2015 ASTA Regulatory Workshop
The Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport will again host this year’s workshop to be held on Wednesday, October 14, 2015.
Some of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) final rules are expected to be issued in advance of the workshop. FDA officials will provide the latest information on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and other speaker’s sessions will look at FSMA readiness assessment tools and economically motivated adulteration. There will also be a comprehensive update on ASTA activities.
Registration is now closed. If you plan to attend the Workshop please contact the ASTA office at 202-331-2460 or email [email protected].
|8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.||Registration Open
|On-site registration, attendees pick-up badges|
|8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.||Welcome||Opening of the Workshop with remarks||Greg Lightfoot
ASTA Government Relations & Advocacy Committee Chair
|8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.||Overview||Overview of ASTA Government Relations & Advocacy activities since the Annual Meeting||Darrell Portz, ASTA Government Relations & Advocacy Committee member|
|9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.||FSMA Implementation and Compliance – Where We Are Today and What’s Next||Officials from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will provide the latest on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) including the Agency’s implementation efforts and their vision on working with industry as the new FSMA requirements are finalized. In addition, updates on two of the major FSMA rules, Preventive Controls for Human Food (PC) and the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) will also be discussed. With a court mandated timeline to publish the PC rule no later than August 30, 2015 and the FSVP rule by October 31, 2015, this session will offer the latest information from the agency responsible for FSMA oversight.||Kathy Gombas
Office of Food Safety
U.S. Food & Drug AdministrationJenny Scott
Office of Food Safety
U.S. Food & Drug AdministrationSharon Lindan Mayl, J.D.
Senior Advisor for Policy, Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine
U.S. Food & Drug Administration
|10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.||Coffee Break|
|10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.||FDA Criminal Enforcement Powers and What It Means to the Spice Industry||FSMA’s public health prevention focus not only gives FDA considerable new administrative enforcement powers for correcting deficiencies and resolving food safety problems that put consumers at risk, but also expands the agency’s judicial enforcement authorities. There are a wide range of enforcement tools available to FDA, including seizure, injunction, and criminal prosecution. Concurrent with FSMA implementation, FDA is becoming more enforcement minded and is using these powers more often. This will continue, and likely expand, as FSMA inspections begin. An expert on FSMA and food law will explain the criminal enforcement tools at FDA’s disposal and what they mean to the spice industry.||Maile Hermida
|11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.||EMA – Lessons Learned and Ways Forward||Economically Motivated Adulteration (EMA) will be addressed under FSMA in potentially two areas: 1) under the preventive controls requirements; or, 2) under a separate rule on food defense. Either way, facilities will be required to address EMA hazards that may be intentionally introduced into the food supply for purposes of economic gain when they pose a public health hazard. Tools to identify, prioritize, and mitigate EMA vulnerabilities and potential hazards in supply chains, and resources that are available to the spice industry to address EMA will be highlighted in this session.||Joe Scimeca
Senior Director, Global Regulatory & Scientific Affairs
Senior Scientific Liaison
U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention
|12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.||Lunch|
|1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.||FSMA Readiness Self-Assessment – Where Do YOU Stand?
Resources to Identify Your Baseline Gap Analysis and Tools That Can Help
|Assessing where a facility stands in terms of food safety is critical in developing a baseline understanding of what resources need to be developed to appropriately address hazards and comply with FSMA preventive controls regulations. A self-assessment tool can help to ensure a facility is ideally positioned for the new food safety landscape, or assist in identifying gaps where improvements need to be made to bring a facility up to compliance standards. This session will identify self-assessment resources, review the importance on the introspection and highlight methods to identify gaps where company resources need to be targeted.||Donna Garren
Vice President for Regulatory and Technical Affairs
America Frozen Food Institute
|2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.||ASTA Updates on Trending Issues||ASTA’s Executive Director and General Counsel will provide an in-depth look at key projects the American Spice Trade Association has been working on over the past year. Hear the latest on ASTA’s efforts on projects of particular interest to the spice industry.||John Hallagan
ASTA General Counsel
ASTA Executive Director
The ASTA room block at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City is currently sold out. We encourage you to book a room at one of the following hotels that are located near the Hyatt Regency. Once you have made a reservation please check back at the Hyatt Regency periodically as cancellations occur every day.
Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel
2800 South Potomac Ave
Arlington Virginia 22202 USA
Hilton Crystal City at Reagan National Airport
2799 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202 USA
Embassy Suites by Hilton Crystal City National Airport
1300 Jefferson Davis Highway,
Arlington, Virginia, 22202, USA