Navigating The Changing Import/Export Market And Its Impact On Food Safety
Navigating The Changing Import/Export Market And Its Impact On Food Safety

At the 12th annual North American Summit on Food Safety, SQFI Regional Representative for Canada and Pacific Northwest U.S., Frank Schreurs, served as Chair for Day Two of the conference. In this roundtable discussion, led by Schreurs, Tim Byrne, director of quality and product innovation at Ganong, Karen Mills, director of quality assurance at High Liner Foods, and William Thomas, CEO of Thomas Utopia Brands offer suggestions for traversing the constantly-changing import/export market and discuss how those changes affect their companies’ food safety processes.

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