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The Age of Modern Food Safety Training

Virtual conference on emerging online trends, lessons learned, and best practices.

Thursday, February 24, 2022

12:00pm – 5:00pm EST

$75.00 USD

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If your organization is currently offering online training or thinking of moving to an online or hybrid training model, this is a conference you will not want to miss!

The way we consume and retain information has changed and continues to evolve. In this interactive conference, you will learn how companies are utilizing technology to deliver and maximize the impact of training, support the development and growth of a stronger food safety culture, and make learning stick.

Industry experts will teach and inspire you with examples and insights from the intersection of training and technology. They will share how companies are migrating their organization’s critical learning from in person to modern digital training, the impact it’s having on reaching training goals and objectives, and more.

Who Should Attend:

Training practitioners, human resources, operations and department managers – who are looking to grow the impact of their training programs, implement best practices, and leverage current and emerging technologies for better outcomes.

Conference Session Topics:

  • eLearning challenges, lessons learned, and opportunities
  • Evolution and usage of digital, augmented and virtual reality
  • Impact of continual learning on employee retention
  • Panel and breakout sessions on training for compliance, food safety culture .. and more!


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Conference Format:

  • Easy to login virtual and interactive platform
  • Ask questions and engage with speakers
  • Attend entire event or login for sessions most Interested In


Can’t attend on Feb 24? Not a problem! Register and you’ll receive the event recording!

Key Conference Takeaways:

  • Insights into online training methods
  • Innovative ways to develop training courses
  • Best practices for how to make training stick
  • Up close networking with industry experts


Plus, get a digital swag bag!

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Date: Thursday, February 24, 2022

Time: 12:00pm – 5:00pm EST

Cost: $75.00 USD

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Conference Agenda

12:00pm – 5:00pm EST

07
  • 🕑 12:00 – 12:10

Opening remarks from Tina Brillinger, President & CEO, Global Food Safety Resource

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Tina Brillinger

President and CEO of Global Food Safety Resource and the Safe-Food Training Hub

Tina Brillinger is pleased to be your conference host. President and CEO of (GFSR), an online information hub providing food safety education and training resources to food professionals and companies, since 2010 and the Safe-Food Training Hub. Prior to her career in publishing Tina spent 13 years in Food Service and Hospitality and in 2007 contracted a severe form of campylobacter while travelling in the U.K. that changed her life and made her a passionate advocate for food safety. Tina has made it her life’s mission to work with the world leading experts to communicate and share insights about best practices for food safety compliance to standards through her world-leading education and training platforms. Tina’s knack for developing resources and networking allows her to source and engage with experts from around the globe who are willing to share knowledge to her engaged audience. Tina is excited to showcase, in this first virtual conference for GFSR, experts whose knowledge in learning, training, team building and technology span decades of experience to help you improve your employees online training experience.
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  • 🕑 12:15 – 12:45

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

How to Retain Employees Through Continual Learning with Austin Welch

Employee retention has always been a pain point for companies. The Great Resignation has metastasized the pain.
In this session, we examine why this resignation is happening, and what can be done to retain precious staff. Leveraging a mix of motivation theory, inclusion, and curiosity within your learning programs will increase training efficacy and employee retention.

The learning environment provides us with an amazing opportunity to connect with the hearts and minds of our employees, foster lasting relationships, find meaning in their work and discover their personal alignment to the values of the company.

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Austin Welch

Co-Owner and Producer of Sage Media

Austin is a learning designer, filmmaker, and researcher. Leveraging research from cognitive science, adult learning theory, and change management models; he designs behavior-based programs that strengthen organizational culture. His learning programs and films have earned three Brandon Hall Awards and he has spoken about the emerging role of media and motivation theory within learning design at a wide range of international conferences and universities. As a Kirkpatrick Certified Professional, Austin is always looking for ways to create emotionally intelligent learning programs that lead to measurable behavior change.
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  • 🕑 12:45 – 1:30

Panel Discussion: The Evolution of Digital, Augmented and Virtual Reality for Training

The face of technology is evolving, from eLearning to Virtual Reality training and more, discover what our panel of experts have to say about the use of technology for training teams.

