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Take a look at what was covered on the 2022 agenda.

Welcome to Day One
Opening Remarks
Chelsea Kertes | Conference Producer, Smithers
Session I: North America Focus
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This session will focus on regulation updates within the United States and Canada. It will also kick off a series of panels that will be seen throughout the conference bringing panelists from all regions to discuss the topic at hand; this one being PFAS.
What an FDA Compliance Statement Should Include
Food Packaging Regulations and Key Considerations for Evaluation of Food Packaging Materials (FPMs) in Canada
In Canada, the safety of food packaging materials (FPMs) is controlled under Division 23 of the Food and Drugs Act and Regulations. Section B.23.001 of which prohibits the sale of foods in packages that may impart any substance to the contents which may be harmful to the consumer of the food.   In accordance with Section B23.001, Bureau of Chemical Safety of Health Canada conducts premarket chemical safety evaluation of FPMs upon request.
The presentation will cover the following aspects:
  • Canadian food safety system and key federal food safety regulations
  • Submission process and letter of no objection (LONO)
  • Review process and our main technical requests
  • Emerging issues in FPMs: TiO2, Bisphenols, mineral oils, etc. 
  • FPMs Program review

Dr. Zhongwen Wang | Scientific Evaluator at Food Packaging Materials and Incidental Additives Section, Chemical Health H, Bureau of Chemical Safety, Food Directorate, Health Products and Food Branch, Health Canada
Networking Break
Panel: Let’s Talk About PFAS – A Global Conversation
This panel will explore PFAS on a global scale, the human health concerns, the regulatory landscape, and the emerging innovations to find PFAS alternatives for the food contact industry.

Panelists include:
  • Dustin Schadt | Director of Key Accounts, Stora Enso
  • Simona Balan | Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist), California Department of Toxic Substance Control 
  • Wolfgang Urhahn | Director, Global Compliance, HAVI
  • Keith Vorst, Ph.D. | Director, Polymer and Food Protection Consortium, Iowa State University
Session II: Latin America Focus
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This session will focus on regulation updates within LATAM and a panel discussion that will bring regulation experts from all regions to talk through similarities and differences within the markets.
MERCOSUR FCMs Regulations Updates – Sustainable Packaging in the Block: Bioplastics, Recycled Postconsumer Plastics, and Refillable PET Bottles
The regulatory situation of FCMs and recent updates in MERCOSUR will be described, including a table of equivalences between the MERCOSUR Resolutions and the Brazilian ANVISA Resolutions, and the FCMs pre-market approval system differences in Brazil and Argentina. Initiatives related to sustainability, such as the regulatory situation of postconsumer recycled (PCR) PET, refillable PET bottles and bioplastics in MERCOSUR are going to be addressed. A brief panorama of the regulatory status of PCR-PET in the rest of Latin America countries will be presented.
  • Introduction to the MERCOSUR FCMs regulations.
  • MERCOSUR last regulatory updates (plastics, metals and alloys, silicones).
  • Petition of new substances inclusions in the MERCOSUR positive lists.
  • Dfferences between the Argentine and Brazilian pre-market approval systems of final FCMs.
  • Regulatory situation of food contact bioplastics and refillable PET bottles.
  • Status of food contact recycled PET in MERCOSUR and the rest of Latin America

Professor Alejandro Ariosti | Materials for Sanitary Applications - Technical Assistance, National Institute of Industrial Technology (INTI) - Plastics Centre, Argentina
Networking Lunch
Panel: Discussing Regulation Similarities and Differences Around the Globe
This panel will dive into a global discussion regarding the regulatory landscape, presenting different perspectives regarding challenges, regulations, and opportunities moving forward within the industry.

Panelists include:
  • Ron Osborn | Principal Scientist, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, Americas R&D, Mars Wrigley
  • Matthieu Derome | VP Worldwide Quality, Safety, Health, Environment and R&D | Plastics, Tupperware Brands
  • Renata Cerqueira | LATAM Quality Chemistry Leader, Cargill
  • Stephen Klump | Global Manager, Food Contact Regulatory Compliance, PPG
Session III: Exploring Global Supply Chain Challenges & Lessons Learned
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This session is going to dive into the supply chain and the current challenges that are being presented, in order to learn and grow from them and bring collaboration to the table. A panel will be included that will bring people from different values of the supply chain for a longer, more in-depth, discussion.
Panel: How can Supply Chains Work Together to Make Packaging Work?
This panel will address how supply chains can work together to make packaging more sustainable, recyclable, appeal to consumer demand and insights, comply to regulations and more.

Panelists include:
  • Miriam Maxwell | CFS – Research Fellow, Global Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, Ocean Spray
  • Svetlana Epifanova | Senior Global Specification Manager Packaging, Danone
  • Bethany Woods | MBA – Food Contact Compliance Manager, BASF
  • Prasant Prusty | Founder and CEO, Smart Food Safe
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Speaker and abstract coming soon.
Conclusion of Day One
Welcome to Day Two
Opening Remarks
Session IV: Asia Focus
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This session will focus on regulation updates and within Asia; including detailed presentations regarding China and Japan, and then a look into India, ASEAN, EAEU and beyond.
Regulatory Updates on Food Contact Materials – What’s New in China?
  • Regulatory Updates to the National Food Safety Standards for Food Contact Materials and Articles
    • Proposed Standards for Selected Food Contact Materials and Articles
    • On the Horizon
  • Recent Updates Concerning Declaration of Compliance
    • Proposed Guidelines for the Declaration of Compliance for FCMs
    • Proposed Guidelines for the Declaration of Compliance for Food Contact Adhesives
  • Newly Approved Food Contact Substances and Materials
    • Regulatory Background
    • Approval Notices Issued in 2021-2022
    • Pending Proposals
  • Takeaways

