2018 Labeling Basics & Beyond
January 11 – 12, 2018
Grand Hyatt Washington | 1000 H Street NW Washington, DC 20001

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NCA is hosting a one-and-a-half-day workshop to educate food manufacturers on the latest labeling regulations impacting the industry. This workshop is designed to provide a comprehensive review of U.S. labeling requirements, with a specific focus on changes that are unique to the confectionery industry.

Experts will address updates to the Nutrition Facts panel, ingredient labeling, claims, litigation trends, GE labeling and other upcoming labeling issues. There will also be an interactive labeling session where attendees will work through examples of different labeling scenarios.

For more information, contact Lauren Swift or call (202) 534-1440.

CANCELLATION POLICY: Cancellations received in writing by December 12 will be subject to a 50% refund. No refunds after December 12, 2017.

HOTEL INFORMATION

Grand Hyatt Washington
1000 H Street Northwest, Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 582-1234

Hotel Reservations

Hotel reservations can be made under NCA’s room block at the Grand Hyatt for a rate of $209 per night. Reservations can be made online or directly with the hotel (202) 582-1234.

SCHEDULE

January 11
8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.


8:30 – 9:00 a.m.
Breakfast


9:00 – 9:15 a.m.
Introduction
Laura Shumow, NCA

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Laura Shumow, MHS
Vice President of Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, NCA

Laura Shumow began her career at the National Confectioners Association in 2009. As vice president of scientific & regulatory affairs, Laura works on regulatory issues related to labeling, ingredient safety, international standards and nutrition policy. She represents NCA before federal agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration and has served as the delegate of the International Confectioners Association to international regulatory bodies such as Codex Alimentarius. In addition, Laura oversees the development of health-related research and education about the role of candy in the diet and has authored numerous peer-reviewed scientific articles, as well as book chapters and presentations, at scientific conferences.

Laura received her master’s of health sciences from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and bachelor’s degree in food science from the University of Wisconsin. She is an active member of several professional societies, including the American Association of Candy Technologists, the American Society for Nutrition and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is the chair-elect of the DC section of the Institute of Food Technologists.


9:15 – 10:00 a.m.
Basic Requirements
Mason Weeda, OFW Law

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Mason Weeda
Associate, OFW Law

Mason Weeda, Associate, OFW LawMason Weeda is an associate with OFW Law and devotes his practice food regulatory matters, principally representing food manufacturers, distributors, and importers. Mason is focused particularly on labeling and advertising, formulation, compliance and enforcement risk, and administrative procedures. Most recently, Mason has focused his expertise on advising clients on the Food Safety Modernization Act, ant its implanting regulations. In addition to the above, Mason teaches Food and Drug Law to new employees at FDA’s Center for Device and Radiological Health, and is a frequent presenter at local and national symposiums and trade events. Mason previously worked in sales and marketing drug company and, after law school, he specialized in civil litigation. Mason’s blend of experience in sales and marketing and litigation affords him a unique and beneficial perspective in assessing and resolving regulatory matters. Mason has been voted by his peers into SuperLawyers since 2013.


10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Ingredient Labeling

  • 10:00 – 10:30 a.m.
    Ingredient Statement
    Amy Tatelbaum, NCA

  • 10:30 – 11:00 a.m.
    Allergen Labeling
    Laura Shumow, NCA

  • 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.
    GE Labeling
    Stan Abramson, Arent Fox

  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Flavor Labeling
    Amy Tatelbaum, NCA

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Amy Tatelbaum
Manager of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, NCA

Amy Tatelbaum, Manager of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, NCAAmy Tatelbaum is NCA’s manager of scientific and regulatory affairs. Amy has a degree in food science and has been working in public relations at FleishmanHillard for the past two years. She will support outreach on balance, moderation and responsibility to the nutrition policy thought leader community. Additionally, she will help monitor nutrition policy developments and support outreach and communications to members on navigating policy and regulatory issues.

Laura Shumow, MHS
Vice President of Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, NCA

Laura Shumow began her career at the National Confectioners Association in 2009. As vice president of scientific & regulatory affairs, Laura works on regulatory issues related to labeling, ingredient safety, international standards and nutrition policy. She represents NCA before federal agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration and has served as the delegate of the International Confectioners Association to international regulatory bodies such as Codex Alimentarius. In addition, Laura oversees the development of health-related research and education about the role of candy in the diet and has authored numerous peer-reviewed scientific articles, as well as book chapters and presentations, at scientific conferences.

