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Top Food Safety Events around the World

This list covers the top rated food safety events throughout the world. It focuses on events that take food safety to the next level by incorporating a broader view on the subject matter. Most importantly, this list is constantly updated with the latest dates and events.

The food industry is already very good at preventing food-borne diseases and mitigating risks. The top events on this list must therefore cover more than classic food safety. They must provide a greater, more comprehensive picture of food safety, including crucial aspects such as food integrity, food safety culture, and food fraud.

This list is sorted by month and is constantly updated with the latest information available. It is the ideal starting point for planning your personal event calendar and selecting the events that best meet your needs.

Do you know an event that should definitely be on this list? Then write to us at blog@intact-systems.com and help us to make this list even better.

Overview

Event Month Country
American Food Sure Summit February USA
Food Safety Europe February United Kingdom
Food Safety Kongress February Germany
Global Food Safety Conference February France
Food Fraud Conference (Food Integrity Conference) February United Kingdom
Annual North American Summit on Food Safety April Canada
Food Safety Summit May USA
European Food Sure Summit May Netherlands
Food Safety Americas May USA
North American Food Safety & Quality June USA
Food Integrity July New Zealand
AIFST Conference September Australia
Global Food Safety September Spain
Food Safety—Risks, Threats, Vulnerabilities September United Kingdom
SQF International Conference October USA
GLOBALG.A.P. Summit November Peru
5th and Final FoodIntegrity Conference November France

Click on an event’s name to go directly to the corresponding event information.

 

American Food Sure Summit

The American Food Sure Summit is the American counterpart to the renowned European Food Sure Summit in Amsterdam and is also highly recommended. It covers the whole spectrum of safety and quality in the food and beverage industry with a focus on the North American context. You will learn about cutting edge research, innovative solutions, process controls, risk assessments, quality culture, and much more. Furthermore, the Food Sure Summit is hosted in parallel to Food Innovate as part of the Food World Series, giving you access to two events at the same time.

The American Food Sure Summit 2019 covers topics such as:

  • Strategies to implement an effective food defence plan
  • Inside the national Integrated Food Safety System (IFSS)
  • Lessons from lean: optimizing your product development process
  • Food safety and analytics: external environment changes, consumer versus experts view on risk perception
  • Food safety & quality culture
  • Best practice risk analysis to remove hazards from your production line
  • Predicting the future of food requires us to learn from the past
  • Identifying failures in an internal audit system

Next Event Date: February 4–5, 2019

Event Location: Chicago, IL, USA

Event Website: click here »

 

Food Safety Europe

This BRC Global Standards Event provides an excellent opportunity for food safety professionals to meet, networks, share knowledge, and learn from industry experts. It will deliver insights and high-level, constructive knowledge-share designed to improve European food safety management in retail, food service, and manufacturing environments.

At Food Safety Europe 2019 you will learn more on:

  • Modern diets – incl. vegan, gluten-free, organic
  • International travel – world foods and their micro-sized stowaways
  • Environmental, political, and economic changes that are impacting food safety
  • Food safety culture

Next Event Date: February 12, 2019

Event Location: London, United Kingdom

Event Website: click here »

 

Food Safety Kongress

The Food Safety Kongress in Berlin is Germany’s leading food safety event. You can expect to meet all the key players in the industry and hear about topics ranging from traditional food safety to latest industry and consumer trends.

The program of the 11th Food Safety Kongress 2019 covers topics such as:

  • Food fraud
  • Supplier ratings
  • Product recalls
  • Food waste
  • Pestizides
  • And much more

Next Event Date: February 19–20, 2019

Event Location: Berlin, Germany

Event Website: click here »

 

Global Food Safety Conference

The GFSI’s Global Food Safety Conference (GFSC) is one of the industry’s most renowned events and a ‘must-attend’ for every food safety professional. It brings together more than 1,200 food safety professionals and leading industry experts from over 50 countries.

The Global Food Safety Conference 2019 is hosted in Nice, France, and will focus on Emerging Challenges and the Future of Food Saftey. The conference will explore how the extensive, exponential change in the food retail industry affects food safety and how industry leaders can stay one step ahead. A more detailed conference program is currently not available.