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Panelist – Austin Welch

Co-Owner and Producer of Sage Media

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Austin Welch

Co-Owner and Producer of Sage Media

Austin is a learning designer, filmmaker, and researcher. Leveraging research from cognitive science, adult learning theory, and change management models; he designs behavior-based programs that strengthen organizational culture. His learning programs and films have earned three Brandon Hall Awards and he has spoken about the emerging role of media and motivation theory within learning design at a wide range of international conferences and universities. As a Kirkpatrick Certified Professional, Austin is always looking for ways to create emotionally intelligent learning programs that lead to measurable behavior change.
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Panelist – J. Todd Johnston

Head of Sales, Americas – Avatour, Inc.

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Todd is a seasoned, global sales executive with more than 20 years of experience running and building international sales teams. He is a domain expert within the food testing, inspection & certification industry, and supply chain compliance. Before joining Avatour in mid 2020 as Head of Sales, Todd was VP of Sales, North America for SGS, where he led substantial revenue growth & market share for the company. Todd was also Director of Business Development for Bureau Veritas, where he led American sales and marketing activity for the Food Market. For the past 10 years, Todd has been leading and building sales organizations for early stage and start-up companies- Greenfence, Clear Labs, and Corvium (previously Sample 6). All of these innovative and early stage/ start-ups have been focused on solving specific problems within the food sector via technology. Todd lives in the Atlanta, GA Metro Area with his wife Lea, and two boys, Tristan & Winston.
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Panelist and Ask the Expert – Food Safety Culture with Dr. Brita Ball

CEO, Advancing Food Safety Culture, Brita Ball & Associates

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Brita Ball, PhD, helps improve food safety compliance and culture through coaching, training and consulting. She is a food safety specialist and accomplished facilitator and trainer. Her experience includes production, processing, inspection, and auditing. Dr. Ball holds graduate degrees in food science and in adult learning and leadership. She has her own company that focuses on food safety culture, leadership development, employee engagement and behaviour change. Dr. Ball is past-Chair of the Food Safety Education PDG at the International Association for Food Protection and has been a faculty advisor for food safety graduate students at Michigan State University.
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Dr. Darin Detwiler

Author, Professor, Leading Food Safety Advocate


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Dr. Darin Detwiler

Author, Professor, Leading Food Safety Advocate

Darin is an author, columnist, industry consultant, editorial advisor, keynote speaker, and professor on food policy. Founder and CEO of Detwiler Consulting Group, LLC. Dr. Detwiler is an internationally recognized and respected food policy expert with nearly 30 years’ experience in shaping federal food policy, consulting with corporations, contributing thought leadership to the food industry, and addressing food safety and authenticity issues in the U.S. and abroad. In 2018, the International Association for Food Protection presented Detwiler with their Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Detwiler is also an award-winning educator with nearly 25 years of experience across many disciplines. He is an Associate Teaching Professor at Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies where he has specialized in food safety, global economics of food and agriculture, corporate social responsibility, sustainable development, blockchain, and food authenticity. Detwiler is the author of “Food Safety: Past, Present, and Predictions” and “Building the Future of Food Safety Technology: Blockchain and Beyond.”
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Panelist- Bill Lachowsky, WML Food Safety Consultant

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William Michael Lachowsky B.A., B.Ed., B.Sc., M.Sc., OCT, Food Safety Consultant and Instructional Designer has delivered thirty years of food safety, education and training to Canadian and American governments, universities, producers, food processors and international organisations.

Collaborated with the US FDA on the development of the Intentional Adulteration Rule Food Defense Awareness and the Preventive Controls for Human Food courses. FSPCA Lead Instructor for the Preventive Controls for Human Food and the Foreign Supplier Verification Program.
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Moderator – Gordon Hayburn

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Gordon has a thirty-five-year food safety career. He is the Vice President of Food Safety & Quality for Trophy Foods – the first company in the Americas to achieve the BRCGS AA+ grade and the first ever winner of the BRC Manufacturer of the Year award.

