Food Import Safety: Systems and Infrastructure

May 26 and 27
Tong Auditorium, Engineering Centers Building
University of Wisconsin – Madison

Registration is free.

Spring Workshop of the WAGE Managing Import Safety Collaborative

This workshop is designed for business, government, and nonprofit professionals, and open to the academic community.


This conference will address food import safety from a variety of perspectives including systems analysis, infrastructure resilience, governance and policy analysis.  Two morning plenary talks will set the stage by covering the origins of adulteration and contamination in rapidly developing economies, and by examining import violations found at both port and land-borders.  An industry panel will address consumer opinion and several aspects of supply chain, supplier management, and self governance, including supplier agreements.  Another panel will discuss cost-effective sampling schemes, testing and detection technology advancements, and testing limitations.  European speakers will discuss approaches from the European Food Safety Authority and European Commission to regulate safety in imported foods, including the rapid alert system.  A second day panel will be chaired by a well-known industry spokesman for food safety, who will be speaking to the way forward.  This will include discussions of global approaches to food protection, as well as different forms of governance, including third party oversight.

For more information on speakers and topics, please review the conference agenda at this link and below.

To register: Send an email with the following information to Name, Title, Affiliation, Mailing Address, Telephone Number, Fax Number, and E-mail

The conference is free-of-charge but space is limited.

Sponsoring organizations at the University of Wisconsin-Madison:
Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy (WAGE)
Center for Freight Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE)
Center for Human Performance and Risk Analysis (CHPRA)
Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER)
China Initiative
College of Engineering
Department of Engineering Professional Development
Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
European Union Center of Excellence (EUCE)
Food Research Institute (FRI)