2015 Speakers

FDA, GMA, Ocean Spray, Coca-Cola, Wrigley, Nestle and more presented at the 2015 edition of Food Contact and Additives.

The speakers listed below participated in the 2015 Food Contact and Additives program. Smithers Pira would like to thank each of the speakers below for their participation.

  • Dr. Jessica Cooper

    Review Chemist Food and Drug Administration

    Dr. Jessica Cooper is a chemist in the Division of Food Contact Notifications (DFCN) in the Office of Food Additive Safety (OFAS) located in the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN). Dr. Cooper reviews food contact notifications and assesses food contact substances.   Additionally, she is involved in updating FDA’s chemistry guidance and consults on OFAS research projects. Dr. Cooper earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from University of Pittsburgh and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University.

  • Leon Bruner

    Senior Vice President for Scientific and Regulatory Affairs and Chief Science Officer GMA

    Dr. Bruner is a twenty-three year veteran of the consumer products industry. He has served in a variety of positions at The Procter & Gamble Company and The Gillette Company. Most recently, he served as director, environment, health and safety within Procter & Gamble’s Gillette organization. He previously served as vice president, Gillette environment, health and safety from 2000 to 2007.

    During his professional career, Dr. Bruner has developed a strong reputation as an innovator who is able to apply strategic vision, critical thinking and first-class execution in pursuit of business goals. He is an internationally-recognized expert in the development and application of non-animal toxicity product testing methods, and is also an expert in product safety and regulatory compliance. He has written numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and several book chapters on those subjects.

    Dr. Bruner holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree and a Ph.D. in pharmacology, both earned at Michigan State University. He also received his bachelor’s degree at Michigan State.

  • Dr Richard Canady

    Representative of Nano-Release Steering Group Neutral Science

    Dr. Richard Canady has covered a wide range of health risk management issues for foods and the environment over a nearly 30 year teaching and public policy career including senior scientist roles at CDC, FDA, and the Executive Office of the President. He specializes in leading multi-stakeholder expert groups in addressing shared public health goals on technical topics underlying divisive policy issues. Current projects include NanoRelease methods consortia for methods to measure nanomaterials from foods and consumer products, a foresight report for the Horizon 2020 Prosafe project on Safe by Design for nanomaterial uses, case studies on “big data” for food exposure in the iFoodExposure project, advising the Italian National Research Council on emerging technology to ensure a “Diversified Adaptable Food” supply, and co-chairing the “Exposure through the Life Cycle” Community of Research for the US White House and European Commission’s cooperative program on nanotechnology research. 

  • Dr. Mitchell Cheeseman

    Managing Director Environmental and Life Sciences Steptoe & Johnson LLP

    Dr. Mitchell Cheeseman is a managing director in the Washington Office of Steptoe and Johnson LLP, where he is a member of the Regulatory Affairs Department.

    He has 20 years of experience as an official in Food and Drug Administration's Foods program.

    His primary experience is managing the food ingredient and packaging programs including experience in the regulation of direct food additives and food contact substances, color additives, Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) food ingredients, and bioengineered food.

    He held a leadership position over all of these regulatory areas as either the deputy director or acting director of the Office of Food Additive Safety for over five years and has held leadership positions over FDA's Food Contact Notification Program for the program's first 13 years of operation.

    During his FDA career, Dr. Cheeseman has been a lead in the development and implementation of FDA's Threshold of Regulation process for food contact substances and FDA's Food Contact Notification Program.

    He also served in the development of FDA's GRAS Notice Program.

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  • Mitzi Clark

    Partner Keller and Heckman LLP

    Mitzi Ng Clark is a partner at the law offices of Keller and Heckman LLP.  Ms. Clark practices in the area of food and drug law, with an emphasis on food packaging.

    Ms. Clark assists domestic and international corporations in establishing a suitable regulatory status for products under the laws and regulations administered by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other federal and state agencies. Ms. Clark also assists clients in compliance and good manufacturing practice issues relating to the manufacture of products and packaging.  In addition, she counsels clients on a broad range of food-contact matters in other countries, including Canada, the European Union, the Pacific Rim, and Latin America.  Ms. Clark contributes to various trade publications, including Food Packaging Bulletin and FLEXO Magazine.

