How FDA Is Integrating the Blueprint for Smarter Food Safety


Duration:60 minutes

The “New Era of Smarter Food Safety” blueprint by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) depends on domestic mutual reliance—the integration of local, state, and federal regulators working toward a common goal. But what does “domestic mutual alliance” look like in practice? In this webinar, you will learn how to identify opportunities to bring mutual reliance to life across the country and hear about current examples of successful rollouts.  

During this webinar, you will:
  • Learn about the role of domestic mutual reliance in FDA's blueprint for an integrated food safety system 
  • Examine how simple or complex mutual reliance partnerships can be developed and their benefits
  • Learn from professionals who have developed and experienced mutual reliance success


Joseph Corby

Senior Advisor of Food Safety Regulations

Association of Food and Drug Officials

Joe Corby worked for the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets for 37 years before retiring in 2008 as the director of the Division of Food Safety and Inspection. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the International Food Protection Training Institute (IFPTI). He is also an instructor for IFPTI, Louisiana State University, the National Environmental Health Association, and the University of Tennessee. He has been an outspoken advocate for the advancement of a nationally integrated food safety system and continues to work with numerous groups and associations in support of this cause.

Frank Greene, RS, M.P.H.

Division Director for the Division of Food, Standards and Product Safety

Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection

Frank Green is currently the chair of the Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standards Alliance and president of the Northeastern affiliate of the Association of Food and Drug Officials.

Erik P. Mettler, M.P.H., M.P.A.

Assistant Commissioner for Partnerships and Policy within the Office of Regulatory Affairs


In this role, Eric Mettler serves as advisor to the associate commissioner for regulatory affairs on the full range of Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA)'s activities, including partnerships, implementation of new laws and regulations, and overall strategic planning and prioritization. He is responsible for providing long-range strategic direction for ORA policies and programs, including the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act. Mettler holds a Master of Public Health from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of New Mexico.

Pamela Miles

Program Supervisor

Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services

In her current position, Pamela Miles directs a statewide food safety program; providing supervision, direction, and support to all program staff, including food safety specialists who are responsible for the inspection and ongoing monitoring of all food manufacturers, food retailers, and warehouses. She previously served as the president of the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) and currently serves on the Board of Directors as the affiliate representative for AFDO of the Southern States.

Mark Sestak

Deputy Director, Food/Milk/Lodging

Alabama Department of Public Health

Mark Sestak’s current responsibilities include the activities of the Retail Food, Food Manufacturing, Shellfish, Milk, Lodging, and Body Art programs. He has worked in food safety for almost 30 years, beginning as a local inspector then as a retail food standardization officer, and the last 13 years as a program administrator. He is also the current president of the Association of Food and Drug Officials.

(Moderator) Barbara VanRenterghem, Ph.D.

Editorial Director

Food Safety Magazine

Barbara VanRenterghem, Ph.D., is the editorial director of Food Safety Magazine, a position she has held since 2008. From 2005–2008, she was the chief editor of Controlled Environments Magazine and the science editor of Animal Lab News and Lab Manager Magazine at Vicon Publishing. At Eaton Publishing (1999–2005), she rose from the positions of assistant scientific editor for BioTechniques and acquisitions editor for BioTechniques Press to the editor of content development and acquisitions and director of commercial product development. While at Eaton (then acquired by Informa), she served as the chief editor of Preclinica. She received a B.Sc. in biology in 1989 from Bowling Green State University and a Ph.D. in Pharmacology in 1994 from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.



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