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Food Contact Conference 2019 Agenda

Food Contact Conference 2019 Agenda

Conference Chair: Alistair Irvine, Manager, Food Contact Compliance, Smithers

Workshops: October 16, 2019

Pre-Conference Morning Workshop: Now More Than Ever, Food Contact Law and Regulation

  1. Registration

  2. Overview and Workshop Leaders

    Recently, an unprecedented combination of increased public awareness and unique political pressures have affected the approaches of regulators on national and more local levels.  As a result, the complex and technical world of food contact regulation has bubbled-up to the surface of public attention, and food contact companies face new and different challenges.  In this lively session the presenters will polish up your understanding of the regulatory requirements, explore those unique political and public pressures changing the landscape today, and offer some advice about how to cope with it all.

    Topics to be included

    •            A brief recap of food contact rules in the USA and the EU

    •            The relationship between EU Regulations and European Member state legislation

    •            How do FDA rules and US state rules interact with each other?

    •            The drive to cleaner greener technology and moves against single use plastics; what challenges does this pose and can the existing rules keep up with the pace of change?

    •            Brexit, what will it mean for food contact?

    Workshop leaders:

    Eric F. Greenberg, Principal Attorney, Eric F. Greenberg P.C.

    Dr Alistair Irvine, Manager, Food Contact Compliance, Smithers Pira

  3. Morning Workshop Ends

Pre-Conference Afternoon Workshop: How Printing Inks are Designed to Comply with Food Contact Regulations

  1. Registration

  2. Overview and Workshop Leaders

    Types of printing inks, substrates, and printing processes
    Raw materials used in printing inks for food packaging
    Relevant food contact regulations and brand owner compliances
    Migration assessments of printed inks for food safety
    A regulatory agency perspective of printing inks as food contact materials

    Workshop Agenda:

    • 1:45
      Dr. Gregory V. Pace, Senior Director, Regulatory Compliance, Health, Environmental, and Regulatory Services, Intertek
    • 2:25
      Dr. Sharon Koh-Fallet, Acting Lead Regulatory Review Scientist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    • 3:05 Networking Break
    • 3:20
      Dr Peter Walther, Regional Head of Product Safety & Regulatory USA, Siegwerk USA Inc
    • 4:00
      Rebecca Lipscomb, Assistant Director Global Regulatory Affairs, INX International Ink Co.
    • 4:40 Panel discussion
  3. Evening Workshop Ends

Day 1: October 17, 2019

Registration and Breakfast

  1. Registration Begins, Breakfast

  2. Opening Remarks from the Chair

Session I: Global Regulatory Landscape

  1. The United States of Regulatory Action

    Eric F. Greenberg | Principal Attorney of Eric F. Greenberg P.C.

    It’s a paradoxical time in the US, as regulatory developments continue although the national administration has a broadly anti-regulatory philosophy.  Industry attorney Eric Greenberg will present an examination of the regulatory scene in the United States, including current developments affecting the food contact realm and the FDA, as well as public pressures and actions by individual states.

  2. Core developments and changes relating to European food contact legislation – a concise overview of key changes and updates that are vital to know

    Alistair Irvine | Senior Manager, Food Contact Testing of Smithers

    During this presentation, Dr Alistair Irvine will give an update on the recent and expected future changes in EU food contact regulations including;

    • Recent and anticipated changes to EU Regulation 10/2011
    • The EU review of general food contact regulations
    • The EU Guidance documents on food contact plastics
    • Possible consequences of Brexit
  3. Update on key areas of food contact legislation in Asia (excluding China)

    Kevin C. Kenny | Chief Operating Officer of Decernis, USA

    Coming Soon

  4. Understanding food contact legislation in China

    George G. Misko | Partner of Keller and Heckman LLP

    The presentation will describe the general manner in which packaging materials are regulated in China, including an exposition of the general safety standard, the standards dealing with clearances for polymers and additives, and supply chain responsibilities in providing declarations of compliance. New developments, particularly as involve adhesives and composite articles will also be explored.

  5. Q&A with the Presenters

    Eric F. Greenberg, Principal Attorney, Eric F. Greenberg P.C.

    Dr Alistair Irvine, Manager, Food Contact Compliance, Smithers Pira

    Kevin C. Kenny, J.D.,LL.M, Chief Operating Officer, Decernis

    George G. Misko, Partner, Keller & Heckmann

  6. Networking Break

  7. KEYNOTE: U.S. FDA’s Food Contact Substance Notification Program: twenty years of reflection on the pre-market & post-market review and policy decisions of the agency

    Dr. Paul Honigfort | Director, Division of Food Contact Notifications, Office of Food Additive Safety of U.S. Food and Drug Administration

    Coming Soon

  8. FDA update on the food contact substance notification program

    Dr. Sharon Koh-Fallet | Consumer Safety Officer, in the Office of Food Additive Safety/Division of Food Contact Notification of U.S. Food and Drug Administration

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) food contact substance notification (FCN) program resides within the Office of Food Additive Safety, which recently reorganized to better align resources with the mission of the program. FDA evaluates market and scientific information to reach accurate safety-based decisions during the review of FCN submissions. 

