Global Food Contact Speakers

Speakers 2018

  • Dr. Stephen Klump

    Global Head of Packaging Quality and Safety Nestlé

    Stephen Klump is the Global Head of Packaging Quality and Safety for Nestlé. The responsibilities include leading Nestlé’s packaging safety and compliance program.

    Stephen has 10+ years’ experience in the packaging food safety area. Dr. Klump earned a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Ohio State University in the USA. After a several years working in the chemicals industry and a transitional role in the beverage industry, Dr. Klump moved to Nestlé. During his 17+ years with Nestlé, Stephen worked at several Nestlé locations including the Nestlé Research Center in Lausanne Switzerland developing methods to test for migrants from packaging materials. Following, Dr. Klump supported packaging safety for Nestlé at a zone/regional level and now at a global level. He is now based in Marysville Ohio in the USA.

  • Professor Alejandro Ariosti

    Materials for Sanitary Applications - Technical Assistance National Institute of Industrial Technology (INTI) - Plastics Centre, Argentina

    He is a Chemical Engineer (1981, National University of Buenos Aires) with two post-degrees: a Master on Food Science and Technology (1983, National University of Mar del Plata) and a Specialization on Plastics Conversion Technologies (2005, National University of San Martín).

    He received scholarships for technical training on food packaging and other sanitary applications of plastics, at the Istituto Superiore di Sanità (Roma, Italy) (1987), the Svenska Quality Management Group (Stockholm, 1987), the Japan Packaging Institute/JICA (Tokyo, 1991), and the Iberoamerican (Latin America + Spain + Portugal) CYTED (Science and Technology for Development) Program Center (Antigua Guatemala, 2002).

    He works at the National Institute of Industrial Technology (INTI) - Plastics Centre of Argentina since 1984, dealing with food packaging, materials interactions with foodstuffs, packaging and environment, and regulatory issues. His tasks at the INTI - Plastics Centre began with tests and analysis at the lab, continued and evolved with research and development, technical assistance, management, technical training, and standards and regulations development. He has been Deputy of the Plastics Centre (1997-2002) and also its Director (2002-2007). Now he is mainly involved with senior technical assistance and training, and with the MERCOSUR Packaging Group for the development of FCMs regulations.

    He also teaches Food Packaging at public Universities (National University of Buenos Aires - Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry – Food Science Department) (degree and post-degree), at the Argentine Catholic University (degree), and at the Argentine Packaging Institute (IAE) (tertiary level and post-degree). Since 2012 he is member of the Academic Commission of the Post-degree Specialization Course on Packaging (Agreement between the National University of Rosario and the IAE). He is coordinator of and Professor at several Modules of the post-degree course. He is also Professor of the IAE Technical Packaging Course since 1987.

    Since 1991 he represents INTI at the MERCOSUR Food Packaging Group, which developed the block regulations on different food contact materials, and since 1984 at the Argentine Institute of Standardization and Certification (IRAM).

    He has been national coordinator of two CYTED packaging projects (migration of food packaging components, and active and biodegradable food packaging), and at presents belongs to the scientific network Global Harmonization Initiative (GHI) (based at the BOKU University, Vienna, Austria), and he acts as its representative in Argentina.

    He is author and co-author of chapters of books in Spanish and English on food contact materials sanitary issues. For instance, his last publications are:

    - Kopper, G. and Ariosti, A., 2010. Food Packaging Legislation: Sanitary Aspects. In: Ensuring Global Food Safety  –  Exploring Global Harmonization. Boisrobert, Ch., Stjepanovic, A., Oh, S., Lelieveld, H. (Editors). Academic Press/Elsevier, New York, USA, pp. 227-261.

  • Joan Sylvain Baughan

    Partner Keller and Heckman, LLP

    Joan Sylvain Baughan practices food and drug law, focusing on U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and comparable international regulation of food contact materials, drugs, cosmetics, and medical devices. 

