From the farm to the family dinner table, food product tracing has critical implications for industry, regulators and the consumer. Learn from the experts that led the Institute of Food Technologists’ (IFT) Food Product Tracing Pilots under contract for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as required by the Food Safety Modernization Act. This webcast highlights important findings, recommendations and next steps from the pilots as identified in the report developed by IFT and recently released by the FDA.
You may access full report here, www.ift.org/traceability.
Leaders of IFT’s Food Product Tracing Pilots presenting this webcast include Sherri McGarry, Senior Advisor, Office of Foods at FDA; Jennifer McEntire, Senior Director of Food and Import Safety at Leavitt Partners; and Tejas Bhatt, Manager, Food Safety Programs at IFT.
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03/19/13 9:30 AM
Senior Advisor, Office of Foods
Ms. McGarry is currently Senior Advisor to the Director of Resource Planning and Strategic Management in FDA’s Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine which is part of the Office of the Commissioner. She’s dedicated to FSMA related activities, including serving as the Agency Lead for Product Tracing, and is involved in policy development for risk informed prioritization, risk analtyics, and strategic planning for the Foods and Vet Medicine program.
Previously, Ms. McGarry served as Senior Advisor to the recently formed Coordination Outbreak Response and Evaluation Network in FDA. In this role, Ms. McGarry provided strategic direction, leadership, and policy guidance on preparedness, surveillance, response, and post-response activities in national foodborne outbreaks and other major food contamination events. She has 20 years of experience working in the foods arena at FDA with more than half of those actively involved in emergency preparedness and response. In responding to food related emergencies, she has served as Agency Executive and Incident Coordinator for large scale response efforts including the 2011 Listeria outbreak linked to fresh whole cantaloupe and the 2010 Salmonella outbreak linked to shell eggs. In addition, Ms. McGarry has hands-on field experience investigating foodborne outbreaks and conducting tracebacks.
Jennifer C McEntire
Jennifer Cleveland McEntire is VP and Chief Science Officer at the Acheson Group. Prior to joining TAG (then part of Leavitt Partners), Jennifer served as Senior Staff Scientist and Director of Science and Technology Projects with the Institute of Food Technologists with responsibility for grant and contract work. A food microbiologist by training, she leds IFT tasks in the areas of food defense, product tracing, and other work related to food safety. Dr. McEntire received her BS with Distinction in Agriculture (magna cum laude, majoring in Food Science) from the University of Delaware. She conducted her doctoral work in the Department of Food Science at Rutgers University as a USDA National Needs Fellow in Food Safety, which provided the opportunity to complete internships at the National Food Processors Association (now GMA), and Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition at the FDA. She has authored or co-authored several peer reviewed publications, several book chapters, has provided Congressional briefings and testimony to federal agencies, and has presented her work nationally and internationally. She continues to serve as an IFT spokesperson to the media on food safety and defense related issues.
Tejas Bhatt, MS, CFS
Program Director Global Food Traceability Center
Institute of Food Technologists
With the passion for food science and the tools of computer science, I am ready to make a difference and build a better world around us!
I am a Program Director at the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT). I direct IFT’s science and policy initiatives related to food safety, defense and traceability. Most recently, I was the IFT lead on the food product tracing pilots conducted for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as mandated by the U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act. Prior to joining IFT, I was a Research Associate at the Purdue Homeland Security Institute conducting research in the use of technology in emergency planning and preparedness. I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Master of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Food Science, both from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. I have authored or co-authored several peer-reviewed publications and have presented at national conferences.