GMA Science Forum 2018


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*Please note that all Pre-Conference Workshops will be held at the GMA offices.

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  • Monday, March 26, 2018

    7:00 am – 4:00 pm

    Registration Open


    10:00 am – 1:00 pm

    Pre-Conference Session 1:
    Bringing CRISPR to Market

    Gene editing techniques such as CRISPR could offer solutions to challenges faced by food manufacturers and consumers by improving outcomes related to nutrition, allergens, food safety, or sustainability.  This session will be broken up into two parts. 

    Part 1: In the first half, participants will hear from developers about the technology and what they are working on for the not so distant future.  Participants will also hear directly from FDA on the oversight it provides for conventionally bred as well as genetically engineered products. 

    Part 2: The second half will be a closed discussion and working session.  Participants will learn and discuss the practical considerations manufacturers will need to consider including consumer perspectives, lessons learned, and how to address the operational challenges of transparency.  At the end, participants will come away with ideas on how to prepare their companies for the introduction of this technology.


    Sabrina Correll, M.S., Senior Manager, Agriculture and Nutrition Policy, Grocery Manufacturers Association


    Dan Voytas, Ph.D. Chief Science Officer, Calyxt, Inc.

    Jason Dietz, Policy Analyst, CFSAN, FDA

    Susan Borra, RD Chief Health and Wellness Officer and Executive Director, FMI Foundation

    David Fikes, Vice President, Communications and Community/Consumer Affairs, Food Marketing Institute

    Liz Sanders, MPH, RDN, Director, Research and Partnerships, International Food Information Council Foundation

    Natalie DiNicola, Ph.D., Communications Lead, Benson Hill Biosystems

    2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

    Pre-Conference Session 2:
    Food Safety Workshop

    Most of us have had working food safety plans (FSP) for almost two years now.  We put an enormous amount of work developing and implementing them but has anyone given them an in-depth examination yet.  What if you had to on short notice?  Come to the GMA Food Safety Workshop and engage in an interactive “what if” review of a FSP.  Partake in a real-world tabletop workshop with industry partners, technical, regulatory and legal subject matter experts as you attempt to dissect and ensure your FSP truly functions as you intended. 


    Warren Stone, Senior Director of Science Policy, Grocery Manufacturers Association


    Matt Botos: Chief Executive Officer, Connect Foods 

    Marcos Sanchez-Plata, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Global Food Security, Texas Tech University

    Pre-Conference Session 3:
    Ingredient Safety Workshop

    The rapid growth in CPG industry has led to increased complexity across product design, supply chain and consumer habits. Safety is the primary concern when preparing products using various ingredients and it is the responsibility of the government, and the industry to ensure that consumers have access to safe food, and personal care and household products (PCHP). This workshop will provide scientific and regulatory overview on safety of ingredients used for producing food and personal care and household products (PCHP). This session will include current issues related to ingredient safety, contaminants found in food, and U.S., and the global regulatory landscape.


    Manojit Basu, Ph.D., Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs, Grocery Manufacturers Association


    Ricardo Carvajal, J.D., M.S., Director, Hyman, Phelps, & McNamara, P.C.

    Jim Coughlin, Ph.D., CFS, President and Founder, Coughlin & Associates

    Lauren Robin, Supervisory Consumer Safety, FDA

    5:15 pm — 7:15 pm

    Biotechnology Committee (Invitation only at GMA)


  • Tuesday, March 27, 2018

    6:30 am — 5:00 pm Registration Open

    6:45 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

    Food, beverage and consumer products manufacturers consistently strive to meet the ever-changing needs of the consumer.  In today’s marketplace, consumer preferences morph at a rapid, dizzying pace.  Such a dynamic environment is challenging for product developers who must keep pace with the latest consumer trends by providing innovative products that are also safe and of high quality.  Our opening plenary session, Innovation to Meet Consumer Preferences, will provide an overview of the changing consumer landscape and explain why the rate of change will never slow down.  Then two experts will engage with the audience in an interactive panel discussion to explore how consumer trends will affect the safety and quality of products and what innovations will be needed to produce safe, high quality products that meet consumers where they are.  Our panelists will bring a wealth of expertise and experience from their respective fields.  The opening session promises to be an engaging and thought-provoking discussion on a topic of critical importance to product developers, safety professionals and regulators.