Xiaolu Wang | Sr. Chemical Regulatory Compliance Consultant, 3E
Food Contact Regulations in Japan
An outline of Japan’s Food Contact regulatory structure and which materials are in scope, as well as an overview of Japan’s positive list including how to identify the latest updates, and requirements for filing an application for a new food contact substance in Japan and how to receive a Certificate of Compliance.
Tina Robertson | Senior Regulatory Affairs Manager, Food Contact Materials, knoell USA
India, ASEAN, EAEU and Rest of Asia
Abstract coming soon.
Networking Break
Session V: Europe and UK Focus
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This session will focus on regulation updates within Europe and the UK – in order to update the delegates on what is current and big within the regions.
Development of EU FCM legislation, including plastics and recycled plastics
The presentation will shortly cover the objectives and progress of the European Commission’s work on the  revision of Regulation (EU) No 1935/2004, including its alignment with the European chemicals policy. The presentation will also cover plastic food contact materials and recycled plastic food contact materials. On the latter subject it will explain the main concepts and principles that reformed legislation on recycled plastics is to apply.
Bastiaan Schupp | Legislative Officer – Food Contact Materials, DG SANTE, , European Commission
UK & Brexit Updates
  • The impact of Brexit for food contact substances previously authorised at the EU level.
  • Post Brexit arrangements for authorisation of new substances and Recycling Processes
  • The structure of UK National Legislation

Dr Alistair Irvine | Senior Manager, Food Contact Testing, Material Science and Engineering, Smithers
Session VI: The Continued Importance of Food Safety
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This session will start with a panel diving into food safety when it comes to the growing world of to-go and e-commerce, and then explores the growing need for food safety in the retailer world, how to keep up and fit within regulations, and more.
Panel: Food Safety and Packaging in the To-Go and E-Commerce World
  • Ensuring the safety of foods ordered online and delivered directly to consumers
  • What are the risks? Where does responsibility lie and best practice procedures
  • The rise in meal kit ordering, packaging changes, and becoming more sustainable
  • Changes in packaging based on sustainability, recyclability, materials used, and the move away from single use packaging
Panelists include:
  • Peter Desilets | Managing Director, Pacoon Sustainability Concepts GmbH
  • Dr. Tim Breker | Co-Founder and Managing Director, VYTAL
  • Ahsha Abu-Ali | Director Food Safety, HelloFresh
  • Additional panelists to be announced!
Networking Lunch
Supporting brandowners’ efforts towards sustainability in direct contact food packaging
Safety remains as the top priority when developing new recyclable packaging for food. All materials used in the production and coming into contact throughout the supply chain must be food safe. Fresh fibre paperboard coming from responsibly managed Northern forests is a pure and safe choice which can be traced back to its origins while the source of recycled materials is often unknown.
Strong yet lightweight fresh fibre paperboard helps reduce the carbon footprint of packaging which can be further lowered with smart design and modern technologies such as simulation tool.
The case example demonstrates a lightweight take-away packaging made of dispersion barrier coated paperboard instead of using fossil-based packaging materials. It is easy to recycle and compostable if recycling is not an option.
Hélène Lehtinen | Barrier Development Director, Metsa Board
Session VII: Innovations in Sustainability and Recyclability
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To finish the conference, this session will talk about the ever-important topic of sustainability and recyclability within the industry. It will start with a panel discussing new opportunities and products, along with what the future could hold. Then, cover the importance of these topics at hand, picking the right packaging to better enhance food safety and deal with the issue of food waste, and so much more.
Panel: Game-Changing Initiatives and Opportunities
This panel will discuss new innovations, initiatives, and products that are taking the industry by storm in the areas of sustainability and recyclability. They will discuss what is happening in their companies, while also presenting new opportunities within the industry, ways to establish safety of new materials for the purpose of sustainability, how best to convey everything to customers, and what the future could hold.

Panelists include:
  • Kiril Dimitrov | Packaging Expert, Nestle
  • Yasmin Siddiqi | Head of Marketing – North America, SIG Combibloc
  • Sagar Shejwalkar | Head of Innovation, Yash Pakka Ltd
  • Nathan Pajka | Sustainability Specialist, Metsa Board
Loop - Global Reuse Platform
Loop overview and where we are today. Bringing Reuse back into the professional supply chain, with a focus on consumer-packaged goods & foodservice.
Anthony Rossi | EVP Business Development, TerraCycle & Loop
Protect, Promote and Preserve – Metal Cans as the Optimal Packaging Choice
Today, changes in consumer lifestyles have enforced their commitment to sustainability and demand for more sustainable food packaging. In fact, up to 67% of consumers consider themselves environmentally aware and around three-quarters say they are willing to pay more for sustainable packaging. But what exactly makes some types of packaging more sustainable than others? Trivium’s whitepaper on “Protect, Promote, Preserve” presents metal cans as the optimal packaging choice for food products and demonstrates their intrinsic advantages in delivering robust product protection, promotional opportunities for brand owners and superior recyclability. In this presentation, we will share how these benefits help drive brands’ success within the packaging industry while protecting the world around us.
  • With 1.3 billion tonnes of food produced for human consumption—a staggering one-third of total global food production—going to waste each year, what role does canning play in the fight against food waste?
  • As the world transitions from a ‘throw-away’ economy to a new era of circularity, how can metal cans keep products and materials in perpetual loops of use?
  • To what extent does metal packaging challenge the conventional trade-off between packaging functionality and its recyclability?

Jenny Wassenaar | Chief Sustainability Officer, Trivium Packaging
Conclusion of Conference