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Webinar Pathogen Environmental Monitoring and Control: The Road to Success
July 16, 2019 | 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. ET

The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) is hosting an important food safety webinar for members and others across the dairy industry on the critical need for dairy plants—large and small—to design and implement robust monitoring and control programs in place to find and eliminate pathogens from vulnerable food production areas.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and state regulators continue to ramp up preventive control inspections, conduct swab-a-thons and find concerns. In addition, FDA is using Whole Genome Sequencing to establish links between strains of pathogens found in plant environments with illnesses, leading to regulatory action that could damage consumer trust and company brands.

Please join IDFA and leading experts in the field to discuss the legal and regulatory ramifications and the “how-to’s” of putting together an effective environmental monitoring and control program to help protect your customers and brand.


Elizabeth Fawell
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.
Etna Consulting

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.

Edith Wilkin
Vice President and Fellow of Food Safety
Leprino Foods

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.

John Allan
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.


Registration fees for this webinar are based on your company's IDFA membership status. For more information about membership, please email

Member Fee: Complimentary
Non-Member Fee: $195

Cancellation Policy

No registration refunds will be granted after July 9, 2019. Substitutions may be made without penalty. All cancellations and substitutions must be received in writing at

If you have questions or need assistance with the registration process, please contact IDFA at (202) 737-4332 or