14th Annual GFSS Symposium - Emerging Issues in Food Safety

Date and Time


Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)
Rooms 1,2 and3
1 Stone Road West
Guelph ON 
N1G 4Y2



Emerging Issues in Food Safety

While food safety progress continues to be made, risk will always be present and changing due to emerging trends.  Consumer demands can present food safety challenges.  How does the food industry, academia and government work together to respond to consumer demands while at the same time ensure any food safety risks are mitigated?  This year’s Symposium will examine emerging issues in food safety and what is being done to address them.

Objective of the Symposium:

To bring together people from the Guelph food safety network and others who are interested in the risk management approach to food quality and safety, in order to learn more about this topic, discuss issues of common interest and broaden networks.

7:30 – 8:45 AM Registration and Coffee - Visit the Tradeshow and Poster Displays 

8:45 – 9:00 AM Welcome and Opening Remarks - Sonya Agbessi, Food Policy Liaison Officer, Regulatory Operations and Regions Branch, Health Canada

9:00 – 10:30 AM Session 1 - Moderator: Marilyn Taylor, Ontario Area Communications Specialist, Canadian Food Inspection Agency 

Harnessing Big Data for Food Safety - Rozita Dara, Assistant Professor, School of Computer Science, University of Guelph

Loblaw Incident Management & Recall: An Overview - John Stanhope, Loblaw Incident Management & Product Recall Lead

10:30 – 11:15 AM Visit the Tradeshow and Poster Displays

11:15 – 12:45 PM Session 2 - Moderator: Jeff Farber, Professor, Department of Food Science, University of Guelph and Director, Canadian Research Institute for Food Safety

Canadian Integrated Program for Antimicrobial Resistance – Highlights of Surveillance and Emerging AMR in the Food chain - Nicol Janecko, Epidemiologist, Public Health Agency of Canada

Food Safety Issues to Expect When Marijuana Edibles Hit the Market in 2019: Challenges and Research Needs - Keith Warriner, Professor, Department of Food Science, University of Guelph

12:15 – 12: 45 PM Panel Discussion - Moderator: Michelle Martin, Public Health Inspector, Durham Region Health Department and Food Safety Working Group Chair, CIPHI (ON-Branch)

Rozita Dara, University of Guelph
Rita Finley, Public Health Agency of Canada
Nicol Janecko, Public Health Agency of Canada
Shannon Majowicz, Assistant Professor, School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo
Vaneska Mattos, Sr. Director, Control Brand Quality Assurance, Loblaw Companies Limited
Keith Warriner, University of Guelph

12:45 – 1:00 PM Closing Remarks - Mike Cassidy, Coordinator, Food Safety Science Unit, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs

Poster Contest

Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, 3rd place posters as voted on by the GFSS Symposium attendees.  

As always, our symposium is a FREE event! However, you need a ticket! 
Registration is now open at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/14th-annual-gfss-symposium-emerging-issues-in-food-safety-tickets-37805146210
Registration will close on Sunday October 15th at 11:30 PM. There will be no on site registration.


Dr. Susan Sabatini
Dept. of Population Medicine
Ontario Veterinary College
University of Guelph
Guelph ON N1G 2W1

Email: ssabatin@uoguelph.ca

Guelph Food Safety Seminars

File Attachments

PDF icon List of Poster Presentations490.82 KB

Events Archive