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Packaging is an indispensable component of the food manufacturing and food supply process. It is a system for preserving the safety and quality of food products throughout the distribution chain to consumer. The ILSI North America Food Packaging Safety Committee seeks to expand scientific knowledge on toxicology, exposure and risk assessment as it relates to the safety of food packaging which will ultimately improve public health.

Committee Activity:

2019 Food Packaging Conference

ILSI North America is hosting the 2019 Food Packaging Conference: Scientific Advances and Challenges in Safety Evaluation of Food Packaging Materials at The Westin Washington, D.C. City Center on April 2nd-3rd, 2019. The global two-day conference will bring together international and national experts from academia, government, industry and NGOs to share about toxicology, risk assessment and regulatory science as they relate to food packaging.

Learn more.

2016 Food Packaging Materials Workshop

COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Abbott Nutrition
The Coca-Cola Company
Danone
Henkel Corporation
Sun Chemical Corporation

SCIENTIFIC ADVISOR
Kay Cooksey, Ph.D., Clemson University

GOVERNMENT LIAISONS
Allan Bailey, Ph.D., United States Food and Drug Administration,
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
Kevin Smith, US Marine Corps

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ILSI North America 2019 Food Packaging Conference: Scientific Advances and Challenges in Safety Evaluation of Food Packaging Materials

Washington, DC, USA

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							About		
							Day 1		
							Day 2		
							Speaker Abstracts		
							Registration		
							Hotel		
							Travel		
							International		
				About
							

ILSI North America is hosting the 2019 Food Packaging Conference: Scientific Advances and Challenges in Safety Evaluation of Food Packaging Materials at The Westin Washington, D.C. City Center on April 2nd-3rd, 2019. The global two-day conference will bring together international and national experts from academia, government, industry and NGOs to share about toxicology, risk assessment and regulatory science as they relate to food packaging.

Day 1

Tuesday, April 2nd 2019:

Download the full agenda.

Day 2

Wednesday, April 3rd 2019:

Download the full agenda.

Speaker Abstracts

Download speaker abstracts.

Registration

Register by the Early Bird Deadline and save!

Registration Fees and Deadlines:

Early Bird:

Regular & On-Site:

 Ends 15 Mar 2019

 16 Mar 2019 - 3 Apr 2019
Industry/For-Profit $600 $700
Government/Academia/Non-Profit* FREE $300
Student/Post Doc* FREE $300
Breakfast (2), lunch (2) and a reception are included with registration.
*Capacity is limited. Register early!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Hotel Accommodations
We have secured a room block at The Westin Washington, DC City Center, the venue for the 2019 Food Packaging Conference, with a nightly rate of $279, exclusive of state and local taxes. The room block ends 11 March 2019 but we recommend that you make your reservation in advance as space fills quickly. After you have successfully registered for your room you will receive an email confirmation. Please click here to reserve your room. Hotel Address:
The Westin Washington, D.C. City Center
1400 M St. NW
Washington, DC 20005 Travel

Transportation:

Air Travel:
Washington, DC is located near three major airports: Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), Dulles International Airport (IAD), and Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI). Reagan National Airport is located closest to DC and is accessible via its own Metro stop on the Blue and Yellow lines. If commuting to The Westin via Metro from DCA, hop on the blue line at the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport Metro Stop and get off at McPherson Square (7 stops). You can also take a taxi, Uber or Lyft into DC. This will cost around $15-$25.

Dulles Airport is located 26 miles outside of DC in Virginia. To get downtown you can take a taxi, shuttle, Uber or Lyft. A taxi to DC will cost around $60-$70. BWI is the furthest but may offer better flight deals. All three airports offer domestic and international flights daily.

Getting Around DC:

Metro:
Metro is the most convenient way to get around DC. This public transportation system consists of six color-coded lines: Red, Blue, Orange, Silver, Green, and Yellow that are connected to each other via transfer stations. To ride Metro you must pay via a SmarTrip card which can be purchased at any Metro station with cash or credit. Most fares range from $2.25 - $6 per trip. Metro runs from 5 a.m. to midnight on weekdays and from 7 a.m. to midnight on weekends. The closest Metro stop to the conference venue is McPherson Square, accessible via the orange, silver, and blue lines. Click here for more information about Metro. Taxi:
Another way to travel in DC is by taxi. There are many and all accept cash, credit and debit cards. Uber/Lyft:
To travel by uber or Lyft, download the app onto your smartphone and you can begin requesting a ride by entering the address of your destination. DC Circulator:
The DC Circulator travels along six specific routes and is affordable at just $1 per ride. International

Visa Information

When traveling to the 2019 Food Packaging Conference, the U.S. may require visitors to obtain a visa. This process can take a few weeks to several months to complete, so please be sure to apply early. For more information about your country’s visa requirements, visit the U.S. State Department website for the latest information when planning your trip.

