DAY ONE | TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11

8:00 REGISTRATION & WELCOME COFFEE

 

8:50 CHAIRPERSON’S OPENING REMARKS
Suzana Tripologos, Strategic Account Manager, SELERANT

 

9:00 ICE BREAKER: LABELING COMPLIANCE CONSIDERATIONS FOR AN EVOLVING FOOD MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY
As the food manufacturing industry continuously evolves at an increased speed due to progressing consumer trends, ongoing litigation, and changing regulatory requirements; labeling teams are tasked with immense workloads to maintain awareness and overall compliance. This interactive ice breaker will open the program with an opportunity for all participants to meet fellow food labeling professionals with the goal of engaging in swift dialogue aimed towards sharing top policy concerns and best practices for regulatory compliance. Furthermore, this warm-up session allows delegates to build contact with peers, kicking off the event networking platform.

Richard Fama, Member, COZEN O’CONNOR

 

9:30 STATE OF THE INDUSTRY KEYNOTE PANEL: FOOD LABELING DEVELOPMENTS IN 2020 & BEYOND
Driven by consistently revised state and federal regulations in the US and global market, the role of labeling teams has increased in importance as organizations are pressed to ensure compliance while meeting to consumer expectations. Additionally, manufacturers must also stay abreast of emerging consumer trends that shape overall product image and update labels accordingly. Exploring the future of labeling will provide insight into the changing landscape and expanding regulatory oversight, enabling executives to proactively plan for impending requirements.

  • Review of top regulatory concerns in US & globally
  • Impact of policy updates on product supply chain
  • Primary consumer interests & effect on food labels
  • Predictable direction & monitoring the landscape

MODERATOR:

Dodi Hanes, MÉRIEUX NUTRISCIENCES

PANELISTS:

Danielle Johnson, THE KROGER CO

Meredith Olearchik, CAMPBELL SOUP COMPANY

Joe Bailey, BASIC AMERICAN FOODS

JoLynne Wightman, PhD, WELCH’S

Sandra Norgren, GENERAL MILLS 
 

 

10:15 COFFEE AND NETWORKING BREAK

 

10:45 FIRESIDE CHAT: FTC PERSPECTIVE ON TRUTHFUL LABEL CLAIMS & PRODUCT MARKETING
The US Federal Trade Commission protects consumers from misleading and deceptive practices throughout many industries and routinely becomes involved with food products to ensure truthful advertising and substantiated claims. As the industry expands technologically to include e-commerce and social media marketing, manufacturers must know how to comply with updated regulatory requirements to avoid fines and legal action. Audience members will be able to ask direct questions to the FTC regarding recent litigation and top marketing claim concerns.

Elizabeth Sanger, Attorney, Division of Advertising Practices, FTC

 

11:30 FIRESIDE CHAT: USDA OVERSIGHT OF THE FOOD INDUSTRY & ANTICIPATED COMPLIANCE TRENDS
The USDA regulates the meat, egg, and dairy industries among others in order to enforce necessary action and ensure marketed products adhere to consumer health standards and claims are scientifically supported. Labeling teams anticipate additional information on the USDA’s nutrition facts panel position, guidance for meal kits, and required data to support hormone claims. Through a question and answer format, delegates will have the opportunity to submit specific discussion points and interact with the USDA on top concerns in an education environment.

Jeff Canavan, Deputy Director, Labeling and Program Delivery Division, FSIS, USDA

 

12:15 LUNCHEON FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS

 

1:15 REGULATORY GUIDANCE & OVERSIGHT OF THE USDA BE DISCLOSURE STANDARD
Released on December 20, 2018, the USDA’s National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard (the Standard) requires the industry to label products that contain bioengineered foods before the mandatory compliance date of January 1, 2022. Labeling executives seek further clarification regarding the definition of bioengineered food and the process for determining whether certain highly refined ingredients are considered bioengineered foods. In addition, the Standard allows a variety of methods to disclose BE foods including text, symbol, digital link, or text message, allowing manufacturers to choose the best method to communicate to consumers.

Trevor Findley, Deputy Director, Food Disclosure and Labeling, USDA

 

2:00 CASE STUDY: PROCESS & STRATEGIES TO BECOME COMPLIANT WITH THE USDA BE DISCLOSURE

  • Industry interpretation of the USDA’s GMO Labeling Law
  • Engaging with suppliers to retrieve necessary records
  • Steps to evaluate raw materials & finished products
  • Time & resources allocated throughout the process

Mary Spurney, Assistant General Counsel, SARGENTO

 

2:45 COFFEE AND NETWORKING BREAK

 

3:15 LEGAL PERSPECTIVE: CALIFORNIA’S PROPOSITION 65 & ANALYSIS OF CURRENT LITIGATION TRENDS

  • Examining recent litigation lawsuit trends
  • Risk based approach to products in California
  • Safe harbor level allowances for chemicals
  • Future of Prop 65 & impact on the industry

Emily Leongini, Associate, ARENT FOX LLP

 

4:00 LEGAL PERSPECTIVE: MONITORING STATE REGULATIONS & THE EFFECT ON PRODUCT LABELS
Due to a more constrained and slower process within the FDA to pass national legislation, states are intervening to create policies and mandate specific label requirements. Recent top industry concerns are the Illinois ruling to include sesame as an allergen and the focus of many states to prohibit the use of meat and dairy claims on plant based products. As the number of state enforced regulatory standards increase, manufacturers must explore strategies to ensure compliance with each unique state policy to ensure uninterrupted product compliance.

Evangelia Pelonis, Partner, KELLER AND HECKMAN LLP

 

4:45 BREAKOUT GROUPS: NAVIGATING THE COMPLIANCE LANDSCAPE OF INTERNATIONAL MARKETS
Food labeling teams face many obstacles while operating on a global scale such as tracking and complying with a variety of regulations in addition to allergens differing from those in the US. The labeling strategies, ranging from traditional print to more advanced digital formats, employed for different global regions is greatly influence by consumer mentality, local trends and availability of certain technologies. To enable discussion, the audience will break into smaller groups, focusing on specified regions that prove difficult for food manufacturers and labeling executives as listed below, with the possibility of adding further groups and markets deemed necessary by the audience:

GROUP 1: Canada
Jenny Thompson, Technical Services Specialist, ALGOOD FOOD COMPANY

GROUP 2: EU & Russia:
Penny Marsh, Global Director, Regulatory Compliance
SENSIENT TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION

 

5:30 END OF DAY ONE CONFERENCE