Science Forum 2013

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7:00 am–5:00 pm    Registration Open (Thurgood Marshall Foyer)

GMA Committee Meetings

8:30–11:30 am    Allergen Committee Meeting* (Harding)

8:30 am–12:30 pm    Thermal Processing Working Group* (Coolidge)

1:30–4:30 pm    Food Industry Analytical Chemist Share Group Meeting* (Coolidge)

1:30–5:00 pm    Chemical Management Committee Meeting* (Harding)

Pre-Conference Workshops

8:00 am–4:30 pm    Pre-Conference Workshop**    (Maryland AB—Lobby Level)

Sodium Intake: Scientific, Policy and Consumer Aspects

Robert P. Heaney, Ph.D., Professor of Medicine, Creighton University

Marianne Smith-Edge, MS, RD, LD, FADA, Senior Vice President,Nutrition and Food Safety, International Food Information Council

Michael H. Alderman, M.D., Distinguished University ProfessorEmeritus, Medicine Epidemiology and Population Health, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

David McCarron, M.D., FACP, Associate in AES, U.C. Davis

Gary K. Beauchamp, Ph.D., Director, Monell Chemical Senses Center

Phyllis Tanaka, MSc., RD, Vice President, Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, Food and Consumer Products of Canada

Barbara Gallani, Food, Safety, Science and Health Director, Food and Drink Federation

Sean Westcott, MBA, Director, Nestlé Product Technology Center, Nestlé

Gerda Feunekes, Ph.D., Nutrition and Health Director Savoury, Unilever R&D Vlaardingen

Kathy McMahon, Ph.D., Director of Wellness and Nutrition, Hillshire Brands

8:00–11:00 am    Pre-Conference Workshop**    (Madison AB )

Everything You Wanted to Know about the Molecular Tracking of Bacterial Pathogens

Steve J. Knabel, Ph.D., Professor of Food Science, Pennsylvania State University

Yi Chen, Ph.D., Research Microbiologist, FDA CFSAN

Eric W. Brown, Director, Division of Microbiology, FDA CFSAN

Edward Dudley, Ph.D., Professor of Food Science, Pennsylvania State University

John Besser, Ph.D., Deputy Chief, Enteric Diseases Laboratory Branch, NCEZID/DFWED, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

2:00–4:30 pm    Pre-Conference Workshop**   (McKinley)

Green Chemistry: Understanding State Regulatory and Compliance Requirements

MODERATOR: Maureen F. Gorsen, Esq., Partner, Alston + Bird, LLP

Deborah Raphael, Director, California Department of Toxic Substances Control

Carol Kraege, Reducing Toxics Threats Coordinator and Manager, Washington State Department of Ecology

Christine F. Chaisson, Ph.D., Director and Risk Analyst, The Lifeline Group

Mitchell Cheeseman Ph.D., Managing Director of Environment and Life Sciences, Steptoe & Johnson LLP

George Gray, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health; Director, Center for Risk Science and Public Health, George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services

2:00–4:30 pm    Pre-Conference Workshop**   (Madison AB)

FSMA Validation, Verification and Product Testing: Your New Tasks Identified and Explained

MODERATOR: Warren Stone, Senior Director of Science Policy, Compliance and Inspection, Grocery Manufacturers Association

Joseph A. Levitt, Partner, Hogan & Lovells US, LLP

Tim Jackson, Ph.D., Director of Food Safety, Nestlé USA, Inc.

Steve Mavity, Senior Vice President, Technical Services, Bumblebee

Paul Young, Ph.D., Director, Chemical Analysis Operations, Waters Corporation

5:30–6:30 pm    Prospective Member Reception* (Hoover)


6:30 am–5:00 pm Registration Open (Thurgood Marshall Foyer)

7:30–9:00 am
Welcome Breakfast   (Thurgood Marshall East North)
Sponsored by: GE Intelligent Platforms
International Trade Implications of FSMA
John M.Weekes, Senior Business Advisor, Bennet Jones,
Former Canadian Ambassador to the WTO

9:00–9:15 am    Networking Break (Thurgood Marshall Foyer)

9:15 am–12:15 pm
Concurrent Strategic Issue Sessions
There will be a networking break
from 10:30–11:00 am, sponsored by
Networking break
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9:15 am–12:15 pm

Globalization of Food Safety Brings New Supply Chain Challenges
(Thurgood Marshall West)

MODERATOR: Bradd P. Eldridge, Director, Quality Assurance, Abbott Nutrition

Michael Robach, Vice President, Corporate Food Safety and Regulatory Affairs, Cargill, Inc.