Gordon has also worked as the Director of Compliance for Tata Global Beverages and as the Technical Director for SAI Global Certification Standards. He has worked in Food Law Enforcement for the London Borough of Waltham Forest and in academia as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Wales Institute Cardiff in the BSc and MSc Food Science and Food Law Programmes, and as a part time tutor on the University of Lancashire MSc. Food Safety Programs.
Peer and Industry recognition includes: The IAFP Harold Barnum Industry Award, the BRCGS Approved Training Partner of the Year, The NSF Canada Food Safety Leadership Award, the OFPA Food Safety Professional Award and was honoured by the US Army with the Warrant Officer Coin of Excellence for his food safety work with the Service. He is extremely passionate about food safety.
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Moderator – Alexandra Emmanuelli

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Alexandra Emanuelli | Managing Editor, Global Food Safety Resource

Alexandra Emanuelli is responsible for managing all of GFSR’s interactive content including interviews with leading industry experts. She regularly works with writers and industry experts who contribute insights that are relevant, timely and interesting. As an interviewer she gets to the heart of the discussion to ask the questions that can inform us. As a moderator she will ensure an active discussion among all participants.
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  • 🕑 1:45 – 2:00

Helping the FDA Pivot to Online Training

Dr. Jennifer van de Ligt, Director of the Food Protection and Defense Institute (FPDI) and the Integrated Food Systems Leadership (IFSL) Program, shares perspective and lessons learned from their work with the FDA to transition training to an online format.

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Dr. Jennifer van de Ligt, Director of the Food Protection and Defense Institute (FPDI) and the Integrated Food Systems Leadership (IFSL) Program, shares perspective and lessons learned from their work with the FDA to transition to an online format.

Dr. Jennifer van de Ligt has an extensive background in helping shape policy, educate, and train key stakeholders in the food system. Focused in the areas of feed and human food production, nutrition, safety, and regulations, she leads the Food Protection and Defense Institute (FPDI) and the Integrated Food Systems Leadership (IFSL) Program, and is an Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota and Senior Consultant at ToxStrategies, a multidisciplinary scientific consulting firm.
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  • 🕑 2:00 – 2:50

Panel Discussion: The Challenges of eLearning and Online Training for Success

The pandemic has hastened the need for companies to adopt technology and migrate training of their teams online. Hear from experts about the challenges and wins using available technology

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Panelist and Ask the Expert – Food Safety Culture with Dr. Brita Ball

CEO, Advancing Food Safety Culture, Brita Ball & Associates

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Brita Ball, PhD, helps improve food safety compliance and culture through coaching, training and consulting. She is a food safety specialist and accomplished facilitator and trainer. Her experience includes production, processing, inspection, and auditing. Dr. Ball holds graduate degrees in food science and in adult learning and leadership. She has her own company that focuses on food safety culture, leadership development, employee engagement and behaviour change. Dr. Ball is past-Chair of the Food Safety Education PDG at the International Association for Food Protection and has been a faculty advisor for food safety graduate students at Michigan State University.
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Panelist – Nadia Narine, Owner & CEO, Lumar Food Safety Services Ltd

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Nadia has over two decades of experience in various Quality Assurance/Technical roles. She has worked within a variety of food manufacturing facilities, as well as retail, which include industries such as bakery, confectionery and dairy. Nadia has expertise in Quality Assurance, Quality Control, Food Safety, and Hygiene. She has strong auditing and training skills. She is currently a registered auditor for GFSI standards such as BRCGS, FSSC, and SQF. In addition, she audits unaccredited standards such as the Gluten-Free, HACCP, and GMP. Nadia is a BRCGS Approved Training Partner for Food, Storage & Distribution, Packaging, Agents and Brokers, and Retail. With SQF she is a certified consultant, auditor and trainer for all standards. Nadia has worked with globally recognized organizations including Cadbury Chocolate, Maple Leaf Foods- Canada Bread and SAI Global, and SGS. Nadia is currently the Owner/President of Lumar Food Safety Services Ltd and is the recipient of the Approved Training Partner and Consultant of the year for BRC 2017, the Alumnus of Distinction Award from Centennial College in 2018, and Auditor of the year 2019 BCRGS Nominated for 2021 Premiers award for Outstanding Ontario College Graduate.

