GMA Science Forum 2016


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  • Monday: April 18, 2016

    7:00 am – 5:00 pm Registration Open
    10:00 am – 12:30 pm

    Pre-Conference Sessions

    Food Law 201:  Intellectual Property and Patents
    This workshop has been specially designed for industry professionals, both in house counsel and regulatory affairs, to gain a foundational level of understanding of the legal and regulatory issues revolving around the ever-changing area of food law. We will feature invigorating lectures, compelling case study reviews, and interactive discussions on intellectual property and patents. This workshop will be led by faculty including national and internationally renowned legal and regulatory experts, all of whom are highly regarded within the industry.
    Shannon Cooksey, MS, PMP, Vice President, Science Policy and Program Management,
    Grocery Manufacturers Association

    Matthew L. Fedowitz, Partner, Merchant & Gould P.C.
    Mary Bram, Associate, Merchant & Gould P.C.

    Speaking Science: A Practical Workshop
    The stereotypical scientists stay in the lab and generate data, with the assumption that the facts speak for themselves. They don’t! Although we increasingly recognize that scientists need to be better communicators, we’re not trained to do that. This session will provide that training. Learn how to communicate technical information to a lay audience, and how to avoid falling prey to media tricks. This workshop will provide hands on training, so participants should be prepared to contribute.
    Jennifer McEntire, Ph.D., Vice President, Science Operations, Grocery Manufacturers Association
    Roger Lowe, Executive Vice President, Grocery Manufacturers Association
    Sylvia Rowe, President,  SR Strategy
    Martin Slayne, Ph.D., Global Head, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, The Hershey Company


    State and Federal Violation Trends: Trends in NRs, 483’s and Warning Letters
    During this session, state and federal regulators, to include representatives from both the FDA, State Officials and FSIS will discuss top compliance issues they are witnessing in the field.  Prevalent non-conformances cited on 483’s along with warning letters will be reviewed and FSIS will also discuss the top reason for non-compliance reports (NRs).  In addition, speakers will discuss what they are looking for in corrective action responses and why these responses often fall short.  Attendees will be able to gain valuable information that can be immediately used to educate and better equip your facilities to prevent NRs, 483s and warning letters.
    William Correll, Director, Office of Compliance, CFSAN
    Benjamin Miller, Ph.D., RS, Division Director, Food and Feed Safety Division, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
    Dr. Meryl Silverman, Senior Food Technologist, USDA-Food Safety and Inspection Service

    12:30 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch on Your Own
    1:00 pm - 3:00 pm SEF Board Meeting (Invite Only)
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm GMA Open House and Lab Tour
    2:00 pm – 4:30 pm Pre-Conference Sessions

    Avoiding Pitfalls When Making Food and Consumer Product Claims
    The rise of class actions lawsuits has altered the legal and regulatory landscape.  Thus the process to evaluate consumer products for legal and regulatory compliance has changed as well.  Hear from leading attorneys in the practice of food law as they explore case studies of recent class actions,  FDA guidance and  warning letters.  This session will also provide practical strategies reviewing and implementing product claims.  
    Anthony Pavel, Senior Food Lawyer, Cargill, Inc.
    Nilda Isidro, Partner, Goodwin Procter LLP
    Christopher Cole, Partner, Crowell & Moring LLP
    Stuart Pape, Shareholder, Polsinelli
    Evangelia Pelonis, Partner, Keller and Heckman LLP

    Food Defense Workshop—A Practical Hands-On Exercise      
    Food Defense-A Practical Hands-on Application of Food Defense Principles:  For this food defense pre-conference session join your colleagues to collectively conduct, with guidance from the instructors, a vulnerability assessment for a hypothetical facility and develop mitigation strategies to address significant vulnerabilities.    Working within small groups, you will outline the appropriate monitoring and corrective action procedures along with the most suited verification activity for a specific mitigation strategy.  In addition, the records that will be generated as a result of this mitigation strategy will be identified along with  the specific training needs to effectively implement and ensure the mitigation strategy is robust and maintains effective.  As part of this pre-conference session there will be extensive group work and dialogue amongst participants. Fundamentally, you will have an opportunity to gain hands-on experience with developing a food defense plan and have the unique opportunity to understand how other companies approach food defense.

