Speaker Bios

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The 14th Annual
 Commissioner’s Food Safety Forum
Thursday, August 16th, 2018
Expo Center, NC State Fairgrounds
Raleigh, NC

9:00 AM – 12:30 PM


9:00 am


Commissioner Steve Troxler
FDA Update

Dr. Stephen Ostroff
Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

On-Farm Readiness Review
Bob Ehart
Senior Policy and Science Advisor, National Association of State Departments of Agriculture

Moderated by Joe Reardon

Dr. Jennifer McEntire
Vice President, Food Safety & Technology, United Fresh Produce Association

Debbie Hamrick
Director, Specialty Crops, NC Farm Bureau Federation

Dr. Chris Gunter
Extension Vegetable Production Specialist & Associate Professor, N.C. State University

Matt Solana
VP of Operations, Jackson Farming Company

Jim Gorny
Senior Science Advisor for Produce Safety, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Kate Woods
Vice President, Northwest Horticultural Council

Retail Perspective on OFRR
Brenda Bacon
Director of Quality Assurance, Harris Teeter, Inc.
Block-change. Top 10 examples of how food safety will be changed by Blockchain technology.
Andrew Kennedy
Interim Director, Global Food Traceability Center, Institute for Food Technologists
Food Safety in North Carolina
Commissioner Steve Troxler
12:30 pm



Hosted by Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler

Please contact Derek Wagner at (919) 707-3011 or Derek.Wagner@ncagr.gov for more information.