Nadia is currently a member of, IAFP (International Association for Food Protection), and OFPA Ontario Food Protection Association).  The SQF Training center technical advisory committee representative, she is also on the board of directors with OFPA, as the current president. Nadia’s educational background includes an Industrial Microbiology honours diploma, Marketing bachelor, certificate in management, Six Sigma, and ongoing courses for professional development in food safety. She has attended the University of Toronto, Centennial College, and York University.  

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Panelist- Bill Lachowsky, WML Food Safety Consultant

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William Michael Lachowsky B.A., B.Ed., B.Sc., M.Sc., OCT, Food Safety Consultant and Instructional Designer has delivered thirty years of food safety, education and training to Canadian and American governments, universities, producers, food processors and international organisations.

Collaborated with the US FDA on the development of the Intentional Adulteration Rule Food Defense Awareness and the Preventive Controls for Human Food courses. FSPCA Lead Instructor for the Preventive Controls for Human Food and the Foreign Supplier Verification Program.
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Moderator – Gordon Hayburn

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Gordon has a thirty-five-year food safety career. He is the Vice President of Food Safety & Quality for Trophy Foods – the first company in the Americas to achieve the BRCGS AA+ grade and the first ever winner of the BRC Manufacturer of the Year award.

Gordon has also worked as the Director of Compliance for Tata Global Beverages and as the Technical Director for SAI Global Certification Standards. He has worked in Food Law Enforcement for the London Borough of Waltham Forest and in academia as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Wales Institute Cardiff in the BSc and MSc Food Science and Food Law Programmes, and as a part time tutor on the University of Lancashire MSc. Food Safety Programs.
Peer and Industry recognition includes: The IAFP Harold Barnum Industry Award, the BRCGS Approved Training Partner of the Year, The NSF Canada Food Safety Leadership Award, the OFPA Food Safety Professional Award and was honoured by the US Army with the Warrant Officer Coin of Excellence for his food safety work with the Service. He is extremely passionate about food safety.
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Panelist – Felix Amiri

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Felix Amiri has many years of hands-on and corporate management experience in food safety and quality assurance. He serves as the food sector chair of the Global Coalition for Sustained Excellence in Food & Health Protection (GCSE-FHP), and as the Technical Director at AFISS. Felix provides food safety, quality assurance and general operations development assistance to companies. He also teaches International Food Law and Regulations along with other courses in the post graduate certificate program in Food Safety and Quality Assurance at Conestoga College. Since 2014, Felix has led the development and implementation of the Safety, Security and Quality Assurance (SSQA) concept. Among his published works are the SSQA Implementation Manual, Food Protection Diaries, FSQA–Efficacy versus Compliance and FSQA-Commitment Plans for National & International Regulations
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Moderator – Alexandra Emanuelli

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Alexandra Emanuelli | Managing Editor, Global Food Safety Resource

Alexandra Emanuelli is responsible for managing all of GFSR’s interactive content including interviews with leading industry experts. She regularly works with writers and industry experts who contribute insights that are relevant, timely and interesting. As an interviewer she gets to the heart of the discussion to ask the questions that can inform us. As a moderator she will ensure an active discussion among all participants.
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  • 🕑 2:50 – 3:30

Lessons Taught vs. Lessons Learned with Dr. Darin Detwiler

Dr. Darin shares top food safety priorities for food companies and where training stands within them. Learning about failures in food safety is nothing new, as evidence from over 150 years ago shows. But how we learn about and understand food safety today is nothing like anything in our past. Examining how consumers, employees, and executives have come to learn about food compliance and about the true burden of failure, Detwiler highlights how journalism, social media, and other factors have changed along with the development of a food safety culture. Finally, Detwiler ties the past, present, and future of food safety together with an emotional and inspiring story to support the work ahead.


