6th Annual Food Labeling: Evolving Regulatory Compliance Conference

January 29-30, 2019 | Alexandria, VA

Hilton Alexandria Mark Center

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DAY TWO | WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30

8:30 REGISTRATION & WELCOME COFFEE

9:00 CHAIRPERSON’S OPENING REMARKS
Rosemarie Sunderland, President & Founder, THRIVE4LIFE

FOOD LABEL CLAIMS: ALIGNING COMMERCIAL GOALS, LEGAL & REGULATORY GUIDANCE WITH CONSUMER TRENDS
Innovation within the food sciences has resulted in a wide variety of new products entering the market whose label claims attract consumers looking for products perceived as healthier or free-from various ingredients or additives, but which at times do not meet the traditional defining factors of food products. Adding to the complexity surrounding label claims is the ongoing lack of definition surrounding the term healthy, which is widely used to describe foods, but which lacks a standard agreement or definition. As consumer trends continue to evolve towards an eye for healthier, free-from options, food manufactures must consider an internal alignment of commercial goals alongside regulatory labeling requirements and consider risk mitigation of potential legal ramifications.

 

9:15 LECTURE: LEGAL INSIGHTS INTO RECENT LITIGATION & REGULATION SURROUNDING MEAT & DAIRY CLAIMS

  • Review of current meat & dairy litigation & lobby action
  • FDA regulation & commentary on standards of identity
  • International regulation surrounding identity standards

Caroline Hudson, LOEB & LOEB LLC

 

10:00 PANEL DISCUSSION: INDUSTRY ACTION SURROUNDING MEAT AND DAIRY CLAIMS

  • Multi-stakeholder perspectives on alternative meat & dairy labeling
  • Concerns surrounding consumer interpretation of label claims
  • Collaborative solutions to satisfy all stakeholder goals

Julie Froelich, JOHNSONVILLE SAUSAGE

Patty Ranieri, WEGMANS FOOD MARKET

 

10:45 COFFEE & NETWORKING BREAK

 

11:15 PANEL DISCUSSION: PERSPECTIVES & DEBATE SURROUNDING THE USE OF NATURAL LABEL CLAIMS

  • Varied definitions surrounding the term ‘natural’
    • Industry
    • Association
    • Regulatory
  • Consumer perspectives surrounding natural claims
    • Non-GMO
    • Organic
    • “Healthy”
  • Alternative label claims rather than using natural

MODERATOR: Richard Fama, COZEN O’CONNOR

PANELISTS:
Paul Patel, EDLONG CORPORATION

Nancy Knight, ORGAIN

 

12:00 LUNCHEON FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS

 

1:00 MASTERCLASS: GLOBAL CONSIDERATIONS IN GMO LABELING
The need for food manufacturers and labeling executives alike to align BE labeling 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 labeling implications and consumer expectations

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

Karina Scheren, Regulatory Specialist, THE HERSHEY COMPANY

 

1:45 PANEL DISCUSSION: BENEFITS OF PRODUCT CERTIFICATION
Food manufacturers have been establishing partnerships with third-party certification organizations to secure neutral product certification such as claims like non-GMO. Third-party verification is the highest quality system when considering product labeling initiatives and certifications due to the comprehensive evaluation by an independent party for compliance. Through the collaboration of working with third-party technical administrators, food manufacturers and labeling executives alike are able to obtain support throughout the product verification process. Food labeling executives must work to establish both meaningful and credible label claims to ensure longevity in consumer retention.

  • Best practices in collaborating with third-party technical administrators
  • Approval process of obtaining certifications and yearly reviews
  • Long term effect and benefits for consideration when declaring claims

MODERATOR:
Kristin Wheeler, NON-GMO PROJECT

PANELISTS:
Isha Saini, DANONE

Nancy Knight, ORGAIN

 

2:30 PROPOSITION 65: FOOD LABELING UPDATES & ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS
California’s Proposition 65 requires food manufacturers distributing product within California to provide clear and reasonable warnings when products expose consumers to chemicals that have been identified as causing cancer or reproductive effects. Of recent concern has been the litigation surrounding chemical compounds found in roasted coffee beans which are contained on the extensive Prop 65 hazard list. Considerations concerning causality and route of exposure overturned this particular case, but many additional enforcement cases are pending and the food industry is deeply and rightly concerned surrounding California’s enforcement of the law.

  • New interpretations & enforcement trends
  • Issues surrounding residual chemicals
  • Clarification on detecting and labeling of metals

David Biderman, PERKINS COIE

 

3:15 CLOSING REMARKS & CONFERENCE CONCLUSION

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