Foodborne illness mock criminal trial

September 9, 2021

A view from the jury box

Prominent food safety attorneys Joel Chappelle and  Shawn Stevens from Food Industry Counsel, LLC will facilitate a mock food safety trial at this year’s UEP Annual Meeting. The presentation will take place after the Food Safety Committee Briefing on Wednesday, October 27.

  • Listen to mock federal prosecutors as they argue why a VP of Food Safety for a company that caused a Listeria outbreak should be criminally convicted.
  • Learn about the scope of potential criminal exposure you may face if your products are associated with an outbreak.
  • Learn about the different types of evidence and arguments federal prosecutors will use to convict food company executives.
  • Identify strategies that you can implement in your organization today to protect yourself and your company from criminal exposure.
  • Deliberate the evidence as jurors in the trial and vote whether to convict or acquit the VP of Food Safety.

Joel Chappelle

For more than a decade, Joel Chappelle has been helping food companies resolve their most pressing legal and regulatory challenges. Today, Chappelle counsels clients from coast to coast, helping them identify and mitigate risk, achieve regulatory compliance, and litigate complex cases. In addition to practicing law, Chappelle is a highly regarded speaker who frequently presents to national audiences, executive suites, and governmental regulators on a diverse array of food industry issues. Mr. Chappelle’s writing is regularly featured in magazines, trade publications, and on the websites of the premier industry advocacy organizations.

Shawn Stevens

Shawn Stevens is the founding member of Food Industry Counsel LLC, the only law firm in the United States that represents the food industry exclusively. As a food industry consultant and lawyer, Mr. Stevens works with food industry clients (including the world’s largest growers, processors, restaurant chains, distributors and grocers), helping them protect their brand by complying with FDA and USDA regulations, reducing risk, managing recalls and defending high-profile foodborne illness claims. Mr. Stevens also speaks regularly to national and international audiences on a wide variety of emerging scientific, regulatory and food safety legal trends.