Conf. 3: Food Safety

February 7

(Slides updated 2/7)

Food Safety: Latest Regulatory Developments & Best Practices
Wondering where we stand on the mandated guidance and regulation that FDA is expected to promulgate under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)? The Food Safety Conference reviewed what has been developed and what is ahead for 2013. Speakers explored expectations for FSMA’s Voluntary Qualified Importer Program and Third-Party Auditor Accreditation and discussed other upcoming regulations.  Looking beyond the specifics of FSMA implementation, speakers reviewed the food safety dynamics of natural disasters and the business of food safety.

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. 

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30-8:35 a.m. 

FDLI Welcome

8:35 – 10:15 a.m. 

FSMA: Regulatory Updates 
Speakers and panelist will discuss proposed regulations just issued by FDA under the Food Safety Modernization Act —Preventative Controls for Human Food and Produce Safety — that affect all food law, regulation and policy stakeholders. The prosed rules require food companies and processors to implement better controls to prevent future outbreaks and deadly illnesses and requiring domestic and international farms to follow standards that would prevent contamination of fruits and vegetables. 

Michael M. Landa, Director, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), FDA | Slides
Caroline Smith DeWaal, Director of Food Safety, Center for Science in the Public Interest
William A. McConagha, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP

Moderated by Martin J. Hahn, Partner, Hogan Lovells LLP

10:15 – 10:45 a.m. 

Networking Break

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 

Enforcement Authorities under FSMA 

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) overhauled the basic enforcement tools FDA uses to carry out its public health mission with respect to food. By expanding existing enforcement authorities and arming FDA with several entirely new tools, FSMA enhanced the agency’s ability not only to respond to foodborne illness outbreaks but to attempt to prevent them altogether.  This session will include in-depth discussion of:
  • FDA’s new and expanded enforcement authorities (e.g., mandatory recall, registration suspension, administrative detention);
  • FSMA’s inspection mandates and enhancement of FDA’s inspection tools;
  • The agency’s progress in implementing these FSMA provisions; and
  • The impact of these provisions on industry thus far.

Jeffrey Steger, Assistant Director, Consumer Protection Branch, Civil Division, U.S. Department of Justice | Slides
Stephen F. Sundlof, DVM, PhD, Senior Advisor, EAS Consulting Group | Slides

Moderated by William Woodlee, Associate, Kleinfeld, Kaplan & Becker, LLP | Slides

12:15 – 1:45 p.m. 


1:45 – 3:00 p.m. 

FSVP and VQIP: Mandatory and Voluntary

The Foreign Supplier Verification Program and Voluntary Qualified Importer Program are key provisions under FSMA designed to fundamentally change the way FDA evaluates and regulates imported food.  This panel will look at the Mandatory requirements in the FSVP and the Voluntary elements of VQIP and discuss significant differences and intersections. You’ll find out the current status of both programs, and learn key elements of third party audits and food certification. After attending this session, attendees will be able to:

  • Better prepare for compliance with FSVP and VQIP
  • Better understand the differences and overlap between FSVP and VQIP
  • Better determine the relevance of facility certification by third parties

Sharon L. Mayl, Senior Advisor for Policy, Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine, Office of the Commissioner, FDA | Slides
Anthony T. Pavel, Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP | Slides

Moderated by Benjamin L. England, President & CEO, | Slides

3:00 – 3:30 p.m. 

Networking Break 

3:30 – 5:00 p.m. 

The Business of Food Safety

Food safety programs are changing at an increasingly rapid pace in order to keep up with new regulation and innovative technology.  This panel will focus on how U.S. and Canadian companies can position themselves to get ahead of the pack and stay on top of their food safety regulation, business and policy.  Hear directly from key industry leaders on:

  • What companies can and should be doing to comply with food safety requirements and why being proactive really matters;
  • The costs associated with compliance and where companies should be spending their food safety dollars; and
  • The groundbreaking ways that industry associations are tackling the economics of food safety and why partnering makes sense.

Jason Foscolo, Principal Attorney, The Food Law Firm
Artavazd Hakobyan, Consultant, Global Food Safety Partnership, World Bank
Joan Martino, President, J.E.M. & Associates International
Gale Prince, President, Sage Food Safety Consultants

Moderated by Sara Zborovski, Partner, Gilbert’s LLP

5:00 p.m.