Meetings & Calendar

The Virginia Food Protection Task Force Virtual Forum, Navigating Cannabis and Derivatives in our Food Supply held on Jan. 19, 2022.




Regulatory Updates

  • Erin Williams, Senior Policy Analyst and Industrial Hemp Program Manager, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services                 
  • Lisa RamseySouthwest Regional Manager, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Food Safety Program
  • Kristin Marie Clay, Policy Analyst Senior, Virginia Department of Health


Blue Ridge Poison Center Health Reports Associated with Cannabis Derivatives - Dr. Christopher HolstegeMD, Director of the Blue Ridge Poison Center 

Complaints and Illness Reports Associated with Cannabis and Derivatives Associated with Food - Haley Green, MPH, CDC CSTE Fellow, VDH Foodborne Epi Team

Washington DC Health Department Response to Cannabis - Arian Gibson, M.S., Associate Director, Office of Food, Drug, Radiation and Community Hygiene, Health Regulation and Licensing Administration Washington D.C.

Laboratory Testing of Food for Hemp and Cannabis - Brandon Thorpe, Director, Sativa Testing Labs

Food Use of Cannabis and Cannabis-Derived Products, Including Cannabidiol (CBD) - Patrick Cournoyer, Regulatory Scientist. Office of Food Additives Safety, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, US Food and Drug Administration

Colorado Hemp Food and Supplement Product Manufacturers - Jeff Lawrence, Division Director, Colorado Division of Health and Sustainability, Department of Public Health and Environment

Panel Discussion: Facilitator: Dr. Laura Strawn, Associate Professor, Extension Specialist, Produce Safety/Food Microbiology/Food Science and Technology from Virginia Tech. 

The Virginia Food Protection Task Force Virtual Forum on COVID-19 Food Safety: Lessons Learned in 2020 conducted on 1/12/2021.



Virus Overview: Renee Boyer, PhD, Professor and Interim Director, Food Science and Technology Program, Virginia Tech

Laura K Strawn, PhD, Associate Professor, Extension Specialist Produce Safety/Food Microbiology Food Science and Technology, Virginia Tech


Response and Updates from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Pamela Miles, Program Supervisor, Food Safety Program, Animal and Food Inspection Service, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services


Updates from the Food and Drug Administration – Kenya Moon Retail Food Specialist, Office of State Cooperative Programs, Office of Regulatory Affairs, Food and Drug Administration 

Valeria Moore, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Public Health Service, Emergency Response Coordinator/Investigator, Baltimore District Office, Office of Regulatory Affairs, U.S. Food and Drug Administration.


Virginia Department of Health Response to COVID-19 in Food Processing, Food Manufacturing, and Agricultural Workplaces: Brandy Darby, DVM, MPH, Veterinary Epidemiologist, Virginia Department of Health


Virginia Department of Health Food Program Response: Peri Pearson, REHS, CP-FS, State Food Consultant, Office of Environmental Health Services, Virginia Department of Health


Utilizing REDCap for Response and Tracking of Executive Order Complaints: Kelsey Holloman, MPH, Foodborne Disease Epidemiologist, Virginia Department of Health, Division of Surveillance and Investigation, Office of Epidemiology


Response by the Retail Food Store Industry: Parker Slaybaugh, Executive Director, Retail Food Stores, Virginia Food Industry Association


Response by the Restaurant Industry: Jim Wilson, Director of Education & Workforce Development, Virginia Restaurant, Lodging & Travel Association. Virginia Restaurant Lodging and Travel Association.


Building a Study to Evaluate How Coronavirus Survives on Different Foods and Food Contact Surfaces: Reza Ovissipour, PhD. PhD. Assistant Professor, Seafood AREC/Department of Food Science and Technology, Virginia Tech University            

Panel Discussion-Facilitator: Caroline Wilkinson, Supervisor Agriculture Commodities Program, VA RRT Feed Subject Matter Expert, Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services