    Amy Kircher, Ph.D., Director, Food Protection and Defense Institute
    John Hoffman, Senior Research Fellow, Food Protection and Defense Institute


    2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Lab Tour and GMA Open House (Free to all Science Forum attendees)
    5:00 pm – 6:00 pm New Member Reception (By invite only)
  • Tuesday: April 19, 2016

    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 first annual Silent Auction at this year’s Science Forum! All proceeds from the auction will go to support state-of-the-art research, middle 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.

    7:15 am – 8:00 am

    Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors

    8:00 am – 8:20 am

    Welcome and Opening Keynote Address
    How Science and Innovation are Changing the World
    Sponsored by Cargill, Inc. & ConAgra Foods

    The opening keynote address will present GMA’s important work, messages, and thought leadership activities to forum attendees and journalists who cover food, science, and nutrition issues.
    In an effort change the conversation about the industry and its members, Pam Bailey, President and CEO of GMA, will give a “State of the Industry” update and outline how the industry is harnessing science and innovation to change the world.   
    Pamela Bailey, President and CEO, Grocery Manufacturers Association

    8:20 am - 8:45 am

    How Innovation in Biotechnology Can Feed the World
    Biotechnology is a critical part of a broad strategy to improve global food security, nutrition, and to build resilience to climate challenges.  As the world population rises to 9.7 billion in 2050 and as diets become more diverse, the need for greater productivity in agriculture and food production through a range of innovation and practices, including biotechnology, will become more urgent.  Biotechnology is a toolbox of many diverse molecular and genetic techniques allowing us to sustainably provide food, feed, fiber and biofuels.  Agricultural biotechnology increases crop and livestock yields and can help improve nutrition in countries where production is hampered by harsh environmental conditions and a lack of modern agricultural tools and technologies. Biotechnology innovation must be tailored and extended to producers and to food and agriculture industries in new and different settings globally, so that its promise can be realized.  Consumers must gain a better understanding of the benefits of modern biotechnology so that the “trust gap” can be bridged.
    Margaret M. Zeigler, Ph.D., Executive Director, Global Harvest Initiative

    8:45 am - 9:05 am

    Importance of Innovation to the Wellbeing of the World’s Consumers
    Research and development is the lifeblood of the food, beverage, and consumer products industry.   Consumer needs are the inspiration for where we focus our Innovation efforts & are at the heart of what we do.  GMA members rely on robust innovation to create and improve our products and to drive growth.   Consumer needs are evolving and are requiring innovation against various vectors these days to keep pace…Health & Wellbeing, Customization, Making Life Simpler, & Corporate Social Responsibility. This session will feature a CTO from a major CPG company to discuss the importance of innovation in the development of healthful, high quality products that delight and improve the lives of the world’s consumers.     

    Tarric El-Sayed, Ph.D., Vice President, Research & Development, The Clorox Company
    Denise Garner,  Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer, The Clorox Company

      9:05 am - 9:25 am

    How Innovation Improves Food & Consumer Product Safety
    GMA has taken a leadership role in the development and promotion of comprehensive food safety initiatives that adopt prevention as the cornerstone of our nation’s food and consumer product safety strategy, raise the CPG safety bar for all manufacturers, and provide the FDA, USDA, and EPA with the resources and authorities it needs to conduct its safety mission and protect public health. This speaker will feature a member company representative to discuss the latest in food and consumer product safety and how the industry is using innovation, science, and technology to keep consumers safe.
    Michael Robach, Ph.D., Vice President, Corporate Food Safety, Quality & Regulatory, Cargill, Inc.

    9:25 am - 9:45 am Question & Answer Panel

    Roger Lowe, Executive Vice President, Grocery Manufacturers Association
    Denise Garner,  Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer, Clorox Company
    Michael Robach, Ph.D., Vice President, Corporate Food Safety, Quality & Regulatory, Cargill, Inc.