  • Shannon Cooksey

    Vice President, Science Policy and Program Management, GMA

    Shana is a globally recognized project manager, matching cutting edge science to food policy issues, and delivering expert scientific and technical assistance to the food and consumer product goods industry.  At GMA, Mrs. Cooksey oversees all scientific program management activities, including managing all aspects of implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).  In addition, she also provides leadership and execution of Program Management capabilities across the broad GMA organization and management of several important operational functions within the Science and Regulatory Affairs (SRA) department including budget oversight, strategic planning process, and logistical oversight of all scientific conferences, workshops and webinars. Prior to her role as Vice President, she supervised all laboratory operations at GMA and co-managed over 20 scientists and professional technical staff in the disciplines of chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, processing technologies, packaging and product forensics.  

    Mrs. Cooksey holds Master of Science degree in Bio-Inorganic Chemistry from the University of New Mexico and a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and Biology from the University of Northern Colorado.  She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), holds top certification in Microsoft Project, and is a professional Lean Six Sigma leader (green belt).

  • Nicholas Gardner

    Regulatory Affairs Specialist International Food Additives Council

    Nicholas Gardner is an Account Executive at Kellen with particular expertise in regulatory and legislative issues management.  Nicholas coordinates government affairs for several food industry trade associations, including the Infant Nutrition Council of America, the International Food Additives Council, Marinalg International, and others.  In this role, Nicholas provides strategic legislative and regulatory advising on federal, state and local issues and represents the interests of his clients within various stakeholder constituencies.  Nicholas also frequently works with U.S. regulatory agencies and other international regulatory bodies. Nicholas has represented client interests before the Codex Alimentarius, testified at before state legislatures and regulatory panels and developed and managed issue specific advocacy campaigns. 

    Nicholas holds a master’s degree in History from American University in Washington, D.C. and a bachelor’s degree in history and public policy from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Nicholas is a member of the Institute for Food Technologists, the American Society of Association Executives and the American Association of Governmental Relations Professionals. 

  • Bill Gilliland

    Global Technology Leader in Quality & Regulatory Operations General Mills

    Mr. Gilliland is a Global Technology Leader in Quality & Regulatory Operations at General Mills, Inc. (GMI) in Minneapolis, MN.  He previously held various Supply Chain & Quality leadership roles at Johnson Diversey (JD) in Racine, WI.  He currently serves as the Chairman of the Food Safety Alliance for Packaging (FSAP) organization, an affiliate of IOPP.   Mr. Gilliland gained practical technical experience in quality engineering at several GMI and JD field locations.  Mr. Gilliland is a graduate of Michigan State University with a BS degree in Packaging and is an MBA graduate from the University of Wisconsin.

  • Eric F. Greenberg

    Principal Attorney Eric F. Greenberg P.C.

    Eric F. Greenberg is Principal Attorney of the law firm Eric F. Greenberg, P. C., with a practice concentrated in food and drug law, packaging law, and commercial litigation.

    His food and drug work has included regulatory counseling, label and claims review, new product development, GRAS and food contact materials evaluations and clearances, negotiations with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and state agencies, handling recalls, and defending enforcement actions.   

    He and his firm counsel a wide range of consumer product companies, packaging manufacturers and others on regulatory and labeling requirements, and handle related contractual and litigation matters.

    In addition to his law practice, Eric is a member of the Adjunct Faculty of the Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he teaches Food and Drug Law and Administrative Law, and Michigan State University School of Packaging, where he teaches Packaging Law and Regulation.  

    He serves as monthly legal columnist for Packaging World Magazine.  

    Eric wrote the book, Guide to Packaging Law, the Second Edition of which was published in October 2007.  

    His firm is based in Chicago and represents clients based all over the world.

  • Christie Harman

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

    Ms. Harman received her B.S. in Biochemistry from Virginia Tech. She received her Masters of Public Health (MPH) in environmental health science from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University in New York City.

    Ms. Harman is recognized as an expert in food ingredient safety, and national and international regulatory and scientific matters involving the food industry. Ms. Harman has over 15 years of experience directing the International Organization of the Flavor Industry and the Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association various safety coordination programs, and ensuring the successful operation of the FEMA Expert Panel as the health and safety director and the scientific program manager at the Law Offices of Daniel R. Thompson, The Roberts Group and Verto Solutions.

