1:15 – 2:00 PM
Supply Chain Verification Challenges and Realities
This panel will take a practical look at supply chain verification in light of the realities of the food supply chain and how companies are working to comply with FDA’s supply chain verification requirements under FSMA. Panelists will discuss the challenges and hurdles with effective supplier verification and compliance with FDA’s rules.
Lillian Hsu, Microbiologist, CFSAN, FDA
Jessica O’Connell, Partner, Covington & Burling LLP
Jenna Robeson, Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs & Compliance, Plated
Moderated by Kelly Laudon, Of Counsel, Jones Day
2:00 – 2:45 PM
Managing Through and Learning from Recalls
This panel will focus on practical tools for managing a recall, from the test result or consumer complaint to the close out. While an outbreak of a foodborne illness can lead to a high-profile, national recall, many situations are simply not as clear-cut. This panel will discuss how a firm should define and control the scope of a “voluntary” recall initiated as a result of mislabeling, insanitary conditions, and other frequently occurring issues. When do you know whether to conduct a recall? The panel will use the recent romaine lettuce outbreaks as a lens through which to discuss recall management and avoidance.
Joseph A. Levitt, Partner, Hogan Lovells US LLP
Scott MacIntire, Director, Division of Enforcement, ORA, FDA
Hilary Thesmar, Senior Vice President, Food Safety and Chief Food and Product Safety Officer, Food Marketing Institute
Moderated by Smitha G. Stansbury, Partner, King & Spalding LLP
2:45 – 3:00 PM
3:00 – 3:45 PM
Some companies have may have a perception that they don’t have to worry about criminal enforcement in the food sphere—this panel will dispel that myth. Speakers will include a review of recent prosecutions and give practical advice for clients facing or hoping not to face that reality.
John Claud, Assistant Director, Consumer Protection Branch, US Department of Justice
Howard R. Sklamberg, Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Jack Wenik, Member of the Firm, Epstein Becker & Green, PC
3:45 – 4:45 PM
Class Actions: The Next Phase
During this panel, speakers will address current and recent class actions in the food space. Considering the increasingly active role of class action suits as a form of enforcement, what are best practices to protect your client? What should be your first priorities when the complaint is served? What are some of the key issues to consider in connection with relabeling and settlement?
Angela Agrusa, Partner, DLA Piper LLP (US)
Anthony Anscombe, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Christina Eisenhard, General Counsel, Danone North America, P.B.C.
Marisol C. Mork, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs LLP
Closing Remarks and Adjournment