    In addition to practicing in the firm's Washington office, Ms. Baughan spent three years counseling foreign and domestic clients from the firm's Brussels, Belgium office. While there, she developed an expertise in the regulation of food packaging materials and medicinal products under European Union and Member State legislation.

    Ms. Baughan has a scientific background in microbiology and medical technology. She has served as general counsel for The Society of the Plastics Industry, Inc.’s Food, Drug and Cosmetics Packaging Materials Committee, representing the committee before U.S. agencies and their international counterparts.

    Ms. Baughan frequently speaks at international conferences on various FDA and related regulatory topics and is an accomplished writer within the food and drug arena.  She was a contributing author and the sole editor of the comprehensive food packaging book “Global Legislation for Food Contact Materials.” 

    Education: University of Massachusetts at Amherst (B.S., 1984, B.S.M.T. 1985); Catholic University of America (J.D., 1991).

    Admissions: District of Columbia; Massachusetts

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    • USA
  • Seth Goldberg JD

    Partner Steptoe & Johnson LLP

    Seth Goldberg guides corporations and trade associations through the complicated maze of global chemical and environmental regulations. He partners with clients to successfully and strategically prepare them for any regulatory obstacles they face in business. With more than 35 years of obtaining favorable results for clients in a broad range of chemical regulatory, environment, and life sciences matters, he now leads Steptoe’s international team of lawyers, scientists, and technical consultants in this realm. Seth’s chemical regulatory practice is based around his deep understanding of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) in the US, biocides, plant protection products, and general chemical regulation (REACH) in the EU, and similar programs in China. Seth’s extensive experience and insight as practice leader enable him to navigate chemical manufacturers, distributors, transporters, and end-users through a comprehensive spectrum of regulatory programs and policies, including emerging and prospective regulatory issues. Seth serves as lead counsel in administrative, trial, and appellate court proceedings, including district court representation concerning the EPA’s review of FIFRA registration actions and compliance with the ESA. He also handles matters involving product regulation, federalism issues, state programs, and international coordination of chemical control regimes.   

  • Dr. Thomas Gude

    Deputy Head Swiss Quality Services

    Thomas Gude is Deputy Head of SQTS, Switzerland. After studying food chemistry in Berlin, Germany, followed by a PhD in the area of veterinary drugs at the Federal Health Service, Berlin, he has been working for an EU Reference Laboratory and for more than 10 years in pharmaceutical and chemical industry in various research and development positions as well as in quality assurance. Since 15 years he is now working for SQTS responsible for the food and non-food testing laboratories. Besides the analytical challenges he is working in the area of risk assessments with special focus on food contact materials. Since November 2015 he is also chair of the ILSI Task Force “Packaging Material”. In addition he is giving lectures at several institutions/Universities like ETH Zürich.

  • Paul Honigfort

    Supervisory Consumer Safety Officer U.S. Food and Drug Administration

    Dr. Paul Honigfort is a Supervisory Consumer Safety Officer in FDA’s Division of Food Contact Notifications, Office of Food Additive Safety (OFAS).  Dr. Honigfort has over 16 years of experience with food contact materials and food additive regulations.  As a Consumer Safety Officer within FDA Dr. Honigfort facilitates the Food Contact Notification process and serves as the coordinator of the Threshold of Regulation review committee.  Dr. Honigfort is also the United States Delegate to the Codex Committee on Food Additives, which formulates international standards on the safe use and fair trade of food additives.  Prior to his time at FDA, Dr. Honigfort worked for GE Plastics as an Advanced Materials Developer specializing in engineering thermoplastics and food packaging materials.

  • Alistair Irvine

    Business Manager UK Food Contact Compliance Smithers Pira

    Alistair manages the Food Packaging Safety Section within Smithers Pira. This involves advising clients on the safety legislation which applies to food packaging in a wide range of different countries throughout the world and coordinating work programmes to ensure that clients' products meet these requirements. His expertise spans all the EU countries, USA, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Israel, Russia and all the South American countries.

