Smithers Pira's unique Global Food Contact conference takes place this May 9-11 in Bethesda, Maryland.
The Global Food Contact 2018 event consisted of an expert led pre-conference workshop, and two days of vital updates on food contact legislation across the globe.
Eric F. Greenberg | Principal Attorney of Eric F. Greenberg P.C.
This lively workshop explores aspects of the controversies over GRAS that are not often examined, including historical context and evaluating different possible approaches from the point of view of public policy.
An interactive session that allows you to air out your questions and hear different views on this topic of current interest to food contact and food ingredient makers and users.
Paul Honigfort | Supervisory Consumer Safety Officer of U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Joan Sylvain Baughan | Partner of Keller and Heckman, LLP
Professor Alejandro Ariosti | Materials for Sanitary Applications - Technical Assistance of National Institute of Industrial Technology (INTI) - Plastics Centre, Argentina
Cynthia Scholten | Scientific Evaluator of Health Canada
Kevin C. Kenny | Chief Operating Officer of Decernis, USA
Xiaolu Wang | Regulatory Research Analyst, Asia Pacific of 3E Company
Monika Rawat | Lead Regulatory Affairs & Compliance, India of The Kraft Heinz Company
Alistair Irvine | Business Manager UK Food Contact Compliance of Smithers Pira
Dr. Nick Ivory | Technical Director of Sun Chemical Ltd.
Dr. Thomas Gude | Deputy Head of Swiss Quality Services
Identification for NIAS (Non Intentionally Added substances) is getting more and more in the focus of food industry and its foods contact materials suppliers. The European as well recently the Chinese food contact material legislation is dealing with this topic without defining how to analyze it. In principle the NIAS discussion is not a new one as it has been tackled by the FDA and others under Extractables and Leachables. Never the less there are some “felt” differences. Besides these differences the main challenges are analytical performance. As actually no harmonized principles are defined, there might be some confusion especially in interpretation of NIAS data. The present talk will highlight what is actually possible when using GC/MS and LC/MS screening tools, what are the limitations and which parts could be possibly to be harmonized. Finally an outlook will be given on how NIAS findings can be interpreted and assessed and what kind of homework the industry needs to do.
Panelists Include: Smithers Pira, Keller & Heckman LLP, Decernis, National Institute of Industrial Technology
Dr. Alistair Irvine, Food Contact Compliance Manager, Smithers – Pira
Joan Sylvain Baughan, Partner, Keller & Heckman LLP
Kevin C. Kenny, Chief Operating Officer, Decernis,
Professor Alejandro Ariosti, Materials for Sanitary Applications – Technical Assistance, National Institute of Industrial Technology, Argentina
Seth Goldberg JD | Partner of Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Carrie Muscato-Oswald | Product Safety and Regulatory Affairs of Henkel Corporation, North America
Sharon Koh-Fallet | Consumer Safety Officer, in the Office of Food Additive Safety/Division of Food Contact Notification of U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Dr. Stephen Klump | Global Head of Packaging Quality and Safety of Nestlé
Panelists Include: Nestle
Russell Tew | Manager, AD&TS Consumer Products of Borealis
Recent years have seen numerous examples of food safety concerns related to packaging. They originate from everything from some real issues, to simply wrong information or to good scientific information wrongly interpreted. Such news now spreads increasingly fast damaging Brand values, at least temporarily.
The leading Brands now look to move ahead of regulations, minimising any perceived risk to Brand values.
One example was the changeover to non-phthalate polypropylene in Europe where early and detailed discussions with key players in the value chain were vital to ensuring this would happen and giving as little concern as possible.
Engagement with the value chain for a leading supplier was key.
Katja Tuomola | Product Safety Manager of Metsä Group
Health concerns become global in matter of seconds, and knowing what food contact materials are made of is becoming increasingly important. Food-related product safety issues are making the news and headlines more frequently and at the same time lifestyles are changing requiring more ‘on the go and sustainable packaging solutions. Recently fast food packaging materials have been in the spotlight for the usage of fluorinated chemicals or phthalates. In this presentation I will explain and highlight with a real example what is needed from a compliance perspective to produce a safe hamburger box.
The presentation will touch briefly on the global regulatory process, using practical examples. The type of paperboard selection and whether a barrier coating is needed (or not) will also be covered as well as a multilateral multilayer material example (PE extrusion coated board). Also, the presentation will include the recent case covering fluorinated chemistries and other chemicals of concern and why they have become such an issue.
A global view is being taken because Metsä Board’s customers and brand owners distribute their products globally. Fulfilling global regulations and recommendations is becoming an increasingly onerous task as they become more stringent in every area.
Henry Su | Senior Product Regulations Specialist – Food Contact of BASF