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Agenda

The 2024 Agenda is here! 
Click the tabs below to see what's in store including: conversations with experts, networking opportunities, and a look towards the future. 
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Welcome and Opening Remarks
Rebecca List- Conference Producer, Smithers
Session I: North America Focus: Food Contact Regulation
FDA Updates
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U.S. State Packaging Legislation Trends
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The New and the Now in Canada
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Networking Break
Let's Talk About PFAS: Tackling the Biggest Questions and Exploring Next Steps
This panel will discuss the regulatory landscape, emerging innovations to find PFAS alternatives for the food contact industry, and questions from all parts of the supply chain. What’s on everyone’s minds right now? What are the biggest concerns, and how can the industry work together to make progress?

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Session II: LATAM Focus: Food Contact Regulation
Exploring the Latest Mercosur Updates
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Networking Lunch
Session III: The Continued Importance of Food Safety
Food Safety and Packaging Innovations in the Meal Kit Space
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The Last Mile: E-commerce and the Importance of Temperature Compliance, Product Tampering Protection, and Delivery Vehicle Cleanliness
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Networking Break
Session IV: Deep Dive into Packaging Sustainability
Packaging Sustainability: Nuts and Bolts, Need-to-Knows, and What’s Next
Additional Speaker: Dr. Henrik Jungclas Senior Subject Matter Expert, FoodChain ID
Dr. Henrik Jungclas | Senior Subject Matter Expert, FoodChain ID
Session V: Innovations in Sustainability, Recyclability, and Compostability
Updates in Sustainability Efforts and Looking to the Future
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Paper Food-Packaging Regulatory Compliance and Compostable Certifications
With the implementation of single-use plastic bans around the world, paper food packaging and food serviceware industries have seen tremendous growth in recent years. This presentation will provide a summary of paper food-contact regulatory compliance in the US, EU, and China, the regulations, and the technical aspects of compliance strategies. In addition, the presentation will touch upon packaging sustainability regarding post-consumer recycled paper, Compostable Certification and the most reputable third-party Compostable Certification organizations, the certification processes, and the compostable product considerations.
 
Huqiu Zhang | Principal , Sevee & Maher Engineers
Safely using Recycled Fiber Content in Direct Food Packaging
In support of recycling and circularity, the Recycled Paperboard Technical Association (RPTA) has developed and maintains an evergreen program for fiber-based materials made with high levels of recovered fiber and intended for food contact end uses. In this presentation, Paul Schutes will review: FDA requirements for recycled content fiber-based packaging; RPTA’s health risk-based program for assuring suitable purity; RPTA’s system for assessing relevant impurities entering manufacturing with recovered fiber; and the certification program developed to support RPTA members and their customers.
 
Paul Schutes | President, Recycled Paperboard Technical Association
Decernis User Meeting
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Closing Remarks
Rebecca List- Conference Producer, Smithers
Networking Reception
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Session VI: Asia Focus: Food Contact Regulation
Exploring the Latest Updates in China
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India, ASEAN, EAEU, and the Rest of Asia
Networking Break
Session VI: European and UK Focus: Food Contact Regulation
EU Food Contact Updates and Packaging Sustainability
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Farewell Lunch

Download the 2023 programme

GFC-2023-final-agenda-16-5-23