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3-A Sanitary Standards, Inc. (3-A SSI), a resource for hygienic equipment design for food, beverage, and pharmaceutical processing, announced a major expansion of its long-running education conference and a new name and location for the event. Equipment specialists, product safety specialists, regulatory sanitarians and other leaders across the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries will come together for the 2024 Summit on Hygienic Design May 7 to 9, 2024, at the Marriott Chicago O’Hare.
“We are thrilled to announce the expansion of our yearly education program on hygienic equipment design, now entering its 20th year,” says Tim Rugh, executive director of 3-A SSI. “This year promises to be our most comprehensive and enlightening event yet, with a 50% increase in content, featuring leading experts in our general session, more extensive subject matter experts in optional breakouts and some actual product demos.”
Ramped-up enforcement of the Food Safety Modernization Act, increased consumer demand for product safety and the need to show compliance with U.S. dairy regulations have combined to drive new demand for processing equipment that meets higher levels of proven design criteria. This demand is coming from a wide range of industries including food, beverages, active pharmaceutical ingredients, pet foods, personal care products and others.
With a theme of “Advancing Product Safety, Efficiency and Sustainability,” the Summit will begin on Tuesday, May 7, with a full day of foundational learning about hygienic design and the role of 3-A Sanitary Standards and 3-A Accepted Practices. The program continues Wednesday, May 8, with a full day of advanced education sessions tied to the theme, including three concurrent sessions in each of three breakout periods. The event concludes Thursday, May 9, with a special half-day of hands-on training to help illustrate some of the key principles of hygienic design in actual sample equipment. Throughout the conference, participants will have the opportunity to peruse tabletop displays and to network with like-minded professionals, presenters and other industry experts from all over the world.
The 2024 Summit on Hygienic Design is for professionals at all skill levels and from any industry who seek a broader and deeper understanding of the critical role of hygienic design in product safety. This includes regulatory sanitarians, representatives of scientific societies, academics and students pursuing a degree in a related field.