2015 Agenda

View the 2015 Food Contact and Additives agenda below.

Tuesday September 29 - Opening plenary

Opening the conference with a plenary regulatory session to look at the affect FSMA has had on the food industry and what the forthcoming safety regulations could be moving forward

  1. Opening remarks from Chair

    Dr Alistair Irvine, Smithers Pira

  2. Keynote address from FDA - An Update on FDA’s GRAS Notification Program

    Dr. Shayla West-Barnette is a Supervisory Consumer Safety Officer and Microbiology Reviewer in FDA's Office of Food Additive Safety (OFAS). She has worked in OFAS’ Division of Biotechnology and GRAS Notice Review since 2008. Dr. West-Barnette has reviewed GRAS notices for enzymes, microbes, and substances used in infant formula, as well as biotechnology notices for new plant varieties. Dr. West-Barnette earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Bennett College and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Microbiology and Immunology from Wake Forest University.

  3. FSMA – how this has bedded in and the next steps for the food industry

    Craig Henry, Vice President of Business Development, Decernis

  4. Q&A session

  5. Networking refreshment break

  6. The future for GRAS and modern tools for food safety

    Dr Emilia Lonardo, Principal Consultant, Lonardo StatReg Associates, LLC, former GMA, VP, Consumer Product Safety & Science Policy

  7. Food manufacturer perspectives on modern food safety

    Stephen Klump | Head of Packaging Quality & Safety of Nestle

    Stephen Klump is the Head of Packaging Quality & Safety for Nestlé.  The responsibilities for this role include oversight of Nestlé’s packaging safety and compliance program with a focus on developing Nestlé Packaging Safety Standards.

    Stephen has 10 years’ experience in the packaging food safety area of the food industry. To start on this career, he earned a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Ohio State University in the USA.  After a several years working in the chemicals industry and a transitional role in the beverage industry, Dr. Klump moved to Nestlé.  During his 16+ years with Nestlé, Dr. Klump worked at Nestlé Purina in St. Louis MO in the analytical food testing laboratory.  Dr. Klump then worked at the Nestlé Research Center in Lausanne Switzerland developing methods to test for migrants from packaging materials.  Next, Dr. Klump returned to the USA working at the Nestlé Quality Assurance Center in Dublin Ohio supporting packaging safety for in North and South America. After 3½ years in the Americas, Dr. Klump returned to Switzerland working in the global role as Head of Packaging Quality & Safety. Soon, Dr. Klump will relocate to Marysville Ohio in the USA to continue in his role as Head of Packaging Quality & Safety.  

  8. Q&A session

  9. Lunch will be served for all speakers and delegates

Day 1: Food Contact

Food Contact Focus Session

  1. Opening remarks from Chair

    Alistair Irvine, Smithers Pira

  2. FDA regulatory food contact update

    Dr. Jessica Cooper | Review Chemist of Food and Drug Administration

    Jessica joins us as a Review Chemist for FDA, CFSAN.

  3. The global impact of the European Non-Internationally Added Substance (NIAS) regulations Initiative

    Naeem Mady | VP Regulatory Services of Intertek

    The European initiative to regulate the Non-intentionally added substances (NIAS) will impact other countries differently.  NIAS are chemical compounds that are present in a food contact material (FCM) but have not been added for a technical reason. NIAS presence is generally not known by the consumer and often is a challenge for the FCM producer. NIAS originate from break-down products of food contact materials, impurities of starting materials, unwanted side-products and various contaminants from recycling processes.  An important issue that polymer are  regulated in Europe based only on their monomers, therefore, degradations products and side products  are not addressed during the submission process of the food contact substance.  This is not the case in the USA FDA submission; all NIAS such as unreacted and side components are addressed in the polymer food contact submission to the FDA. This type of issues of how NIAS will impact other countries like the USA will be discussed. 

  4. Global inks regulatory standards for packaging

    Dr Gregory Pace | Corporate Manager Global Regulatory & Product Stewardship of Sun Chemical

    Greg directs the Global Regulatory Product Stewardship and Compliance for the North American Inks Division. Direct Regulatory Strategy for NA Ink Industry Products, providing support and expertise for Sun Chemical’s business markets,  product development, customers, and brand owners; focused on Food, Pharmaceutical, Personal Care, and Tobacco packaging

  5. Q&A session

  6. Networking refreshment break

  7. When a tiny bit of exposure matters: 10 things you need to know about food packaging safety assessment and perception

    Dr. Mark Maier | Manager Product Safety & Regulatory Biosciences of Valspar

    Science is powerful. It created technology that allows us to observe the presence of just a few molecules originating from food packaging. Science also gives us the ability to see if those few molecules have biological activity at the cellular and molecular level.  Science cannot tell us how to use this scientific knowledge to manage risk, and it can’t tell us how to manage perceptions about risk. When a tiny bit of exposure matters for molecules arising from food packaging, it is usually because of a perceived risk. Add our emotional attachment to food, and soon it becomes clear that science does not deter perception any more than perception invalidates science— which is one of the 10 things you need to know. Please join me to learn the other 9 things you need to know about the science and perception of migrants from food packaging, and hear everything we have learned about managing all 10.

