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Why Industrial Bakers Can't Afford to Miss American Bakers Association's Fall Policy Conference

Posted by Tara Guthrie

Oct 15 2015
Oct 15 2015

Next week, the baking industry’s aspiring executives will gather in Washington to network with senior industry leaders to hear about a variety of issues including what keeps baking executives up at night and initiatives underway to address industry skills gaps. Rounding out this content-rich agenda will be business and advocacy experts sharing their insights on the skills needed to be an effective CEO including:

How to prepare for FSMA in industrial bakeries

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Jenny Scott, Senior Advisor in the Office of Food Safety with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), and Dr. David Acheson, Founder and CEO of The Acheson Group will cover one of the first rules, Preventive Controls for Human Food, stemming from the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

The Preventative Controls rule was recently finalized by the Food and Drug Administration. Ms. Scott and Dr. Acheson will take a high level look at FSMA and how it changes the paradigm of food safety. They will also discuss FDA’s implementation strategy and take a deeper dive into the Preventive Control rule’s requirements.

Now is the time to prepare your company for implementation of the FDA Preventive Control regulations that become effective August 2016.

How to mitigate risks by understanding & educating the workforce

With tight profit margins, and high risk working environments, many bakers can’t afford to overlook the impact of a workplace safety culture in protecting their bottom line. Holly Mockus of Alchemy Systems, and Matt Gabris of ARYZTA will break apart a recent study from Center for Research and Public Policy covering food handler psychographics to help attendees to understand what makes the average food worker tick. Once food companies fully understand what drives their workers’ performance they can take a proactive approach to development programs to help mitigate safety hazards.

Gabris will take a deep dive into executive level KPI’s and how to drive continuous improvements through health and safety focused learning plans taken from ARYZTA’s play book.


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In a nutshell...

The ABA 2015 Fall Policy Conference features three jam-packed days of ABA Policy Committee sessions, advocacy education, Capitol Hill lobbying visits, Bakers’ Dozen Reception, NextGenBaker executive leadership training and networking with industry peers and senior leaders.

Attendees will have an opportunity to use their new advocacy skills with members of Congress during the lobbying visits and Bakers’ Dozen Reception on Capitol Hill, as well as connect with industry colleagues at the numerous networking events.

Follow this one-of-a-kind conference taking place October 20-22, in Washington, D.C., with #ABAPolCon. More information…

 Take a look at some highlights from the 2015 Fall Policy Conference 


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