    Roger Lowe, Executive Vice President, Strategic Communications, Grocery Manufacturers Association


    Sree Ramaswamy, Partner, McKinsey Global Institute

    Norbert Kaminski, Ph.D., Director, Institute for Integrative Toxicology, Michigan State University

    Fransisco Diez-Gonzalez, Ph.D., Director, Center for Food Safety, University of Georgia

    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 – Retailer Information Sharing and Third-Party Certification Programs

    This session will explore data sharing needs between manufacturers and retailers, and the third-party certification programs


    Jim Jones, Executive Vice President, Strategic Alliances & Industry Relations, Household & Commercial Products Association


    Jim Jones, Executive Vice President, Strategic Alliences & Industry Relations, Houshold & Commercial Products Association

    Carrie Wilkie, Senior Vice President, Standards Development, GS1

    Kieren Callahan, Retail Business Development Director, 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, has 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.


    Joe Levitt, Partner, Hogan Lovells US, LLP


    David Sharfstein, Senior Associate, Hogan Lovells US, LLP

    Michael Moore, Attorney at Law, Pope McGlamry

    Breakout Session 3: Nutrition track                                                                    Consumer Trends in the New Age of Information

    Consumers want and expect more information about their food and beverage products and obtain information from a variety of sources. The abundance of food choices and information can be a blessing and a curse. The plethora of information available often has conflicting and misleading messages related to nutrition and health. Research has shown this confusion may result from a disconnect between the sources of information that consumers trust and those that they rely upon.  This session will explore how consumers get their information, the latest consumers trends, and how different consumer segments engage with these trends.


    Alexandra Lewin-Zwerdling, Ph.D., MPA, Vice President, International Food Information Council Foundation


    Terri Moore, Director, Center for Food Integrity

    Carol Byrd-Bredbenner, Ph.D., RD, FAND, Distinguished Professor of Nutritional Sciences, Co-Director of Graduate Program in Nutritional Sciences, Rutgers University

    Darren Seifer, Executive Director, Industry Analyst - Food Consumption, NPD Group

    David Fikes, Vice President, Communications and Community/Consumer Affairs, Food Marketing Institute

    Breakout Session 4: Tech Track
    Using Food Predictive Microbiology, Laboratory Data Collection, and ComBase as Validation Tools for Process Preventative Controls, Applied to Low Moisture Foods:

    This session will present a case study to demonstrate and better understand the use of food predictive microbiology as a validation tool for process preventive control. Using predictive microbiology can minimize the amount of testing that a food company needs to perform. ComBase is an online tool that includes a database and a predictor, and it could minimize laboratory costs. This session will also cover, how to collect laboratory data, in order to use it for model validation, and how to interpret the results. Speakers will focus on applications to low moisture foods.


    Karina Martino, Ph.D., Senior Program Manager, Food                                      Processing, Grocery Manufacturers Association                                                                       


    Mark Tamplin, Ph.D., Professor – Food Microbiology. University of Tasmania 

    Alex Brandt, Ph.D., Chief Science Officer, Food Safety Net Services

    11:30 am – 11:45 pm Walk Time

    11:45 am – 12:45 pm

    Keynote Luncheon - Update on FDA’s Regulatory Agenda

    FDA will provide an update on the agency’s current regulatory agenda and what the industry can expect to see moving forward.


