Learn more about what will be covered at Global Food Contact 2020, taking place this April 23-24, in Bethesda, Maryland.
Please visit the Smithers registration table to pick up your printed name badge and conference materials.
Rebecca List – Conference Producer, Smithers
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)
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Dr. Alistair Irvine | Manager, Food Contact Compliance of Smithers
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Professor Alejandro Ariosti | Materials for Sanitary Applications - Technical Assistance of National Institute of Industrial Technology (INTI) - Plastics Centre, Argentina
Professor Alejandro Ariosti will begin the session by presenting the Latin American blocks and addressing MERCOSUR. Detailed abstract coming soon!
Catherine Nielsen | Partner, Food and Drug Practice of Keller & Heckman LLP
Catherine Nielsen will discuss food contact regulations and updates pertaining to the Andean Community of Nations (CAN) and Chile. Detailed abstract coming soon!
Kevin C. Kenny | Chief Operating Officer of Decernis, USA
Kevin C. Kenny will discuss food contact regulations and updates pertaining to Mexico, Central America (SICA), and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Detailed abstract coming soon!
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
Kevin C. Kenny will discuss updates on food contact regulations in Southeast Asia. Detailed abstract coming soon.
Cheryl Trease – Manager, Product Safety/Regulatory of Sonoco Products
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Kenneth L. Sonnenberg, M.Sc. | Senior Advisor, Product Integrity Product Safety of NOVA Chemicals Corporation
Dr. Peter Walther | Regional Head of Product Safety and Regulatory of Siegwerk USA Inc
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Ron Osborn | Principal Scientist, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, Americas R&D of Mars Wrigley
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Ron Osborn – Principal Scientist, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, Americas R&D, Mars Wrigley
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Dr. Stephen Klump | Senior Expert, Packaging Food Safety of Nestlé
Kate McGlynn | Associate Executive Director of Recycled Paperboard Technical Association (RPTA)
Part of a circular economy is using recovered fiber as a raw material for new paperboard. A critical issue is the safety of the recycled paperboard product for food contact packaging. Over a period of more than twenty years, the Recycled Paperboard Technical Association (RPTA) has developed and improved risk-based methodologies, product testing, and manufacturing management systems to ensure the suitable purity of paperboard made with up to 100% recovered fiber. The Comprehensive Program is evergreen, taking into account changes in potential impurities, new toxicological study results, and FDA consumption factors and recommendations. RPTA performs all its work on behalf of its North American manufacturing company members, who totally fund the work. RPTA member mills are required to undergo third-party audits to demonstrate that they operate in compliance with the RPTA Comprehensive Program to remain members and receive a certificate of compliance.
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.