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Dr. Darin Detwiler

Author, Professor, Leading Food Safety Advocate

Darin is an author, columnist, industry consultant, editorial advisor, keynote speaker, and professor on food policy. Founder and CEO of Detwiler Consulting Group, LLC. Dr. Detwiler is an internationally recognized and respected food policy expert with nearly 30 years’ experience in shaping federal food policy, consulting with corporations, contributing thought leadership to the food industry, and addressing food safety and authenticity issues in the U.S. and abroad. In 2018, the International Association for Food Protection presented Detwiler with their Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Detwiler is also an award-winning educator with nearly 25 years of experience across many disciplines. He is an Associate Teaching Professor at Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies where he has specialized in food safety, global economics of food and agriculture, corporate social responsibility, sustainable development, blockchain, and food authenticity. Detwiler is the author of “Food Safety: Past, Present, and Predictions” and “Building the Future of Food Safety Technology: Blockchain and Beyond.”
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  • 🕑 4:00 – 5:00

Up Close and Personal: Ask the Expert Networking

Choose the breakout session most pertinent to you!

  1. Are You Training for Compliance or Outcome? with Felix Amiri, Independent Food Safety Consultant
  2. Food Safety Culture with Dr. Brita Ball, Brita Ball & Associates
  3. Get People to Care about Training with Manja Horner, Boost Learning Development
  4. Marketing Your Training with Jonathan Walsh, Safe-Food Training Hub


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Are You Training for Compliance or Outcome? with Felix Amiri


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Felix Amiri has many years of hands-on and corporate management experience in food safety and quality assurance. He serves as the food sector chair of the Global Coalition for Sustained Excellence in Food & Health Protection (GCSE-FHP), and as the Technical Director at AFISS. Felix provides food safety, quality assurance and general operations development assistance to companies. He also teaches International Food Law and Regulations along with other courses in the post graduate certificate program in Food Safety and Quality Assurance at Conestoga College. Since 2014, Felix has led the development and implementation of the Safety, Security and Quality Assurance (SSQA) concept. Among his published works are the SSQA Implementation Manual, Food Protection Diaries, FSQA–Efficacy versus Compliance and FSQA-Commitment Plans for National & International Regulations
04

Food Safety Culture with Dr. Brita Ball

CEO, Advancing Food Safety Culture, Brita Ball & Associates


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Brita Ball, PhD, helps improve food safety compliance and culture through coaching, training and consulting. She is a food safety specialist and accomplished facilitator and trainer. Her experience includes production, processing, inspection, and auditing. Dr. Ball holds graduate degrees in food science and in adult learning and leadership. She has her own company that focuses on food safety culture, leadership development, employee engagement and behaviour change. Dr. Ball is past-Chair of the Food Safety Education PDG at the International Association for Food Protection and has been a faculty advisor for food safety graduate students at Michigan State University.
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Get People to Care About Training with Manja Horner


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An ex-corporate learning experience designer turned education consultant to Entrepreneurs, Manja is a fun and friendly trusted advisor. She gets results for her entrepreneur clients by advising them to create learning products that get results for their students AND generate revenue with the right business models. Her corporate experience is the bedrock for organization and systems thinking underpinning every client project. Innately curious, Manja absorbs information at an alarming rate and has an uncanny ability to make that information learnable for others. Teaching is in her blood; a certified music and business teacher, Manja has made a career creating learning and teaching others how to build supportive learning environments.
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Marketing Your Training with Jonathan Walsh


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Jonathan Walsh is the Digital Sales Manager for Global Food Safety Resource and the Safe-Food Training Hub. Jonathan will share why the Safe-Food Training Hub is a unique Learning Management System allows qualified trainers to upload and market their training to a niche audience of food professionals. The Safe-Food Training Hub is a seamless, secure and safe way to deliver courses in multiple languages. Jonathan will share how marketing to the right audience is key to gaining a ROI for your training courses.

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GFSR is an online education and training platform delivering interactive media and content on the latest food safety trends and training. GFSR promotes best practices for compliance to today’s food safety standards and supports training through our unique Learning Management System (LMS), the Safe-Food Training Hub (SFTH). Companies can source quality eLearning and Virtual Training opportunities while professionals can enhance their education and skills for career advancement. GFSR provides resources and tools to help companies improve their practices and market credibility.

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GFSR is a leading educational resource for food safety professionals across the globe. Through our online media channels plus Safe Food Training Hub (SFTH) platform, we deliver perspectives, knowledge and training on the latest food safety trends, regulatory compliance, industry standards, and more.

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