    Stephen OstroffM.D., Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine, FDA 


    12:45 pm – 1:00 pm Walk Time

    1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

    Breakout Sessions

    Breakout Session 1: Ingredient Safety Track
    Consumer Product Fraud: An Update                                                            

    Prevention and mitigation of fraud associated with food and consumer products is becoming ever more challenging in ever more complex domestic and global supply networks and regulatory requirements.  This session with will build on the previous Consumer Product Fraud Report (Kierney 2010) supported by GMA and the GMA Science and Education Foundation and explore the evolving scope of issues and approaches to assess and prevent fraud and related concerns (EMA, authenticity, integrity, crime, etc.) for food, personal care and household products and similar experiences with product fraud from another industry.  It will report recent GMA/MSU research on terminology, outline prevention and mitigation strategies and highlight recent technological developments which can be applied by companies to deal with the growing problem.


    Brian Bedard, DVM, Ph.D., Executive Director, GMA Science and Education Foundation


    John Spink, Ph.D., Director & Assistant Professor, Food Fraud Initiative, Michigan State University

    Shabbir J. Safdar, Executive Director, The Partnership for Safe Medicines

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

    Attend this breakout session to benchmark your supplier verification programs against others in industry. Learn how to implement robust and defendable Supplier Verification Programs. Gain an understanding for what FDA investigators are looking for during supply chain inspections and how to be inspection ready for these types of inspections.  Also, attend this session to learn where most FSVPs fall short and gain valuable insight to bring back to share with your company and colleagues.


    Kristen Spotz, Senior Manager, SRA, Grocery Manufacturers Association


    Elizabeth Fawell, Partner, Hogan Lovells US, LLP

    Jenny Scott, Senior Advisor, CFSAN, FDA

    Breakout Session 3: Nutrition Track                                                                            Front of Pack Labeling

    The global landscape of Front of Pack food labeling is changing rapidly.  Recent activity on this issue has emerged on international stages such as the World Health Organization and Codex Alimentarius.  Different regions around the globe have also seen an increase in the number of regulations being proposed and implemented for front of pack labels. This session will explore this rapidly changing landscape and address possible future trends.


    Melissa San Miguel, Head of Policy, Vice President, Red Flag USA


    Richard Mann, Partner, Keller and Heckmann, LLP                     

    Alice Tseng, Partner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon, LLP                                     

    Adrian Valera Alvarez, Latin America Regulatory Manager, Decernis

    Breakout Session 4: Technical Food Safety Track
    Whole Genome Sequencing - Current Developments in Technology and Regulatory Policy

    Whole genome sequencing (WGS) is here to stay. This technology has been used regularly by regulators for foodborne illness investigations, and regulatory enforcement activities.  However, there are still ambiguities regarding standardizations of sequencing methods and quality control, data analysis, how regulatory enforcement actions are actually taken using the WGS data.  This uncertainty might prevent the industry from implementing the WGS.  In this panel session, we discuss the recent developments in technology, data analysis, and regulatory policy on usage of WGS, and address the industry concerns.  GMA hopes this panel session can facilitate productive discussions among all of the stakeholders on how to combat challenges and to effectively use this powerful technology.


    Joseph Levitt, Partner, Hogan Lovells US, LLP


    David Goldman, Ph.D., Assistant Administrator, Office of Public Health Science. USDA FSIS                                                                         

    Roberta Wagner, Assistant Administrator, Office of Policy and Program Development, USDA FSIS                                                             

    Tony Pavel, JD.,Senior Food Lawyer, Cargill, Inc.                                                   

    Deann Akins-Lewenthal, Ph.D, Director of Microbiology and Food Safety, ConAgra Brands, Inc.

    Steve Musser, Ph.D., Deputy Center Director, Science Operations, CFSAN, FDA                                                                                        

    2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Networking Break

    3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

    Breakout Sessions

    Breakout Session 1: Ingredient Safety Track
    Pesticide Residues in Food

    This session will address current and emerging issues for pesticide residues in foods, including challenges faced by the food industry due to a lack of import tolerance.


