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2017 FDA Central Region Retail Food Protection Seminar and NEHA Region 4 Biannual Educational Conference

September 19-21, 2017
The Commons Hotel
Minneapolis, MN

About the Event

MEHA invites you to join us for this one-of-a-kind event. The 2017 FDA Central Region Retail Food Protection Seminar will be held in conjunction with the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) Region IV biannual educational conference. These events will bring together food protection and environmental health professionals from 17 states and the District of Columbia. The agenda is being planned to provide joint keynote sessions and networking events, in order to promote and foster our community of environmental health professionals. 

Our intended audience includes food safety and environmental health professionals from federal, state, tribal, and local regulatory agencies, industry, academia, as well as anyone with an interest in learning more about these topics!

Registration for the FDA seminar provides attendees access to all three days of programming. Registration for the NEHA conference provides access to sessions beginning on day two. Registration for either event allows you to participate and attend all sessions on the days included with your registration.

FDA Retail Food Protection Seminar

The FDA Retail Food Protection Seminar will be held September 19-21, 2017. Attendees have the opportunity to learn about:

  • Changes to regulations, policies, and recommendations that impact retail food safety, including but not limited to the FDA Food Code;
  • FDA Standardization Interpretations;
  • The FDA Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards;
  • Federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial regulatory initiatives to enhance retail food safety;
  • Industry initiatives to enhance retail food safety;
  • Funding opportunities available to jurisdictions responsible for the regulation of retail and food service establishments; and
  • Emerging science and technology related to retail food safety.

NEHA Region IV Biannual Educational Conference

The NEHA Region IV conference will be held September 20-21, 2017. Attendees will be able to attend informational and educational sessions from a wide range of topics, including:

  • Food Safety
  • Drinking Water
  • Swimming Pools
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Emerging Environmental Health Issues
  • Professional Development
  • …and much more!

We’re looking for presentation proposals!

Proposal applications are due March 1, 2017. The conference agenda will be posted soon... stay tuned!

Invitation and Information

Proposal application

Event Registration

Register early! Prices go up after August 15, 2017.

FDA Retail Food Protection Seminar: September 19-21, 2017
All attendees: $250 ($300 after August 15)

NEHA Region 4 Conference: September 20-21, 2017
General Registration: $200 ($250 after August 15)
NEHA State affiliate member (ND, SD, MN, NE, IA, WI): $150 ($200 after August 15)
NEHA State affiliate retired or student member (ND, SD, MN, NE, IA, WI): $125 ($175 after August 15)

Venue Information

The event will be held at The Commons Hotel on the campus of the University of Minnesota, in Minneapolis, MN. The planning committee has secured a room block at the prevailing government room rate of $145/night plus tax and fees. Book your room today – they will fill fast!

The Commons Hotel
615 Washington Ave SE,
Minneapolis, MN 55414


Or call 612.379.8888 and ask for the NEHA Region 4 Educational Conference/FDA Central Region Seminar block.

Poster Presentations:

The Minnesota Environmental Health Association is proud to host an educational poster session at the joint FDA Regional Retail Food Safety Seminar/NEHA Region 4 Conference.  Showcase your research to Environmental and Public Health Professionals from 17 states and the District of Columbia.  Poster session participation is open to students and professionals.  


Sponsorship and Vendor Opportunities

MEHA is seeking sponsorships for this unique event. Sponsorships will help to support the cost of the conference, including speaker fees, meals, and venue fees. Vendors are invited to share their products throughout the day on Wednesday, September 20, as well as during a dedicated networking social event that evening. If your organization is connected with Food Safety or Environmental Health and may benefit from being a Sponsor or Vendor at this event, we invite you to consider participating as a Sponsor and/or Vendor.

Sponsor and Vendor Invitation
Sponsor Benefits
Sponsor Application 
Vendor Application 

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