Camille Brewer, Director, International Affairs, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Joseph A. Levitt, Partner, Hogan & Lovells US, LLP

(after the break)

Elizabeth B. Fawell, Associate, Hogan Lovells US, LLP

Robert Guenther, Senior Vice President, Public Policy, United Fresh Produce Association

9:15 am–12:15 pm

Obesity: Role for the Food Industry in Effecting Positive Changes
(Thurgood Marshall South)

MODERATOR: DeAnn J. Liska Ph.D., Senior Director of Nutrition Science, Kellogg Company

David B. Allison, Ph.D., Professor of Public Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Richard Black, Ph.D., Vice President Global Nutrition, PepsiCo

(after the break)

Nicolas Stettler, MD, MSCE, Senior Managing Scientist, Exponent, Inc.

Joyal Mulheron, Chief of Strategic Partnerships, Partnership for a Healthier America

Lisa Gable, President, Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation

Robert C. Post, Ph.D., Associate Executive Director, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Miriam E. Nelson, Ph.D., Director, John Hancock Center on Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Obesity Prevention (and) Professor, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University

9:15 am–12:15 pm

GRAS: Past, Present and Future
(Madison AB)

MODERATOR: Joseph Scimeca, Ph.D., Vice President, Scientific Affairs, Cargill, Incorporated

Dennis M. Keefe, Ph.D., Director, Office of Food Additive Safety, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Sonali Gunawardhana, Esq., Counsel, FDA Practice Group, Wiley Rein LLP

Mitchell Cheeseman Ph.D., Managing Director of Environment and Life Sciences, Steptoe & Johnson LLP

(after the break)

F. Alan Andersen, Ph.D., Director, Cosmetic Ingredient Review

Sean Taylor Ph.D., Scientific Secretary to the FEMA Expert Panel,Scientific Director, International Organization of the Flavor Industry (IOFI), Verto Solutions

Leon H. Bruner, DVM, Ph.D., Senior Vice President for Science and Regulatory Affairs and CSO, Grocery Manufacturers Association

12:15–2:00 pm
Keynote Luncheon  (Thurgood Marshall East North)
Sponsored by:
What You Need to Know Now on FSMA
Michael R. Taylor, J.D., Deputy Commissioner for Foods, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

2:00–2:15 pm    Networking Break (Thurgood Marshall Foyer)

2:15–5:30 pm
Concurrent Breakout Sessions
(There will be a networking break from 3:30–4:00 pm.)

2:15–5:30 pm

FSMA: A Deeper Dive
(Thurgood Marshall West)

PART I: Supply Chain Management
Speakers will provide an overview of the legal aspects of the supplier verification provision of the Preventive Controls proposed rule and industry practices associated with supply chain verification.

MODERATOR: Joseph Scimeca, Ph.D., Senior Director, Global Regulatory and Scientific Affairs, Cargill, Incorporated

Brent Brehmer, Corporate Manager, Regulatory Compliance and HACCP, Hormel Foods Corporation

Maile Gradison Hermida, Attorney, Hogan Lovells US, LLP

Rosalind Zils, Global Supplier and External Manufacturer Process Manager, Cargill, Incorporated

(after the break)

Part II: Preventive Controls
Speakers from industry, government and GMA’s legal counsel will dive farther into the details associated with the Preventive Controls proposed rule.

MODERATOR: David Bresnahan, Kraft Foods Fellow, Kraft Foods Group

Jenny Scott, Senior Advisor to the Director of the Office of Food Safety, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Elizabeth B. Fawell, Associate, Hogan Lovells US, LLP

Timothy Haley, Ph.D., Director, Regulatory Affairs, Bush Brothers & Company

2:15–5:30 pm

Food Fortification: Challenges and Opportunities
(Thurgood Marshall South)

Is discretionary fortification of foods necessary ? What are the government’s views on adding nutrients? How should food fortification be discussed on food labels? This session will address these questions to help food companies consider approaches to food formulation.