  9. How beverage innovation is enabled by FDA’s FCN Program

    Jim Huang | Director, Food Contact Materials Safety | Global Scientific & Regulatory Affairs of The Coca Cola Company, USA

  10. FSIS New Technology Review Process

    Melanie Abley MS, PhD | Deputy Director Risk Management and Innovations Staff Office of Policy and Program Development of USDA

    Processing aids are defined in the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) regulation 21 CFR 101.100(a)(3)(ii) as substances that are added to a food during the processing of such food but are removed in some manner from the food before it is packaged in its finished form. FSIS Directive 7120.1 provides an up-to-date list of substances that may be used in the production of meat, poultry, and egg products. It also lists the approved On-Line Reprocessing (OLR) and Off-Line Reprocessing (OFLR) Antimicrobial Intervention Systems. However, new uses of previously approved substances, including changes in concentration or application methods, are to be reviewed for safety and suitability by FDA and FSIS per MOU 225-00-2000 Amendment 1. The FSIS process for approving antimicrobials will be discussed.

  11. Q&A with the regulators

    Dr Paul Honigfort, Director, Division of Food Contact Notifications, Office of Food Additive Safety, US Food and Drug Administration

    Sharon Koh-Fallet, Acting Lead Regulatory Review Scientist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

    Jim Huang, Director, Food Contact Materials, Global Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, The Coca-Cola Company

    Dr Kristi Barlow, Senior Microbiologist/Acting Director, Risk Management and Innovations Staff, Office of Policy and Program Development, Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA

  12. Lunch

Session II: Material Testing & Approval Processes

  1. Experimental designs for migration studies for food contact compliance

    Dr. Andrew Kolbert | President & CTO of Avomeen Analytical Services

    We will discuss various experimental designs for migration studies performed in support of food contact approvals.  We will also discuss considerations for the choice of the substrates, extraction conditions, the analytical finish, and the validation of the methodology.  Examples will be selected across a range of end uses including baking materials, coatings, and printing inks.

  2. Update of MERCOSUR Food-Contact Legislation

    Joan Sylvain Baughan | Partner of Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

    MERCOSUR’s Common Market Group (GMC) has finally approved the long-awaited MERCOSUR Resolution on the Positive List of Additives for Use in Plastic Food-Contact Materials and Polymeric Coatings for Food-Contact Materials.  The updated Resolution aligns more closely with the European Union’s (EU) Plastics Regulation in many respects, but differs from the EU Plastics Regulation in some important ways.  This presentation will briefly describe the process for updating MERCOSUR Resolutions, then discuss the important aspects of the new Additives Resolution.  In addition, it will provide updates on the status of other MERCOSUR Resolutions that are under revision, as well as insights into areas being targeted for updated regulation.

  3. Overview and update for raw materials compliance process with food contact regulations

    Naeem Mady | VP Regulatory Services of Intertek

    Coming Soon

  4. Networking Break

Session III: Recycling, Sustainability and Safety

  1. Recycled and recyclable food packaging – how do we get there safely? Where does the responsibility for testing lie?

    Dr. Mitchell Cheeseman | Managing Director Environmental and Life Sciences of Steptoe & Johnson LLP

    What happened to the concentration of toxic impurities as you continue to recycle?

  2. Recycled fiber materials - meeting regulatory requirements for food contact, and managing customer expectations for testing and risk assessment

    Cindy A. Thompson | Senior Manager Product Stewardship of Georgia-Pacific, LLC

    What steps are being taken to meet the regulatory requirements for both in-house and externally sourced recycled fiber products?
    Working with customers to establish reasonable, achievable testing regimes

  3. Sustainable materials from the converter perspective

    Phil Berrier | Product Compliance Manager of Printpack

    Coming Soon

  4. Eco-barriers – novel, sustainable solutions

    Katja Tuomola | Business Development Director of Metsä Board

    More and more companies are responding to consumer pressure by innovating and introducing new recyclable and/or plastic-free packaging solutions
    The relevance of the package from many environmental viewpoints is very small when compared to the packed product itself. The key is to favor packaging solutions that fulfill 100% the main task of packaging which is to protect the product
    Case examples – replacing plastic with paperboard in fresh foods, dry foods, food service and frozen food packaging solutions

  5. Q&A with Presenters

    Dr. Mitchell Cheeseman, Managing Director of Environmental Life Sciences, Steptoe & Johnson LLP

    Cindy A. Thompson, Senior Manager Product Stewardship, Georgia Pacific

    Phil Berrier Manager-Product Compliance, Printpack

  6. Close of Day One, Networking Reception

Day 2: October 18, 2019

Registration and Breakfast

  1. Registration Opens, Breakfast Begins

  2. Opening Remarks from the Chair

Session IV: Materials & Manufacturing Highlights & Innovation

  1. Driving innovation in adhesive materials - embracing sustainability, safety and performance drivers in flexible packaging for food contact applications

    Koustubh Kulkarni | Platform Leader, Reactive Adhesives, Corporate Innovation of Eastman

    One of the key drivers of change in materials used for adhesives for flexible packaging for food has been the concern around migration of hazardous chemicals into food. Particularly there has been an elevated focus on materials of concern (MOC), non-intentionally added substances (NIAS), mineral oil saturated hydrocarbons (MOSH), alkylated mineral oil aromatic hydrocarbons (MOAH) and primary aromatic amines (PAAs) in food contact materials. Consumer research suggests that buying decisions are being prompted more and more by information related to materials of concern, improved recyclability and the notion of a circular economy for plastic materials. Topics like dual functionality adhesives and their role in enabling more easily recyclable materials have been areas of increasing interest too. 

