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Dr. Anita Chang | Consumer Safety Officer (CSO) of U.S. Food and Drug Administration - Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN)/Office of Food Additive Safety (OFAS)/Division of Food Contact Substances (DFCS)
The Office of Food Additive Safety (OFAS) within the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) reorganized in May 2019 to advance its mission to protect and enhance consumer health by ensuring the safety of substances added to food and food contact materials. The restructuring will streamline OFAS’ operations and allow the Office to better address emerging needs related to new tools and technologies, as well as innovations in food production, such as cell-cultured products. In addition, CFSAN Online Submission Module (COSM) went live in September 2019. COSM is a web-based tool that walks users through a step-by-step process to assemble electronic submissions submitted to the electronic gateway to OFAS, thereby eliminating the need for printing and mailing of paper submissions. This presentation will provide (a) an overview of FDA’s Organizational changes within the OFAS; (b) an overview of COSM; and (c) updated information relevant to future FCN submissions.
Phil Berrier | Product Compliance Manager of Printpack
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Dr. Elena Emelianova | Scientific Evaluator, Food Packaging Materials and Incidental Additives Section of Health Canada
The speaker will present Food Contact Regulations in Canada and program updates including:
Professor Alejandro Ariosti | Materials for Sanitary Applications - Technical Assistance of National Institute of Industrial Technology (INTI) - Plastics Centre, Argentina
Kathryn C. Skaggs | Associate of Keller & Heckman LLP
Kevin C. Kenny | Chief Operating Officer of Decernis, USA
This presentation will cover some other lesser known regional entities in Latin America, including Mexico, with the recent country approvals of the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA), Trump’s replacement for NAFTA. We will also discuss the Secretariat for Central American Economic Integration (SIECA), its Central American Technical Regulations (RTCA) and member state legislation, and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), as well as individual food contact legislation in those countries.
Eric Andrews | Technical Services Manager of Colour Synthesis Solutions Ltd
Dr. Alistair Irvine | Senior Manager, Food Contact Testing of Smithers
Xiaolu Wang | Regulatory Research Analyst - Asia Pacific of Verisk 3E
Japan currently has a negative system for food contact materials. This system identifies and regulates substances that are restricted in food contact materials. Under the negative list system, a food contact substance can only be regulated through specifications and standards issued by the government. In cases where there are no applicable requirements, this system essentially allows manufacturers to use substances that are not permitted in other jurisdictions in the food contact materials marketed in Japan. To address this potential safety risk, the Japanese authorities have been holding discussions on the possibility of introducing a positive list system, which would prohibit the use of substances that are not specifically permitted in Japan. This presentation will be focusing on the current state of these discussions and the most significant outcome of these discussions: the proposed positive lists of base polymers and additives.
Joan Sylvain Baughan | Partner of Steptoe & Johnson LLP.
Jeffrey Keithline | Partner of Keller and Heckman, LLP
10-minute update presentation focused solely on recent changes in ASEAN (ASEAN General Guidelines on Food Contact Materials) and its member countries such as Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Marjatta Punkka | Product Safety and Sustainability Manager of Metsä Board
Safe and functional packaging is a fundamental requirement throughout the value chain in order to ensure hygienic and efficient food distribution and minimize waste. Traceability of all raw materials is essential in ensuring product safety. The circular economy is driving the innovation of new materials that are guaranteed food-safe, recyclable, and derived from renewable resources. The paper and board industry is developing new solutions that take into account the increasingly strict global food safety regulations. One example is a non-plastic eco-barrier board that can be recycled alongside regular paper and paperboard. This new fluorochemical-free innovation provides a sustainable alternative to plastics in food and food service packaging and is a valuable weapon in the battle against food waste. Case studies will demonstrate the eco-barrier’s performance in various food end-uses and the role of fresh fiber paperboards in the circular economy.
Dr. Andres Gonzalez-Bonet | Review Chemist of U.S. Food and Drug Administration - Center for Food Safety and Nutrition (CFSAN)
When estimating migration levels of food contact substances (FCS) into food, FDA typically assumes that 1 square inch of single-use packaging material contacts 10 grams of food (1 in2/10 g), equivalent to a food-contact surface area-to-food mass ratio (SA/mF) of 6.45 dm2/kg. However, with the current trends toward consumer preference for convenience foods and technological advances in packaging materials, this value might not be representative of the SA/mF ratios for the wide range of packaged food currently consumed in the U.S. Therefore, we conducted a literature search for publications specifically reporting the SA and food mass for a variety of food and packaging scenarios. We identified publications, all from food and packaging collected in Europe and some results from our laboratories, that reported mF and SA values for various food and packaging scenarios. Using these values, we calculated SA/mF ratios for different food types. Here, we will describe an approach for calculating a weighted mean SA/mF ratio for all packaged food consumed in the U.S. using the SA/mF ratios and food intakes for all food and each food type.
Michaela Hofbauer | Group Leader, Adhesives Technology of Eastman
Increasing regulatory requirements around the world affect the entire packaged food value chain. This creates challenges for food brands and players upstream who must grapple with conflicting interests such as transparency requirements, intellectual property protection, and liability risks. As a raw material supplier, Eastman has met these challenges with product and process innovations. We would like to illustrate our commitment to the packaged food industry, and the challenges it faces, with two examples of Eastman innovation.
Cheryl Trease | Manager, Product Safety/Regulatory, Sonoco Products
Kenneth L. Sonnenberg, M.Sc. | Senior Advisor, Product Integrity Product Safety of NOVA Chemicals Corporation
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