Read more about U.S. Visa Policies and Procedures

Invitation Letter:

ILSI North America can provide a formal invitation letter to assist with the visa submission process. Please contact Angela Roberts (angelar@ilsi.org) to request a letter.

Late-Breaking Abstracts

The ILSI North America Food Packaging Safety Committee is no longer accepting abstracts for the ILSI North America 2019 Food Packaging Conference: Scientific Advances and Challenges in Safety Evaluation of Food Packaging Materials.

Submission Deadline: March 1st, 2019

Abstract Submission Information

Contact Us:

Discover DC:

Plan your trip Cherry Blossoms Free Attractions Downtown DC Beyond the National Mall Restaurants Plan your trip

Cherry Blossoms

Depending on the weather, the beginning of April is usually around the time cherry blossom trees reach peak bloom in DC. Check out the beautiful pink and white sights on the Tidal Basin.

If you’re taking the Metro, use the Blue, Orange or Silver lines and exit at the Smithsonian stop. From there, it’s a 10-15 minute walk to the Tidal Basin Welcome Area located at 1501 Maine Avenue SW. If you are taking the Metrobus, the 32, 34 or 36 routes will drop you off at the National Mall.

1.7 miles from hotel

Free Attractions

There are plenty of free attractions in Washington, DC:

National Museum of American History
Korean War Veterans Memorial
National Museum of the American Indian
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Anderson House
Arlington National Cemetery
National World War II Memorial
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
National Air and Space Museum
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
National Gallery of Art Downtown DC

Check out our top picks:

White House
National Mall and Memorial Parks
United States Capitol
Ford’s Theatre
United States Botanic Garden Beyond the National Mall

Check out these 20 cool museums beyond the National Mall.

Restaurants

There are plenty of restaurants within walking distance of the hotel:

0.1 miles from hotel:
Lincoln
West Wing Café Thomas Circle
10 Thomas Restaurant
Stans Restaurant and Lounge 0.2 miles from hotel:
Quill
The Pig
Baan Thai
B Too
&pizza
Churchkey
Birch and Barley
Elizabeth’s Gone Raw
Siren

 

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Packaging is an indispensable component of the food manufacturing and food supply process. It is a system for preserving the safety and quality of food products throughout the distribution chain to consumer. In addition to containing the food products, food packaging serves the important functions of protecting food products from outside influences and damage, as well as providing consumers with ingredient and nutritional information. Materials that have traditionally been used in food packaging include: glass, metals, paper and paperboards, and plastics. These materials and the other materials (i.e. inks, adhesives, coatings, etc.) used in food packaging have the potential to come in contact with food presenting the possibility of unwanted chemical substances migrating into the food. To ensure safe use of packaging materials and food contact materials, regulatory agencies around the globe have conducted research and developed both guidance and regulations for materials intended to come into contact with food.

 

As research to improve food packaging continues, the objective of this full-day workshop is to provide a scientific forum to discuss the state of the science on toxicology, exposure and risk assessment as it relates to the safety of food packaging. It will bring together scientists from government, academia and industry to discuss the advances in science which demonstrates the safety of food packaging, identifies research gaps and gains consensus on the path forward on how to fill those research gaps. The opening session of this workshop will focus on scientific challenges in safety assessment of food packaging materials. Experts from this field will present on analytical methods for safety evaluation of packaging materials, nanomaterials in food packaging, migration of contaminant residues from food packaging and use of improved exposure assessment models for food packaging materials. The second half of the workshop will focus on recycled packaging and sustainability. Experts will discuss the application of recycled materials in food packaging, recycling processes, contaminant residues from recycled packaging, challenges in safety assessment of recycled materials and emerging innovations and technologies in food packaging.  These presentations will prepare the audience for panel discussions covering the advancements in analytical methodologies and their utilization in safety assessment of packaging materials, the challenges in utilizing recycled packaging materials in food contact applications, and the challenges in identification and safety evaluation of non-intentionally added substances (NIAS) in food contact materials with the goal of identifying areas where additional research is needed. ILSI North America has invited key members from government, academia, and industry to participate as both speakers and panelists. In an effort to facilitate a productive discussion, the panels will be moderated by ILSI North America member scientists of the ILSI North America Technical Committee on Food and Chemical Safety. The panel discussions will conclude with generating ideas of how to communicate these complex issues to broader audiences, including the public. This is a unique feature of the workshop and will provide insights into how the scientific community can work to effectively communicate the information resulting from the workshop. 