    Margaret M. Zeigler, Ph.D., Executive Director, Global Harvest Initiative


    Using Innovation to Improve Transparency
    Sponsored by Deloitte Consulting LLP
    SmartLabel™ gives consumers a way to get more detailed ingredient information about a wide range of food, beverage, pet care, household, and personal care products. It is fast and easy to use, with a consistent digital format that has real-time, accurate data directly from the manufacturer, helping consumers make informed choices and live healthy lives. As of December 1, 2015, more than 30 of the iconic U.S. food, beverage, and consumer products companies, including the Hershey Company, are committed to utilizing SmartLabel™ to give consumers even more detailed information about their products. This panel will feature the head of GMA operations and leader of the initiative along with other industry leaders to discuss how it’s being implemented, customer response, and how it’s impacting consumers.
    Jim Flannery, Senior Executive Vice President, Operations and Industry Affairs, Grocery Manufacturers Association
    Chris Policinski, President and CEO, Land O’ Lakes, Inc.
    Mark Baum, Senior Vice President, Industry Relations & Chief Collaboration Officer, Food Marketing Institute
    Peter Horst, Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer, The Hershey Company
    David Darragh, President and Chief Executive Officer,  Reily Foods Company

    10:30 am – 11:00 am

    Networking Break

    11:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Healthy Living & Healthy Choices
    The results are in!  Commitment to Healthy Communities, an initiative supported by GMA’s Board and implemented by the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF), will present the first year’s results of the initiative.  It is being recognized as a thought leader in community metrics, program design and analysis.
    Mary Sophos, Executive Vice President, Grocery Manufacturers Association
    Michelle Guillermin, Senior Program Advisor, Commitment  to Healthy Communities, Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation
    Terry Huang, Ph.D., Principal Investigator, Commitment to Healthy Communities, City University of New York, School of Public Health

    Whole Genome Sequencing: Balancing Scientific Understanding with Regulatory Application
    Whole genome sequencing (WGS) has recently been adopted by FDA and CDC and has quickly assumed a key role in foodborne illness investigations.  This powerful technology has already been used to identify and halt outbreaks.  However, there are still some questions about the application of WGS, such as how this fits in with traditional epidemiology, and whether differences in data analysis between different agencies are meaningful.  Key experts will share their experiences.
    Melinda Hayman, Ph.D., Director, Microbiology, Grocery Manufacturers Association
    Peter Gerner-Smidt, MD, DSc, Chief, Enteric Diseases Laboratory Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Joseph Levitt, Partner, Hogan Lovells US LLP
    Marc Allard, PhD, Research Microbiologist, Senior Biomedical Research Services, Food and Drug Administration
    Eric Brown, Ph.D., Director, Division of Microbiology,  Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition, Food and Drug Administration

    Food Safety Culture for Senior Leaders
    The objective of the course is to introduce the need for better senior leaders’ engagement in food safety. Specifically, to actions and behaviors relevant to their individual functions required to build and maintain an effective food safety culture. Food safety culture will be described and discussed through the WHO Risk Analysis model by each of the presenters.
    Dave Kirchoff, Vice President, Denison Consulting
    Lone Jespersen,   Principal,  Cultivate Food Safety LLC

    12:15 pm – 1:30 pm

    Keynote Luncheon
    Update on FDA's Regulatory Agenda
    Sponsored by Decernis
    FDA will provide an update on the regulatory agenda and what the industry can expect to see going forward.

    Susan T. Mayne, Ph.D., Director, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, FDA

    1:45 pm – 3:15 pm

    Breakout Sessions

    TSCA Reform: What Does It Mean?
    Since 1976, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) has dictated chemical control policy, establishing a framework for testing, reporting, and regulating risks associated with chemicals used in the industrial and consumer products industry.  After 40 years of being implemented, TSCA is now undergoing major reform that would overhaul the regulatory environment of the chemical industry.  A bipartisan bill recently has passed by an overwhelming majority through the U.S. House of Representatives and is likely to pass through the Senate.  This session focuses on how this policy reform might affect current safety assessment and risk management decisions based on science.
    Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell PC
    Sol Bobst, Senior Regulatory Compliance & Toxicology Advisor, Nexeo Solutions
    Mike Gruber, Senior Vice President, Federal Affairs, Grocery Manufacturers Association

