Globalization has brought opportunities for growth but has also created new food safety challenges for U.S. food companies.
In partnership with and organized by the IFT Washington DC Section, this webcast provides perspectives on international food standards, government initiatives to ensure the safety of imported products, and the resources available to food companies to operate in developed and developing countries. Although developing countries serve as low-cost resources of food ingredients and food products, their rapidly growing economies are viewed as important markets for U.S. food companies and targets of critical food safety initiatives.
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04/10/12 1:00 PM
Mgr US Codex
US Dept of Agriculture
Since April 2009, Karen Stuck has been the U.S. Codex Manager, responsible for managing U.S. participation in the Codex Commission and its subsidiary bodies. Codex is an international food standards body established by the Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Health Organization of the United Nations.
Karen retired from USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) in 2008 after 35 years of Federal service in the Executive and Legislative Branches. At FSIS, she served in a variety of management positions related to inspection and certification of meat and poultry imports and exports, completing her career as an Assistant Administrator, heading the Office of International Affairs. She was U.S. Alternate Delegate to the Codex Committee on Food Import and Export Inspection and Certification Systems (CCFICS).
Karen grew up on a grain and livestock farm in South Dakota and is a graduate of South Dakota State University. She holds a master’s degree in public administration from George Washington University. Her first job in Washington was as a press assistant on the staff of U.S. Senator Dick Clark of Iowa.
Camille E Brewer
Dir International Affairs
Cntr For Food Safety & Applied Nutr
Camille E. Brewer, MS, RD is Director, International Affairs Staff at the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) as well as Senior Advisor for International Affairs, Office of Foods, Office of the Commissioner, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Ms. Brewer joined FDA in 1992 as a nutritionist and regulatory writer. She was quickly promoted to Team Leader for Regulations Policy Development at CFSAN’s former Office of Food Labeling. Ms Brewer is the principal author of numerous regulations regarding Nutrition Facts labeling, label claims, and dietary supplement claims. In 1996, she joined FDA’s Food Safety Staff as International Activities Coordinator for Food Safety. In this capacity, she developed and implemented an aggressive international outreach, education, and capacity building strategy on food safety by developing strong partnerships with organizations such as the World Bank, the InterAmerican Development Bank, the Foreign Agricultural Service and the United States Agency for International Development. She was promoted to the position of Deputy Director of the Office of Nutrition, Labeling, and Dietary Supplements in 2004. Ms. Brewer was appointed Director of the International Activities Staff in September 2008. As Director, she provides leadership and direction for CFSAN’s international activities. In 2010, she assumed additional duties as the Senior Advisor for International Affairs for the Office of Foods, within the Office of the Commissioner at FDA.
Ms. Brewer is the recipient of the 1998 United States Public Health Service Award for Dietitian of the Year. She is a two-time winner of FDA’s Award of Merit, the agency’s highest honor award, for her work in international food safety and food defense.
Before joining FDA, Ms. Brewer served as corporate dietitian for Central Park Lodges, a chain of retirement facilities owned by Trizec Corporation and earlier, as Administrator for Nutrition Services at United Cerebral Associations of New York State.
Ms. Brewer earned her Master’s Degree in Public Health Nutrition at the Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and she is a registered dietitian. She has a Bachelor's degree in political science from Lincoln University in Oxford, Pennsylvania.
Team Lead Consumer Goods Industries
US Department of Commerce
Jim Rice has been Team Leader for Consumer Goods since 2001. He joined International Trade Administration in 1990 and spent seven years working in ITA’s Import Administration, enforcing the George H.W. Bush administration’s Steel Trade Liberalization Program and conducting antidumping investigations, followed by four years in the Trade Compliance Center, focusing on foreign compliance with bilateral and multilateral trade agreements. He graduated from San Jose State University with a BA in political science and economics and from the American University in Washington D.C. with an MA in international economics.
Dr Roger A Clemens CFS
Dr. Roger A. Clemens is Chief Scientific Officer for Horn (aka E.T. Horn Company). He also serves as Regulatory Science faculty and adjunct Professor of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences within the USC School of Pharmacy. He was the Scientific Advisor for Nestlé USA for more than 21 years. He has published more than 50 original manuscripts in nutrition and food science, participated in more than 250 invited domestic and international lectures, served as an expert panel member for the food industry, scientific organizations, trade associations and regulatory agencies in the United States, Canada and Europe, and provided more than 500 media interviews on food science, nutrition and health. Dr. Clemens is IFT's immediate past-president (2012-2013), professional member of and Fellow in the Institute. He is a former leader in IFT at local (Chair, Southern California IFT), division (Chair, Toxicology and Safety Evaluation Division and Nutrition Division) and national (Chair, Nominations & Elections Committee) levels.Dr. Clemens was a member of the 2010 USDA Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, and member of the American Dietetic Association's Committee on Dietetic Registration (CDR). He currently serves on the USP expert committee on food ingredients.
Vinay Mohan Kwatra
Minister of Commerce
Embassy of India
Vinay Mohan Kwatra joined Diplomatic Service in 1988.
He has served at Indian Missions in Geneva, South Africa, Uzbekistan and in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in India.
His assignments also include a posting as Counsellor (Commerce) and Deputy Chief of Mission in China, where trade and economic agenda were his primary responsibilities.
Before taking over as head of the Commerce Wing in the Embassy of India, Washington DC in May 2010, he was Director and Head of Economic, Trade and Finance issues at the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).
Dr Leila G Saldanha
Leila G Saldanha, PhD, RD, is Chair of IFT's Washington DC-Section. She is Principal at NutrIQ® a nutrition-oriented consulting firm that offers nutrition-marketing, communications, scientific, and technical regulatory consulting services related to foods and dietary supplements. Leila assists companies with developing nutrition and health claims allowed in labeling and advertising, the scientific evidence necessary to support such claims, and the design of research studies to substantiate these claims. She also assists in identifying scientifically supported health and nutrition ingredients for product formulation.Leila also serves as a Scientific Consultant at the National Institutes of Health where she provides technical assistance with the development of government-funded dietary supplement databases and the implementation of the Dietary Supplements Analytical Methods and Reference Materials Program. She also assists with planning and coordinating scientific conferences and expert reviews, and publication of proceedings in peer-reviewed journals.Prior to consulting, Leila was Vice President, Nutritional Sciences for the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, a trade organization representing manufacturers and distributors of non-prescription (OTC) medicines and dietary supplement products. Leila has held several progressively responsible senior managerial roles during her 10 plus years at the Kellogg Company, including Director Nutrition and Scientific Affairs for the AsiaPacific region and Director Nutrition Affairs. Before joining Kellogg, she was Assistant Professor, Department Animal Science, Food and Nutrition at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale and Assistant Instructor at Kansas State University.Leila is an active professional member of the Institute for Food Technologists, American Society for Nutrition, and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly American Dietetic Association). Leila has authored and co-authored several publications. She received her MS and PhD degrees from Kansas State University, and undergraduate training in Mumbai, India.