What Every Leader Should Know: Legal and Liability Risks in Food Processing
Leading a Food Processing Operation requires a complex set of leadership and operational skills. Also needed: an understanding of the unique legal and liability risks that you, as a responsible corporate officer, face when you assume a role at the top of the org chart.
In this session, our presenters will explore:
- A summary of the Park doctrine and how the FDA is relying on it to seek misdemeanor convictions of food industry executives for a company’s food safety violations of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, regardless of what an executive knew about the violations.
- The criteria FDA has considered when evaluating whether the agency will pursue liability for a responsible corporate official.
- An overview of the Blue Bell Creameries matter, including the pending criminal enforcement matters.
- Protecting your personal assets: The role Directors and Officers liability insurance (D&O) plays in protecting your personal assets. D&O is one of the most important, yet least understood coverages.
This session is ideally suited for:
C-Suite and Owners of food, feed and pet food companies, Legal Counsel, Food Safety Consultants
Jeanne Flanagan, Director of Liability Management, M3 Insurance – Jeanne Flanagan is the director of management liability at M3 Insurance. As such, she is responsible for the overall direction and strategy of the M3’s management liability resource group. She assists sales in the development and securing of new business while acting as resource to the account service team in the placement and servicing of management liability accounts.
Jeanne earned her Bachelor of Science in business administration from the Barney School of Business at the University of Hartford-Connecticut. She gained 30 years of specialized management liability insurance expertise through leadership roles with various brokers and joined M3 in 2019.
Leah Ziemba, Partner, Michael Best – Leah Ziemba is a partner at the law firm of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP in its Madison, Wisconsin office and co-chairs the firm’s Agribusiness, Food and Beverage Industry Team. Michael Best is a leading law firm, with more than 250 attorneys in 13 offices across the U.S. who provide a full range of legal services to clients on a global, regional, and local basis.
Leah takes a big-picture approach in advising clients as they face challenges on environmental, food safety and other regulatory compliance issues, drawing on her experience with federal and state public agencies. Leah’s work includes helping clients implement the Food Safety Modernization Act and related risk mitigation approaches, advising on food labeling matters, providing environmental liability assessments and risk management during transactional due diligence, and navigating local, county, and state regulatory matters.
Ms. Ziemba is ranked by Chambers USA as an “Up & Coming” attorney and has been recognized as one of In Business Madison’s 40 Under 40.
Session Moderator: Jen Pino Gallagher, M3 Insurance