workshop virtual. We will be rescheduling the workshop for September 8, 2021 1-3 pm - more information to come.

26thAnnual Workshop (2019)

"What's new in food safety, quality and policy" 

 May 01, 2019 
8:30 am-3:15 pm
Elm Hurst Inn & Spa
415 Harris Street, P.O. Box 123
Ingersoll, Ontario, N5C 3K1 
 Time   Topic
 8:30 am  Registration/ Coffee
 9:00 am  Welcome and Opening Remarks 
 9:15 am  Status Report; What were the outbreaks of 2018?-- April Hexemer, Manager/Courtney Smith, Outbreak Epidemiologist, Centre for Food-borne, Environmental and Zoonotic Infectious Disease, Public Health Agency of Canada 
 10:15 am  Burden of foodborne illness in Ontario--Dr. Jin Hee Kim, Public Health Physician/Dr. Chris Drudge, Environmental Health Analyst, Public Health Ontario 
 10:45 am  Break and Networking
 11:00 am  Cannabis edibles: risks, public health concerns and what we learned when we surveyed the local population-- Katherine Paphitis, PhD Candidate UOG and Regional IPAC Specialist, Public Health Ontario/Kelly Briscoe, Public Health Inspector, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health
 11:30 am  Factors affecting safe food handling at retail and food service -- Dr. Ian Young, Assistant Professor, School of Occupational and Public Health Ryerson University
 12:00 pm  Blockchain Technology, the Food Industry, and Radical Transparency -- Ushnish Sengupta, Faculty Schulich School of Business, York University
 12:30 pm  Lunch and Networking
 1:30 pm  An update on the new "Safe food for Canadian Regulation"-- Jeremias Cull, Food Processing Program Officer, Canadian Food Inspection Agency
 2:15 pm   Overview of the New "Canada's Food Guide"-- Dr. Sonya Agbessi, Food Policy Liaison Officer, Health Canada
 3:00 pm  Closing remarks
 3:15 pm  Adjournment