Food Contact & Additives 2017 Agenda: Day 2

Day 2: Food Contact Track

Session IV: Technology

In this session we’ll review how technology is connected to the food industry, risk management, sterilization importance and nanotechnology in food packaging, alternative process and safer foods that follow compliance  

  1. Welcome and Opening Remarks

  2. Keynote Address: Food Contact Safety in the Era of Emerging Informatics

    Dr. Kirk Arvidson | Supervisory Chemist, Division of Food Contact Notifications of FDA

    The FDA’s Office of Food Additive Safety (OFAS) has developed a number of informatics tools that are used to facilitate the safety evaluation of food contact substances (FCS) and other food additives. The Toxicity Report and Analysis Management (TRAM) system was developed to allow for the registration and indexing of substances submitted to OFAS for premarket review and to directly capture chemical, toxicological and environmental assessment information generated by OFAS scientists during their safety evaluation of those substances; essentially, collecting and indexing the offices institutional knowledge on those substance. This system also acts as a central hub for the interconnection and exchange of data between three of the major informatics tools relied upon by OFAS; the Food Applications Regulatory Management (FARM) System, Scientific Terminology and Regulatory Information (STARI) system, and the Chemical evaluation and Risk Estimation System (CERES); ensuring that each system has the identical chemical identifiers resulting in simplified search and retrieval of information.  In addition to these systems providing premarket review support, the Emerging Chemical Hazard Intelligence Platform (ECHIP) is a data science application developed by CFSAN to provide the center with the ability to detect and forecast emerging chemical hazards in a timely fashion. It mines text data from a variety of sources (including in-house and publicly available data sources) and uses both supervised and unsupervised learning algorithms to predict potential chemical hazards associated with CFSAN regulated products. 

  3. Digital Technology in Food Packaging Regulatory Considerations

    Stephanie Wicks | World Wide Food Packaging - Regulatory Program Manager of Hewlett-Packard Company

    -        Current state of Digital Printing in Packaging

    -        Innovation and technology associated with digital printing in a global market

    -        Opportunities and challenges of innovating in a highly regulated sector

    -        Best practices for food packaging inks - regulatory compliance

  4. Networking Break and Coffee

Day 2: Food Additives Track

Session IV: Technology

In this session we’ll review how technology is connected to the food industry, risk management, sterilization importance and nanotechnology in food packaging, alternative process and safer foods that follow compliance  

  1. Welcome & Opening Remarks

  2. Nanotechnology: Considerations for Substances Added to Food

    Dr. Teresa Croce | Consumer Safety Officer of FDA

    In 2014, the FDA issued guidance describing their current thinking when determining whether a product involves the application of nanotechnology. These considerations apply to all FDA-regulated products, including substances added to food. In that same year, FDA also issued a guidance document that discussed the impacts manufacturing process changes may have on the safety or regulatory status of substances added to food. This presentation will outline the agency’s considerations for whether an FDA-regulated product involves the application of nanotechnology, will discuss how those considerations apply to food substances, and explain how changes to the manufacturing process can impact the safety or regulatory status of a substance added to food or a food contact substance. 

  3. Food Label Compliance, Hot Topics

    Riƫtte van Laack, Ph.D., J.D. | Director of Hyman, Phelps & McNamara, P.C.

    Every product that arrives to the market has to give information to the end consumer about the ingredients that are in the food. This talk will focus in the accuracy of the labels and which are the challenges from the legal point of view that producers have to deal with before their food gets release in the market.

  4. Networking break and coffee

Day 2 Joint Sessions Begin: Session V: Sustainability

The joint sessions will begin after the 10:00 networking break.

This session will examine the state of the infrastructure for plastics recycling with a panel of seasoned industry experts, who will discuss some of the key advances that are modernizing the industry.  Learn about efforts to expand the universe of recycled plastics and the importance of brand manufacturer engagement.  Packaging design guidelines that allow plastics to be readily recycled and how to obtain Letters of No Objection to use recycled plastics in food packaging will be covered.  

  1. Research view on reclaimed: the post-consumer recycle

    Roger Pearson | President of Analytical Services of Aspen Research Corporation

    • Surrogate Contamination Studies
    • Contaminating Surrogate Cocktail
    • Analytical Challenges –Contaminated, Cleaned, Migration
  2. Legal view on reclaimed: the post-consumer recycle

    Martha Marrapese | Partner, Specialist on Consumer Goods of Wiley Rein LLP

    • Contamination of the Plastic
    • Points to Consider
    • Legal considerations
  3. Recycler view on reclaimed: The post-consumer recycle

    Sandi Childs | Director of Film and Flexible Programs of Association of Plastic Recyclers

    • Design for Recyclability Guidelines
    • Major Impediments to Recyclability
    • Innovation or Impediments
  4. Panel Q&A

    Association of Plastics Recyclers, Wiley Rein LLP & Aspen Research

    Steve Alexander, Executive Director, Association of Plastics Recyclers

    Martha Marrapese, Partner Specialist on Consumer Goods, Rein LLP

    Roger Pearson, Director, Aspen Research 

  5. Lunch Break

Session VI: Consumer Trends in Food Contact & Additives

In this session the focus will be in market trends, what does it means for research, safety and development of new products. We’ll close the session with an analysis of the global trends in the industry and growth projections for the years to come.    

  1. Panel: Consumer Trends, Challenges with Quality and Regulations - The Free Generation: Sugar Free, Lactose Free, Gluten Free, Fat Free/Organic Food Producer

    Smithers Pira, Lonardo StatReg Associates LLC

    Dr. Alistair Irvine, Business Manager in UK Food Contact Compliance, Smithers – Dr. Emilia Lonardo, Lonardo StatReg Associates LLC    

                      

    The end user now days are part of a generation unusually exposed to all sorts of information at the reach. This means that is highly influenced by the media in the moment of buying food considers many factors. Here we’ll talk about the free generation: sugar free, lactose free, free trans-fat, etc. This panel will bring the different perspectives from the legal point and the research point of view on this particular topic.

  2. Panel: Perspectives on Future Regulatory Trends

    Smithers Pira, Lonardo StatReg Associates LLC, Decernis, Nestle & Steptoe & Johnson LLP

    • Dr. Alistair Irvine, Business Manager in UK Food Contact Compliance, Smithers
    • Dr. Emilia Lonardo, Lonardo StatReg Associates LLC
    • Kevin Kenny, Chief Operating Officer, Decernis
    • Dr. Mitchell Cheeseman, Managing Director Environmental and Life Science, Steptoe & Johnson LLP 

    In a constant shifting world, with so many pieces to consider, trying to find the right path for a regulations and safety measures around the world is necessary to project on a future in the food industry. What comes next and how to deal with all the factors in order to ensure products of high quality in every sense for the consumer.

  3. Closing Remarks and Farewell