Laura received her master’s of health sciences from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and bachelor’s degree in food science from the University of Wisconsin. She is an active member of several professional societies, including the American Association of Candy Technologists, the American Society for Nutrition and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is the chair-elect of the DC section of the Institute of Food Technologists.

Stanley H. Abramson
Partner and Co-Chair, Life Sciences Group, Arent Fox LLP / Attorneys at Law

Stan Abramson is a partner in the Arent Fox law firm in Washington, DC, where he co-chairs the Life Sciences Group. His practice is focused on biotechnology and other emerging technologies, chemical regulation, food safety, and environmental law, with emphasis on product regulation and dispute resolution.

Stan assists clients in bringing new chemical and biological products to market, including products of biotechnology, nanotechnology, and synthetic biology. He has extensive experience in risk-based programs and environmental law in the public and private sectors, including over five years as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Associate General Counsel for Pesticides and Toxic Substances, where he was the EPA’s principal legal advisor on the regulation of industrial, agricultural and consumer chemicals and a principal drafter of the federal government’s Coordinated Framework for Regulation of Biotechnology.

Stan served as a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Genetically Modified Pest-Protected Plants, is an editor of the Environmental Law Institute’s Law of Environmental Protection, co-authored the Biosafety Regulation Sourcebook and Model Biosafety Act, and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Environmental Policy at American University’s School of Public Affairs.

Stan received his law degree from Rutgers University, a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, and his engineering degree from Drexel University.


12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
LUNCH


1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Nutrition Labeling
Jesse Zuehlke, Prime Label

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Jesse Zuehlke
General Manager, Prime Label Consultants

Jesse Zuehlke, PhD General Manager, Prime Label ConsultantsAs General Manager at Prime Label Consultants, a DC based regulatory and nutrition services firm, Jesse oversees business development and strategic plan implementation while continuing to remain engaged as a principal consultant with enterprise projects. In a former position with the firm, Jesse functioned as a specialist in FDA label regulations and education program development. He previously spent time as a Program Manager with the North American Branch of the International Life Sciences Institute directing translational research programs in nutrition science. Jesse holds a PhD in Food Science and Masters in Engineering Management from Washington State University and a BS in Microbiology from Michigan State University.


2:30-3:15 p.m.
Nutrition Labeling Guidance (added sugars, fiber and small packages)
Claudine Kavanaugh, FDA

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Claudine J. Kavanaugh, PhD, MPH, RD
Senior Advisor for Nutrition and Policy, Foods and Veterinary Medicine, FDA

Claudine J. Kavanaugh, Senior Advisor for Nutrition and Policy, FDADr. Kavanaugh is a Senior Advisor for Nutrition and Policy in the Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. She has been with the FDA for thirteen years and her recent activities include restaurant menu and vending machine labeling, updating the nutrition facts label, and sodium reduction. Prior to joining the FDA, Dr. Kavanaugh was a cancer prevention fellow at the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Kavanaugh received her Ph.D. in nutrition from Purdue University and a Master’s in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. She is also registered dietitian.


3:15-3:30 p.m.
BREAK


3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Claims
Ivan Wasserman, Amin Talati & Upadhye

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Ivan Wasserman
Partner at Amin Talati & Upadhye

Ivan WassermanIvan Wasserman is one of the nation’s premier attorneys for the food, beverage, dietary supplement and cosmetic industries. Companies of all sizes praise the depth of his knowledge and experience, his humor and his ability to maintain the human perspective while leading them through a heavily regulated landscape. Frequently cited by the media as a legal authority, Ivan helps his clients launch products, and create and execute effective, compliant advertising campaigns, paying close attention to the changing rules governing internet marketing, consumer testimonials and social media.

Ivan advocates for clients subject to the often overlapping jurisdictions of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Federal Trade Commission, and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. When advertising disputes arise, he regularly represents companies before the National Advertising Division (NAD) and in consumer class actions. He has been included in Best Lawyers in America from 2007 – 2017.