  8. Food packaging safety and supply of information in supply chain

    Ron Osborn, Principal Scientist, Packaging Compliance, Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, Wrigley

  9. Q&A session on supply of information throughout the supply chain

  10. Decernis User Meeting

    Join Decernis to review their unique tool to aid your regulatory research across food contact and food additives

  11. Networking drinks reception

Day 1: Additives

Food Additives Focus Session

  1. Opening remarks from Chair

  2. Re-evaluation for FEMA GRAS (and what triggers that)

    Christie Harman | Director of Health and Safety of Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association (FEMA)

  3. China Food Additives regulatory developments

    Laura Wang | Food Regulatory Affairs Consultant of REACH24H Consulting

    In April 2015, the new Food Safety Law was released and in December 2014 the most important regulation for food additives GB 2760-2014 National Food Safety Standard: Standarsd for Uses of Food Additives was published. This presentation will detail these significant changes in the regulatory environment and how it could affect business in China.

  4. Asian developments in food additive regulations (non-China)

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

    An expert in food regulations across the globe, Kevin Kenny will take attendees on a tour of Asian developments in food additives regulations.

  5. Q&A session

  6. Networking refreshment break

  7. CPG company’s approach to their suppliers

    Miriam Maxwell | Senior Principle Regulatory Scientist, Corporate & Regulatory Affairs of Ocean Spray

    Also one of advisory board members, Miriam will give her perspectives on approaching audit, paperwork, 3rd party food safety audit, etc

  8. Supply chain perspectives panel

  9. Decernis User Meeting set-up

  10. Networking drinks reception

Day 2: Food Contact

Food Contact Focus Session

  1. Opening remarks from Chair

  2. Regulatory Update: Food-Contact Legislation in China

    Mitzi Clark | Partner of Keller and Heckman LLP

    • China’s amended Food Safety Law
    • Revisions to Hygienic Standards for Uses of Additives in Food Containers and Packaging Materials (GB-9685)
    • Revisions to other food-contact standards
    • Update on potential coatings standard
  3. EU declarations of compliance guidance

    Alistair Irvine | Manager, Food Contact Compliance of Smithers Pira

    Alistair manages the Food Packaging Safety Section within Smithers Pira. This involves advising clients on the safety legislation which applies to food packaging in a wide range of different countries throughout the world and coordinating work programmes to ensure that clients' products meet these requirements. His expertise spans all the EU countries, USA, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Israel, Russia and all the South American countries.

  4. Q&A session

  5. Networking refreshment break

  6. So I have this old prior sanctioned ingredient - now what?

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

    A mini-workshop and thought experiment incorporating key regulatory concepts.

    Panellists and delegates are presented with a hypothetical scenario about a prior-sanctioned substance as a launching-off point for a discussion of prior sanction but also other key concepts like GRAS. 

    • What investigation would they make?
    • What might they ask their supplier if any?
    • What obligation might you have to investigate the newer safety info if any about the substance?
  7. Lunch will be served for all speakers and delegates in the exhibition hall

Day 2: Additives

Food Additives Focus Session

  1. Opening remarks from Chair

  2. PHO's - What are the challenges that lie ahead?

    Leon Bruner | Senior Vice President for Scientific and Regulatory Affairs and Chief Science Officer of GMA

    Also speaking with Shannon Cooksey, VP, Science Policy and Program Management.

    On June 16th, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced their notice of final determination (NFD) on the generally recognized as safe (GRAS) status of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs). The FDA finalized its determination that PHOs, the primary dietary source of artificial trans fat in processed foods, are no longer considered GRAS for use in food.

    FDA has set a compliance period of three years. This will allow food manufacturers to either reformulate products without PHOs and/or petition the FDA to permit specific uses of PHOs.  Join us in reviewing the agency’s final decision that is sure to greatly impact the CPG industry. During the presentation, we will also review GMA’s response and what you need to know moving forward.

  3. Public quality standards for dietary supplements and medical foods

    Dr Nandakumara D Sarma | Director, Dietary Supplements of US Pharmacopeia

    • regulatory framework for both the classes of products
    • quality standards for dietary ingredients and dietary supplements
    • cases studies to discuss issues concerning quality 
  4. Q&A session

  5. Networking refreshment break

  6. So I have this old prior sanctioned ingredient - now what?

    Christie Harman | Director of Health and Safety of Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association (FEMA)

    Incorporating a presentation on prior-sanctions from Dr Emilia Lonardo, Principal Consultant, Lonardo StatReg Associates, LLC, former GMA, VP, Consumer Product Safety & Science Policy
    And re-evaluation for FEMA GRAS (and what triggers that) from Christie Harman, Health and Safety Director, FEMA
    Followed by a discussion of these concepts and how delegates expect to investigate future substances

  7. Lunch will be served for all speakers and delegates in the exhibition hall

Wednesday September 30 - Closing plenary

Bringing delegates together for the final session to discuss harmonization of food safety and nanomaterials in food

  1. Opening remarks from Chair

  2. Emerging technology use and risk management for food packaging/additives

    Dr Richard Canady, NeutralScience L3C and Nano release steering group member

  3. Preparations for global standards – the food contact view

    Dr Mitchell Cheeseman, Managing Director, Environmental Life Sciences, Steptoe

  4. Preparations for global standards – the food additives view

    Nick Gardner, Regulatory Affairs Specialist, International Food Additives Council

  5. Closing Q&A session

  6. Closing remarks and close of conference