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Complimentary Virtual Event

March 25, 2020 | 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM ET

COVID-19 in the Food Industry:

Protecting Your Employees and Consumers

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The COVID-19 pandemic has negatively affected consumers and businesses across the globe. As the virus is now spreading throughout America, the US food industry is faced with mitigating the risk and minimizing the impact on business while ensuring that employees and consumers are protected.
The event will feature presentations, technology spotlights and an interactive panel with:
Shawn Stevens, Food Industry Attorney, Food Industry Counsel, LLC
April Bishop, Senior Director of Food Safety, TreeHouse Foods, Inc.

Jennifer McEntire, Ph.D., VP Food Safety & Technology, United Fresh Produce Association

Matt Regusci, Chief Relationship Officer, RizePoint

Katie Moore, Senior Director of Sales, Sterilex 

Learning Objectives:

Attendees will learn:
  • How companies can prepare for the outbreak
  • Steps organizations should be taking to protect their employees and facilities
  • Steps food service and retailers can take to protect their employees and consumers
  • How coronavirus is affecting the supply chain

Who Should Attend:

Professionals within the following job functions should attend:

  • Human Resources
  • Legal
  • Manufacturing/Processing
  • Quality Assurance
  • Risk Manager
  • Food Safety Compliance


April Bishop
Senior Director of Food Safety
TreeHouse Foods, Inc.

April Bishop is a senior director of food safety with TreeHouse Foods where she leads a team of food safety professionals to support 40+ plants, including food safety training, food safety plans, food defense plans, sanitation, pest control, microbiology, allergen control, and all other things food safety related. Bishop led the TreeHouse team to win the 2017 Food Quality & Safety magazine’s Food Quality & Safety Award recognizing that TreeHouse Foods employs high product standards and expectations, demonstrates excellence across all categories in its submission, and has a commitment to investing in technology, improving employee training, HACCP implementation and utilizing audits.

Bishop has more than 20 years of experience in the food industry and is a 12-year member of the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP), founding the Nebraska chapter with several co-workers in 2009. She is an active member of 6 IAFP Professional Development Groups, the Alliance for Listeriosis Prevention, the National Pasta Association, American Peanut Council, and the Food Defense Consortium.

Jennifer McEntire, Ph.D.
Vice President of Food Safety
United Fresh Produce Association

Jennifer McEntire, Ph.D., is vice president of food safety at United Fresh Produce Association. A food microbiologist by background, she has always worked in the Washington, D.C. area, bringing the scientific perspective to food safety regulatory issues. She was previously vice president of science operations at the Grocery Manufacturers Association. She has also had roles as VP and chief science officer at The Acheson Group and as the senior staff scientist and director of science & technology projects at the Institute of Food Technologists. McEntire earned a Ph.D. from Rutgers University as a USDA National Needs Fellow in Food Safety and received a Bachelor of Science with Distinction, magna cum laude, in food science from the University of Delaware. She serves as an advisory board member of the Global Food Traceability Center, on the technical committee of the Center for Produce Safety, and is on the executive committee of the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance.

Shawn K. Stevens
Food Safety Lawyer
Food Industry Counsel, LLC

Shawn K. Stevens is a food safety lawyer and founding member of Food Industry Counsel, LLC, the only law firm in the world that represents the food industry exclusively. Stevens works throughout the country and abroad with food industry clients (including the world’s largest food processors, national restaurant chains, and food distributors and grocers), helping them protect their brand by proactively eliminating their food safety risk, complying with complex FDA and USDA food safety regulations, managing recall response efforts, and defending high-profile foodborne illness claims. Stevens speaks regularly to national and international audiences on a wide variety of emerging scientific, regulatory and legal food safety trends, authors dedicated columns for Meatingplace and The National Provisoner, and is quoted regularly by national media publications such as TIME Magazine, the New York Post, and Corporate Counsel Magazine.

Matt Regusci
Chief Relationship Officer

Matt Regusci has a long career in the auditing world. He founded Azzule, an online compliance supply chain data management company, which is the parent company of PrimusGFS, a GFSI food safety standard. After Azzule, Regusci became an owner at WQS, a certification body that does thousands of audits annually across the Western Hemisphere. He now works as Chief Relationship Officer at RizePoint with a primary focus on finding the right quality management system solutions for quality, safety, and compliance professionals. Additionally, as a father of seven kids, Regusci understands the value of safe quality food and has made it his life’s mission to provide compliance transparency within the world’s supply chain.

Katie Moore
Senior Director of Sales

Katie Moore is the Senior Director of Sales at Sterilex, where she leads a team of food safety and animal health professionals that work to solve complex sanitation challenges globally. Katie’s interest in a safe food supply can be traced back to her early years spent working with dairy cattle, and her family’s milk hauling business. She has spent the last decade working in the animal feed and food safety space, spending the last 7 years supporting Sterilex customers in all facets of the food industry. In that time, Katie has consulted with hundreds of food processing facilities looking to implement Sterilex products as part of best in class food safety programs. Katie has a degree in Animal Science from Michigan State University as well as an MBA.

Maria Fontanazza
Food Safety Tech

Maria has more than a decade of experience in journalism, marketing, and communications within the publishing, conferences and medical device industry. She has authored more than 250 articles that have appeared in domestic and international industry publications and has moderated educational sessions and panel discussions at industry events. Maria joins Innovative Publishing from Secant Medical, Inc., where she was the Marketing Communications Manager and Market Research Manager. Maria has a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications with a concentration in New Media and Visual Design, and a Minor in Fine Arts, from St. Michael’s College in Colchester, VT.

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