Next Event Date: February 25–28, 2019

Event Location: Nice, France

Event Website: click here »

 

Food Fraud Conference (Food Integrity Conference)

New Food’s Food Fraud Conference in London advances further for 2019, to incorporate fraud with the wider issues of Food Integrity. This not only proves New Food’s industry knowledge and openness to the requirements of the community, but is also an unmistakable indicator of the outstanding quality of this event.

The conference is dedicated to upholding the integrity of the global food supply chain and brings together leading industry professionals from across the globe. The 2019 program is available here and includes topics such as:

  • Contextualising the challenge of Food Fraud 2019 and beyond
  • The economics of achieving food integrity
  • Developing a common language across the food and drink industry
  • Embedding ethical practice throughout supply chains
  • Beyond Brexit: exploring the challenges and opportunities
  • Traceability systems of the future

Next Event Date: February 28, 2019

Event Location: London, United Kingdom

Event Website: click here »

 

Annual North American Summit on Food Safety

The Annual North American Summit on Food Safety is Canada’s leading food safety event. Attendees will gain insights into regulatory changes and learn how they can prepare for audits. They will also learn about preventing food fraud, increasing traceability compliance, and technologies to improve food safety.

A detailed program for the 15th Annual North American Summit on Food Safety is not available, yet. However, the 2018 event covered topics such as:

  • Blockchain in the context of food safety
  • Strengthening internal audit programs
  • Reliable allergen management methods and practices
  • Effective management of product recalls
  • New developments in FSMA
  • Employee trainings
  • Traceability
  • The impact of climate change on food safety
  • And much more

Next Event Date: April 17–18, 2019

Event Location: Toronto, Canada

Event Website: click here »

 

Food Safety Summit

The Food Safety Summit is both conference and expo, combined with interactive educational sessions. You will have the opportunity to learn from industry experts, exchange experiences and ideas with peers, and discover solutions that will help you to improve your food safety management.

The agenda for the Food Safety Summit 2019 is still in the making. The 2018 Summit covered topics such as:

  • Traceability in global supply chains
  • Global regulatory systems
  • Maintaining cooperation between departments
  • And much more

Next Event Date: May 6–9, 2019

Event Location: Rosemont, IL, USA

Event Website: click here »

 

European Food Sure Summit

The European Food Sure Summit in Amsterdam is a highly recommended event. It covers the whole spectrum of safety and quality in the food and beverage industry. From cutting edge research to practical implementation of solutions, process controls and risk assessments. And since even the best tools and processes don’t help if they are not used and lived, the summit also provides advice on how to develop a safety and quality culture. What makes the event even more interesting is its high density of decision makers from leading industry stakeholders. Furthermore, the Food Sure Summit is hosted in parallel to Food Innovate as part of the Food World Series, giving you access to two events at the same time.

There is no agenda available for the European Food Sure Summit 2019, yet. However, the 2018 event covered topics such as:

  • Increasing transparency throughout supply and value chains
  • Maintaining a high level security against food fraud and implementing the best fraud and crime prevention systems
  • Reducing waste through modern packaging materials and new technological advancements
  • Safety and quality culture
  • Harmonising safety and quality processes across multiple plants and production lines
  • Reducing allergen and foreign body contamination
  • Using predictive and in-line testing processes to predict safety and quality breaches before production starts

Next Event Date: May 13–14, 2019

Event Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Event Website: click here »

 

Food Safety Americas

This BRC Global Standards Event provides an excellent opportunity for food safety professionals to meet, networks, share knowledge, and learn from industry experts. It is the American equivalent to BRC’s Food Safety Europe, designed to improve American food safety management in retail, food service, and manufacturing environments.

At Food Safety Americas 2019 you will learn more about:

  • Modern diets – incl. vegan, gluten-free, organic
  • International travel – world foods and their micro-sized stowaways
  • Environmental, political, and economic changes that are impacting food safety
  • Food safety culture

Next Event Date: May 21-22, 2019

Event Location: Coronado, CA, USA

Event Website: click here »

 

North American Food Safety & Quality

The North American Food Safety & Quality (NAFS) addresses constantly evolving food regulations and customer expectations in the United States and globally. The event’s organizers point out that “food safety, quality, and compliance challenges are not a competitive space” but shared responsibility. Therefore, NAFS brings together food safety, quality, and compliance executives with leading solution providers to share knowledge, experiences, and practical tools.

