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Quality Assurance



Washington, DC 

The Mayflower Hotel

  Sept. 16-18


Our annual meeting brings you face-to-face with experienced colleagues and cutting edge ideas. Every contact and topic is focused on the responsibilities you handle.

Meetings address issues such as avian flu, food recovery and donations, menu labeling, food safety regulations, pest management, foodborne outbreaks and health inspections — exclusively as they apply to the restaurant industry.


Our group's member-only Listserv is an effective way to ask your colleagues questions, share news, and contribute to discussions on issues important to professionals in your field. To be eligible, you must work full-time in the field of quality assurance for a company that is a restaurant member of the National Restaurant Association. Click here to subscribe. To send questions to the listserv, email qa@lists.restaurants.org

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Wednesday, September 16

Noon - 1 p.m. Lunch
1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Welcome & Introductions
  Speakers: Christopher Melchert, Senior Manager, Food Safety & Quality Assurance, National Restaurant Association; Chirag H. Bhatt, RS, Manager, Global Regulatory Compliance, Bloomin' Brands, Inc.
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.  Keynote: GFSI Role in the Foodservice Industry
  Speaker: Karil Kochenderfer, North American Representative, The Global Food Safety Initiative
2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 p.m. - 4 p.m. FDA Regulatory Update Panel/Foreign Supplier Verification Program
  Speakers: Sharon Mayl, Senior Advisor for Policy, Food and Drug Administration; Glenda Lewis, Director, Retail Food Protection Staff, Office of Food Safety, Food and Drug Administration
4 p.m. - 5 p.m. FSIS Regulatory Update
  Speaker: Rachel Edelstein, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office Policy and Program Development, Food Safety & Inspection Service, United States Department of Agriculture
5 p.m. - 6 p.m. Welcome Reception
  *Dinner on your own

Thursday, September 17

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Networking Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Quality Assurance Executive Study Group Business Meeting
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Avian Flu Panel
  Speakers: Oscar Garrison, Director, Food Safety, United Egg Producers; John Howeth, Senior Vice President, Foodservice & Egg Product Marketing, American Egg Board; TBA, National Turkey Federation
10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Networking Break
10:45 a.m. - noon Food Recovery and Donations Panel
  Speakers: Wayne Melichar, Manager, Food Safety, Feeding America; Stephen Demarais, Director of Expansion, Food Recovery Network; Jim Larson, Program Development Director, Food Donation Connection; Laura Melillo Barnum, Vice President, Community Relations and Executive Director, Yum! Brands Foundation
Noon - 1 p.m. Lunch
1 p.m. - 2 p.m. The Current Food Safety Regulation Landscape
  Speaker: Kate Piche, Senior Director, Program Compliance, National Restaurant Association
2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Menu Labeling
  Speaker: Felicia Billingslea, Director, Food Labeling and Standards, Office of Nutrition, Labeling and Dietary Supplements, Food and Drug Administration
3 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Networking Break
3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.  Best Practices in Food Safety Panel
  Speakers: Diane Deitzel, Director, Quality Assurance & Food Safety, Sheetz; Janice Brandy, Director, Brand Protection, Quality & Regulatory Compliance, Denny's; Ralph Iglesias, Senior Director, Food Safety, Training & Brand Compliance, Sizzler USA
4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. Pest Management in Restaurants
  Speaker: Chris del Rossi, Founder & Managing Director, Food and Drug and the Bug, LLC
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Networking Reception
  *Dinner on your own

Friday, September 18

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.  Networking Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. CDC Research on Restaurant Outbreaks
  Speaker: Hal King, CEO & Founder, Public Health Innovations LLC
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  Health Inspections and the Industry: A State Health Department's Perspective
  Speakers: Peri Pearson, Food & Dairy Consultant, Virginia Department of Health; Nancy Diersen, State Food & Dairy Consultant, Virginia Department of Health
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Hot Topic Roundtable
  Moderator: Chirag H. Bhatt
11:30 a.m. - noon Closing Remarks

Note: Agenda and speakers subject to change without notice.

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