GMA Science Forum 2018

PROGRAM AGENDA

Please keep in mind, the event programming is subject to change.
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*Please note that all Pre-Conference Workshops will be held at the GMA offices.


 

  • Monday, March 26, 2018

    7:00 am – 4:00 pm Registration Open
     
    10:00 am – 1:00 pm Pre-Conference Session 1:
    Biotechnology Workshop
    This workshop will dive into hot topics associated with biotechnology and new breeding techniques.
     
    2:00 pm – 5:00 pm Pre-Conference Session 2:
    Food Safety Workshop
    We will dive into hot topics associated with food safety, regulatory compliance and supply chain controls in this interactive and informative workshop.

    Pre-Conference Session 3:

    Ingredient Safety Workshop
    This workshop will dive into hot topics associated with Ingredient safety for both food products and consumer and household products.
       
  • Tuesday, March 27, 2018

    6:30 am — 5:00 pm Registration Open
     
    6:30 am — 6:30 pm GMA SEF Silent Auction
    GMA Science and Education Foundation (SEF) is holding its third annual Silent Auction at this year's Science Forum! All proceeds from the auction will go to support state-of-the-art research, middle school food science education, a fellowship program for advanced food safety graduates and high impact domestic and international training programs for the food, beverage and consumer products industry.

     
    7:00 am — 8:00 am Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors
     

    8:00 am — 9:30 am

    Welcome and Opening Keynote Address
    Innovation to Meet Consumer Preferences and Needs

    In this dynamic environment, it is important for companies to consider how innovation is driving companies to change the way they do things to address consumer preferences and needs.  To address this consumer driven need, the opening plenary session of the 2018 Science Forum will include a series of short “Ted” talks on the topic of innovation followed by a moderated panel discussion with the speakers and the audience.  The opening plenary session is designed to provide participants with a broader understanding of how consumer needs are being met through innovative approaches and solutions; touch on key topic areas in science and regulatory affairs; connect participants with resources and sources of information; and learn from leading experts in the field of innovation.

    9:30 am — 10:00 am Networking Break
     

    10:00 am — 11:30 am

     

    Breakout Sessions

    Breakout Session 1: Ingredient Safety Track
    Personal Care and Household Products – Underwriter Laboratories

    Breakout Session 2: FSMA Track
    Food Companies in the Cross Hairs: The Department of Justice is Amping Up Criminal Enforcement Against Those in the Food Industry
    The Department of Justice, at the highest levels, have announced significant increased criminal enforcement initiatives against companies in the food industry, and DOJ's recent prosecutions and investigations involving food companies demonstrate that our industry is facing a new reality.  Come learn what DOJ is actually doing, the DOJ enforcement standards being applied against food companies, and what you and your company can do to avoid being the next target of prosecution.
    Moderator: Joe Levitt, Partner, Hogan Lovells
    Speakers:
    Dave Sharfstein, Hogan Lovells

    Breakout Session 3: Nutrition track

    Breakout Session 4: Tech Track
    ComBase and predictive microbiology as a validation tool for process preventive controls

    11:30 am – 11:45 pm Walk Time
     
    11:45 am – 12:45 pm Keynote Luncheon - Update on FDA’s Regulatory Agenda
    Speaker: Dr. Stephen Ostroff (to be invited)

     
    12:45 pm – 1:00 pm Walk Time
     
    1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Breakout Sessions

    Breakout Session 1: : Ingredient Safety Track
    PCHP - TSCA

    Breakout Session 2: FSMA Track
    Implementation of Foreign Supplier Verification Programs

    Breakout Session 3: Nutrition Track

    Breakout Session 4: Technical Food Safety Track
    Bush Brothers Recall Case Study

     
    2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Networking Break

    3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

    Breakout Sessions

    Breakout Session 1: Ingredient Safety Track
    PCHP Pesticide Residues

    Breakout Session 2: FSMA Track
    Intentional Adulteration

    Breakout Session 3: Nutrition Track

    Breakout Session 4: Technical Food Safety Track
    Allergens

    4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Networking Break
     

    5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

     

    6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

    New Member Reception (Invite Only)

     

    Welcome Reception 

     

    6:30 pm – 9:00 pm Conference Dinner
    Featuring the Discovery Channel’s MythBusters' star, Grant Imahara

     
  • Wednesday, March 28, 2018

    7:00 am – 5:00 pm Registration Open
     
    7:00 am – 3:30 pm GMA SEF Silent Auction
    GMA Science and Education Foundation (SEF) is holding its third annual Silent Auction at this year's Science Forum! All proceeds from the auction will go to support state-of-the-art research, middle school food science education, a fellowship program for advanced food safety graduates and high impact domestic and international training programs for the food, beverage and consumer products industry.

     
    7:30 am – 8:15 am Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors
     
    8:15 am – 8:30 am Walk Time
    8:30 am – 9:45 am

    Strategic Issue Session
    Innovations in Food Safety - from Research to Practice
    This session will showcase some examples from three leading food innovation and research centers from around the country that are making advances in everything from food pathogens and new food processing techniques to allergen detection methodologies.  The session will explore ways for industry to partner with these centers to be able to access research findings and/or new technologies more efficiently.  This could lead to new product development, better risk control measures, improved food safety practices and innovative food products.

    Speakers: Dr. Francisco Diez- Gonzalez, Director and Professor of the University of Georgia Center for Food Safety

    9:45 am — 10:15 am Networking Break
     
    10:15 am — 11:45 am

    Breakout Sessions

    Breakout Session 1: Ingredient Safety Track
    Personal Care and Household Products Prop 65

    Breakout Session 2: FSMA Track
    Inspections – PC and FSVP

    Breakout Session 3: Nutrition Track

    Breakout Session 4: Technical Food Safety Track

    12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Networking Lunch
     
    1:00 pm – 1:15 pm Walk Time
     

    1:15 pm – 3:00 pm

    IDX
    Nutrition Track

    Ingredient Safety (Food and Consumer Goods) Track
    Description: PCHP Prop 65

    FSMA Track
    Description: Inspections and Records

    Technical Food Safety Track
    Description: Listeriosis

    3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Networking Break
     
    3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Closing General Session – Panel Presentation
    A Look Back and A Look Forward – What Does the Future Hold for the Food Industry
    How did the last year of an administration impact activities and priorities in the various agencies?  What political transitions are we seeing with a new administration, what can be expected and how will this affect the FDA and USDA?  This panel discussion will highlight what’s to come in the regulatory landscape and the overall impact of congressional change on the food industry.

    Moderator: Roger Lowe, Executive Vice President, Strategic Communications, GMA
    Speakers: 
    Joseph Levitt, Partner, Hogan Lovells US LLP
    Ricardo Carvajal, J.D., M.S., Director, Hyman, Phelps & McNamara, P.C.

  • Thursday, March 29, 2018

    7:00 am – 1:00 pm Registration Open
     
    7:00 am – 8:30 am Breakfast on Your Own
     
    8:30 am – 12:30 pm Science and Regulatory Affairs Council Executive Committee (SRAC EC)
    8:30 am – 11:30 am Processing Technologies (PTC) Committee
    Biotechnology (BIO) Committee
    Food Allergens (FAC) Committee
    Chemicals Management (CMC) Committee –FOOD
    11:30 am – 1:00 pm

    Lunch on Your Own

    1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Science and Regulatory Affairs Council (SRAC)
    Chemicals Management (CMC) Committee – PCHP
    Regulatory Inspections & Compliance (RICC) Committee
    Microbiological Safety (MSC) Committee
    Nutrition Health & Labeling (NHL) Committee