Learn from food safety experts about regulatory changes, food fraud, best practices in food chain management and food safety business ethics at NSF-GFTC’s sixth annual Safe Food Canada symposium

GUELPH, Ontario – NSF-GFTC, part of NSF International’s Global Food Division, will help food industry professionals gain strategic insights during Safe Food Canada 2015 on February 26 at the Pearson Convention Centre in Brampton, Ontario. Scientific and technical experts from NSF-GFTC will host the event and provide sessions highlighting the regulatory landscape, global food supply chains and business ethics and will announce winners of the 2015 NSF-GFTC Food Safety Awards. Media members may gain complimentary entrance to the event by contacting Lise Smedmor, lsmedmore@nsf.org.

Food industry experts from organizations including the Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters, Grand River Foods,Piller’s Fine Foods, Griffith Laboratories Canada and the University of Guelph will provide an in-depth look at critical issues for 2015 surrounding the Canadian food industry.

Session Details:

Industry experts will provide these presentations:

  • Dr Robert Hanner, Associate Professor, Biodiversity Institute of Ontario & Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph, will open the day with the presentation, DNA Testing Reveals Supply Chain Vulnerability to Food Fraud. This session, focuses on the integration of ingredient authentication testing traceability schemas, audit procedures and related certification programs to support the production of safe, accurately labelled products in a global marketplace.
  • Keith Mussar, Principal, Keith Mussar & Associates and Vice Prescient, Regulatory Affairs, Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters, will deliver a session on the impact of new regulations on the import and export of food between Canada and the U.S.
  • A food safety expert panel will share expertise and best practices in food chain management:
    • John Wendell, Director, Quality Assurance, Grand River Foods
    • Sonja Milutin, Director, Quality Systems, Griffith Laboratories Canada
    • Peter Stein, Director, Food Safety & Quality, Piller’s Fine Foods
    • Christa Wessel, former Executive Vice President, Global Business Practices and Chief Legal Officer, McCain Foods Limited, will present on the role of food safety programs as a key element of an ethical business framework, assuring food safety and protecting brand and reputation.

The 2015 NSF-GFTC Food Safety Awards recognize food safety excellence, food safety leadership and companies that support the food and beverage industry through quality or process management systems. Winners will be announced over lunch. Symposium participants will also have networking opportunities with peers in operations, technical services, sales, marketing, government and agri-business.

About NSF International: NSF International is a global independent organization that writes standards, and tests and certifies products for the food, water and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment (nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide.The NSF Global Food Division provides expertise and accredited services across all supply chain sectors, from agriculture, produce, processing, distribution and dairy, to seafood, retail and restaurants. NSF-GFTC, now part of NSF International’s Global Food Division, provides food safety and quality consulting, auditing, training, quality and technical services along with innovative solutions for the food and beverage industry to help leading processors and manufacturers improve their people, process and products (www.gftc.ca).


Media members may gain complimentary entrance to the event. Please contact Lise Smedmor to register or to schedule interviews with NSF International food safety expert.

Lise Smedmor, NSF-GFTC
Phone: 519-821-1246, ext. 5024
Email: lsmedmor@nsf.org