Meeting Venue

The Regulatory Workshop, Committee Meetings, Welcome Reception, and “Master Your Message” Members Workshop will be in Washington, DC. at the Hogan Lovells US LLP offices, which are close to the Washington Marriott at Metro Center.

Hogan Lovells US LLP.
Columbia Square
555 Thirteenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004

Monday, September 12: Committee Meetings & Welcome Reception

Committee meetings are attended by ASTA member volunteers serving on committees. Any ASTA member wishing to join a committee or attend this committee meeting is welcome. To receive more information and to RSVP so we accommodate seating for all attending, please contact staff at [email protected]

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm | Science and Regulatory Committee Meeting

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm | Annual Program Committee Meeting

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm | Membership Outreach Committee Meeting

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm | Analytical Methods Subcommittee Meeting

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm | Welcome Reception

Kick-off the Regulatory Workshop with a rooftop reception overlooking the DC skyline. Enjoy cocktails and light appetizers while mingling with industry colleagues.

Tuesday, September 13: Committee Meetings, Regulatory Workshop & Embassy Reception

Committee meetings are attended by ASTA member volunteers serving on committees. Any ASTA member wishing to join a committee or attend this committee meeting is welcome. To receive more information and to RSVP, so we accommodate seating for all attending, please contact staff at [email protected]

Regulatory Workshop

9:00 am – 9:45 am | ASTA Update on Prevention of Chemical Contaminants in Spices

Get the scoop on the latest ASTA research and advocacy for the spice industry, including updates on petitions to the U.S. federal and state government and how ASTA is working with global partners on promoting compliance.

Craig Johnson, Long Point Advisors
Shannen Kelly and Laura Shumow, ASTA
Lois Rossi, Rossi Regulatory Consulting Group

9:45 am – 10:30 am | FDA Update on Closer to Zero

In this session, Dr. Choiniere will share updates on the agency’s initiative, “Closer to Zero”, a science-based and iterative approach for reducing early childhood exposure to toxic heavy metal compounds from foods commonly consumed by babies and young children.

Presented by Conrad Choiniere, FDA

10:30 am – 11:00 am | Coffee Break

11:00 am – 11:30 am | Trade and Supply Chain Update

Rising inflation and ongoing supply chain disruptions continue to impact the U.S. economy. Hear about the ongoing challenges and continued efforts to provide relief to these issues.

Presented by Jonathan Gold, National Retail Federation

11:30 am – 12:00 pm | Breaking the Mold: Mitigating Mycotoxins in Spices

This session will explore the science of mycotoxin formation, safety, and mitigation in agricultural commodities and provide considerations for the spice supply chain.

Presented by J. David Miller, Carleton University

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm | Lunch

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm | Panel on Testing and Screening for Pesticide Residues in Spices 

Panelists will engage in an insightful discussion regarding how and what to test for with respect to pesticide residues in spices, including an overview of compliance trends and pesticide testing method considerations.

Moderator: Ben Howard, Certified Laboratories
Ronald Stakland, FoodChain ID
John Reuther, Eurofins
Jon Wong, FDA

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm | Root Cause Analysis: Getting to the Root of Food Safety Issues

Mistakes happen, but how we learn from them defines our future. This session explores how to investigate the root cause of food safety issues to prevent future incidents.

Presented by Judi Lazaro, AIB International

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm | FSMA Hot Topics

Please join ASTA’s General Counsel Maile Gradison for an update on food safety hot topics, including the latest developments with the New Era of Smarter Food Safety, FSMA enforcement, and the Closer to Zero initiative.

Presented by Maile Gradison, Hogan Lovells

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm | Appendix I When the Science Doesn’t Support FDA’s Hazard Analysis for Spices

This session will explore problems with FDA’s hazard analysis for spices in “Appendix I” and tips for successfully navigating scientific disagreements regarding hazards and preventive controls with FDA investigators during inspections.

Presented by Jill Hoffman, B&G Foods

3:30 pm – 3:45 pm | Break

3:45 pm – 4:30 pm | Fumigant Emissions Regulations

Get an update on the latest state and federal fumigant regulations. This session will kick off with an update on new developments related to ethylene oxide and then introduce challenges associated with a new fumigant regulation in New Jersey.

Presented by Dennis Hart, NJ Chemistry Council

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm | U.S. Forced Labor Guidance & Enforcement Trends Post-UFLPA Implementation

This presentation will provide an update on agency guidance issued by U.S. Customs & Border Protection and the Forced Labor Enforcement Task Force in connection with the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) to help importers comply with the new law and satisfy its rebuttable presumption. It also will cover distinctions made between UFLPA enforcement and the withhold release order (WRO) process under Section 307, which continues to apply to forced labor-made imports that are not tied to the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Finally, it will highlight notable U.S. forced labor enforcement trends ensuing from UFLPA’s June 21 effective date.

Presented by Jennifer McCadney, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

5:00 pm | Adjourn

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm | Embassy Reception | Embassy of Sri Lanka

Join us at the Embassy of Sri Lanka for an evening featuring Sri Lankan culture, cuisine and entertainment. Hear remarks from the Ambassador regarding the Sri Lankan spice trade, followed by a networking reception.

“Wednesday, September 14: “Master Your Message” Members Workshop

9:00 am – 4:00 pm | “Master Your Message” Workshop | Members Only

This workshop will provide tools to navigate the complex and technical nature of key issues facing the spice industry, namely pesticides and heavy metals, and foster the use of common core messaging to strengthen the industry’s credibility with stakeholders.

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