    Janet Collins, Ph.D., Executive Vice President, Science & Regulatory Affairs, Crop Life America


    Michael McGuffin, President, American Herbal Products Association

    Michael Novak, Partner, Keller and Heckman, LLP

    William Jordan, Consultant, William Jordan Consulting

    Breakout Session 2: FSMA Track
    Intentional Adulteration

    The FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act resulted in the agency promulgating a regulation to enhance consumer protection from intentional adulteration.  This science, also known as food defense, requires a novel and different approach to consumer protection from the traditional food safety practices of year’s past.  Come hear industry experts explain the multitude of methods available to assess your food defense vulnerabilities and design measures to protect your consumers, brands and employees from intentionally introduced hazards. 

    Jason Bashura, Senior Manager, Global Food Defense, PepsiCo Inc.


    Clint Fairow, Global Food Defense Manager, ADM Global Security

    Penny Norquist, Project Manager, Food Protection and Defense Institute

    Giannis Stoitsis, Chief Executive Officer, Foodakai

    Breakout Session 3: Nutrition Track                                                                            The New Age of Nutrient Recommendations

    Nutrition science has traditionally explored nutrient recommendations based upon deficiency diseases and surrogate endpoints.  The National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine’s recently released report on Guiding Principles for Developing Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs) Based on Chronic Disease has the potential to change both the method by which DRIs are set as well as the nutrients or other food substances that could have associated DRIs.  This session will explore both the new report as well as its potential impact on recommended intakes of macro nutrients, vitamins, minerals and other foods substances


    Robert Burns, Ph.D., Former Vice President, Health and Nutrition Policy, Grocery Manufacturers Association


    David Klurfeld,Ph.D., National Program Leader, Human Nutrition, USDA, ARS

    Allison Yates, Ph.D., RD, Food and Nutrition Consultant

    Breakout Session 4: Technical Food Safety Track
    Advisory Allergen Labeling: What Should Standardization Look Like?

    For many years industry, consumer groups and research institutions have discussed the lack of standardization with precautionary allergen labeling resulting in widespread confusion on the meaning of these labels.  Attend this session to hear from various stakeholders as to their vision and proposed solution for standardization of advisory allergen labeling.


    Tony Flood, Senior Director, International Food Information Council


    Eleanor Garrow-Holding, President & Chief Executive Officer, Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Connection Team

    Laura Shumow, Vice President, Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, National Confectioners Association

    4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Networking Break

    5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

    Welcome Reception 

    6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

    Conference Dinner
    Featuring the Discovery Channel’s MythBusters' star, Grant Imahara     

    The Discovery Channel’s MythBusters' star, Grant Imahara will provide our feature dinner entertainment! You may have seen him on Comedy Central’s BattleBots, TLC’s Junkyard Wars, some of his robotics and electronic work on Star Wars Episode I and II, or The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Grant will surely bring his dynamism and zeal for the cool world of STEM and factual television science to an unforgettable evening! 

    In advance of his appearance, Imahara responded to several questions – and reveals the most memorable myth he debunked during his role on Discovery Channel’s hit show Mythbusters.

  • 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

    SRAC Committee Chairs Breakfast (Invite Only)

    8:15 am – 8:30 am Walk Time
    8:30 am – 9:45 am

    Strategic Issues Session 1 
    Innovations and Disruption in the Food Industry: Trends, Technologies and Best Practices to Adapt to a Rapidly Evolving Landscape

    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.