4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Labeling Group Exercises


5:30 p.m.
Networking Reception

January 12
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


9:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Breakfast & Understanding Clean Labels Presentation
Speaker to be confirmed soon


9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Litigation Update

  • 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
    Litigation Trends & Slack-fill
    Eve Pelonis, Keller & Heckman

  • 10:30 – 11:00 a.m.
    Prop 65
    Devon Hill, Keller & Heckman

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Evangelia C. Pelonis
Partner, Keller and Heckman, LLP

Evangelia C. PelonisEvangelia Pelonis’ practice focuses on all regulatory and compliance matters of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture relating to human food, animal feed, food additives and ingredients, and dietary supplements.

Ms. Pelonis works with clients to achieve their marketing goals within the applicable legal frameworks. She counsels clients in all aspects of food development and marketing, from product formulation and manufacturing considerations to food labeling and advertising.

Ms. Pelonis regularly assists clients with issues involving:

  • Review of food labeling and promotional materials, including appropriate common or usual names, ingredient declarations, nutrition labeling, health claims, nutrient content claims, structure function claims, allergen labeling, organic labeling
  • Review of substantiation for labeling and advertising claims
  • Food safety and preparing self-determined GRAS positions and GRAS Notifications for submission to FDA
  • FDA enforcement actions and responses to Warning Letters
  • Compliance with FDA’s Bioterrorism regulations
  • Assisting clients with product recalls and reports to the Reportable Food Registry
  • Import and export issues regulated by FDA, Customs and USDA including assisting companies in gaining release of detained products and removal from Import Alert
  • International food regulatory matters (Canada, Australia, Far East, Middle East)

While in law school, Ms. Pelonis received a Certificate in Law and Public Policy and was a Note and Comment Editor for the CommLaw Conspectus: Journal of Communications Law and Policy.

Devon Wm. Hill
Partner, Keller and Heckman, LLP

Devon Hill’s practice focuses on assisting clients with the regulatory issues involved in the global marketing of new products. Specifically, Mr. Hill focuses on compliance and testing issues surrounding the regulation of food, cosmetics, and food and drug packaging materials in the United States and Europe.

Mr. Hill has experience in dealing with the compliance of food and drug packaging in most of the other countries of the world that have established regulatory systems. In addition, Mr. Hill advises clients on issues surrounding the regulation and approval of pesticides and antimicrobials under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act and the European Union’s new Biocides Directive. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Hill obtained his Master’s Degree in Chemistry and worked as a research chemist and in industry. Mr. Hill uses this background to assist clients in navigating often-inseparable scientific and legal issues.


11:00 – 11:45 a.m.
Upcoming Labeling Issues
Laura Shumow, NCA

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Laura Shumow, MHS
Vice President of Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, NCA

Laura Shumow began her career at the National Confectioners Association in 2009. As vice president of scientific & regulatory affairs, Laura works on regulatory issues related to labeling, ingredient safety, international standards and nutrition policy. She represents NCA before federal agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration and has served as the delegate of the International Confectioners Association to international regulatory bodies such as Codex Alimentarius. In addition, Laura oversees the development of health-related research and education about the role of candy in the diet and has authored numerous peer-reviewed scientific articles, as well as book chapters and presentations, at scientific conferences.

Laura received her master’s of health sciences from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and bachelor’s degree in food science from the University of Wisconsin. She is an active member of several professional societies, including the American Association of Candy Technologists, the American Society for Nutrition and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is the chair-elect of the DC section of the Institute of Food Technologists.


11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Resources
Amy Tatelbaum, NCA

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Amy Tatelbaum
Manager of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, NCA

Amy Tatelbaum, Manager of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, NCAAmy Tatelbaum is NCA’s manager of scientific and regulatory affairs. Amy has a degree in food science and has been working in public relations at FleishmanHillard for the past two years. She will support outreach on balance, moderation and responsibility to the nutrition policy thought leader community. Additionally, she will help monitor nutrition policy developments and support outreach and communications to members on navigating policy and regulatory issues.


12:15 – 12:30 p.m.
Wrap Up/Q&A

 
  • Basic labeling requirements
  • Changes to nutrition labeling & formatting
  • Allergen labeling
  • Claims
  • GE labeling
  • Litigation trends
  • Understanding clean labels

COST

NCA Members
$695 (Early Bird rate – register by November 17)
$795 (Normal rate – register after November 17)

Non-members
$1395 (Early Bird rate – register by November 17)
$1495 (Normal rate – register after November 17)