17th Annual & 1st Virtual Guelph Food Safety Seminars Symposium

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On the Menu: Food Safety in the Time of COVID

Welcome to the 17th annual and 1st virtual Guelph Food Safety Seminars Symposium.

At the risk of COVID fatigue, it is the inevitable topic for 2020. In addition to the tragic loss of lives, SARS-CoV-2 has had an immense impact on our way of life. In what ways have the new protocols, routines and behaviours led to unintended consequences? Did the hoarding of food supplies at the onset create a surplus of spoiled food in people’s pantries? Are extensive disinfecting practices making us safer food handlers? This year’s Symposium—composed of a series of seminars—will focus on valuable lessons learned and ongoing challenges related to food safety during a pandemic.

The Guelph Food Safety Seminars (GFSS) series and annual symposium began in 2004 to provide a forum in which to share timely and pertinent food safety topics. GFSS is a partnership which includes the University of Guelph (Canadian Research Institute for Food Safety/Department of Food Science), Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors- Ontario Branch, Public Health Agency of Canada, Health Canada, NSF International and Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

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 these topics, discuss issues of common interest and broaden networks.

There is no fee to attend, but registration is required. Participants can register for one or multiple sessions.

Session 1: COVID-19 Impacts on the Food Supply Chain – A National and Global Perspective REGISTER

November 5, 2020 10:30 am - 12:00 pm (EST)


  • Sylvain Charlebois, Dalhousie University
  • Jeffrey LeJeune, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations


  • Jeff Farber, University of Guelph
  • Valeria Netto, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

Session 2: Emerging Research Themes REGISTER

November 12, 2020 10:30 am - 12:00 pm (EST)


  • Lawrence Goodridge, University of Guelph
  • Neda Nasheria, Health
  • Canada Calgary Rural Primary Care Network


  • Lawrence Goodridge, University of Guelph
  • Hany Anany, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)

Session 3: The Impact of Employee Culture and Engagement on a Business’s Ability to Control COVID-19 Infection Risk REGISTER

November 19, 2020 10:30 am - 12:00 pm (EST)


  • Lone Jespersen, Cultivate Food Safety
  • Andrew Pawelka, Conestoga Meats


  • Paul Medeiros, NSF International
  • Marilyn Taylor, Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)

Session 4: Ensuring a Safe Food Supply REGISTER

November 26, 2020 10:30 am - 12:00 pm (EST)


  • Ian Young, Ryerson University and Robyn Haas, University of Guelph
  • Ben Chapman, North Carolina State University
  • Kevin Urbanic, Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)


  • Michelle Martin, Durham Region Health Department
  • Paul Medeiros, NSF International

Further details will be posted at the registration site.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Dr. Susan Sabatini, Chair, GFSS - ssabatin@uoguelph.ca

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