    Francisco Diez-Gonzalez, Ph.D., Director and Professor, University of Georgia Center for Food Safety                                               

    Stephen Taylor, Ph.D., Professor and Co-Director, Department of Food Science and Technology, FAARP, University of Nebraska-Lincoln 

    Louis Cooperhouse, Executive Director, Rutgers University Food Innovation Center

    Strategic Issues Session 2:                                                                            Building a Workforce Pipeline for the CPG Industry via Registered Apprenticeships

    What is a Registered Apprenticeship and how can it connect motivated job seekers to learn new skills with employers looking for qualified workers?  Attendees will receive a comprehensive overview of what a Registered Apprenticeship is, how it works and how the food industry can make use of the resources offered by the U.S. Department of Labor.  Learn how to access incentives offered by state and local Labor Departments, including tax credits for employers and tuition support for workers, to build a pipeline of qualified workers.  Attendees will also hear from companies that currently operate Registered Apprenticeship programs, how those programs have worked for them, lessons learned and other approaches to creating a qualified and skilled workforce to meet the needs of the CPG industry at large.


    Daniel Villao, Deputy Administrator, Office of Apprenticeship, U.S. Department of Labor

    Christopher D. MacLarion, Director, Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Program, Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning, Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation

    Erica D. Simmons, Senior Human Resources Leader, The Kroger Company

    Strategic Issues Session 3:                                                                            When Science is Not Enough: Communication Strategies to Turn Crisis into Success

    Today more than ever, the policy environment is shaped by and in turn influences broad public narratives, especially on the emotional topic of the foods and beverages real families rely on every day.  This session will highlight the challenges and opportunities arising from global trends in food policy and assess the role of strategic communications to build political and public support for desired policy outcomes.


    Karl Brophy, Chief Executive Officer, Red Flag USA

    Bill Murray, Chief Executive Officer, National Coffee Association

    Jack Bobo, Chief Communications Officer, Intrexon

    Kate Loatman, Executive Director, International Council of Beverage Associations


    Microbiological Safety Committee Special Session:                            Seek and Destroy, Environmental Monitoring Programs for Control of Listeria monocytogenes

    In January 2017 the FDA published its draft guidance on “Control of Listeria monocytogenes in Ready-To-Eat Foods”.  The final guidance should be published by the FDA in the near future.  This draft document provides guidance on the control of Listeria monocytogenes (Lm) in ready-to-eat (RTE) food production facilities and environmental monitoring programs (EMPs) to help RTE processors comply with the Preventive Controls for Human Food (PCHF) regulation. 

    This session will discuss the challenges of Lm control in facilities and challenges in developing and implementing the environmental monitoring programs and corrective actions.  Additionally, this discussion will include perspectives of the current FDA enforcement approach under this guidance and PCHF.


    Molly Mills, Snacks R&D Microbiology Manager, PepsiCo


    Mickey Parish, Ph.D., Senior Science Advisor, FDA

    Tim Freier, Ph.D., Division Vice President, Scientific Affairs, Microbiology, Mérieux Nutriscience, North America

    Jennifer Weekes, Director of Food Protection, Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc.

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

    Breakout Sessions

    Breakout Session 1: Ingredient Safety Track
    Proposition 65

    California’s Prop 65 requires companies doing business in California to notify consumers of potentially hazardous chemicals in their products and packaging. Attend this session to learn about current and emerging Proposition 65 issues related to the food and personal care and household product (PCHP) industries.


    Jim Coughlin, Ph.D., CFS, President and Founder, Coughlin & Associates

    Mandy Hagan, Esq., Vice President, State Affairs and Grassroots, Grocery Manufacturers Associaiton

    Sarah Esmaili, Counsel, Arnold and Porter

    Breakout Session 2: FSMA Track
    Demystifying Regulatory Inspections: Panel Discussion on Highly Popular Inspection Topics

    Attend this session to hear an interactive panel of discussion consisting of regulators and food safety professionals along with legal representatives from industry.  Gain valuable insight from the viewpoint of the regulators and industry experts on such key topics such as application and usage of guidance documents during inspections, photography, environmental swabbing and product testing.  In addition, from this breakout session learn potential ways that we, as industry, could improve our inspectional experience and have the opportunity to pose questions to regulators.


