Navigating Lack of Global Harmonization for Pesticide MRLs on Spices

The lack of global harmonization of pesticide regulations is one of the most formidable challenges facing the spice sector today. This interactive symposium will delve into the regulatory framework for pesticides and spices in the U.S. conventional and organic sectors, review global enforcement trends, and discuss strategies to promote compliance with U.S. regulations. Representatives throughout the spice supply chain and CPG customers will discuss the real-life commercial implications of these regulations, and representatives from origin will outline the everyday challenges that spice farmers face in protecting their crops. Finally, the session will conclude with forward-looking remarks by regenerative agriculture thought leader Felipe Villela. Don’t miss this critical discussion!

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Please note this is a developing agenda and topics, timing, and speakers are subject to change.

Welcome | 10:30 am

Overview of Current U.S. Regulation & Enforcement of Pesticides on Spices

Lois Rossi, Formerly EPA on U.S. Laws, EPA Regulations, and Codex Standards
Mendy Flamer, NFC Certification on Organic Pesticide Regulations
Karen Everstine, FoodChain ID on Global Enforcement Trends
Maile Gradison, Hogan Lovells on FDA Pesticide Policies
Shannen Kelly, ASTA
on Import Rejections

Panel Discussion: Commercial Concerns Arising from Lack of Harmonization of Spice MRLs

Joseph Starr, PepsiCo
Robert Marriott, American Herbal Products Association

Daniel R. Kastor, McCormick & Company
Brent Kobielush, Conagra Brands

Lunch | 12:15 1:00 pm

Panel Discussion: Spice Farmer Pest & Disease Threats and Pesticide Use Practices

Giridhar Rao, Terova, a Subsidiary of Griffith Foods
Seif Shazly, Giza Seeds & Herbs
Sanjeev Bisht, ITC
Gary Ridgewell, Nedspice

EU Pesticide MRL Framework for Spices

Roberto Fanni, Jayanti Herbs and Spice

Facilitating Regulatory Harmonization for Pesticide Needs for Spice Farmers

Anna Gore, Minor Use Foundation

Breakout Group Discussion

Break | 3:00 3:30 pm

Future of Pesticide Control in Regenerative Agriculture

Felipe Villela, reNature

Wrap-Up and Q&A

Adjourn | 4:15 pm

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