Hogan Lovells, LLC
Successfully navigating the detailed and often complex regulatory issues confronting the food industry, Elizabeth Fawell helps companies understand both the rules and various risks involved to make the most informed and strategic decisions. Elizabeth has worked with every segment of the food industry, including manufacturers, distributors, retailers, restaurants, and food service operators, as well as their trade associations. Her work on behalf of food industry clients with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) since its inception and her understanding of Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) systems provides her with the experience and perspective needed to counsel clients on how to comply with new requirements under the law. Elizabeth is also a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) and has completed the FSPCA PCQI training.
Peter Taormina, Ph.D.
Dr. Peter Taormina provides food safety, quality, and regulatory consulting services for the food and beverage industry through his company, Etna Consulting Group. He is a food microbiologist with multiple publications and is a process authority with 20 years working with food and beverage manufacturers. He routinely helps clients develop environmental monitoring programs and helps companies navigate through corrective and preventive actions to regain control. Peter is a regular instructor at the Advanced Listeria Control Workshops of the North American Meat Institute and at the Listeria Control Workshops of the United Fresh Produce Association and Produce Marketing Association.
Vice President and Fellow of Food Safety
Edith Wilkin is currently Vice President and Food Safety Fellow at Leprino Foods where she oversees all aspects of food safety policy development, execution and education. She began her career in manufacturing and laboratory operations and has continually layered on additional skills, progressing from plant operations to corporate quality and food safety leadership. Her considerable expertise is in food microbiology, laboratory operations, pathogen control strategies in manufacturing, food regulations and education. She collaborates with industry, regulatory partners and academic experts to develop educational materials and regularly performs training for the food industry. Among her many contributions are Traceability Best Practice guidance and Control of Listeria for the U.S. Dairy Industry.
Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and International Standards
International Dairy Foods Association
John Allan directs all aspects of IDFA's food safety training initiatives, leads efforts related to product safety issues and has responsibilities in federal and state regulatory affairs. He engages on behalf of IDFA members with 3-A Sanitary Standards, Inc., and the National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments (NCIMS). Allan also helps represent IDFA’s international trade interests through his seat on the U.S. Department of Agriculture/U.S. Trade Representative Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee (ATAC) for Trade of Processed Foods, as well as through engagement with the International Dairy Federation and the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex). Prior to joining IDFA, Allan was the director of regulatory and international affairs for the National Yogurt Association, the American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) and AFFI’s affiliated associations: the National Frozen Pizza Institute, Frozen Potato Products Institute and the Frozen Food Foundation. Allan also has regulatory and technical affairs experience in the infant formula industry and has worked for the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization helping develop Codex international food standards. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in microbiology and a Master of Science in food science and technology.