Conference will address third-party food safety audits

by Keith Nunes
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WASHINGTON — "Bolstering Consumer Confidence: Identifying Third Party Food Safety Audit Criteria" is a meeting that will be held Dec. 2-3 at the L’Enfant Plaza hotel in Washington, and spotlight the critical role conformity assessment activities play in ensuring food safety.

The two-day event will begin with discussions on third-party certification criteria from a public policy perspective, addressing U.S. Food and Drug Administration requirements and other considerations raised by groups such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service and the World Trade Organization. On the second day of the conference, participants will discuss key issues and potential criteria for creating and harmonizing a global food safety system.

The conference is sponsored by the American National Standards Institute, the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the National Fisheries Institute and the Seafood Products Association.

To learn more about the meeting or register, visit

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