MODERATOR: Kathy Wiemer, MS, RD, LD, Fellow, General Mills, Inc

Elizabeth B. Fawell, Associate, Hogan Lovells US, LLP

Constance Henry, Consumer Safety Officer, Office of Nutrition, Labeling , and Dietary Supplements, CFSAN, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

(after the break)

Johanna Dwyer, DSc, RD, Professor, Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, Tufts University

2:15–5:30 pm

Alternatives Assessment: Learn from the Experts
(Madison AB)

Understanding what Alternatives Assessment means—an industry’s perspective. Learn how a company should approach trade-offs/ decision-making in the face of media pressure.

MODERATOR: Raj Sharma, Ph.D., Director, Chemical Management and

Toxicology, Georgia-Pacific LLC

John Rost, Ph.D., Chairman, North American Metal Packaging Alliance Inc. (NAMPA)

Mike Levy, Director of Plastics Foodservice Packaging Group (PFPG) and Life Cycle Issues, Plastics Division, American Chemistry Council

(after the break)

MODERATOR: Patrick L. Hayes, Senior Director of Global Government Relations, S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.

Jack Linard, Ph.D., Head of Regulatory Affairs Personal Care Products, Unilever

Bob Hamilton, Regulatory Policy Director, Amway/Access Business Group

2:15–5:30 pm

The Impact of International Trade Rules on FSMA Implementation

FSMA will have a significant impact on foreign producers/exporters as well as U.S. importers of products. This panel will provide a critical introduction to relevant international treaty rules, how those rules are enforced, and how the rules will shape the choices available to U.S. policy officials and industry stakeholders.

MODERATOR: Andrew W. Shoyer, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP

Craig Thorn, Partner, DTB Associates

Giulio Menato, Counselor for Agriculture, Delegation of the European Union

Milos Barutciski, Partner and Co-Head of International Trade, Bennett Jones LLP

(after the break)

John B. Brew, Attorney, Crowell & Moring, LLP

John Fuson, Partner, Crowell & Moring, LLP and former FDA Associate General Counsel

Steven Mavity, Senior Vice President, Technical Services, Bumble Bee Foods, LLC

5:30–6:30 pm
Science Forum Annual Reception
(Thurgood Marshall Foyer)

Sponsored by: Hogan Lovells

6:30–9:30 pm
Science Forum Annual Dinner Gala
(Thurgood Marshall East North)

Get ready to enjoy an elegant dinner and evening of intelligent entertainment, including an address from Major Garrett, the highly respected White House correspondent for CBS News.


7:00 am–5:00 pm    Registration Open (Thurgood Marshall Foyer)

8:00–9:00 am
Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors  
(Thurgood Marshall Foyer)

Sponsored by: Solutions Associates Consulting

9:00 am–12:15 pm    General Session   (Thurgood Marshall East North)
(There will be a networking break from 10:15–10:45 am.)

Crisis Management for Executives

Crisis management is a key skill that all CPG industry executives and leaders should continue to develop and refine over their entire career. Learn how to be better prepared and aware of the right things to do before, during and after significant events.

MODERATOR: Charles Bakaly III, Senior Counselor of Litigation and Crisis Communications, Edelman

Richard S. Silverman, Partner, Hogan Lovells US, LLP

Jeannie Milewski, M.S., Vice President, The Kellen Company

Julie H. Craven, Vice President, Corporate Communications, Hormel Foods Corporation

12:00–1:30 pm    Biotech Committee Working Lunch* (Coolidge)

12:15–1:45 pm
Networking Lunch with Exhibitors   (Thurgood Marshall Foyer)

Sponsored by: Waters Corporation

1:45–4:45 pm
Concurrent Breakout Sessions
(There will be a networking break from 3:00–3:30 pm.)

1:45–4:45 pm

FSMA: A Deeper Dive
(Thurgood Marshall West)

Part I: Records and Documentation
The unique challenges associated with FSMA’s Preventive Controls and FSVP provisions will be discussed along with good record keeping practices.

MODERATOR: Patty Harvey, Director, Food Safety and Quality Administration, ConAgra Foods

Stuart M. Pape, Partner, Patton and Boggs, LLC

Jennifer McEntire, Ph.D. Senior Director, Food and Import Safety, Leavitt Partners

(after the break)

Part II: Records Access
This panel will take a deeper dive into FDA’s legal access to records now, once the final rules are effective, and then following full implementation of the proposed rules.