    Shifting All Foods to Ready To Eat: Testing Implications
    The FSMA Preventive Controls rule, as appropriate to the facility, the foods and the nature of the preventive control’s role in the facility’s food safety system, requires environmental monitoring for pathogens for ready to eat (RTE) foods with post processing exposure to the environment. But the definition of “ready to eat” seems to continually expand. This panel discussion will highlight situations where the bounds of RTE foods have been challenged, resulting in major implications for environmental and finished product testing. This session will also discuss the impact different regulatory policies on environmental testing have on the RTE community, regardless of how RTE is defined.
    Melinda Hayman, Ph.D., Director, Microbiology, Grocery Manufacturers Association
    Brent Brehmer, Corporate Manager of Regulatory, Compliance & HACCP, Hormel Foods Corporation
    Scott Hood, Ph.D. QRO Global Food Safety and Regulatory Affairs, General Mills
    Elizabeth Fawell, Esq., Counsel, Hogan Lovells US LLP
    Shawn Stevens, Global Food Safety Attorney, Food Industry Counsel
    Jenny Scott, Senior Science Advisor, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, FDA

    FSMA International Implications:  How Do the New Rules Change Current Practices?
    This session will bring together U.S. regulators, representatives of international organizations in the agriculture space, and industry representatives to discuss FSMA’s international impact.  We will hear from the U.S. FDA about its communication and capacity-building efforts.  The GMA Science and Education Foundation (SEF) will discuss FSMA preparedness & training efforts, along with the Interamerican Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA).  Finally, a  company representative will share perspectives on FSMA  preparedness and understanding abroad to help identify potential gaps toward reaching compliance.

    Chengboey Lau, CFS, Principal Scientist, North America Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, Mondelēz International
    Julie Moss, Ph.D., R.D., Deputy Director, International Affairs Staff, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, FDA
    Brian G. Bedard, DVM, Executive Director, GMA Science and Education Foundation
    Miguel Garcia-Winder,  IICA Representative to the USA - Head Center for Strategic Analysis of Agriculture (CAESPA),  Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA)

    Dietary Guidelines for Americans: Lessons Learned and Implications for the Future
    For the past 35 years the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) have provided evidence-based food and beverage recommendations for Americans ages 2 and older. The 2015 development process for the DGA included a number of new topics as well as controversies.  This session will explore the evolution of the DGA, the 2015 DGA process and policy document as well as plans for the 2020 DGA.  Perspectives from the lead government agencies and former DGAC members will be shared.
    Debra Miller, Ph.D., Director of Public Policy Development, Nutrition, Health & Food Safety, The Hershey Company
    Wayne W. Campbell, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Nutrition Science, Purdue University
    Kellie O. Casavale, Ph.D., RD, Nutrition Advisor, Division of Prevention Science Co-Executive Secretary, 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

    Eve Essery Stoody, Ph.D., Lead Nutritionist, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion

    3:15 pm – 3:45 pm

    Networking Break

    3:45 pm – 5:15 pm

    Breakout Sessions

    Safety of Nanomaterials in Consumer Products
    Nanomaterials hold the potential to enhance the quality of a variety of consumer and personal care products. However, because of their unique  Physico-Chemical properties, there exists a variety of challenges on conducting comprehensive safety assessments. This session will first take a look at the overall use and different applications of nanomaterials used in the consumer product industry, as well as the current state of their safety and the unique challenges that risk assessors encounter. We will also explore regulatory challenges and policy implications associated with their use.
    Rene Viñas, MS, Ph.D., Toxicologist, Grocery Manufacturers Association
    John DiLoreto, President, NanoReg
    Ronald P. Brown, Ph.D., Toxicologist, U.S. – FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health
    Tom Re, Ph.D., DABT, ERT, Consultant, Independent

    Hazards Don’t Always Equal Risk
    Just because a hazard is present at low levels it is not necessarily cause for alarm, despite what your social media connections may profess. This session will use four diverse case studies to illustrate how hazards have been confused with risks, how science has been misapplied, and how we can try to avoid these situations from recurring.
    Martin Slayne, Ph.D., Global Head, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, The Hershey Company
    Shawn Stevens, Global Food Safety Attorney, Food Industry Counsel
    Layne Martin, Manager Process Authority, Research and Development, Hormel Foods Corporation

