FSMA key topic among speakers including the FDA, FBI, Aon Risk Solutions and more May 19 – 21 in Chicago

CHICAGO, May 12, 2015 Tyco Integrated Security, the leading security systems integrator, will host its sixth annual Food Defense Strategy Exchange (FDSE) May 19-21 at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel in Chicago. According to the Federal government, each year one in six consumers get sick from contaminated food and 128,000 people are hospitalized. Tyco Integrated Security’s FDSE provides essential education for food manufacturers and providers to avoid adding to the statistics. With court-ordered Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) deadlines rolling out this year, the FDSE provides a timely platform for discussion and planning around these impending rules.

This year’s event will focus on preparing for FSMA, global food supply chain risks and implementation of security best practices. Sessions and speakers include:

Preparing for FSMA

  • A Closer Look at FDA’s Proposed Rule for Preventing Intentional Adulteration; John Woody, FDA
  • Enhancing Food Defense Strategies at the State and Local Level; Brad Deacon, Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development
  • Food Defense Research; Col. Jon Hoffman, National Center for Food Protection and Defense

Global Food Supply Chain Risks

  • The Emerging Risks of a Global Food System; Rick Shanks, Aon Risk Solutions
  • FBI Defines Threat in Food & Agriculture; Fred Stephens, FBI
  • Application of Food Defense Software Tools for the Purpose of Informing Intervention Strategies; Jessica Cox; Department of Homeland Security
  • Food Fraud Trends – A Different Intentional Attack; John Spink, PhD, Michigan State University

Food Defense in Action

  • How Emerging Internet of Things Technology Can Be Applied for a Proactive Food Defense Program; Don Hsieh, Tyco Integrated Security
  • Implementing Effective Food Defense; Bryan Fort; McCormick & Company
  • How Can Industry Best Prepare to Implement FSMA; ASIS Food Defense and Agriculture Security Council

“While the FDSE provides insight into current issues, the most valuable benefit it provides is foresight,” said Don Hsieh, director of commercial and industrial marketing for TycoIS. “The FDA declared 2015 the ‘Year of FSMA,’ and with initial deadlines quickly approaching, the FDSE is designed to prepare participants for whatever the final rules may bring.”

TycoIS has a long history of providing security solutions to all levels of food manufacturers and distributors. Its industry-leading solutions for food and beverage organizations include intrusion detection, access control, video surveillance, fire and life safety, loss prevention, critical condition monitoring, emergency response planning and more.


For more information about the FDSE and registration, visit the event website.

To learn more about TycoIS, call 1.800.701.8449 or visit www.tycois.com.


About Tyco Integrated Security  

A business unit of Tyco International Ltd., Tyco Integrated Security is North America’s leading commercial security systems integrator, providing business security services to more than 500,000 customers. Headquartered in Boca Raton, Fla., Tyco Integrated Security has more than 7,500 employees in 150 locations in business communities throughout North America. For more information, visit www.TycoIS.com.


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