NAFS19 covers key topics such as:

  • Integrating food safety systems
  • FSMA review
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Leadership tools and skillsets
  • Supply chain management
  • Risk management
  • Collaborative QA/QC

Next Event Date: June 4–5, 2019

Event Location: Chicago, IL, USA

Event Website: click here »

 

Food Integrity

Food Integrity is a conference series launched in New Zealand in 2016, which has become a fixture in the Asian-Pacific event scene. Starting in 2018, the event will alternate between Auckland, New Zealand and Beijing, China.

Food Integrity 2018 in Beijing covered topics such as:

  • Food safety and big data
  • Doing (food) business in China
  • Forging international connections
  • Technology advances
  • Establishing food integrity
  • And more

Next Event Date: July 30–31, 2019

Event Location: Auckland, New Zealand

Event Website: click here »

 

AIFST Convention

The AIFST Convention, hosted by the Australian Institute of Food Science & Technology, is Australia’s premier food industry event. The convention shines with an innovative program with four concurrent streams and the opportunity to learn from industry experts, attend workshops, and network with industry peers.

The program of the 2018 AIFST Convention in Melbourne included:

  • Consumer insights
  • Enabling innvation
  • Supporting innovation
  • AIFST Awards Ceremony
  • Ask the experts lounge
  • And much more

Next Event Date: presumably September, 2019

Event Location: Australia

Event Website: click here »

 

Global Food Safety

Each year, the Global Food Safety brings together food safety experts, manufacturers, suppliers, regulators, and retailers from all around the globe. The goal of this event is to provide key stakeholders in global food and beverage supply chains with latest insights and practical know-how on internal food safety practices and supply chain issues to ultimately protect customers and increase regulatory compliance.

The Global Food Safety 2019 covered key topics such as:

  • Food safety culture as a foundation of the industry
  • Successful risk mitigation programs
  • Lab grown meat
  • Blockchain in traceability
  • Food safety standards in the UK post Brexit
  • And more

Next Event Date: presumably September, 2019

Event Location: Madrid, Spain

Event Website: click here »

 

Food Safety—Risks, Threats, Vulnerabilities

The Food Safety conference, organized by Global Insights Conferences, focuses on topics such as:

  • Supply chain integrity and authenticity
  • Vulnerability risk assessments
  • Food safety culture
  • New legislation trends
  • Food fraud
  • Technology and systems
  • Allergens and contaminants
  • And more

Next Event Date: presumably September, 2019

Event Location: London, United Kingdom

Event Website: click here »

 

SQF International Conference

The SQF International Conference is the number one event for SQF stakeholders. It provides food safety professionals with everything they need to know about the latest updates to the SQF standard. Furthermore, participants will leave with actionable insights, plans, connections, and a clear understanding of how they can improve or implement a food safety and quality program, ensure regulatory compliance, and more.

So far, a detailed program for the 2019 SQF International Conference in Atlanta is still missing.

Next Event Date: November 5–7, 2019

Event Location: San Antonio, TX, USA

Event Website: click here »

 

GLOBALG.A.P. Summit

The GLOBALG.A.P. Summit, which takes places biennially at changing locations throughout the world, is the ideal event to keep up to date with the GLOBALG.A.P. standard and meet with producers and retailers from all around the globe.

Topics covered at the GLOBALG.A.P. Summit 2018 in Lima include:

  • FSMA
  • Non-GM
  • Responsible Production
  • Food Fraud
  • Food Waste
  • FDA recognition for certification bodies
  • Transparency
  • Success Stories

Next Event Date: November 5–7, 2018

Event Location: Lima, Peru

Event Website: click here »

 

5th and Final FoodIntegrity Conference

The FoodIntegrity project is funded by the European Union and includes a limited conference series. The 5th and final FoodIntegrity Conference in Nantes, France focuses on the safety, authenticity, and quality of European food as well as adding value to the European agri-food economy. The conference will be an international focal point for harmonization and exploitation of research and technology for insuring the integrity of European food.

Next Event Date: November 14–15, 2018

Event Location: Nantes, France

Event Website: click here »

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