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April 24, 2020 | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM ET

COVID-19 in the Food Industry:

Mitigating and Preparing for Supply Chain Disruptions

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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 this third webinar in this series, subject experts will discuss how to prepare for supply chain issues and disruptions.
The event will be Moderated by Steven Sklare, President, The Food Safety Academy and will feature presentations and discussions with:
Kermit Nash, Partner at Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr
  • Best practices on how to prepare for a mitigate supply chain disruptions in the food, beverage, and agribusiness spaces: Specifically, a discussion of alternative supply chain issues and contract enforcement in uncertain times. 
Ray Kanani, Vice President Product Management, Intelex - Technology Spotlight
Steven M. Gendel, Ph.D., Senior Director for Food Science, Food Chemicals Codex
  • Supply Chain Disruptions and the Potential for Food Fraud: Whenever event (human or natural) disrupt food supply chains, opportunities for fraud multiply rapidly. The controls that normally help prevent or mitigate fraud are not as effective in times of sudden and far-reaching changes in supplies, processes, and communication. This talk will describe the risk of fraud during the current pandemic, suggest approaches for mitigating that risk, and describe some of the lessons that we are learning.

Shub Debgupta, CEO & Founder, Mesh Intelligence - Technology Spotlight

  • Mesh Intelligence helps food organizations predict, plan for, manage and avoid costly food safety and supply chain disruptions globally.


Learning Objectives:

Attendees will learn:
  • How companies can prepare for supply chain disruptions
  • Steps organizations should be taking to protect their product
  • Contract enforcement during the pandemic
  • Opportunities for food fraud in the supply chain, and how to mitigate the issue

Should Attend:

Professionals within the following job functions should attend:

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


Kermit Nash
Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr
Kermit Nash is a partner in Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr’s Minneapolis office, where he counsels domestic and international clients on legal issues connected with their business operations, governance, strategy and investments. Nash advises offshore companies on their U.S. market-entry, including providing counsel on compliance, operational requirements and corporate strategies. He, in turn, works with U.S.-based companies on their offshore investments and relationships with non-U.S. partners. Beyond the borders his work crosses, Nash is counsel to companies in industries including software, agribusiness, biotechnology, life sciences, energy, engineering, food processing, manufacturing, and e-commerce.
Nash's understanding of issues affecting businesses and their deals is also informed by several experiences beyond his law practice, including his studies in ethics and comparative international law at Rothberg International School, Hebrew University, in Jerusalem, Israel and his service on for profit and non-profit boards. Nash also teaches business law, contracts, and business ethics as an adjunct professor at Northwestern College.


Steven M. Gendel, Ph.D.
Senior Director for Food Science
Food Chemicals Codex

Steven Gendel, Ph.D. works to protect the integrity of the food supply as the senior director for food science at the Food Chemicals Codex (published by the US Pharmacopeia, an independent non-profit standards development organization).  In this role, he manages a group that creates food ingredient standards and guidance documents, and collaborates with industry and governments internationally.  He has more than 30 years of experience in food safety and policy, including positions at the FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Harvard University, the University of Toronto, and Iowa State University. He has more than 90 publications and numerous presentations.

Ray Kanani
Vice President, Product Management

With over 14 years leading design-driven Product teams, Ray has a proven track record of bridging the gap between technology and design to deliver enterprise grade tools that deliver actionable insights and operational excellence. He currently oversees the Intelex long and short-term EHSQ 4.0 Product roadmap.

Shub Debgupta
CEO & Founder
Mesh Intelligence

Shub Debgupta is the founder and CEO of Mesh Intelligence, an advanced data analytics company that helps food organizations predict, plan for, manage and avoid costly food safety and supply chain disruptions. Mesh uses AI, deep analytics and its proprietary supply chain database to give organizations advance warning and tools to help address issues in time and lower cost. Shub’s work on Mesh was recently featured on the New York Times, NPR and NBC News. Shub has previously worked at CEB (now Gartner), Credit Suisse and WiserTogether where he was selected as the Innovator of the Year and was a finalist for E&Y’s Entrepreneur of the Year award. Shub has a Ph.D. in economics from Cornell University.


Steven Sklare
The Food Safety Academy

Steven Sklare, REHS/RS, CP-FS, LEHP, is president of The Food Safety Academy (FSA), a consulting & training company. FSA addresses issues involving food safety, food fraud, sanitation. pest management and regulatory/standards compliance. Sklare has served as the director of customer engagement, Foods Program for the United States Pharmacopeia, as well as positions with other global food safety organizations such as SGS. He has spent his professional career protecting the public’s food and health. Sklare is focused on helping the food industry and the public understand the significance of food safety and food fraud issues as threats to public health, a food organization’s brand as well as a source of economic harm. Sklare’s background includes working with the foodservice/hospitality, retail food and food manufacturing as a provider of food fraud, food safety, sanitation and pest elimination consulting, training and services on a domestic and international basis. Sklare is a Registered Environmental Health Specialist, Licensed Environmental Health Practitioner, Certified Professional – Food Safety, Certified Pest Control Technician, FSPCA Lead Instructive for Preventive Controls Human Food and FSVP.

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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