    Loralyn Ledenbach, Principal Scientist, The Kraft Heinz Company

    FSMA Supply Chain Management and FSVP
    FSMA’s Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) along with FSMA’s Accreditation of Third-Party Auditors rules were released in October of 2015.  This represents a whole new world of requirements addressing imports and regulatory challenges.  Hear from legal experts and industry specialists on what the future holds for supply chain management and the impact on imports and foreign suppliers.
    Maile Hermida, Partner, Hogan Lovells US LLP
    Rosalind Zils, Director External Supply Chain Quality, Land O’ Lakes

    Brent R. Kobielush Ph.D., U.S Regulatory Affairs Manager, Corporate Food Safety, Quality, and Regulatory, Cargill, Inc.

    Global Challenges and Opportunities in Dietary Guidance and Nutrition Policy
    For practitioners who confront diverging national standards this session will explore international efforts to develop dietary guidance that inform national-level policy decisions.  Speakers will address the policy development process as well as the outlook from key international organizations, highlight key national case studies, and explore the intersection between health and trade policy.

    Melissa San Miguel, Senior Director, Global Strategies-Multilateral Affairs

    Dr. Francisco Becerra Posada, Assistant Director, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)
    Ajay Markanday, Director, FAO Liaison Office for North America (LOW)
    Dr. Alafia Samuels, Director, Chronic Disease Research Centre, University of the West Indies Barbados
    Dr. Barbara Schneeman, Higher Education Coordinator, U.S. Agency for International Development
    Leila Saldanha, Ph.D., RD, Nutritionist,
    Consultant, Independent

    5:15 pm – 5:45 pm


    5:45 pm – 6:30 pm

    Welcome Reception

    6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

    Dinner with Entertainment
    Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company
    The UCB Theatre is a comedy powerhouse, launched in 1998 by Amy Poehler (SNL, Parks and Recreation), Matt Walsh, Ian Roberts and Matt Besser. They’ve since expanded to 4 theaters -- two in New York and two in Los Angeles -- which showcase high-quality comedy from established and up-and coming comedians, seven nights a week.  The UCB is known for training and showcasing some of the top comedians in the country and UCB Tour Co takes the best main stage performers from our theaters and brings them all around the country to put on amazingly hilarious improv comedy shows.

  • Wednesday: April 20, 2016

    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 first annual Silent Auction at this year’s Science Forum! All proceeds from the auction will go to support state-of-the-art research, middle 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 – 8:30 am

    Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors

    8:45 am – 9:45 am

    Using Technology to Enhance Food Safety – An Exploration of New and Innovative Ways to Deliver Training
    Sponsored by GMA Science & Education Foundation
    A panel of 3 speakers will share exciting, new and innovative training technologies used to train employees in the food industry from food safety professionals to plant-level practitioners.  The presentation will be followed by a moderated question and answer session.
    Christine Geith, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, eXtension Foundation
    Laura Nelson, Vice President, Business Development and Professional Services, Alchemy Systems
    Clint Stevenson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, North Carolina State University

    Economically Motivated Adulteration Vulnerability Assessment Tool – Development of an Interactive Tool
    Sponsored by
    Economically motivated adulteration (EMA), sometimes called food fraud, or the act of defrauding buyers of food or ingredients for economic gain has been bothersome for consumers, food manufacturers, retailers, and importers throughout time. The increasingly complex regulatory environment only further punctuates the food supply chain’s need to apply risk management principles and sophisticated record-keeping to mitigate EMA vulnerability. How does one address this multitude of commodity specific information?

    This session will introduce The Battelle Memorial Institute and GMA’s Economically Motivated Adulteration Vulnerability Assessment Tool (EMA VAT); a secure, comprehensive, and intuitive tool that will bring together quantitative commodity-attribute data with user input to easily produce quantitative risk ranking results, providing users the information necessary to effectively prioritize mitigation efforts associated with potential EMA threats.

