FDA To Give Regulations Update at Food Contact & Additives 2017

GRAS Rule, Food Contact Safety and Nanotechnology: An Update from the FDA at Food Contact & Additives 2017

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Food Contact & Additives 2017, taking place this September 25-27, in Arlington, VA, will cover a variety of topics such as updates on regulations, technology, sustainability, consumer trends and more within the food contact and food additives industry.

The FDA will give multiple presentations, including two keynotes on "GRAS Final Rule: Value Added" and "Food Contact Safety in the Era of Emerging Informatics," as well as a third talk on "Nanotechnology: Considerations for Substances Added to Food".


What will the FDA share at Food Contact & Additives 2017?

Keynote Address: GRAS Final Rule: Value Added 

Dr. Shayla West-Barnette
Supervisory Consumer Safety Officer

The keynote address will cover what has changed under the GRAS final rule, focusing on the value that these changes offer to stakeholders and the FDA's experience evaluating GRAS notices since finalizing the rule.


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

Dr. Kirk Arvidson
Supervisory Chemist

Starting off day 2 of the conference during the Food Contact Track, Dr. Arvidson will go over the FDA's Office of Food Additive Safety tools that are used to facilitate the safety evaluation of food contact substances and other food additives.


Nanotechnology: Considerations for Substances Added to Food

Dr. Teresa Croce
Consumer Safety Officer

During the Food Additives Track on day 2 of the conference, Dr. Croce's 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 how changes to the manufacturing process can impact the safety or regulatory status of a substance added to food or a food contact substance.


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  • Dr. Kirk Arvidson

    Supervisory Chemist, Division of Food Contact Notifications FDA

    Kirk Arvidson received a B.S. in Chemistry from Purdue University and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Iowa State University.  Dr. Arvidson is currently a supervisory chemist in the Division of Food Contact Notifications in FDA’s Office of Food Additive Safety and an expert in assessing human exposure to food additives.  In addition to his duties as a chemist, Dr. Arvidson serves as team leader for the Office’s structure activity relationship (SAR) Team. The SAR Team performs computational toxicology modeling of new food additives and their impurities to support FDA’s safety assessment of these materials. The team also conducts research in the area of applying new computational toxicology models and paradigms such as the toxicological threshold of concern (TTC) to the safety assessment of food additives and their contaminants. Dr. Arvidson is the lead for the development of the food additives knowledge-base, CERES; a chemical centric database that captures the Office’s institutional knowledge, including dietary intake values, regulatory history and supporting safety data, on food and color additives, GRAS ingredients and biotech derived foods.  Dr. Arvidson served as an expert for a number of workshops on the threshold of toxicological concern and for the Joint FAO/WHO Project to assess the benefits and risks of the use of "active chlorine" in food production and food processing.

  • Dr. Teresa Croce

    Consumer Safety Officer FDA

    Teresa Croce joined FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) in 2010 as a Consumer Safety Officer in the Division of Petition Review where she is responsible for managing and coordinating the scientific and safety review of food additive and color additive petitions. In that capacity, she has worked on a variety of issues related to food ingredients, including considerations around whether their manufacture includes nanotechnology. She is a current member of FDA’s Nanotechnology Task Force.

    In 2012, Dr. Croce served as Program Manager in the Office of the Chief Scientist and was actively involved in coordinating nanotechnology regulatory science research across the agency. In this role, she was responsible for the management and oversight of the nanotechnology regulatory science program to help support the responsible development of nanotechnology in products regulated by FDA.  Prior to joining FDA, Dr. Croce earned a PhD in chemistry from Vanderbilt University where she designed and synthesized polymeric drug delivery systems.

  • Dr. Shayla West-Barnette

    Supervisory Consumer Safety Officer (OFAS) FDA

    Dr. Shayla West-Barnette has served as a Supervisory Consumer Safety Officer in FDA’s Office of Food Additive Safety (OFAS), Division of Biotechnology and GRAS Notice Review (DBGNR), since 2013. She oversees a team of five regulatory scientists who coordinate scientific and regulatory reviews of Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) notices and serve as liaisons to consumers, the regulated industry, and other regulatory agencies. Prior to taking on the management role, Dr. West-Barnette served as a Consumer Safety Officer for five years, leading multidisciplinary teams in the reviews of GRAS notices describing manufacturers’ uses of food ingredients, as well as biotechnology notices describing developers’ new plant varieties. During this time she also served as a Microbiology Reviewer, evaluating technical data supporting the safety of the uses of microbes, microbially-derived substances, and antimicrobials in foods. She joined the division after a postdoctoral research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health. She earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Microbiology and Immunology from Wake Forest University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Bennett College.