The American Bakers Association’s FTRAC Spring Conference – kicking off in a few short weeks – gathers member companies regulatory compliance and marketing professionals to discuss pressing regulatory issues affecting the baking industry with a special session dedicated to the recently finalized Bioengineered Disclosure Food Standard.
“We’ll talk about the rule, answer some of the frequently asked questions that members are receiving, and then also respond to individual baking industry sector questions,” said Rasma Zvaners, Vice President, Regulatory & Technical Services at ABA.
Participants are encouraged to attend in-person to receive the benefits of face to face discussions. However, ABA understands the importance of this particular issue and is making the BE Summit available as a live webinar.
If registering for just the webinar, please select the “BE Webinar Only” registration option.
The ABA hotel block for FTRAC is no longer available. However, there are other hotel options nearby, see them by clicking here. Please book hotel ASAP as it’s a busy time of year in DC.
BE Summit @ FTRAC
On the second day of ABA’s FTRAC’s Spring Conference, attendees will learn about the implications of the finalized BE Regulation from USDA official, Trevor Findley.
The Deputy Director of the Food Disclosure and Labeling Division at USDA, Findley helped draft the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard. Before joining AMS, he worked on production agriculture programs with the USDA’s Farm Service Agency and Risk Management Agency.
Submit BE Labeling Questions
Members should reach out to ABA to send questions prior to the session. “Members are encouraged to send that information to me,” said Zvaners, who will forward along the questions to the USDA. She noted, “They’ll be open to receiving questions after the fact as well.”
“We have the nutrition facts label as well as a Bioengineered Disclosure Label that will come into effect starting 2020,” said Zvaners. “This will be a great opportunity to talk about how that consolidated compliance date works and what’s expected from those that need to comply.”
Making Technical and Regulatory Issues Approachable
Zvaners encourages potential participants not to be dissuaded by the technical aspects of the discussions. “People can often be put back by a lot of the technology issues and some of the scientific issues that we talk about,” said Zvaners.
“But it’s really a good opportunity for members to talk with their peers, walk away with some best practices, and think about ways that they may be able to do things better at their plants.”
May 15-16, 2019
Crown Plaza Crystal City – Wash. DC
Crystal City/Arlington, VA