  2. Suitability of printing inks for ensuring food packaging safety

    Dr. Gregory Pace | Senior Director, Regulatory Compliance Health, Environmental, and Regulatory Services US Regulatory Market Access of Intertek

    Printing inks will be discussed in the context of ensuring safety and acceptability of the food packaging article through control of the raw materials interpretation of  the practical significance of the pertinent regulations and brand owner compliances, while conquering the challenges of changes impacting their suitability for the intended consumer use.

  3. Networking Break

Session V: Supply Chain Connection

From brand owners to converters to material suppliers – ensuring the transfer and evaluation of compliance information up and down the supply chain

  1. What happens when things go wrong? Recalls, damage to brands & corporate reputation, erosion of consumer confidence - what must brand owners do to protect themselves?

    Ron Osborn | Principal Scientist, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, Americas R&D of Mars Wrigley

    • Understand the environment in which they operate
    • Ensure that their packaging materials are compliant, safe and appropriate for their intended use
    • Partner with their suppliers
    • Communicate with consumers
  2. What happens when things go right? Highlighting the benefits to FCM producers who manage their supplier relationships with consistent definitions, agreement and adherence to identified best practices

    Paul G. Miller | Sr. Manager, Regulatory Affairs of Evergreen Packaging LLC

    Managing supplier relationships in the regulatory environment:

    • Setting consistent expectations for suppliers
    • Negotiating to achieve expectations
    • Adapting to suppliers’ various capabilities
    • Identifying best practices and adhering to them
    • Closing the communication loop
  3. GMP – how useful / reliable is it as an indicator of packaging safety for each food contact material in the supply chain?

    Jeanine Flaherty | Vice President of Quality Assurance and Regulatory Compliance of Legal Sea Foods

    Coming Soon

  4. Changes afoot regarding toxic chemicals in packaging law, and related regulation, that impacts the supply chain – using the situation in Maine as a prime example

    Andrea G. Ferrenz | Food Law Counsel, Legal Department of Campbell Soup Company

    Maine’s L.D. 1433 (H.P. 1043): An Act To Protect the Environment and Public Health by Further Reducing Toxic Chemicals in Packaging (June 13, 2019)
    This law amended Maine’s current “toxic chemicals in packaging law” to prohibit the intentional use of PFAS and phthalates in food packaging, effective January 1, 2022 so long as safer alternatives are available

    What does the law require and how will it connect and affect the supply chain (raw materials suppliers, packaging converters, brand owners/end users)?
    What does the law mean when it says “available safer alternative”?
    What will enforcement look like in Maine?
    Is this the beginning of a patchwork of differing state limitations?

  5. Q&A With Session Presenters

  6. Networking Lunch

Session VI: Transparency and public perception

  1. Trust through transparency: responding to consumers desire to know

    Doug Baker | Vice President Industry Relations of Food Marketing Institute

    Shoppers want to feel more connected to their food and seek ways to know the story behind the products they purchase.   Transparency -having clear accurate and accessible product information available to the customer – builds trust, provides moments of connection, and helps make the shopping experience personal. As such, it is a powerful product differentiator for brands, enabling them to tell a compelling story that connects with a shopper’s values. This session will explore the principles of transparency, elements that consumers consider important and ways the industry is coming together to address.

  2. Strategic communications when science is not enough

    Melissa San Miguel | Head of Red Flag Americas of Red Flag

    Today, policy and perception are more integrally connected than ever before.  Food science is widely misunderstood by consumers, journalists, and policy makers alike, resulting in an increasingly challenging landscape.  Examples and strategies that prove it is possible to beat bad science with good communication will be presented. 

  3. Transparency in action - HAVI’s product transparency program & clean packaging

    Weldon Williams | Sr. Director, Quality Assurance, Global Quality Lead of HAVI

    An examination of some of the factors driving the current consumer trends regarding product transparency and HAVI’s strategy for responding to them in order to protect the brands they represent.

    Discuss consumers trends and sentiments regarding product integrity
    Review of regulatory landscape in response to these sentiments
    Review one approach for strategically address it

  4. PANEL: How to Work Together Across the Supply Chain to Ensure Safety, Quality and Transparency

    Panelists Include:

    • Jeanine Flaherty, Vice President of Quality Assurance and Regulatory Compliance
    • Ron Osborn, Principal Scientist; Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, Americas R&D, Mars Wrigley Confectionery
    • Weldon Williams, Senior Director, Quality Assurance, Packaging, HAVI
    •  Andrea G. Ferrenz, Food Law Counsel, Legal Department, Campbell Soup Company
  5. End of Conference