Plenary Speakers

At the Consumer Food Safety Education Conference December 4-5, 2014, leaders in the field of food safety and behavioral health will present strategies and tactics aimed at increasing the proportion of U.S. consumers who follow key food safety practices.  The conference is hosted by the non-profit Partnership for Food Safety Education (PFSE). Click here to download the complete schedule of events. 


Lynn Frewer      


Professor Lynn Frewer

Session: Supporting Consumers – Facilitating Behavior That Reduces Risky Behaviors  

Thursday, December 4, 2014

9:00 AM - 10: 30 AM                     

Professor Lynn Frewer is chair of Food and Society at Newcastle University. Previously she was Professor of Food and Society at Wageningen University in the Netherlands and head of consumer Science at the Institute of Food Research at Norwich in the UK.

Her research focuses on understanding and measuring societal and individual responses to risks and benefits associated with food, health, sustainability and safety. Read more                                                   

Charlie Arnot    


Charlie Arnot 

Session: Meaningful Messengers 

Friday, December 5, 2014 

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM 

Charlie Arnot is recognized as a thought leader in food and agriculture. He is highly regarded as both a writer and sought-after speaker who engages audiences across the globe. 

Charlie has more than 25 years of experience working in communications, public relations, and issues management within the food system. He is the founder and president of CMA, an employee-owned consulting firm with offices in Missouri and Iowa. He also serves as CEO of the Center for Food Integrity, a national non-profit organization dedicated to building consumer trust and confidence in today's food system. Read more. 

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Michael R. Taylor

Session: Call to Action: Working Together to Prevent Foodborne Illness   

Friday, December 5, 2014

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM                    

Michael Taylor is Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In this position, Taylor provides leadership and direction to the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) and the Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM). 

He is responsible for establishing a modern, science-based and prevention-oriented food safety program for domestic and imported foods. Read more

Brian Ronholm      



Brian Ronholm

Session: Call to Action: Working Together to Prevent Foodborne Illness   

Friday, December 5, 2014

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM                    

Brian Ronholm is Acting Under Secretary for Food Safety of the USDA.  He oversees the policies and programs of the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), USDA's public health regulatory agency that ensures that the nation's commercial meat, poultry, and egg products are safe, wholesome, and correctly labeled. 

He was part of a leadership team that implemented significant new policies that have enhanced consumer protection, including zero tolerance for six strains of pathogenic E. coli in raw beef and new performance standards for Salmonella and the first ever performance standard for Campylobacter in poultry. Read more.                                          

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Frank Yiannas

Session: Food Safety = Behavior    

Thursday, December 4, 2014

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM  (During lunch)                  

As Vice President of Food Safety, Frank Yiannas oversees all food safety, as well as other public health functions, for the world's largest food retailer, Wal-Mart, serving over 200 million customers around the world on a weekly basis. 

Frank’s scope of responsibilities include food safety oversight of Wal-Mart’s stores, Neighborhood Markets, and Sam’s Clubs.  Training and education of Associates, food safety oversight of thousands of food suppliers, and a number of critical regulatory compliance issues also come under his purview. Read more.



Champions for Consumers: Food Safety Educators in Action (Panel)

Thursday, December 4, 2014

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM 

In this salute to leaders who connect with consumers on food safety and health, we explore this decentralized and diverse education effort, and share ideas for a future of greater levels of evaluation and effectiveness in consumer food safety education. 


Mary Pat Raimondi, VP Strategic Policy & Partnerships, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics;  Hilary Shallo Thesmar, VP Food Safety Programs, Food Marketing Institute; Steve Larsen, Director of Pork Safety, National Pork Board; Shelley Feist, Executive Director, Partnership for Food Safety Education; and Dana Dziadul, author, Food Safety Superstar


Stan Hazan, Senior Director of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, NSF International (moderator);Shelley Feist; Maria Olmeda Malagon, Director of Food Safety Education, FSIS, US Department of Agriculture; Marjorie Davidson, Consumer Educator, CFSAN, FDA; and Christine Prue, Associate Director for Behavioral Science,US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.



 Closing Session

Foodborne Illness Mystery Theater

Friday, December 5, 2014

2:15 PM - 3:30 PM 

Who knew food safety education could be so fun?! This session will open with the “Elvis of E.Coli”, Dr. Carl Winter, and include a “who-dunnit” food poisoning mystery that will leave you on the edge - and out of - your seat! VIP conference guests will get into the act. The closing session will inspire you and give you ideas for connecting on new levels with people in your communities.


Read more about THEY improv:

                                    Carl Winter

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Government Resources

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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