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April 2, 2020 | 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM ET

COVID-19 in the Food Industry:

Enterprise Risk Management and the Supply Chain

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The COVID-19 pandemic has negatively affected consumers and businesses across the globe. As the virus is now spreading throughout American soil, the food industry is faced with mitigating the risk and minimizing the impact on business while ensuring that employees and consumers are protected.
In our second webinar in this series, presenters discuss the increasing enterprise risks facing food companies due to the growing number of confirmed cases and deaths, additional strains on supply chains, and the rise of “rumors” relating to COVID-19.
The event will feature presentations and discussions with:
Melanie Neumann, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Matrix Sciences International, Inc.
  • Supply chain risks, other enterprise-level risks caused by COVID-19, and how application of enterprise risk management principles may help manage COVID-related risk
Dr. Tracie Sheehan, Vice President Technical Services, Merieux Nutrisciences - Technology Spotlight
  • Coronavirus Response: What Food Manufacturers Need to Know
Martin Wiedmann, Ph.D., Gellert Family Professor in Food Safety,  Cornell University
  • Addressing the data/current status of the pandemic, supply chain risks, and the need for sound, credible information and where to find it
Peter Jardine, Head of Marketing & Strategy, Bayer Digital Pest Management - Technology Spotlight

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

Should Attend:

Professionals within the following job functions should attend:

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


Melanie Neumann
Executive Vice President & General Counsel
Matrix Sciences International, Inc.
Melanie Neumann is the executive vice president and general counsel for Matrix Sciences. Neumann provides regulatory, operational and brand reputation risk mitigation advice to the food and beverage industry, helping companies manage these various risks in today’s ever-changing risk landscape. She leverages her 19 years of industry experience as a food law attorney along with her Masters of Science in Food Safety to help clients manage the risks relating to each step in the supply chain, from supplier assessment and procurement, manufacturing, distribution and sale of food globally. Neumann is a graduate of Mitchell-Hamline Law School for her juris doctorate degree, and Michigan State University for her M.S. in food safety. She has worked for multi-national food companies such as Hormel Foods, The Schwan Food Company, private law firms focusing on food law and intellectual property law, was instrumental in launching national food safety risk management practices for Pricewaterhouse Coopers, and boutique consulting firms.

Martin Wiedmann, Dr. med. vet, Ph.D.
Geller Family Professor of Food Safety
Cornell University

Martin received a veterinary degree and a doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, and a Ph.D. in Food Science from Cornell, where he currently is the Gellert Family Professor of Food Safety. His research interests focus on farm-to-table microbial food quality and food safety. He and his team are regularly asked to help industry across the world with a range of microbial food safety and quality challenges. He received the Young Scholars award from the American Dairy Science Association in 2002, the Samuel Cate Prescott Award from Institute of Food Technologists’ in 2003, the International Life Science Institute North America Future Leaders Award in 2004, and the American Meat Institute Foundation Scientific Achievement Award in 2011. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology (AAM), and a member of the International Academy of Food Science and Technology.

Peter Jardine
Head of Marketing & Strategy
Bayer Digital Pest Management

In his career, Peter has focused on differentiating brands, creating new products and services.  He has launched 20 new products and services in numerous market segments. Peter gained pest management experience when he joined Orkin Pest Control as the Sr. Director of Strategy and Innovation.   Leveraging his passion and experience, Peter is one of the cofounders of a startup venture at Bayer which ultimately became the Digital Pest Management business which launched the Bayer Rodent Monitoring System in 2017.

Dr. Tracie Sheehan
Vice President, Technical Services
Merieux NutriSciences (Silliker)

Tracie Sheehan is currently leading Technical Services at Mérieux NutriSciences (Silliker) which provides our customers with auditing, consulting, training, and labeling services.  Prior to this role she served as Chief Health, Quality & Sustainability Officer for ARYZTA for 7 years. She previously worked for the Sara Lee Corporation as Senior Vice President of Food Safety and Scientific Affairs for 8 years and Kellogg Company for 11 years.

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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