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Food Products Litigation: Top Five Consumer Liability Risks the Public Ignores

TASA ID: 1926

On February 8, 2012, at 2 p.m. ET, The TASA Group, Inc., in conjunction with expert witness Dr. Darrel Suderman, presented a free, interactive, one-hour webinar, Food Products Litigation: Top Five Consumer Liability Risks the Public Ignores, for all legal professionals.

Even though U.S. safety standards are equivalent to the best in the world, most food contamination and product failures are the result of manufacturing operations and food safety negligence and compliance errors. In addition, as the U.S. continues to source more and more food from other countries, the liability of food companies to guarantee safe food to the American public is growing exponentially.

During this one-hour event, we closely examined food safety risks associated with current food trends:
  • “Locally Grown” Phenomena
    • 'Feel Good’ Marketing Ignores Business Risk
    • An Analysis of Jensen Melons Case in Colorado
    • 3rd Party Auditors: A Toothless Cottage Industry
  • Natural and Organically Grown Food Products
    • ‘Feel Good’ Marketing Ignores Business Risk
    • Why Not Market Food Safety
    • Organic Farmers or Growers Lack Food Safety Training
  • The Food Truck Phenomena
    • Great Tasting Food is Not Always Safe Food
    • What Municipalities Are Doing and Not Doing
    • Why Municipality Budget Deficits Add Risk
  • Local Food Manufacturing Start-Ups
    • Get Product on Store Shelf, Ignore Food Safety
    • Entrepreneurs Without Food Safety Awareness
    • Common Neighborhood Grocery Store Practice
  • Hidden Food Safety Audit Programs
    • Contract Labor for Retail Grocery and Convenience Stores

About the Expert

Dr. Darrel Suderman, President of Food Technical Consulting, has worked for food manufacturing and leading restaurant chains over 20 years.

He has served as an expert witness/consultant for seven years, assisting both plaintiff and defense attorneys throughout the United States. Dr. Suderman received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in agricultural education and his Ph.D. in Food Science from Kansas State University. He holds two U.S. patents, co-authored a food processing book, and has written over 40 peer-reviewed and trade magazine articles and white papers. He has worked in Research & Development, Quality Assurance, and Food Safety for many of the leading restaurant chains including KFC, Boston Market, Church’s Chicken, Quiznos, Captain D’s, Chick-fil-A, Arby’s, and Wendy’s International.

In addition, Dr. Suderman co-founded Business IQ LLC as a business intelligence IT consulting company, which has been accepted as an official partner of SAP software company. Several of his clients have included Foster Farms, Jennie-O Turkey Store, Gold’n Plump Poultry, Johnsonville Sausage, E & J Gallo Winery, Tyson Foods, Organic Valley, and Givaudan Roure Flavors.
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