    Alistair graduated with a degree and PhD in Chemistry from Birmingham University. After working for BP and the Department of Health, he joined Pira in 1994, taking up his current position in 1995.

    • United Kingdom
  • Dr. Nick Ivory

    Technical Director Sun Chemical Ltd.

    Nick has been Sun Chemical’s Energy Curing Technical Director since 2005 and a large part of his career has been spent working on the development of raw materials for, or the formulation of, energy curing products. Latterly his work has had a strong focus on compliant energy curing inks and varnishes for the printing of food and sensitive product packaging.

    He is currently Chairman of the European Printing Ink Association’s (EuPIA) Energy Curing Work Group, working closely with raw material suppliers and the relevant authorities to ensure the continuing fitness for use in food packaging of UV and EB curing inks and varnishes. Nick is also a member of the RadTech Europe Management Committee and RTE’s Health and Safety Committee.

    Nick holds a BSc in Industrial Chemistry, a PhD in Bio-Inorganic Chemistry and an MBA.

  • Kevin C. Kenny

    Chief Operating Officer Decernis, USA

    Kevin is co-founder and owner of Decernis and is an experienced regulatory attorney who has worked and consulted for 20+ years in the food and consumer products space.  He advises some of the world’s largest manufacturers on Food, Food Contact and Supply Chain Compliance challenges globally. Working with a team of native speaker experts in all major markets, Kevin has led a Decernis team effort to expand regulatory coverage to over 200 countries.  He spends much of the year meeting with clients to identify and satisfy their needs across the Decernis global client base. Kevin builds cooperative and partnering relationships with governmental agencies and organizations (today 40+ countries across five continents, including US FDA, European Union, Canada, China and Japan).

    An expert on food contact and food additive regulation globally, Kevin is a frequent speaker at international conferences and an active participant in the Regulatory Affairs Committees of food, cosmetic and consumer product associations.  Kevin also attends the Codex Alimentarius Committee on Food Additives in China annually as a member of the International Food Additives Council.

    Prior to founding Decernis, Kevin worked as a regulatory attorney and later VP, International Operations at Ariel Research, which managed product safety regulations globally for chemical manufacturers.

    Kevin has lived and worked for seven years across five European and Asian countries and is fluent in German, French and Spanish. He possesses an honors Juris Doctor, an LL.M. in International Law and the Hague Diplôm de Droit International.  In 1992, he was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship in Bonn and later taught International Law courses at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität in Kiel, Germany.

    • USA
  • Sharon Koh-Fallet

    Consumer Safety Officer, in the Office of Food Additive Safety/Division of Food Contact Notification U.S. Food and Drug Administration

    Sharon Koh-Fallet completed her Ph.D. in Chemistry at Northwestern University in 2007. Following the completion of her Ph.D., Dr. Koh-Fallet worked for Milliken & Company, working as a Research Chemist to develop innovations for advanced materials including textiles, carpets, plastics, and silicones. After spending more than 6.5 years in industry, Dr. Koh-Fallet went to the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) as an American Society of Engineering Education Postdoctoral Fellow where she worked for 1.5 years on developing new computational methods to understand energetic materials. Following her time at NRL, Dr. Koh-Fallet worked at Strategic Analysis where she provided programmatic and scientific technical support to various program managers in different government agencies. Dr. Koh-Fallet started at the FDA in the Office of Food Additive Safety in the Division of Food Contact Notification in January of 2017 where she works as a Consumer Safety Officer (CSO). As a CSO, Dr. Koh-Fallet manages the review process for premarket industry submissions for food contact notifications. She helps facilitate communicate between the industry and FDA, and serves as a regulatory scientist on the review team.