    Joseph A. Scimeca, Ph.D., Vice President, Global Regulatory & Scientific Affairs, Cargill, Inc.
    Ashley Kubatko, Principal Research Scientist, Battelle Memorial Institute  

    9:45 am – 10:00 am

    Networking Break

    10:00 am – 11:00 am

    Breakout Sessions

    Microbeads: Regulatory & Safety Issues
    Microbeads are synthetic polymer particles that are used in a wide variety of personal care products such as cosmetics, exfoliating cleansers and toothpaste. Despite their multiple uses in manufactured goods, several studies have linked these particles to causing adverse environmental and animal health effects. This session will focus on the current science and regulatory state of these chemicals.
    Jane S. Vergnes, Ph.D., DABT, Senior Toxicologist, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

    Jack Linard, Ph.D., Head of Regulatory Affairs Personal Care Products, Unilever
    Brooke Tvermoes, Ph.D., Supervising Health Scientist, Cardno ChemRisk
    Michael Gruber, Senior Vice President, Federal Affairs, Grocery Manufacturers Association

    Preventive Controls: What Does the Future Hold for Measuring Your Compliance?
    The final rules for Preventive Controls for Human Food and Preventive Controls for Animal Food have been published for over six months and many of us face a compliance deadline that is now less than six months away.   In this session we will focus on the implementation experiences that fellow companies have faced along with the implementation challenges FDA has encountered.  In particular, we will discuss how the PC rules are being accepted and implemented in facilities and how the future looks once full compliance has taken effect.  Additional topics of discussion include: FDA’s Technical Assistance Network (TAN) and outcomes from FDA’s two-tiered inspection feasibility study conducted with industry.
    Elizabeth Fawell, Esq., Counsel, Hogan Lovells US LLP
    Patty Harvey, Recall and Special Situation Coordinator, ConAgra Foods
    Priya Rathnam, Supervisory Consumer Safety Officer, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, FDA

    Nutrition & Toxicology –Working Together to Determine What Constitutes Safety With Food Components?
    This session will take a look at the cross over between nutrition science and toxicology examining what data should be used to set policy.    The speakers will address the need to incorporate both acute and chronic health outcome studies to evaluate the benefits and risks associated with macronutrients, micronutrients, non-nutritive food components and food additives.  Models will be proposed as well as mechanisms to assess and apply new information as it becomes available.
    Joseph A. Scimeca, Ph.D., Vice President, Global Regulatory & Scientific Affairs, Cargill, Inc.
    Joseph V. Rodricks, Ph.D., DABT, Founding Principle, Ramboll Environ
    Dennis M. Bier, M.D., Professor, Children’s Nutrition Research Center, Baylor College of Medicine

    11:00 am – 11:30 am

    Networking Break

    11:30 am – 12:30 pm

    Breakout Sessions

    Packaging Risks Migrating Around the Globe

    In Europe, regulators are increasingly scrutinizing the safety risks associated with packaging materials   .  In the US the packaging industry has been relatively unaffected by the Food Safety Modernization Act.    What’s the greater concern; that packaging components could possibly migrate into a product, or that the EU regulatory approach will migrate across the pond?
    Kyra Mumbauer, Senior Director, Global Regulatory Affairs, Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI)

    Jason Aungst, Ph.D., Supervisory Biologist, Food & Drug Administration
    Jim Huang, Director, Director, Food Contact Materials Safety Global Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, The Coca-Cola Company
    Kyra Mumbauer, Senior Director, Global Regulatory Affairs, Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI)

    FSMA Implementation: What Do You Do When You Don’t Agree with Investigator Findings?
    So what happens when an observation is made during an FDA inspection that your company does not agree with?  Your company firmly believes they you are not out of compliance and that the observation is not valid.  Do you simply accept the FDA’s observation?  Where do you turn?  Who do you call?  Do you contact your FDA district office or go directly to CFSAN?   Get all your questions answered directly from the source.  Listen as senior compliance staff that are part of FDA’s FSMA implementation team give you the real facts and answer all your questions.  
    Elizabeth Fawell, Esq., Counsel, Hogan Lovells US LLP
    Priya Rathnam, Supervisory Consumer Safety Officer, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, FDA
    Glenn Bass,  Director,  Office of Food and Feed Operations, Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA)


