2019 Program At A Glance

Here is the program at a glance. Staff will be available to take on-site registrations.  All attendees can pick-up badges on Wednesday.  Badges must be worn at all times. For questions, please contact the ASTA office at 202-331-2460.

In-person committee meetings scheduled

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, October 2, 2019
5:00 pm – 5:30 pm

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Global Spice Partners Networking Reception

Thursday, October 3, 2019
8:00 am –  8:30 am
Registration8:30 am – 8:35 am
David Solomon, ASTA

8:35 am – 8:40 am
Overview of ASTA GR Activities
Chris Stevenson, Chair, ASTA Government Relations Committee

8:40 am -9:20 am
Navigating FDA Import Alerts
John Johnson III, Benjamin L. England & Associates

9:20 am – 9:50 am
FDA Initiative to Reduce Exposure from Toxic Elements in Foods
Conrad Choiniere, FDA

9:50 am – 10:15 am
Food for Progress: Opportunities for the Spice Sector
Waleed Rabieh, USDA FAS

10:15 am – 10:30 am
Morning coffee break

10:30 am – 11:00 am
Defining Ready-To-Eat Foods in the Absence of FDA Guidance
Donna Garren, AFFI

11:00 am – 11:45 am
Validation of Spice Processes for Salmonella Control Update
Surrogate and Groupings ResearchJim Dickson, Iowa State University
Regulatory UpdatesMaile Hermida, Hogan Lovells
Dehydrated GarlicScott Klinger, BC Foods

11:45 am – 1:15 pm
Lunch is provided by ASTA
FDA provides an annual update to ASTA about the agency’s upcoming priorities.
FDA Keynote Speaker: Mark Moorman, FDA CFSAN

1:15 pm – 2:00 pm
Panel Discussion moderated by Maile Hermida with Hogan Lovells
Ingredient Disclosure Transparency: Balancing Requirements and Customer Expectations
Danielle Dalheim, Frito-Lay
Lisa Patel, Kalsec
Tamika Sims, IFIC

2:00 pm – 2:15 pm
Poppy Seed Legislation
Brian Colas, Office of Senator Tom Cotton

2:15 pm – 2:45 pm
Afternoon coffee break

2:45 pm – 3:15 pm
Pesticide Regulation Challenges for Imported Commodities
Manojit Basu, CropLifeAmerica

3:15 pm – 4:00 pm
ASTA Update (Members Only)
Hear an update on current trade, policy, and regulatory developments impacting the spice sector and
learn about recent ASTA initiatives and advocacy efforts.
Laura Shumow, ASTA
Joanna Drake, ASTA

4:00: pm
Closing remarks
Chris Stevenson, Chair, ASTA Government Relations Committee