The Trends in Nutritional Labeling panel will highlight ABA’s work to assist bakers in complying with recent labeling policy developments from FDA, USDA and state level initiatives. Learn the latest on FDA nutrition labeling policy, state labeling issues your company should be aware of – such as California’s Proposition 65, and how to prepare for nutrition labeling regulatory changes in a timely manner. Presented by ABA and AIB International.
When: September 10, 2019 | 9:45 am – 10:45 am
Where: Las Vegas Convention Center Room N256
- Miriam Guggenheim, Covington & Burling, LLP, Partner
- Elaine Meloan, AIB International, Manager Food Labeling
- Lee Sanders, American Bakers Association, Senior Vice President, Government Relations & Public Affairs, Corporate Secretary
- Val Wayland, Flowers Foods, Director, Regulatory Compliance
Lee Sanders is Senior Vice President, Government Relations and Public Affairs, as well as, Corporate Secretary for the American Bakers Association (ABA). Lee leads the ABA government relations team representing the baking industry before Congress, federal agencies, state legislatures and international policy making bodies. She advises association members and industry on critical legislative and regulatory issues while serving as a spokesperson on behalf of the industry. Lee is Co-Chair for the Food and Beverage Issue Alliance – a group of 50 FDA- regulated food industry trade associations that work together to develop unified positions on nutrition and food safety issues and meets quarterly with FDA officials. Lee sits on the Board of Directors for the Business Industry Political Action Committee (BIPAC). She is a member of the National Association of Manufacturers’ Food Policy Committee. She is a past chair of the Wheat Quality Council as well as past chair of the American Association of Cereal Chemists International (AACCI) Milling and Baking Division. Lee is a founding member and current President of the Society of Bakery Women. Before coming to the industry 26 years ago, Lee served in several government roles including legislative aide to Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) and as a political appointee in the Administration of George H.W. Bush.
Valerie Wayland, Flowers Foods, Director, Regulatory Compliance, has more than 32 years of experience in the food industry, with 25 years in the baking industry. Valerie’s background includes technical and regulatory positions with Marriott Corporation, Kraft Foods, Mrs. Smith’s Bakeries, and currently as Regulatory Compliance Director for Flowers Foods. In addition to her responsibilities at Flowers, Valerie is an active member of the American Society of Baking, the Institute of Food Technologists, the Society of Bakery Women, and the Georgia Association for Food Protection. Valerie also serves as co-chair for the American Bakers Association Food Technical & Regulatory Affairs Committee (FTRAC). Valerie enjoys traveling and has been married to her husband George for 26 years. They live in Lawrenceville, Georgia.
Elaine Meloan is the manager of the Food Labeling department at AIB International. Elaine joined AIB in 1985 working in the cereal technology lab performing contract research for the baking industry. In 1993, she was brought in to handle the technical aspects of AIB’s food labeling program. During her time with the department, she has become familiar with the laws and regulations pertaining to food labeling. She has presented on food labeling at many public and private seminars. In addition to generating labeling information and performing label compliance reviews, she is a resource for clients in the food industry on regulatory and compliance issues.