  • Carrie Muscato-Oswald

    Product Safety and Regulatory Affairs Henkel Corporation, North America

    Carrie Muscato-Oswald is the Lead Regulatory Specialist in food contact materials for Henkel in North America.  Over the years, she has answered thousands of regulatory inquiries focused on food contact materials, as well as other chemical industry regulations.  On a regular basis, she is consulted on FDA regulations by Henkel colleagues both in the US as well as in other regions.  Working with Product Development, Quality, and other key contributors on Henkel’s food safety team, she has worked over time to establish the high standards that exist today in Henkel’s food safety program.  Carrie attended Eastern Michigan University where she studied biochemistry/toxicology and was involved in research, as well as Michigan State University studying pharmacology/toxicology.   She has been with Henkel for 11 years, working in the Madison Heights, Michigan office.  

  • Monika Rawat

    Lead Regulatory Affairs The Kraft Heinz Company, India

    Monika Rawat is the Manager Regulatory Affairs at The Kraft Heinz Company, India. In her current role, she is responsible for overall regulatory compliance for business in India. Prior to Joining Kraft Heinz Company, she was associated with FICCI as Senior Assistant Director and led policy and regulatory advocacy for Food Businesses. During her tenure with FICCI, she was member of various committees including Scientific Panel of Labeling Claim and Advertisement at FSSAI, BIS and Department of Legal Metrology, Ministry of Consumer Affairs. Monika has over 17 years of experience in the area of Food safety auditing, quality, regulatory and Government affairs. She has received her Bachelor’s of engineering degree in Food Technology from FET, R B S College Agra, India.

     

     

    • India
  • Cynthia Scholten

    Scientific Evaluator Health Canada
    • Scientific Evaluator in the Food Packaging Materials and Incidental Additives Section of the Bureau of Chemical Safety at Health Canada since 2006.
    • Our work includes conducting evaluation of the chemical safety of food packaging materials and Incidental Additives.
    • Received a Bachelor in Science Honours Chemistry Co-operative Education Program at the University of Ottawa, Canada.
  • Katja Tuomola

    Product Safety Manager Metsä Board, Finland

    Katja graduated from Jyväskylä University, Finland with a Master of Science in the field of Applied Wood and Paper Chemistry. She has a strong background within the pulp and paper industry, with over 17 years’ experience, and has specialised in the formulation and application of chemicals for pulp and paper mills. Currently, she is responsible for the global product safety and food contact compliance of Metsä Board products – a leading European producer of premium fresh fibre paperboards including folding boxboards, food service boards and white kraftliners.

  • Xiaolu Wang

    Regulatory Research Analyst - Asia Pacific Verisk 3E

    Ms. Wang brought extensive legal and regulatory knowledge and expertise in the field of environmental, health, and safety (EHS) compliance to the 3E Company. Before joining 3E Company as a regulatory analyst for the Asia Pacific region, she worked for a regulatory consulting firm based in DC as a senior regulatory specialist, monitoring and analyzing regulatory changes in Asia on EH&S related issues, including renewable energy, air/water pollution prevention, hazardous chemicals, food contact materials, natural resource restrictions, cosmetics, and medical devices. In addition, she worked as a litigator in Beijing, advising her clients on corporate law matters and contracts.

    One of the major topics that Ms. Wang closely monitors and analyzes is food contact material-related regulations in multiple Asian countries, including China, Japan, and Korea.  Ms. Wang recently conducted an in-depth analysis of a total of 160 Chinese technical standards for food contact materials, including national and industrial standards that are currently in force. She identified applicable migration limits for food contact materials from these standards and ensures that they are reflected in the regulatory compliance tool that 3E offers.  Ms. Wang also researched specific legal issues concerning food contact materials, such as the required format of expression of migration test results for food contact materials.

    Ms. Wang obtained her Bachelor of Laws (JD equivalent) from the Capital Normal University (CNU) in Beijing, China and a Master of Laws degree (LL.M) from American University in Washington DC. She is a licensed attorney admitted to the bars of China and the State of New York. She is a native Chinese (Mandarin) speaker and fluent in English.