    Obesity: Weighing Options, Defining Resources
    What are the dynamics shaping public health policy development related to obesity and non-communicable diseases? Governments are increasingly turning to regulatory approaches, including through new approaches to nutrition labeling.  How do the leading voices in the obesity debate drive policy development? This session will explore current policy drivers and share insights from academia on defining the problems, designing effective interventions and measuring success. 
    Robert Burns, Ph.D., Vice President, Health and Nutrition Policy, Grocery Manufacturers Association
    William H. Dietz, MD, PhD, Director, Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness, Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University

    12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

    Networking Lunch

    1:45 pm – 3:00 pm               

    Idea Exchange
    Join us for the highly rated Idea Exchange, an exclusive setting to dialogue with industry peers about emerging topics in the food, safety, legal and regulatory landscape, while helping to inform GMA's areas of focus. Attendees will be able to engage directly with one another during this session, selecting one of four subject matter areas to attend based on their specific interest.

    Packaging and Consumer Product Goods

    FSMA Implementation and Food Safety

    Industry Training and Communications

    Food Nutrition & Ingredient Safety

    3:00 pm – 3:30 pm               

    Networking Break

    3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

    A Look Back and A Look Forward – What Does the Future Hold for the Food Industry?
    How does the last year of an administration impact activities and priorities in the various agencies?  What political transitions 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.
    Shannon Cooksey, MS, PMP,  Vice President, Science Policy and Program Management., Grocery Manufacturers Association
    Joseph Levitt, Partner, Hogan Lovells US LLP
    Ricardo Carvajal, J.D., M.S., Director, Hyman, Phelps & McNamara, P.C.

    5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

    Biotechnology Committee Meeting (GMA Members Only)
  • Thursday: April 21, 2016

    7:00 am – 1:00 pm

    Registration Open

    7:00 am – 8:00 am

    Breakfast on Your Own

    8:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Science and Regulatory Affairs Council Executive Committee
    (SRAC EC) (with lunch)

    8:30 am – 11:30 am

    Chemicals Management (CMC) Committee – Food
    Processing Technologies (PETCO) Committee
    Microbiological Safety (MSC) Committee
    Food Allergens (FAC) Committee
    Science and Regulatory Affairs Council Executive Committee  (SRAC EC)

    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
    Nutrition Health & Labeling (NHL) Committee
    Regulatory Inspections & Compliance (RICC) Committee

  • Conference Speakers

    Pamela G. Bailey
    Glenn T. Bass
    Mark Baum
    Lynn Bergeson
    Dennie Bier
    Brent Brehmer
    Eric Brown
    Wayne Campbell
    Ricardo Caravajal
    Kellie O. Casavale
    Christopher Cole
    David Darragh
    William Dietz
    Melvin Drozen
    Stoody Eve
    Elizabeth Fawell
    Jim Flannery
    Miguel Garcia-Winder
    Denise Garner
    Charlean Gmunder
    Mike Gruber
    Michelle Guillermin
    Patty Harvey
    Maile Hermida
    John T. Hoffman
    Scott Hood
    Peter Horst
    Nilda Isidro
    Lone Jespersen
    Amy Kircher
    Ashley Kubatko
    Chengboey Lau
    Loralyn Ledenbach
    Joseph Levitt
    Jack Linard
    Roger Lowe
    Ajay Markanday
    Layne Martin
    Susan Mayne
    Jennifer McEntire
    Ben Miller
    Debra Miller
    Kyra Mumbauer
    Laura Nelson
    Stuart Pape
    Anthony Pavel
    Evangelia Pelonis
    Chris Policinski
    Priya Rathnam
    Thomas Re
    Michael Robach
    Joseph Rodricks
    Sylvia Rowe
    Melissa A. San Miguel
    Barbara Schneeman
    Joseph Scimeca
    Jenny Scott
    William Shaw
    Shawn Stevens
    Clint Stevenson
    Warren Stone
    Brooke Tvermoes
    Margaret Zeigler
    Rosalind Zils