|9:00 am||Welcome Remarks
Elizabeth Cuff, SCFIC Chairman, SCIFTS President-Elect
|SESSION 1||TECHNOLOGY AND BEST PRACTICES|
|9:10 am||Introduction of Session Speakers|
|9:20 am||Leadership in the New Era of Food Safety |
Sean Leighton, Global Vice President of Food Safety, Quality, Regulatory
President-Elect of National IFT
Biography: Sean Leighton is Cargill’s Global Vice President of Food Safety, Quality, and Regulatory. With a career spanning more than 15 years in the food and beverage industry, Sean has intimate knowledge of the science and standards that make food safe, and the strategies to ensure the quality of supply chains that feed the world.
|9:45 am||Food Law-Plastics and Water|
John A. Belcher, Principal
Biography: As a civil litigator in the Los Angeles area for over thirty years, John Belcher has been “first chair” for over 100 arbitrations, court trials and jury trials from the Mexican border to Santa Barbara County. John’s firm that bears his name represents plaintiffs in a wide variety of business disputes ranging from unfair competition, theft of trade secrets, franchise violations and distributorship conflicts. In 2019, John was named among the top attorneys in Southern California by Los Angeles Magazine and he also won the 2019 International Advisory Experts Award for Business Litigation Law within California.
|10:10-10:30||Re-Tooling Technical Leaders to Lead Food Safety Culture
Jill Stauber and Tia Glave, Co-Founders
Biography: Tia Glave and Jill Stuber partnered to create Catalyst in 2021. They assist businesses in building world-class food safety and quality cultures by developing leadership teams with strong technical food safety and quality skills. Catalyst sparks transformation by instilling strong people skills to provide a roadmap for food manufacturers and retail organizations to build sustainable food safety cultures. Their experience and client base spans multi-million-dollar food manufacturing companies, food retailers, and start-up food environments. They bring insights at both corporate levels and front-line facility levels.
Tia Glave is formally trained as a Chemical Engineer and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tennessee. She is a qualified individual trained in PCQI and FSVP, versed in GFSI schemes, and has worked with many product categories including dairy, frozen and refrigerated baked goods, seafood, frozen pasta, and baby food. Tia's passion also extends to championing black talent in food safety and quality. She's the founder of the Black Professionals in Food Safety Group to foster sharing, development, and connection to support black talent. Tia is an active member of International Association for Food Protection, serving as the Retail & Food Service Professional Development Group Vice Chair.
Jill Stuber holds Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Food Science from the University of Wisconsin, River Falls and Madison, respectively; as well as a Master of Science degree in Quality Management from Eastern Michigan University. She is a professional coach certified through Learning Journeys - an accredited program through the International Coaching Federation, HACCP Certified, PCQI Certified, an SQF Practitioner, an Institute of Food Technology (IFT) Certified Food Scientist, a Lean Facilitator, and a Six Sigma Black Belt. Jill is an active member of International Association for Food Protection, serving as the Developing Food Safety Professional's Professional Development Group Vice Chair. Website: https://www.foodsafetycatalyst.com/
|10:30-10:45||Question and Answer Session
Food Safety / Food Law
Interactive Speaker Panel
|10:45-11:00||Break||SESSION 2||FOOD PACKAGING, PLASTICS, AND SUSTAINABILITY|
|11:00 am||Introduction of Session Speakers|
|11:100 am||Improperly Discarded Plastic Food Packaging
Dr. Jack Cooper, Executive Director
Abstract: A significant amount of plastic food packaging finds its way into landfills, land in general, and waterways where it is left to degrade into macro-, micro- and nano- sized plastic particles. Global research is studying biological effects on wildlife and marine food sources. Legislative and regulatory mandates are being developed, including the concept of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR). Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors are being considered by investors and consumers while averting lawsuits for alleged false environmental claims and addressing positive social and mainstream media attention.
Biography: Jack Cooper is Executive Director of the Animal Digestible Food Packaging Initiative. The mission of this self-funding initiative is to encourage the food processing industry to support development of new food packaging materials that would be digestible by animals. He broadly characterizes his initiative as serving farm animals all the way to ubiquitous microbes.
Jack holds BS and MS degrees in Food Science from the University of California at Davis (UCD). He spent time working in Extension at UCD, 16 years with the National Canners Association/National Food Processors Association (thirteen as Director, Environmental Affairs). Jack capped off his career with 26 years as the Founder and Partner with Food Industry Environmental Network (www.fien.com), a regulatory and government actions alerting service. Jack founded the Animal Digestible Food Packaging Initiative in 2017 upon his retirement. Website https://adfpi.org/
|11:35 am||Bio-based and Biodegradable Alternatives To Plastic in Packaging
Jessica Bowman, Executive Director
Abstract: This presentation will address bio-based and biodegradable packaging and food service items that reduce our reliance on petroleum-based plastics, along with consumer perspectives on these sustainable alternatives.
