GMO Labeling and Mandatory Disclosures–Where Is It Heading?

Session Track: Opening Session
Date: Thursday, December 6, 2012; 1:00 – 2:15 p.m.

Session Description

This moderated panel discussion will focus on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the U.S. In this session, you will gain a comprehensive view of GMOs as they relate to the food industry, and will compare and contrast associated challenges and opportunities. You will also learn abou the factors that drive conflicting viewpoints in the industry, discuss the impact of Caliornia’s Prop 37 results, and evaluate actions your organization can pursue.

Speaker Information

Melanie Fairchild-Dzanis, J.D., M.B.A., President, Regulatory Discretion, Inc.Melanie Fairchild Dzanis
Ms Fairchild-Dzanis became an independent consultant in January 2010, after working 24 years for Nestlé—including 10 years in the Nestlé Legal Department, and one year in the Nestlé Washington, D.C. Office, prior to returning to California in 1996, to manage the regulatory function for Nestlé’s Nutrition Division. Ms Fairchild-Dzanis specializes in providing guidance for product- and claims-development. She helps companies insure that their ingredients have FDA authorization for their intended use, that any claims made for their products are consistent with available substantiation, and that they avoid making unauthorized disease claims.

Michael Hansen, Senior Scientist, Consumers UnionMichael Hansen
Michael K. Hansen Ph.D., a Senior Staff Scientist with Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports, currently works primarily on food safety issues. He has been largely responsible for developing CU positions on safety, testing, and labeling of genetically engineered food and “mad cow” disease. Since 2003, he has worked on a multi-state effort to ban the use of food crops to produce pharmaceutical drugs and industrial chemicals. Dr. Hansen has testified at hearings in Washington, D.C., many states, and Canada, and has prepared comments on many proposed U.S. governmental rules and regulations on food safety issues.

Rachel Lattimore, Partner, Arent Fox LLPRachel Lattimore
Ms. Lattimore’s legal practice focuses on food/pet safety and litigation, as well as agricultural biotechnology, and environmental issues. She counsels clients on food marketing and product safety, as well as regulatory matters. She has been with Arent Fox, the outside law firm retained by both NGFA and PFI, since 1994. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and received her law degree from Duke University.