Exclusive interview with Global Food Contact 2015 expert speaker from Istituto Superiore di Sanità

In the lead up to the Global Food Contact 2015 conference, Smithers has conducted interviews with the regulatory experts that are on the speaker panel for the May event taking place in Rome, Italy.

Meet the expert: Maria- Rosaria Milana, Director Exposure and Risk from Materials Unit, Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS) Roma 

Maria- Rosaria Milana is the Director of the “Exposure and Risk from Materials” unit at the National Institute of Health  (Istituto Superiore di Sanità) and is responsible for the Food Contact Materials division in the National Reference Laboratory.  She is also a member of the EFSA CEF Panel  that deals with risk assessment for food contact materials 

Maria- Rosaria Milana will be delivering her presentation "Overview on European Union regulatory developments. Challenges for Italian legislation." on conference day 1 - Wednesday, 20 May 2015


Smithers:

Your role at the Istituto Superiore di Sanita requires extensive knowledge of existing and forthcoming food ingredient and packaging legislation, how do you stay up to date with these developments?

Maria- Rosaria Milana:

A scientist should never stop studying. Innovation must be followed to understand the technological advantages but also the possible health risks, if any. Online  scientific libraries, events, exhibitions, are all opportunities that cannot be missed.


Smithers:

You’ve been specialising in food contact for nearly 35 years. What do you feel have been the most noteworthy changes in this time and where do you see the industry in the future? 

Maria- Rosaria Milana:

The analytical and documental control of the final products on the market remain a fundamental tool to monitor safety of the products, but I have seen the evolution of the system towards the control of the process and the improvement of quality management system to ensure and maintain food safety standards for food packaging.  


Smithers:

What do you hope your audience at Global Food Contact 2015 will take away from your presentation?

Maria- Rosaria Milana:

The impression that the legislative system for food contact materials and articles is in a continuous evolution and that the legislation has to follow the technical innovations . Legislation should be proactive and not only repressive.


Smithers: 

What are you most looking forward to about Global Food Contact 2015?

Maria- Rosaria Milana:

The possibility to meet and exchange views with an international and qualified audience of the stakeholders