    Ms. Harman has authored and co-authored numerous technical and scientific publications on subjects such as the allergenicity of color additives, sensory testing for flavorings with modifying properties, reviews of the safety of flavoring ingredients and IOFI and FEMA’s  Flavor Ingredient Poundage Surveys. 

  • Dr. Craig Henry

    Vice President of Business Development Decernis

    Prior to joining Decernis as Vice President of Business Development in North America in January of 2014 he served 3.5 years in Deloitte & Touche’s Food & Product safety practice as a director in the advisory practice. Deloitte’s globally integrated approach to food and product safety helps enable companies to deploy solutions that define and coordinate disparate business requirements, enhance supply chain integrity and visibility, integrate risk and compliance approaches, and develop a well-defined roadmap to achieve the desired state.
    Prior to joining Deloitte in 2010 Dr. Henry served as Senior Vice President in the Scientific and Regulatory Affairs department of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and as the Executive Director of the GMA Science and Education Foundation. Dr. Henry enjoyed 8.5 years of service at GMA and the National Food Processors Association.

  • Jim Huang

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

    Jim Huang is the Director, Food Contact Materials Safety at The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC). He provides subject matter expertise and thought leadership around safety assessment processes and advocacy initiatives for food contact materials in TCCC’s Global Scientific & Regulatory Affairs (SRA).  Prior to joining TCCC in early 2016, Jim was the global SRA director at the Bemis Company where he instituted standardized processes and developed tools to streamline SRA operations.  He participates at the leadership level in the Food, Drug, & Cosmetic Packaging Materials Committee of SPI – The Plastics Trade Association and chaired its Project Passport, a multi-stakeholder workgroup on improving supply chain risk communication. 

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  • Alistair Irvine

    Manager, Food Contact Compliance 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.

    Alistair graduated with a degree and PhD in Chemistry from Birmingham University. After working for BP and the Department of Health, he joined Pira in 1994, taking up his current position in 1995.

  • Stephen Klump

    Head of Packaging Quality & Safety 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.  

  • Dr. Emilia Lonardo

    Principal Consultant StatRegAssociates

    Emilia C. Lonardo, Ph.D. a Principal with Lonardo StatReg Associates, LLC, advises and lectures on topics regarding ingredient safety and FDA regulatory requirements. Dr. Lonardo brings over 30 years of professional experience. From 2012 to 2015, Dr. Lonardo served as Vice President of Consumer Product Safety and Science Policy at the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) in Washington, DC.  At GMA she led programs to modernize regulations and manage emerging ingredient issues. Prior to joining GMA, she was Head of External Engagement and Policy at Johnson & Johnson, leading regulatory programs for Rx drugs, Rx to OTC switch, dietary supplements, and cosmetic portfolios.  Emilia also served as Global Head of Regulatory Strategy at Novartis Consumer Health, leading emerging issue management and product stewardship. Before that at the Exxon Corporation, she held the position of Sr. Toxicologist, assessing and ensuring product safety, and authoring food additive petitions.  Earlier in her career, as a board certified Medical Technologist at the Cleveland Clinic, she supervised the Immunogenetics and Histocompatibility Laboratory.  Dr. Lonardo received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from State University New York, Master of Science degrees in Immunology & Toxicology from Colorado State College, holds a Ph.D. from LaSalle University and a law degree.

  • Naeem Mady

    VP Regulatory Services Intertek

    Naeem H. Mady, V.P., Regulatory Services at Intertek has various responsibilities including worldwide notification of U.S. products and food contact chemicals regulatory compliance. Prior to working for Intertek, Mr. Mady designed and implemented Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) and Quality Management Systems programs for Ciba. He also designed and developed migration studies for FDA submissions and had been responsible for the FDA and EPA regulatory compliance at Ciba since 1995. Mr. Mady joined Ciba in 1980. Prior to his present position, he was the Manager of the Analytical Department and the Manager of the Quality Assurance Unit for Ciba’s Additives Division. Previous business experience includes working as a Manager of Analytical and Technical Services at Phillip Morris and as a Senior Analytical Chemist at Allied Signal.

  • Dr. Mark Maier

    Manager Product Safety & Regulatory Biosciences Valspar

    Dr. Maier is manager of product safety and regulatory biosciences at Valspar Corporation in Pittsburgh, PA, where he is responsible for discovery and safety assessment of regulated food contact materials.

