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Safety Assessment of Food Packaging and Other Food Contact Substances—May 23, 2017

Chair: Charles Barton, Valspar Corporation, Sewickley, PA
Co-Chair: Jason L. Aungst, US FDA, College Park, MD

This is the twelfth colloquium of a series presented by the Society of Toxicology in conjunction with the US FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. The series presents scientific information that is high-quality, cutting-edge, future-oriented toxicological science to provide a well-grounded foundation to inform the work of FDA employees. Open to the public to attend in person or via webcast, these events are not a public forum for discussion of toxicology regulatory issues.

May 23 Agenda

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A large majority of the public thinks of food safety primarily in terms of either the food or food additives shown on the labels in which they are packaged. However, materials that come in contact with food are also subject to regulation as food additives because the components of these packaging and contact materials may migrate into the food. As the distribution and product protection of food has expanded over a period of decades, highly engineered packaging has evolved to protect foods from contamination and spoilage. In this colloquium, we will focus on the various types of packaging (e.g., coatings, plastics/polymer), manufacturing processes, and safety and exposure assessments.

The first presentation will focus on the regulatory science framework for assessing the safety of food packaging materials and how it is evolving. The second presentation will focus on the materials in key packaging types, such as the plastics and polymers used in bottles, and how they are made and processed. The third presentation will discuss safety considerations and communication. The fourth presentation will focus on migration estimates, i.e., the transfer of chemicals from packaging to the food and estimating dietary exposure. The fifth presentation will discuss the latest innovations and materials used in food packaging.


(all times are Eastern US, GMT-4)

8:00 AM–8:30 AM Badge Pick Up, Meeting Desk
8:30 AM–8:45 AM Welcome from FDA
Michael Adams, US FDA, College Park, MD
  Welcome from SOT and Introductions
Peter L. Goering, SOT Past President, US FDA, Silver Spring, MD

Speaker Introductions
Charles Barton, Valspar Corporation, Sewickley, PA

8:45 AM–9:15 AM Overview of Regulatory Science of Food Contact Substances
Michael Adams, US FDA, College Park, MD
9:15 AM–9:50 AM Overview of Key Packaging and Processing Types
Steve Hentges, American Chemistry Council, Washington, DC
9:50 AM–10:30 AM Can Coatings Primer and Safety Assessment: Communicating Evidence of Absence
Mark Maier, Sheperian Toxicology, Albuquerque, NM
10:30 AM–10:45 AM Break

10:45 AM–11:25 AM Migration and Exposure Considerations
Jessica Cooper, US FDA, College Park, MD

11:25 AM–12:05 PM Packaging Innovations to Improve Food Safety
Maria Rubino, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
12:05 PM–1:00 PM Roundtable Discussion
Moderator: Charles Barton, Valspar Corporation
All speakers, plus
Gina Solomon, California EPA, Sacramento, CA
Mark Feeley, Health Canada, Ottawa, Canada



Registration for On-Site and Webcast

On-Site Participation

Registration to participate on-site Colloquium Registration.
Registration deadline: May 15, 2017

On-site seating has no cost. Note that there will be no on-site registration for those who are not US federal employees.

A cafeteria is available outside the security entrance to the facility.

Webcast Registration

Register for webcast.
International Toll-Free Numbers

Webcast participants can submit questions online during the event. These will be answered as time allows.

Questions about the SOT FDA Colloquia registration?
Contact Jim Dailey or 703.438.3115 Ext. 1428.

Location, Transportation, and Parking


Wiley Auditorium
Harvey W. Wiley Federal Building
US FDA, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
5001 Campus Drive, College Park, Maryland 20740


Metro Rail

We strongly encourage visitors to take the Metro via the Green Line to the College Park-University of Maryland station stop, which is across the street from the Wiley Building. Please check the Metro schedule for possible service disruptions.


Directions from the Capital Beltway (I-495) to CFSAN

  • Take the Capital Beltway in Maryland and exit at the following interchange.
  • Exit 25B to merge onto US 1 S/Baltimore Avenue toward College Park South
  • Travel approximately 3 miles on US 1 South/Baltimore Avenue
  • Turn left onto Paint Branch Parkway
  • Travel approximately 1 mile on Paint Branch Parkway
  • The CFSAN Campus will be on the right


For those who must drive, there is limited public parking at CFSAN which must be reserved in advance by indicating the parking request on the registration form. Alternatively, paid parking is available at the College Park Metro Station across the street from the campus.


Wiley Auditorium is a secured space. All on-site participants will pass through security, which will require a photo ID for those who are not FDA employees. In addition, anyone who is not a US citizen or permanent resident will be required to complete a Foreign Visitor Form to submit to SOT by May 8, 2017.

Organizing Committee
  • Bryan Delaney, PhD, DABT, ATS, Colloquium Series Chair, DuPont Pioneer, Johnston, IA
  • Jason L. Aungst, PhD, US FDA, College Park, MD
  • Suzanne Compton Fitzpatrick, PhD, DABT, US FDA, College Park, MD
  • Norbert E. Kaminski, PhD, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
  • Jieun Lee, PhD, DABT, Kellogg, Battle Creek, MI
  • Stephen M. Roberts, PhD, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  • Allen Rudman, PhD, US FDA, College Park, MD
  • Ivan Rusyn, MD, PhD, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
  • Jeffrey J. Yourick, PhD, DABT, ATS, US FDA, Laurel, MD
  • Peter L. Goering, PhD, DABT, ATS, US FDA, Silver Spring, MD
  • John B. Morris, Council Contact, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
  • Charles Barton, PhD, DABT, Chair for this Colloquium, Valspar Corporation, Sewickley, PA
  • Betty Eidemiller, SOT Staff, Reston, VA