Speaker Bios

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The 15th Annual
 Commissioner’s Food Safety Forum
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Scott Building , NC State Fairgrounds
Raleigh, NC

9:30 AM – 12:30 PM; 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM

**Draft Agenda - Subject to Change**

9:30 am


Commissioner Steve Troxler
FDA Update

Mr. Frank Yiannis
Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response, U.S. Food and Drug Administration


Implementing Traceability on the Farm

Moderated by: Anita MacMullan, Director, Food and Drug Protection Division, NCDA&CS


Charlotte Vick
Vick Family Farms

Patty Sanchez
Bailey Farms, Inc.


Public Health Perspective:
Balancing the Risk of Allergen Exposure in Foods and Beyond


Scott P. Commins, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine & Pediatrics
UNC School of Medicine

Public Health and Innovation at FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine

Steven M. Solomon, DVM, MPH
Director, Center for Veterinary Medicine, US Food and Drug Administration


Food Safety in North Carolina


Commissioner Steve Troxler
12:30 pm
1:30 pm
Overview of Tick Borne Diseases

Ed Breitschwerdt, DVM, DACVIM
The Melanie S. Steele Distinguished Professorship in Medicine
Professor, Internal Medicine
NC State University College of Veterinary Medicine



Alpha-gal Syndrome: Current Management, Research Developments and Future Studies


Scott P. Commins, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine & Pediatrics
UNC School of Medicine

Economic and Personal Impacts:
Firsthand Perspectives on the Allergy to Mammals

Moderated by:
Dr. Doug Meckes
State Veterinarian, NCDA&CS

Annie Mae King
Owner, Harpers Grill

Tami Boyter McGraw
Alpha-gal Syndrome Patient, Pittsboro, NC

Tucker Withington
Owner, Lily Den Farm

Jay Winslow and Ngon Nguyen
Amaroo Hills Emu Farm



Risk Analysis of Galactose α 1,3 Galactose:
α-gal is More Than A Simple Food Allergy to Beef and Pork


John R. Bianchi, PhD
VP of Product Development
Revivicor, Inc.


Let's Talk about Ticks:
Protection & Prevention

Jennifer Platt, DrPH
Tick-borne Conditions United



Public Health Approaches to Food Allergies & Sensitivies


Elizabeth Cuervo Tilson, MD, MPH
State Health Director/Chief Medical Officer
NC Department of Health and Human Services




Hosted by Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler

Please contact Chrissy Waggett at 919-707-3008 or christina.waggett@ncagr.gov for more information.