2024 Retail Food Protection Seminars

The 2024 Retail Food Protection Seminars will be held this fall in partnership with state regulatory and food safety associations partners from around the country. This year’s seminars will be held in:

  • Chicago, Illinois – September 11-13, 2024
  • Sacramento, California – September 25-27, 2024
  • Jacksonville, Florida – October 22-25, 2024 
  • Burlington, Vermont – November 13-15, 2024

Retail food program managers, standardization officers, regulators, academia, and industry are encouraged to attend to learn about current and emerging food safety initiatives and network with other food safety partners.

Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available!

The Retail Food Protection Seminars are organized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Office of State Cooperative Programs, Division of Retail Food Protection.



  1. Eric Moore January 24, 2024 at 4:37 pm - Reply

    Is there a way to volunteer topics or speakers?

    • Terryn Laird January 24, 2024 at 4:43 pm - Reply

      Hi Eric, thanks for getting in touch! At this time, no information has been given about volunteering topics or speakers. However, you can get in touch with Steven Nattrass (steven.nattrass@fda.hhs.gov) at FDA who should be able to help answer this question.

  2. Tom Greenland March 4, 2024 at 5:46 pm - Reply

    Hello, how can we voice our concern about the FDA supporting Florida with their conference when the political climate is not hospitable to minorities per the NAACP?


    Thank you

    • Terryn Laird March 6, 2024 at 11:28 am - Reply

      Thank you for sharing your concerns. Hosting the 2024 Retail Food Protection Seminars in Jacksonville FL, in addition to Illinois, California, and Vermont allows state regulatory and food safety associations partners to collaborate from around the country.

      To voice your concerns, please contact FDA’s Ombudsman for the Office of Regulatory Affairs at ORAOmbudsman@fda.hhs.gov

  3. Adria Zern June 6, 2024 at 12:57 pm - Reply

    Is there someone who can provide details needed for an agency travel request? Our agency has very strict travel request deadlines, and we’re running up against them. In order to submit our travel requests, we need:
    1. Have a link to registration/somehow to register for the meeting
    2. A draft agenda of what will occur at the meeting (a very rough, simple draft is fine)
    3. The hotels for the meeting

    If we don’t get these within the next 1.5 weeks, we will not be able to attend and co-present at the seminars we’re supposed to in Vermont, Jacksonville, and Sacramento.

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