GS1 US + FMI: FSMA Digital Seminar Series Bundle | August 2023

Learn the foundational concepts of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Rule 204, best practices to support recordkeeping, the supply chain visibility benefits that come from meeting requirements, and more!

Presented by GS1 US and The Food Industry Association (FMI), this series of four digital seminars will provide everything you need to know to prepare for FSMA 204.

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Supply chain functional and core operations experts who handle regulatory compliance, quality assurance, food safety, master data and inventory management; business leaders; and extended supply chain team members in product marketing, technology and digital roles.

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    The foundational concepts you need to understand to meet the recordkeeping requirements of FSMA Rule 204.

    On November 21, 2022, the United States Food and Drug Administration (U.S. FDA) introduced new recordkeeping requirements for the food industry. More commonly known as the Food Safety Modernization Act or FSMA 204, the implementation of the “Final Rule” has a compliance deadline of January 2026. In this first digital of our four-part series, you will get answers to:

    • Is my business impacted and how? Are my products/commodities on the Food Traceability List?
    • Why do I need Traceability Lot Codes, Key Data Elements, and Critical Tracking Events?
    • Can applying the GS1 System of Standards help meet FSMA 204 requirements?
    • How are others in my industry working together to share traceability data?

    Join Hilary Thesmar, Chief Science Officer, FMI, and Marshall Keener, Director, Community Engagement, Government Affairs, GS1 US, as they explain the foundational concepts you need to understand to meet the recordkeeping requirements of FSMA Rule 204.

    The four presentations in this series are also available as a Product Bundle.

    Dr. Hilary Thesmar, PhD, RD, CFS

    Chief Food and Product Safety Officer & Senior Vice President, Food Safety Programs

    FMI-The Food Industry Association

    With over 20 years of experience in food science, food safety, and food and agriculture policy, Dr. Thesmar provides leadership for FMI’s retail, wholesale and product supplier members on scientific and technical issues such as food safety training programs, regulatory strategy, recall plans and management, crisis management, research, and health and well-being programs. 

    Dr. Thesmar earned a Ph.D. in Food Technology from Clemson University, a Master of Science degree in Human Nutrition from Winthrop University, a bachelor’s degree in Food Science from Clemson, and she is a Registered Dietitian.  Dr. Thesmar is a Fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists, an active member of the International Food Protection Association and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  

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    If you manufacture, process, pack, or hold any of the foods on the FSMA 204 Food Traceability List, you are required to keep additional records as per the U.S. FDA. These new requirements will assist the U.S. FDA in more rapidly and effectively tracking the movement of food to prevent or mitigate foodborne illness outbreaks and to address potential recalls.

    If you manufacture, process, pack, or hold any of the foods on the FSMA 204 Food Traceability List, you are required to keep additional records as per the U.S. FDA. These new requirements will assist the U.S. FDA in more rapidly and effectively tracking the movement of food to prevent or mitigate foodborne illness outbreaks and to address potential recalls. Join this second digital seminar of our four-part series to:

    • Walk through an end-to-end supply chain process flow example for items on the Food Traceability List
    • Establish the importance of product and location identification in your supply chain in order to distinguish affected foods and locations from unaffected ones during a food safety investigation
    • Learn about key industry-developed guidance and opportunities to work with trading partners for improved traceability processes

    Join Ashley Eisenbeiser, Senior Director, Food and Product Safety, FMI, and Luce Angarita, Director, Community Engagement, GS1 US, as they share guidance, expertise, and established best practices that support FSMA 204 recordkeeping requirements.

    The four presentations in this series are also available as a Product Bundle.

    Lucelena Angarita

    Director of Community Engagement

    GS1 US

    Lucelena Angarita is the Director of Community Engagement at GS1 US, working with food companies across Retail Grocery and Foodservice sectors to increase data quality, operational efficiencies, and full supply chain visibility.  She is an Industrial Engineer and Lean Six Sigma Certified Black Belt, with over 21 years’ experience in Program Management and process improvement, and 9+ years’ experience in Food Safety & Quality, as well as adoption of GS1 US Standards. 

    Prior to joining GS1 US, Lucy served as Director of Supply Chain systems & Standards for IPC, Subway’s Supply Chain arm.  She lead a team that implemented an end-to-end traceability program with all supply chain partners through the use of GS1 Standards.  Prior to IPC, Lucy served as Manager of Global Training Projects as well as in the IT Department at Burger King Corporation. 

    Ashley Eisenbeiser

    Senior Director, Food and Product Safety Programs

    FMI - The Food Industry Association

    Ashley Eisenbeiser is a food scientist specializing in food safety.  In her role as senior director of food and product safety programs for FMI-The Food Industry Association, Ashley serves as a subject matter expert for food and product safety for FMI’s food safety programs and provides support for FMI’s retail, wholesale and product supplier members on food safety training, technical services, regulatory compliance, and industry research and resources. 