Read the proceedings from this workshop.

Agenda

Welcome 
Mansi Krishan, ILSI North America

Introduction 
Ron Osborn, ILSI North America Member Scientist

Challenges in Safety Assessment of Food Packaging Materials- Toxicology -
Jason Aungst, Division of Food Contact Notifications, U.S. FDA - Video

Challenges in Safety Assessment of Food Packaging Materials – Chemistry
Kirk Arvidson, Division of Food Contact Notifications, U.S. FDA - Video

Migration of Contaminant Residues from Food Packaging
Greg Pace, Sun Chemical Corporation - Video

Analytical Methods for Evaluating Components of Food Packaging Materials
Tim Begley, U.S. FDA - Video

Use of New/Improved Tools and Exposure Assessment Models for Food Packaging Materials
Cian O' Mahony, Crème Global - Video

US Regulatory Perspective
Paul Honigfort, Division of Food Contact Notifications, U.S. FDA - Video

Global Regulatory Perspective
Jim Huang, ILSI North America Member Scientist - Video

Panel Discussion - Video
Moderator: Ron Osborn, ILSI North America Member Scientist
Panelists: Jason Aungst, Kirk Arvidson, Greg Pace, Tim Begley, Cian O’Mahony, Paul Honigfort

  • In light of advancements in analytical methodologies which are allowing for progressively lower detection limits resulting in unexpected chemicals being detected in air, water, food, etc., how do we access and utilize this information for safety assessment of packaging materials?
  • How do we evaluate the safety of nanomaterials in food packaging?
  • In terms of assessing the safety of packaging materials, how much is enough?

Sustainability and Packaging: Process of Recycling Packaging Materials and Recycled Materials in Food Packaging
Susan Selke, Michigan State University - Video

Contaminant Residues in/from Recycled Paper-Paperboard and Plastics: Contaminant Identification, Food Safety Concerns and Regulatory Controls
Vanee Komolprasert, Division of Food Contact Notifications, U.S. FDA - Video

Case Studies:
i. Mineral oil saturated hydrocarbons (MOSHs) and mineral oil aromatic hydrocarbons (MOAHs)
Stephen Klump, Nestle - Video

ii. a) Di-isopropylnapthalene; and b) Poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs)
Paul Honigfort, Division of Food Contact Notifications, U.S. FDA - Video

Emerging Innovations and Technologies in Food Packaging
Young Kim, Virginia Tech University - Video

Panel Discussion - Video
Moderator: Doug Copen, ILSI North America Member Scientist
Panelists: Susan Selke, Vanee Komolprasert, Stephen Klump, Paul Honigfort, Jim Huang, Young Kim

  • What are the challenges in utilizing recycled packaging materials in food contact applications and how do we address these challenges?
  • What are the challenges in identification and safety evaluation of non-intentionally added substances (NIAS) in food contact materials? What are the potential approaches for considering NIAS in the risk assessment of food contact materials?
  • The challenges of communicating scientific information to a nonscientific audience, particularly the importance of communicating the entire story (example- what we know, what we don’t know, not just what we want them to know) while making the information as relevant as possible.

Concluding Remarks
Doug Copen, ILSI North America Member Scientist

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ILSI North America is hosting the 2019 Food Packaging Conference: Scientific Advances and Challenges in Safety Evaluation of Food Packaging Materials at The Westin Washington, D.C. City Center on April 2nd-3rd, 2019. The global two-day conference will bring together international and national experts from academia, government, industry and NGOs to share about toxicology, risk assessment and regulatory science as they relate to food packaging.

Day 1

Tuesday, April 2nd 2019:

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Day 2

Wednesday, April 3rd 2019:

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Speaker Abstracts

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Registration

Register by the Early Bird Deadline and save!