Biography: Jessica Bowman serves as the Plant Based Products Council’s (PBPC) Executive Director, where she leads the organization’s efforts in advocating for the expanded use of renewable, plant-based materials to help guide the global economy toward a circular model. Jessica joined PBPC in 2019 to provide the growing bioeconomy with an industry voice for both policy advocacy and education on Capitol Hill and beyond. She collaborates with PBPC members which include early-phase startups and Fortune 500 companies, on their sustainability efforts, legislative priorities, and awareness initiatives. As an engineer and lawyer, Jessica plays a unique role in bridging the gap between today’s biobased innovations and policies that encourage their broader adoption, including legislation that supports more robust end-of-life infrastructure such as composting and recycling. Jessica joins PBPC from the American Chemistry Council, where she served as Executive Director of the FluoroCouncil, representing the world’s leading manufacturers of fluorinated chemicals (PFAS). She also previously served as Senior Director of Environmental Affairs for the Airports Council International – North America. Jessica holds a J.D. with a concentration in environmental law from University of Maryland School of Law and a B.S. in GeoEnvironmental Engineering from Penn State University. Website https://pbpc.com/
|12:00 pm||Fresh Produce and Sustainable Packaging
Jeffrey S. Brandenberg
Q Fresh Lab, Founder
Abstract: The challenges of moving to a more sustainable package for fresh produce is daunting because it is a living breathing organism. These challenges and how this impacts the choices and technologies will be discussed.
Biography: Jeffrey Brandenberg and JSB Group LLC provides technical and educational resources to the global flexible packaging and fresh food industries. His group provides expertise in a wide variety of packaging and equipment technologies including post-harvest physiology, food safety, food regulations, fresh cut produce, MAP, barrier packaging, peelable lidding structures, forming materials, and stand-up pouch technology.
|12:20 pm||Question and Answer Session
Interactive Speaker Panel
|12:30 pm||LUNCH||SESSION 3||WHAT ABOUT THOSE PLANT-BASED FOODS?|
|1:20 pm||Introduction of Session Speakers|
|1:25 pm||THE HEALTH EFFECTS OF A PLANT BASED DIET|
|1:15-1:45||The Health Effects of a Plant Based Diet
Matthew J. Landry, Ph.D., RDN, LDN
Abstract: Plant‐based diets, diets that emphasize higher intakes of plant foods and lower intakes of animal foods, are associated with a lower risk of incident cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular disease mortality, and all‐cause mortality in a general US adult population. This presentation will cover the components of a healthful plant-based diet and discuss emerging trends within the plant-based food, beverage, and ingredient product space.
Biography: Matthew J. Landry is a postdoctoral research scholar and registered dietitian nutritionist in the Stanford Prevention Research Center in the School of Medicine at Stanford University. He is currently the Plant-Based Diet Initiative fellow. His current research focuses on identifying the optimal diet (or diets) for chronic disease prevention, addressing the methodological challenges of designing, implementing, and reporting clinical trials that test dietary patterns, and quantifying behavioral and environmental factors that influence what people are eating and how much of it is driven by inequities and social justice issues.
|1:55 pm||Four Hits and Misses To Labeling Plant-Based Foods
Debra Tophman, Director & Owner
Abstract: Plant-based foods often wear a halo of better-for-you attributes and claims. This might be inspired by scientific publications & press releases of select ingredients. However, on packaged foods, the wording is not always compliant with FDA and FTC regulations &/or enforcement discretion. This overview will highlight hits and misses related to four compliance targets, including FDA’s proposed update to “healthy” claims
Biography: Debra Topham’s consulting company, Knowledge Bank, provides “health checkups” for food and supplement labels as well as substantiation reports for nutrient and product claims. Her Huntington Beach, CA consulting service checks that USA product labels & sell sheets—including nutrient and health claims—are in compliance with FDA, USDA, and FTC regulations. Debra is a 30-year industry veteran with experience at Fresh&Easy Neighborhood Market and the Nutrilite Division of Amway. She is a Certified Nutrition Specialist and Certified Food Scientist as well as guest lecturer at Chapman University and California Polytechnic University. Debra holds Bachelor's and Master's of Science degrees in food and nutrition and communications from North Dakota State University (Fargo). Website: www.knowledge-bank.net
|2:25 pm||Question and Answer Session
Interactive Speaker Panel
|2:40 pm||Closing Statement, Continuing Education
Registration closes February 27, 2023
Cancellation Policy: Refunds less $10 handling fee will be available up to 48 hours before the start of the conference. After that time, no refunds will be offered.
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