Be clear on the SFCA and FSMA implemented requirements and take away strategies to prepare your business for the upcoming regulatory changes.
Attendees from all over North America came together at the 6th Annual Food Regulatory and Quality Assurance Summit to discuss, debate and demonstrate their perspectives and points of view. Leading experts shared case studies from OceanSpray, Mars and Ganong and engaged with regulators like the FDA, the Canadian Agricultural Review Board and a special presentation by Food Standards Scotland. Some of the key topics of discussion were:
Thank you for being a part of it. We look forward to seeing you in 2016 when we will continue the conversation with the latest developments in this fast-moving field.
Always lively and engaging, Ms. Maxwell turns conventional wisdom on its ear using comprehensive data that offers a compelling look at new regulatory trends. Her insights are drawn in part from Washington DC colleagues, as well as her global network “cabinet” of industry professionals and the occasional bureaucrat.
Ms. Maxwell’s address comes during a remarkable time in the global food industry’s history. New science underscores the important role food labelling and nutrition initiatives will have on consumer buying habits as well as down-stream legislation. Meanwhile, negative media reports about serious food labelling “shortfalls” have flooded consumers with information while companies and government bodies wrestle with solutions.
Ms. Maxwell is Senior Principal Regulatory Scientist at Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc. where she leads the global regulatory affairs and compliance function. In this role and in conjunction with corporate and partner regulatory colleagues, she leads development of mid- and long-range plan for integration of corporate food safety and regulatory systems with the goal to speak with a single voice throughout the global network of Ocean Spray. Miriam describes her role as managing, motivating, coordinating and influencing multi-disciplinary functions to accomplish the strategic business goals including anticipating regulatory obstacles/emerging issues throughout product lifecycle and developing solutions with others technical/commercial teams across global geographies.
Prior to joining Ocean Spray, Miriam was Manager-Scientific and Regulatory Affairs for Nestle USA with regulatory management responsibility for Nestle Prepared Foods brands and Nestle Professional. Miriam’s global roles included Director-Global Scientific & Regulatory Affairs for Cargill Flavor Systems US LLC (div. of Cargill, Incorporated) and Senior Director of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs for WILD Flavors, Inc. – North America.
Ms. Maxwell gained practical technical experience managing quality control laboratories at Golden Dipt (now div. Kerry Ingredients) and McCormick Co. She then continued her regulatory career at Tastemaker (now Givaudan) using this solid technical background in food/flavor ingredients.
Ms. Maxwell is a graduate of University of Illinois – Champaign/Urbana with BS degree in Food Science and additional post graduate study in Carbohydrate Chemistry. She has been recognized by IFT with Certified Food Scientist recognition since April 2012.
Don Buckingham grew up on a family farm in northwestern Saskatchewan, but has been on the move nationally and internationally since his 20th birthday. He completed a graduate degree in development studies in Belgium and advanced law degrees in food and agriculture law and regulation in England, France and Canada. He was called to the bar in 1988 and is currently Chairperson of the Canada Agricultural Review Tribunal. Before assuming the position of Chairperson in 2009, Don acted as a private lawyer, government lawyer, law professor, author and consultant in the areas of agricultural law, food law and international trade in agricultural products.
Don is the co-author of five books, including Understanding the Law (McGraw-Hill, 1996), Learning About Law (McGraw-Hill 1997), and Agriculture Law in Canada (Butterworths: 1999), and is the sole author of Halsbury's Laws of Canada: Agriculture (LexisNexis: 2009 and 2014) and Halsbury's Laws of Canada: Food (LexisNexis: 2009 and 2014), and of extensive array of chapters and entries in other books and academic journals. Deeply passionate about food, agriculture and development issues, Don has worked, travelled and eaten in numerous wonderful spots around the world.
Geoff Ogle took up the position as Acting Director for Scotland on 2nd June 2014. Before doing so, Geoff was Portfolio Director responsible for improving FSA’s approach to programme management.
On 1st December 2014, Geoff was appointed the first Chief Executive of the new food body, Food Standards Scotland, which comes into effect on 1st April, 2015.
Geoff joined the FSA in December 2008 and worked in field operations until Jan 2013 responsible for all compliance and enforcement of all FSA approved premises. He moved from that role to become the senior investigating officer for the horsemeat incident. Geoff became the interim FSA Director for Wales from May 2013 until February 2014 where he gained valuable experience working in a Devolved Government setting. Geoff has also undertaken a strategic review of the FSA’s approach to SMEs and was lead reviewer for the focus on enforcement review of OFSTED Early Years Inspection.
Prior to the FSA, Geoff worked in Department of Work and Pensions for over 20 years, as Head of the International Pension Centre in charge of the largest of the centres with 2.2 million customers and a spend of over £2bn a year. While in DWP Geoff did a range of posts including operational delivery, policy development and programme management. He was also Private Secretary to the Child Support Agency Chief Executive Officer from 1997 to 2000.
In his spare time Geoff is a judo instructor (having achieved his 1st Dan Black Belt at the age of 45) and also likes cycling, golf and cooking.
Mr. Peter Stein has recently semi-retired after working 30+ years in and for the Processed Food Industry. His new endeavor is “Peter Stein Food Safety Solutions Inc.” this will allow Peter to apply his in-plant experience to help others produce cost effective, safe, best quality products.
Peter graduated from the University of Waterloo in 1983 with a B.Sc. in Biology and has spent the past 30+ years working in the specialty chemical/ food plant safety & hygiene areas of the processed meat/food industry. He has developed strong in plant Food Industry experience working as a Food Plant Hygiene & Food Safety advisor, Production Supervisor, QA Technician, R&D Manager and most recently Corporate Food safety and Quality Assurance Director for Piller’s Fine Foods. Peter’s expertise is in QA, Food Safety and sanitation. He worked for many years in the specialty chemical industry as a corporate account manager, trainer and Food Safety consultant to the processed food/meat and poultry industry. Peter’s work history includes working for Coca Cola, Labatt’s Brewing, Bittner Packers, Kretschmar Foods, Shopsy’s Foods, DiverseyLever and most recently Piller’s Fine Foods.
Mr. Stein is a Past President for the OFPA, and serves on the Canadian Meat Council’s Technical Committee and Listeria Working Group.