     Prior to joining FMI in June 2013, Ashley served as a Family and Consumer Science Extension Agent with Virginia Cooperative Extension where she planned, delivered, and evaluated community nutrition, health, and food safety educational programs.  Ashley is a Certified Food Scientist and received her Master’s degree and Bachelor’s degree in Food Science and Technology from Virginia Tech.

     Ashley serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Partnership for Food Safety Education and is a member of several professional association including the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP), the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) and the Conference for Food Protection (CFP).  

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    Speakers demonstrate how increased traceability and visibility, enabled by GS1 Standards, benefits consumers and supply chain stakeholders.

    For the food supply chain, FSMA 204 is putting a spotlight on the need for and benefits of digitized data to easily exchange traceability information with trading partners and with regulators. Join this third digital seminar of our four-part series to learn:

    • What supply chain traceability is and what benefits can be gained from improving supply chain visibility
    • How healthcare is already leveraging their regulatory compliance to also deliver operational efficiencies, inventory control, and patient safety
    • What questions to ask when creating a traceability plan, establishing record-sharing processes, and finding the right technology partners

    Join Doug Baker, Vice President of Industry Relations, FMI, and Liz Sertl, Senior Director, Community Engagement, GS1 US, as they demonstrate how increased traceability and visibility, enabled by GS1 Standards, benefits consumers and supply chain stakeholders.

    The four presentations in this series are also available as a Product Bundle.

    Doug Baker

    Vice President, Industry Relations

    FMI - The Food Industry Association

    Doug Baker is a food retail industry relations vice president for  FMI - The Food Industry, where he facilitates professional, non-competitive collaboration among member communities across private brands and technology issue areas. In addition to his oversight of the private brands council and their efficiency-driven initiatives to encourage brand owner innovation, Doug also leads FMI’s CIO Technology Board efforts related to omnichannel commerce facilitating benchmarking, research studies, and other collaborative projects that enable the path to modern retailing. Prior to FMI, Doug began his career in the food retail industry in 1984 as a bagger with Fry’s Food Stores. His 30+ years in grocery retail have included leadership roles at Fry’s, Kraft/Nabisco and Federated Group. Baker holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing, and throughout his career, he has focused on retail operations, consumer packaged goods manufacturing and private brand development and marketing. 

    Liz Sertl

    Senior Director, Community Engagment

    GS1 US

    Liz Sertl is Sr. Director, Community Engagement, at GS1 US, the not-for-profit information standards organization, and has more than 20 years of experience in the CPG industry. Working closely with supply chain partners in the retail grocery and foodservice industries, Liz facilitates collaboration best practices and guidelines that help companies improve product traceability and supply chain visibility through the adoption of GS1 Standards. 

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    This presentation highlights industry tools and guidance available for use today to support your organization’s efforts in implementing enhanced traceability processes.

    Sharing standardized data is critical, not only to meet U.S. FDA requirements but to also help enable the traceability and interoperability needed to do business efficiently with trading partners. In this session, hear about the tools and resources created by industry members, GS1 US, and FMI to support organizations as they work toward the regulatory requirements defined for January 20, 2026. Additionally, both FMI and GS1 US will be asking for the industry to identify and prioritize gaps in guidance and educational offerings the community needs.

    View this digital seminar to hear what is available for use, and share your thoughts and insights on what is still essential to support industry in meeting the January 2026 deadline. Join Hilary Thesmar, Chief Science Officer, FMI, and Liz Sertl, Senior Director, Community Engagement, GS1 US, as they highlight industry tools and guidance available for use today as well as collect your thoughts and suggestions on additional resources desired to support your organization’s efforts in implementing enhanced traceability processes.

    The four presentations in this series are also available as a Product Bundle.

    Dr. Hilary Thesmar, PhD, RD, CFS

    Chief Food and Product Safety Officer & Senior Vice President, Food Safety Programs

    FMI-The Food Industry Association

    With over 20 years of experience in food science, food safety, and food and agriculture policy, Dr. Thesmar provides leadership for FMI’s retail, wholesale and product supplier members on scientific and technical issues such as food safety training programs, regulatory strategy, recall plans and management, crisis management, research, and health and well-being programs. 

    Dr. Thesmar earned a Ph.D. in Food Technology from Clemson University, a Master of Science degree in Human Nutrition from Winthrop University, a bachelor’s degree in Food Science from Clemson, and she is a Registered Dietitian.  Dr. Thesmar is a Fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists, an active member of the International Food Protection Association and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  

    Liz Sertl

    Senior Director, Community Engagment

    GS1 US

    Liz Sertl is Sr. Director, Community Engagement, at GS1 US, the not-for-profit information standards organization, and has more than 20 years of experience in the CPG industry. Working closely with supply chain partners in the retail grocery and foodservice industries, Liz facilitates collaboration best practices and guidelines that help companies improve product traceability and supply chain visibility through the adoption of GS1 Standards.