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This annual event, produced by BNP Media, is designed to meet the educational and informational needs of the entire food industry. Professionals from every part of the food safety supply chain will have the opportunity to take advantage of certification courses, education sessions, case studies, discussion groups, new technologies, networking events and a trade show floor featuring 200+ exhibitors. 


Hank Karayan, Global FSMA Program Manager of SGS, a leading global supplier of auditing and certification services for the food industry, will present:  Supplier Audits and FSMA Certification at the Solutions Stage at 1pm on Thursday, May 10.

Hank said: “The Food Safety Summit is a fantastic platform to reach out to those working across the whole food supply chain – producers, processors, manufacturers, packers and importers.  I’ll be highlighting how the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), considered to be the most sweeping reform of US food safety laws in many decades incorporating not only US manufactures, but also importers and foreign suppliers as partners in the process.


“This step-change requires US manufacturers, importers, and foreign suppliers, to update and align their policies and processes to meet the applicable rules in FSMA.

 “I’ll cover the main differentiators between supplier verification audits and FSMA certification – the audit processes, the scope, outcome and applicability of each program to food importers and manufacturers. Although many will already have food safety programs, and likely certifications in place, I’ll explain the necessary steps to ensure a FSMA compliant supply chain through audits and certification.”


Hank Karayan specializes in supply chain risks, food safety strategies, food defense, information security and management systems. He has many publications in food safety, food defense, FSMA and strategic management and brings together a wealth of international and local experience, both technical and managerial.


With a presence in more than 130 countries, SGS has the largest independent network of food experts in the world who offer efficient solutions to help safeguard quality, safety and sustainability throughout all stages of the food supply chain.


SGA will be exhibiting at Booth 111, Food Safely Summit, Donald E. Stephens Convention Center – Rosemont, Illinois: May 7-10, 2018


The Solution Stage Presentation ‘Supplier Audits and FSMA Certification’ takes place at Theater 1, Exhibit Hall Thursday May 10: 1-1.30pm


About SGS 

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 95,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 2,400 offices and laboratories around the world.