Global Food Contact 2020 | Agenda

Learn more about what will be covered at Global Food Contact 2020, taking place this April 23-24, in Bethesda, Maryland.

Day 1 | April 23, 2020

Registration & Welcome

  1. Registration Table Opens

    Please visit the Smithers registration table to pick up your printed name badge and conference materials. 

  2. Opening Remarks & Welcome

    Rebecca List – Conference Producer, Smithers

Session I: Food Contact in Focus | North America

  1. Updates from the U.S. FDA on the FCN Program

    Dr. Anita Chang – Consumer Safety Officer, Office of Food Additive Safety/Division of Food Contact Substances of U.S. Food and Drug Administration

    Detailed Presentation Abstract Coming Soon!

  2. U.S. State Food Contact Regulations and Updates

    Presentation Abstract & Speaker Details Coming Soon!

  3. Canadian Food Contact Regulations and Updates

    Presentation Abstract & Speaker Details Coming Soon!

  4. Networking Break

Session II: Food Contact in Focus | Europe

  1. Discussing European Regulations and Timely Updates

    Presentation Abstract & Speaker Details Coming Soon!

  2. The Future of EU Food Contact – The View from a Neighbor

    Dr. Alistair Irvine | Manager, Food Contact Compliance of Smithers

    Detailed presentation abstract coming soon!

Session III: Food Contact in Focus | Latin America

  1. Food Contact Regulations and Updates in Latin America

    Presentation Abstract & Speaker Details Coming Soon!

  2. Networking Lunch

Session IV: Exploring Supply Chain Challenges

  1. Discussing Supply Chain Challenges from a Converter Perspective

    Cheryl Trease – Manager, Product Safety/Regulatory of Sonoco Products

    Detailed Presentation Abstract Coming Soon!

  2. Challenges Faced by Raw Materials Suppliers

    Presentation Abstract & Speaker Details Coming Soon!

  3. Working Across the Supply Chain to Problem-Solve and Plan for the Future

    Presentation Abstract & Speaker Details Coming Soon!

  4. Analyzing Unique Food Contact Challenges from a Brand Perspective

    Presentation Abstract & Speaker Details Coming Soon!

  5. Networking Break

Session V: Migration Concerns and Responding to Regulatory Requirements

  1. Analysis of Data on Food-Contact Surface Area-to-Food Mass Ratios (SA/mF) for the Estimation of Migration Levels of Components of Single-Use Packaging Materials into Food

    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 and packaging materials. We also conducted food intake analysis to estimate intakes of the 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.

  2. Responding to Regulatory Requirements Through Innovations

    Michaela Hofbauer – Group Leader Adhesive 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.

    • In Europe, we have developed approaches to work with the entire value chain to enable safe use of tackifier resins, which have been under significant scrutiny due to their oligomeric nature.
    • In North America, California Proposition 65 requires manufacturers to label adhesives that contain trace chemicals, such as styrene. To address concerns surrounding trace chemicals, we are introducing a new tackifier family that does not require Proposition 65 labeling.

Session VI: Recycling and Sustainability in Food Contact Materials

  1. Exploring Recycling and Sustainability in the Food Contact Industry

    Presented by Recycled Paperboard Alliance/Recycled Paperboard Technical Association

    Detailed abstract and speaker information coming soon!

  2. Preventing Food Waste with Safe, Plastic-Free, and Fluorochemical-Free Paperboard Materials

    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.

  3. Closing Remarks for the Day

  4. Decernis User Meeting

  5. Evening Networking Reception

Day 2 | April 24, 2020

Registration & Welcome

  1. Registration Table Opens

  2. Opening Remarks

Session VII: Food Contact in Focus | Asia

  1. Update on the Positive Lists for Food Contact Materials in Japan: What to Expect and How to Comply

    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.

  2. Food Contact Regulations and Updates in China

    Joan Sylvain Baughan | Partner of Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

    Presentation abstract coming soon!

  3. Food Contact Regulations and Updates in India

    Presentation Abstract & Speaker Details Coming Soon!

Session VIII: Responding to Consumer Interests, Brand Perspectives, and Trends

  1. Panel Discussion - The Future of Food Contact

    Stay Tuned - More Details Coming Soon!

  2. Closing Remarks for Global Food Contact 2020