6TH ANNUAL FOOD LABELING: EVOLVING REGULATORY COMPLIANCE CONFERENCE

JANUARY 29-30, 2019 | ALEXANDRIA, VA

HILTON ALEXANDRIA MARK CENTER

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DAY ONE | TUESDAY, JANUARY 29

8:00 REGISTRATION & WELCOME COFFEE

8:30 CHAIRPERSON’S OPENING REMARKS & PROGRAM WELCOME
Cherie Gudz, VP, SGS

8:45 DIGICOMPLY: TECHNICAL SOLUTIONS IN REGULATORY COMPLIANCE & RISK MANAGEMENT FOR FOOD MANUFACTURERS

  • Horizon scanning of relevant food safety and compliance news
  • Global Regulatory library translated to English
  • Simplified compliance workflows to identify and monitor regulatory requirements
  • Opportunities in digital label reviews

 

9:30 PANEL DISCUSSION: INDUSTRY PERSPECTIVE ON IMPACT OF BE LABELING & CONSUMER INTERPRETATION

  • Industry concerns surrounding BE label disclosure
  • Opportunities in changing consumer bias towards BE
  • Initial steps towards compliance with BE disclosure

Dan Christensen, PEPSICO

Karen Jensen, REILY FOODS COMPANY

Martin Slayne Ph.D., THE HERSHEY COMPANY

 

10:15 COFFEE & NETWORKING BREAK

 

10:45 MASTERCLASS: GLOBAL CONSIDERATIONS IN GMO LABELING
The need for food manufacturers and labeling executives alike to align BElabeling efforts for global regulatory compliance continues to increase as the consumer interpretation evolves surrounding genetically engineered products. The recent ruling of the European Union determined products of new genetic engineering techniques are subject to the European GMO Directive safety regulations and is now aligned with the Codex Alimentarius, the World Health Organization, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Labeling executives must consider the differing consumer perspectives around GMO labeling compared to that of the American consumer.

  • Overview of current regulatory landscape
  • Consumer drivers in European markets
  • Global trends in GMO production

Martin Slayne Ph.D., Former Global Head, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, THE HERSHEY COMPANY

 

11:30 PANEL DISCUSSION: CONSIDERING CONSUMER INTERPRETATION SURROUNDING GMO LABELING
Of considerable concern to industry executives is the transition from the term GMO to bioengineered as defined and outlined by the USDA in the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard, which many believe will cause consumer confusion and uncertainty, given the traditional and widely accepted use of GMO. This evolution in language is of concern to many food companies that have already begun production on labeling and marketing the more commonly used term “GMO,” as well as for those organizations currently utilizing non-GMO certification claims. Bringing varied perspectives and stakeholders to the discussion, this panel will provide participants with an opportunity to examine and discuss industry research surrounding the change in terminology and impact on consumer decision making and perception.

  • Consumer drivers in the labeling of GMO’s
  • Forecasting market receptibility to BE term
  • Integrating consumer perspective in GMO claims

MODERATORS:
Karin Moore, GROCERY MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION

Sandra Kelly, SELERANT

PANELISTS:
Karen Jensen, REILY FOODS

Deb Arcoleo, THE HERSHEY COMPANY

 

12:15 LUNCHEON FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS

 

1:30 TRENDS IN SUPPLIER DATA MANAGEMENT TO BOOST MORE ACCURATE LABELING, SUPPLY CHAIN TRANSPARENCY, & FDA COMPLIANCE
The increasing demand for transparency driven by consumers has put new pressures on labeling executives. With the FDA reporting almost half of its recalls are due to incorrect or incomplete listing of ingredients and allergen on labels; documentation is crucial, especially during an FDA inspection. Suppliers must disclose attributes such as material composition, allergens, additives, physical and chemical properties, and microbiological susceptibility, for both raw materials and packaging. The requirement around maintenance records put forth by the FDA has encouraged the use of electronic databases for analysis as well as to comply with the data retention requirement.

  • Use of technology to increase supplier transparency
  • Quickly getting data from suppliers
  • Automating data transfer between supplier and labeling systems

Gary Nowacki, CEO, TRACEGAINS

 

2:15 PANEL DISCUSSION: INDUSTRY PROGRESSION IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE FDA NUTRITION FACTS PANEL
The deadline for the FDA Nutrition Facts Panel has been extended to allow for manufacturers to comply based on annual food sales to January 1, 2020 for manufacturers who report over 10 million annually and January 1, 2021 for manufacturers who report less than 10 million annually. Due to this extension, manufacturers and labeling executives alike risk being misaligned with the new compliance date because the priorities of the manufacturer and that of the labeling executive are not always united. As a result, the industry is facing considerable uncertainty and would benefit from clarification from organizations who have overcome these challenges and have successfully switched over to the new labels. Labeling executives must harmonize efforts around re-labeling initiatives to ensure a unified approach throughout the supply chain.

  • Current implementation at varied organizations
  • Internal Alignment of resources for labeling
  • Working with suppliers on ingredient transparency
  • Effectively establishing a unified approach amongst supply chain
  • Budgeting & planning best practices for consideration

MODERATOR:
Lee Patty, NICELABEL

PANELISTS:
Karin Moore, GROCERY MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION

Deb Arcoleo, THE HERSHEY COMPANY

Patty Ranieri, WEGMANS FOOD MARKET

 

2:45 BREAKOUT DISCUSSION GROUPS: IMPLEMENTATION OF FDA NUTRITION FACTS PANEL
Following the panel discussion, conference participants will have an opportunity to engage in small group discussions and dialogue within the audience, with panelists representing different sized organizations each leading a small group of 8-10 executives.

Group 1: Organizations with $10M or more in Revenue
Dan Christensen, PEPSICO

Group 2: Manufacturers with Less than $10M in Revenue

Group 3: Ingredient and Supplier Organizations

 

3:15 COFFEE & NETWORKING BREAK

 

3:45 TWO PART MODULE: FIBER
CASE STUDY: SCIENTIFIC DEFINITIONS AROUND FIBER

  • Clarification surrounding new isolated and synthetic fiber elements
  • Recalculating & labeling fiber DRV in-line with revised 28 gram count
  • Reflection of beneficial vs. non-beneficial dietary fiber on food labels

Elizabeth Salvo, Director, Regulatory and Consulting Services, ESHA RESEARCH

 

4:30 PANEL DISCUSSION: INDUSTRY IMPACT OF FIBER MODIFICATIONS ON PRODUCT FORMULATION

  • Considerations in reformulation in order to meet regulatory alignment
  • Perspectives on ongoing non-digestible fiber count labeling
  • Consumer trends focused on high fiber diets

Elizabeth Salvo, ESHA RESEARCH

Patricia Williamson, CARGILL

 

5:15 CLOSING REMARKS & DAY 1 CONCLUSION

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