Sonali P. Gunawardhana, Of Counsel, FDA Practice Group, Wiley Rein LLP

Ann M. Boeckman, Chief Counsel, Food Law, Kraft Foods Group

Patrizia Barone, Ph.D., Regional Vice President Regulatory Affairs North America and Global Foods and Refreshment, Unilever

Amy Barringer, Policy Analyst, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

1:45–4:45 pm

Modernization of Food Plants in a Post-FSMA Environment: Validation and Compliance of Electronic Data Recording and Control Systems
(Thurgood Marshall East North)

This technical session will share FDA and industry expertise regarding the use of electronic systems. Examples on how to properly validate automated control systems used on various retort and aseptic processing systems will be explored.

MODERATOR: David Bresnahan, Thermal Processing Specialist, Kraft Foods Group

Christina Dawn Cross, Sensor Science Division Thermodynamic Metrology Group, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Mark Deniston, Associate Director, Process Engineering, IEH Center for Food and Pharmaceutical Process Safety

(after the break)

Jacques Bichier, Research and Project Engineer, JBT FoodTech Process Technologies Laboratory

Daniel Geffin, Food Safety Office, FDA–CFSAN

1:45–4:45 pm

Sugars in the Diet: Scientific and Regulatory Perspectives
(Madison AB)

This session will explore declaring added sugars in nutrition labeling and whether limiting dietary sugars, in and of themselves, is a key to improving the diet.

MODERATOR: Robert Earl, RD, Nutrition and Health Policy Director,Global Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, The Coca Cola Company

Joanne L. Slavin, Ph.D., R.D., Professor, Department of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Minnesota

David M. Klurfeld, Ph.D., National Program Leader, Human Nutrition,Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Michael Jacobson, Ph.D., Executive Director, Center for Science in the Public Interest

Sarah Roller, J.D., R.D., M.P.H., Partner, Kelley Drye & Warren, LLP

1:45–4:45 pm

Federal Legislative Updates

Learn about the direction of key federal legislation and pending initiatives that may have important implications to your business in the near and long-term future.

Sean P. Broderick, Senior Manager, Global Government Relations, The Procter & Gamble Company

Martha E. Marrapese, Partner, Keller and Heckman

Christina Franz, Senior Director, Regulatory and Technical Affairs, American Chemistry Council

(after the break)

Michael R. Gruber, Vice President, Federal Affairs, Grocery Manufacturers Association

Louis A. Finkel, Executive Vice President, Government Affairs, Grocery Manufacturers Association

1:45–4:45 pm

Hot off the Press: Emerging Food Safety Issues
(Thurgood Marshall South)

Isabel Walls, Ph.D., National Program Leader, Epidemiology of Food Safety, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Emilio Esteban, DVM, MBA, MPVM, Ph.D., Executive Associate for Laboratory Services, USDA/FSIS/OPHS

(after the break)

Yi Chen, Ph.D., Research Microbiologist, FDA CFSAN

Stephen F. Grove, Ph.D., Scientist/Research Assistant Professor (Microbiology), Illinois Institute of Technology, Institute for Food Safety and Health

Susan Brown, Director, Regulatory Affairs, McCormick & Company, Inc.

5:00–5:15 pm
Adjournment and Wrap Up   (Thurgood Marshall East North)

5:15 pm    Dinner On Own

5:30–7:30 pm    Science and Regulatory Affairs Executive Committee Meeting* (Harding)


GMA Committee Meetings

7:00 am–12:00 pm    Registration Open (Thurgood Marshall Foyer)

7:00–8:00 am    Breakfast on Own

8:00–11:30 am    Regulatory Inspection and Compliance Committee Meeting* (Hoover)

8:00–11:30 am    Nutrition, Health and Labeling Committee Meeting* (Thurgood Marshall North)

8:00–11:30 am    Microbiological Safety Committee Meeting* (Thurgood Marshall East)

8:00–11:30 am    Process and Emerging Technologies Committee Meeting* (GMA HQ)

8:30–11:30 am    Science and Regulatory Affairs Council Meeting* (Wilson AB)

9:00 am–12:00 pm    Food Defense Committee Meeting* (Coolidge)