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AACC International Announces Third-Party and Customer Audits:
A Current Perspective for Stakeholders Forum

St. Paul, Minn. (July 15, 2009)—AACC International recently announced a first-of-its-kind opportunity to learn about third-party and customer audits on Tuesday, September 15, and Wednesday, September 16, during the 2009 AACC International Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland. The forum is included with full registration to the 2009 AACC International Annual Meeting, but is also open to non-annual meeting attendees.

Due to recent food safety issues in the U.S. and abroad, there is increased scrutiny on the safety of our food supply. AACC International will be among the first associations in the industry to tackle the complex and highly-specialized area of third-party and customer audits in the food processing industry from a truly global perspective. Key speakers for this event will include representatives from a major retailer, a food manufacturer, third-party audit programs, AIB, ISO, GFSI, and the FDA.

Speakers on Tuesday will address the issue from a variety of important disciplines and areas of expertise. The session will be followed by a working group discussion on Wednesday to address the top five issues identified during the forum and develop a task force to work toward a consensus best practice for the food and beverage industry. The emphasis on food security, food safety, and recalls has led to a rapid increase in the number and types of audits that are required. As we respond to new audit requirements, we are faced with the challenge of maintaining food safety and retaining consumer confidence, while effectively managing overall costs and complexity.

Third-Party and Customer Audits: A Current Perspective for Stakeholders Forum
Hilton Baltimore, 401 West Pratt St., Baltimore, MD, U.S.A.
$150 before August 21; $200 after August 21 (or included with full registration to the 2009 Annual Meeting)

Tuesday, September 15
12:15 – 1:30 p.m. Milling & Baking Division Luncheon (optional)*
2:15 – 5:30 p.m. Presentations

Wednesday, September 16
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Working Group Session

*The luncheon is included in the $150 registration fee. Annual Meeting attendees who would like to attend the luncheon will need to preregister and pay for the luncheon only.

Media will receive complimentary registration to the Tuesday sessions only. AACC International is an organization of professionals who contribute to the research, development, and processing of grains and grain-based products. For more information on Third-Party and Customer Audits: A Current Perspective for Stakeholders Forum, visit http://meeting.aaccnet.org.