    For 25 years, Mark’s career has focused on health risk assessment and risk policy. He is experienced in the safety assessment of pharmaceuticals, food ingredients, and pesticides and was instrumental in developing new methods to integrate risk assessment, risk perception, and risk management.    

    Dr. Maier earned a BSc in Chemistry, a BSc in Biology, a MSc in Environmental Health and a PhD in Toxicology from Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO. He also holds certificates in economics and project management.

    Dr. Maier has authored or co-authored publications primarily in the areas of in vitro and molecular toxicology and chemical risk assessment. He is certified in general toxicology by the American Board of Toxicology.

  • Miriam Maxwell

    Senior Principle Regulatory Scientist, Corporate & Regulatory Affairs Ocean Spray

    Ms. Maxwell is Senior Scientist in Corporate Quality at Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc. Prior to Ocean Spray, she was Manager – Scientific and Regulatory Affairs at Nestle USA. Her employment history also includes global regulatory management roles at Cargill, Inc. Wild Flavors, Inc., and Givaudan where she describes her role as managing, motivating, coordinating and influencing multi-disciplinary functions to accomplish strategic business goals including anticipating regulatory obstacles/emerging issues throughout product lifecycle and developing solutions with other technical/commercial teams across global geographies. Ms. Maxwell gained practical technical experience supervising quality control analytical laboratories at McCormick & Company and Golden Dipt div. DCA (now Kerry Ingredients & Flavours). Ms. Maxwell is a graduate of University of Illinois – Champaign/Urbana with BS degree in Food Science and additional post graduate study in Carbohydrate Chemistry.

  • Ron Osborn

    Principal Scientist, Packaging Compliance Scientific and Regulatory Affairs Wrigley

    Ron Osborn is currently a Principal Scientist for the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, at their Global Innovation Center in Chicago, IL.  He is a member of the Scientific and Regulatory Affairs group and is primarily responsible for the Safety and Regulatory Compliance assessments of food contact materials.  Additional responsibilities include safety evaluations of the seasonal add-on items marketed with Wrigley products and leading the development of Wrigley’s Packaging Compliance Management System.  Prior to his current position, Ron had a successful 20 year career in the analytical laboratory.

  • Dr Gregory Pace

    Corporate Manager Global Regulatory & Product Stewardship Sun Chemical

    Greg directs the North American and European Regulatory Teams; interpreting Government Regulations and Brand Owner specifications applied to printing ink materials. He consults on the chemical safety and use of all printing ink products; including sensitive packaging.

    He directed the Northeast Customer Technical Service and In-plants teams; aligning the service model with Sales strategy, on printing ink performance. Also as an expert for low migration packaging inks.

    Greg was Technical Manager of Analytical and Characterization, in support of all printing ink product lines. He designed the migration testing protocol.

    He obtained his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Food Science from Rutgers University. His research concerned migratory substances in packaging. 

  • Dr Nandakumara D Sarma

    Director, Dietary Supplements US Pharmacopeia

    Dr. Nandakumara (Nandu) Sarma is the Director for the Dietary Supplements program at US Pharmacopeia (USP) responsible for the development of quality standards (monographs and general chapters) for dietary supplements, including admission evaluations, performance standards, and the publication of the USP Dietary Supplements Compendium (http://www.usp.org/dietary-supplements/overview). Before joining USP 2006, he was a post-doctoral fellow at National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, and Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia and was a Senior Scientific Officer at The Himalaya Drug Company, India. His research experience in the field of dietary supplements includes isolation and analysis of active components of plant materials and their biologic activity. He published more than 25 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Sarma holds a Pharmacist degree and a Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences (pharmacognosy) from Banaras Hindu University, India. 

  • Laura Wang

    Food Regulatory Affairs Consultant REACH24H Consulting

    Ms. Laura Wang Master of Lancaster University, now is a food regulatory affairs consultant at REACH24H Consulting Group.

    Laura joined REACH24H in 2013, She is familiar with Chinese food regulations especially regulatory issues of novel foods registration (raw materials, additives and food contact materials) and has extensive experience in providing food consultations for various companies around the world. Years of regulatory compliance experience and close ties with authorities have made Laura the expert and REACH24H China's foremost private authority on regulatory compliance issues relating to exportation of food and food related products to China.