Registration Fees and Deadlines:

Early Bird:

Regular & On-Site:

 Ends 15 Mar 2019

 16 Mar 2019 - 3 Apr 2019
Industry/For-Profit $600 $700
Government/Academia/Non-Profit* FREE $300
Student/Post Doc* FREE $300
Breakfast (2), lunch (2) and a reception are included with registration.
*Capacity is limited. Register early!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Hotel Accommodations
We have secured a room block at The Westin Washington, DC City Center, the venue for the 2019 Food Packaging Conference, with a nightly rate of $279, exclusive of state and local taxes. The room block ends 11 March 2019 but we recommend that you make your reservation in advance as space fills quickly. After you have successfully registered for your room you will receive an email confirmation. Please click here to reserve your room. Hotel Address:
The Westin Washington, D.C. City Center
1400 M St. NW
Washington, DC 20005 Travel

Transportation:

Air Travel:
Washington, DC is located near three major airports: Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), Dulles International Airport (IAD), and Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI). Reagan National Airport is located closest to DC and is accessible via its own Metro stop on the Blue and Yellow lines. If commuting to The Westin via Metro from DCA, hop on the blue line at the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport Metro Stop and get off at McPherson Square (7 stops). You can also take a taxi, Uber or Lyft into DC. This will cost around $15-$25.

Dulles Airport is located 26 miles outside of DC in Virginia. To get downtown you can take a taxi, shuttle, Uber or Lyft. A taxi to DC will cost around $60-$70. BWI is the furthest but may offer better flight deals. All three airports offer domestic and international flights daily.

Getting Around DC:

Metro:
Metro is the most convenient way to get around DC. This public transportation system consists of six color-coded lines: Red, Blue, Orange, Silver, Green, and Yellow that are connected to each other via transfer stations. To ride Metro you must pay via a SmarTrip card which can be purchased at any Metro station with cash or credit. Most fares range from $2.25 - $6 per trip. Metro runs from 5 a.m. to midnight on weekdays and from 7 a.m. to midnight on weekends. The closest Metro stop to the conference venue is McPherson Square, accessible via the orange, silver, and blue lines. Click here for more information about Metro. Taxi:
Another way to travel in DC is by taxi. There are many and all accept cash, credit and debit cards. Uber/Lyft:
To travel by uber or Lyft, download the app onto your smartphone and you can begin requesting a ride by entering the address of your destination. DC Circulator:
The DC Circulator travels along six specific routes and is affordable at just $1 per ride. International

Visa Information

When traveling to the 2019 Food Packaging Conference, the U.S. may require visitors to obtain a visa. This process can take a few weeks to several months to complete, so please be sure to apply early. For more information about your country’s visa requirements, visit the U.S. State Department website for the latest information when planning your trip.

Read more about U.S. Visa Policies and Procedures

Invitation Letter:

ILSI North America can provide a formal invitation letter to assist with the visa submission process. Please contact Angela Roberts (angelar@ilsi.org) to request a letter.

Late-Breaking Abstracts

The ILSI North America Food Packaging Safety Committee is no longer accepting abstracts for the ILSI North America 2019 Food Packaging Conference: Scientific Advances and Challenges in Safety Evaluation of Food Packaging Materials.

Submission Deadline: March 1st, 2019

Abstract Submission Information

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Discover DC:

Plan your trip Cherry Blossoms Free Attractions Downtown DC Beyond the National Mall Restaurants Plan your trip

Cherry Blossoms

Depending on the weather, the beginning of April is usually around the time cherry blossom trees reach peak bloom in DC. Check out the beautiful pink and white sights on the Tidal Basin.

If you’re taking the Metro, use the Blue, Orange or Silver lines and exit at the Smithsonian stop. From there, it’s a 10-15 minute walk to the Tidal Basin Welcome Area located at 1501 Maine Avenue SW. If you are taking the Metrobus, the 32, 34 or 36 routes will drop you off at the National Mall.

1.7 miles from hotel

Free Attractions

There are plenty of free attractions in Washington, DC:

National Museum of American History
Korean War Veterans Memorial
National Museum of the American Indian
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Anderson House
Arlington National Cemetery
National World War II Memorial
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
National Air and Space Museum
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
National Gallery of Art Downtown DC

Check out our top picks:

White House
National Mall and Memorial Parks
United States Capitol
Ford’s Theatre
United States Botanic Garden Beyond the National Mall

Check out these 20 cool museums beyond the National Mall.

Restaurants

There are plenty of restaurants within walking distance of the hotel:

0.1 miles from hotel:
Lincoln
West Wing Café Thomas Circle
10 Thomas Restaurant
Stans Restaurant and Lounge 0.2 miles from hotel:
Quill
The Pig
Baan Thai
B Too
&pizza
Churchkey
Birch and Barley
Elizabeth’s Gone Raw
Siren

 

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