Food Contact Conference 2019 Agenda

Food Contact Conference 2019 Agenda

Workshops: October 16, 2019

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

  1. 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

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

  1. 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 leaders:

    Gregory Pace, Ph.D., Manager Global Regulatory and Product Stewardship, Sun Chemical Inks

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

    Dr Peter Walther, Regional Head of Product Safety & Regulatory USA, Siegwerk USA Inc

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. EU- 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 | Manager, Food Contact Compliance of Smithers Pira

    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 Presenters

  6. Networking Break

  7. FDA update - organizational changes, new initiatives, interaction with stakeholders

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

    Coming Soon

  8. 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

    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

    Coming Soon

  9. FSIS policy update

    Dr. Kristi Barlow | Senior Microbiologist, Risk, Innovations, and Management Staff, Office of Policy and Program Development, Food Safety and Inspection Service of United States Department of Agriculture

    Coming Soon

  10. Q&A with the regulators

  11. 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. Comparing food packaging and drug packaging regulations: similarities and differences in testing and risk assessments

    Joan Sylvain Baughan | Partner of Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

    The presentation will address the basic differences between the way in which FDA regulates food packaging materials and drug packaging materials, and the situations in which there is some overlap.  The presentation also will provide information on migration testing and “end tests” for food packaging materials, and “extractables and leachables” testing for drug packaging materials, highlighting the distinctions and different purposes of these tests.

  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 | Manager-Product Compliance of Printpack

    Coming Soon

  4. Q&A with Presenters

  5. 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 | Corporate Manager Global Regulatory & Product Stewardship of Sun Chemical

    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. Packaging materials innovation

    Coming Soon

  4. 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 Confectionery

    • 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 | Executive Director of Food Safety, Quality & Regulatory Compliance of Legal Sea Foods

    Coming Soon

  4. Perspectives from a meal kit company

    Jenna Robeson | Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs & Compliance of Plated

    • Packaging food safety performance (ability to maintain temperature control, prevent cross contamination, provide for oxygen transmission)
    • Packaging quality performance (seal integrity when subject to temperature fluctuation)
    • Safety of packaging material (food grade)
    • Recyclability of material (consumer expectation)
    • USDA’s Mail Order Food Safety
    • Conference for Food Protection (CFP) guidance

    How do you balance all of the above?

  5. 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

    Coming Soon

  2. Strategic communications when science is not enough

    Melissa San Miguel | Head of Policy 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

    Coming Soon

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

    Panelists Include:

    • Ron Osborn, Principal Scientist; Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, Americas R&D, Mars Wrigley Confectionery
    • Jeanine Flaherty, Executive Director of Food Safety, Quality & Regulatory Compliance, Legal Sea Food
    • Weldon Williams, Senior Director, Quality Assurance, Packaging, HAVI
  5. End of Conference