    Elizabeth Fawell, Partner, Hogan Lovells 


    Cindy Kruger, Senior Counsel, Food Safety & Regulatory,                      PepsiCo 

    Glenn Bass, Director, Office of Food and Feed Operations, FDA

    Raquel Maymir, Manager, Global Regulatory Operations and Compliance, General Mills

    Breakout Session 3:                                                                                        Nutrition Track NLR 2.0: Modernizing Nutrient Content Claims

    The FDA recently updated the nutrition facts label which represents the largest overhaul of the panel since the inception of the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act. After this work is completed, it is anticipated that the Agency will shift focus to nutrient content claims as suggested by the 2016 request for information on the implied nutrient content claim “healthy”.  During this session, we will consider the future of nutrient content claims in the context of public health policy. We will use an innovative approach to help identify ways that nutrient content claims could positively enhance the consumer experience.


    Jena Rostorfer, MS., RD., Associate Directory, Regulatory, Abbott Nutrition


    Ed Scarbrough, Ph.D., Sole Proprietor, Scarbrough Consultants, LLC

    Natalie Kannan, RD, In-Store Nutritionist, Giant Food

    Chris Berry, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Marketing Department, College of Business, Colorado State University

    Pepin Tuma, JD., Senior Director, Government and Regulatory Affairs, Acadamy of Nutrition and Dietetics

    Breakout Session 4: Technical Food Safety Track                              Ready to Eat vs. Not Ready to Eat - Achieving Regulatory Compliance

    The convenience value of Ready to Eat (RTE) foods are ever popular among consumers. For the same reason, Non-RTE (NRTE) foods that require only minimum preparation steps are also common. However, NRTE foods require proper cooking to achieve food safety before consumption. Defining RTE and NRTE foods is challenging since some NRTE foods may be consumed without proper cooking intentionally or unintentionally. Some NRTE foods may be perceived as RTE foods by consumers.  This creates challenges for food manufacturers to reevaluate the safety of some NRTE foods and determine how to control potential microbiological hazards. Recent recalls and foodborne illness outbreaks indicate that the agencies’ expectations for NRTE food manufactures to address these hazards in their food safety/HACCP plans are increasing. This session will discuss food industry approaches to RTE and NRTE foods, current agencies’ thinking, consumer education opportunities, and the development of validated cooking instructions for NRTE foods.


    Leigh Barcham, Associate, Hogan Lovells US, LLP


    William Shaw, Ph.D., Director, Risk, Innovations, and  management Staff, USDA FSIS

    Scott Hood, Ph.D., Director, Quality & Regulatory Operations, General Mills, Inc.

    Mickey Parish, Ph.D., Senior Science Advisor for Microbiology, Office of Food Safety, CFSAN, FDA

    Benjamin Chapman, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Food Safety Specialist, North Carolina State University

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

    1:15 pm – 3:00 pm

    Nutrition Track                                                                                                Topic: Charting a Course for Tomorrow and Beyond

    Ingredient Safety (Food and Consumer Goods) Track
    Topic: Pesticides

    FSMA Track
    Topic: Inspections and Records

    Technical Food Safety Track
    Topic: Listeriosis Prevention

    3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Networking Break

    3:30 pm – 4:30 pm













    4:45 pm – 5:45 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.


    Roger Lowe, Executive Vice President, Strategic Communications, Grocery Manufacturers Association


    Joseph Levitt, Partner, Hogan Lovells US LLP

    Ricardo Carvajal, J.D., M.S., Director, Hyman, Phelps & McNamara, P.C.


    Intentional Adulteration Working Group Meeting (GMA Members Only)


  • 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)                                                                        Chemicals Management Committee (CMC)
    Food Allergens (FAC) Committee

    Microbiological Safety (MSC) Committee

    11:30 am – 1:00 pm

    Lunch on Your Own

    1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Science and Regulatory Affairs Council (SRAC)
    Regulatory Inspections & Compliance (RICC) Committee
    Nutrition Health & Labeling (NHL) Committee