Conf. 4: Global

February 8

(Slides updated 2/8)

Global Developments: What’s Your GPS? 
Participants in our Global Developments Conference heard robust discussion of significant international developments affecting global food stakeholders, including the increasingly complex global food supply chain, expanding access to global markets and FSMA mandates requiring foreign food facilities to register with FDA. Additionally, attendees learned about the critical issues that affecting your business and clients through country and regional case studies, including Brazil and China. 

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. 

Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 –9:05 a.m. 

FDLI Welcome

Susan C. Winckler, President and CEO, The Food and Drug Law Institute

9:05 - 9:30 a.m. 

Keynote Address

Jim Rice, Director, Consumer Goods Trade Policy, Office of Health and Consumer Goods, International Trade Administration | Slides

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.   

FDA and USDA Global Enforcement  

Officials from FDA and USDA will discuss their offices’ global enforcement priorities for 2013, and recent collaboration in areas where the food safety functions of their agencies overlap.

Michael Roosevelt, Acting Director, Office of Compliance, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, FDA
Mary Stanley, Director, International Policy Division, Office of Policy and Program Development, Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA | Slides

10:30 - 11:00 a.m. 

Networking Break

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  

International Regulatory Harmonization and Private Standards 

Robert L. Buchanan, PhD, Director, Center for Food Safety and Security Systems, University of Maryland | Slides
Ray Shillito, Manager, Technical Coordination, Seeds and Traits/Regulatory Science, Bayer CropScience | Slides

Moderated by Markus Lipp, PhD, Senior Director, Food Standards, United States Pharmacopeial Convention

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. 


1:00- 2:45 p.m. 

Regional Case Studies:  Bringing a Product to Market and Doing Business Overseas


  • Overview of the Safe Foods for Canadians Act
Martha A. Healey, Partner, Norton Rose LLP | Slides

The European Union
  • An update on health claims;
  • An update on additives and enzymes- including the new positive safety assessment on aspartame;
  • The new legislative framework for dietetic foods; and
  • New rules to come on nutritional labeling.
Nicole Coutrelis, Partner, Coutrelis & Associes | Slides


Helio Alberto Bellintani Júnior, Legal Manager, Food and Ingredient Systems (FIS) Platform, Cargill Agrícola S.A. | Slides


Eric Trachtenberg, Director, Food & Agriculture, McLarty Associates | Slides

Moderated by Steven H. Armstrong, Senior Food Law Counsel, Campbell Soup Company | Slides

2:45 – 3:00 p.m. 

Networking Break

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. 

Critical Supply Chain Issues 

The increasingly global supply chain poses risks to consumers in the U.S. and abroad: USP’s recent analysis of its Food Fraud Database indicates an overall increase by 60 percent in the total number of food fraud cases in recent years. Global competition provides an impetus to cut costs, and suppliers looking to stay in the game by using subpar quality ingredients are more common.  Learn how to maintain the integrity of your end product by:

  • Preventing economically motivated adulteration
  • Managing global risks through foreign supplier verification  
  • Improving traceability and supply chain assessment

Tejas Bhatt, Manager, Food Safety Programs, Institute of Food Technologists | Slides
Richard Gilmore, PhD, President/CEO, GIC Group | Slides
Mitchell Weinberg, President & CEO, INSCATECH 

Moderated by Jennifer C. McEntire, PhD, Senior Director, Food and Import Safety, Leavitt Partners Global Food Safety Solutions | Slides