Virtual Highly Refined Ingredient Roundtable

Addressing your most pressing compliance questions and challenges with highly refined ingredients.

August 18 and 20, 2020 | 1:30-4:00 p.m. EDT Each Day


The roundtable will provide timely programming and interactions between members of the supply chain and service providers that are impacted by the NBFDS. Participants of this event will have the ability to listen to three panel presentations and participate in an open discussion session.

Panel 1

Analytical Labs

Panelists will provide remarks on their point of view of the final guidance documents, an overview of current testing to detect rDNA and share their perspectives on the future of analytical testing.


Donna Houchins
Research & Development Specialist
Romer Labs, Inc.

Todd Napolitano, Ph.D.
Director of Business Development, Chemistry Initiatives; Director, Program Manager-GMO Services
Mérieux NutriSciences

Don Zink
President-Division of Foods and Regulatory Compliance
IEH Laboratories and Consulting Group

Panel 2

Ingredient Suppliers

Panelists will provide remarks on their point of view of the final guidance documents, discuss their plans for determining the BE status for their highly refined ingredients and proposed timing for engagement with customers on these ingredients.


Lea Buerman
North American Regulatory Lead

Allison Cooke
Senior Director, Food Policy
Corn Refiners Association

Kadriye Hieronymi
Scientist, Regulatory and Technical Affairs

Laura Shumow
Executive Director
American Spice Trade Association


Panel 3

Manufacturer & Retailer

Panelists will provide remarks on their point of view of the final guidance documents and discuss their companies’ plan to address products that contain highly refined ingredients.


Sheila Dy Juanco
Sr. Director, Regulatory Affairs
Albertsons Companies

Michael Marino
Nutrition Labeling and Regulatory Compliance
Kellogg Company

Francesco Planchenstainer
Food Regulatory and Compliance Director
Ferrero USA


The event will take place from 1:30-4:00 p.m. EDT on August 18 and 20.


  • August 18
  • August 20
1:30 p.m.

Event Kickoff

1:35 p.m.

Panel 1: Analytical Labs

2:10 p.m.

Panel 2: Ingredient Suppliers

2:55 p.m.

Panel 3: Manufacturer & Retailer

3:40 p.m.

Q&A with Panelists

1:30 p.m.

Event Kickoff

Overview of Day’s Programming

1:35 p.m.

Panelist Q&A and Follow Up

2:15 p.m.

Additional Considerations

USDA AMS Lawsuit

Joseph Aquilina, Director & Counsel
Consumer Brands

2:35 p.m.

Open Discussion

3:40 p.m.

Key Takeaways

Discussion Leads:

Martin Hahn, Partner
Hogan Lovells

Veronica Colas, Senior Associate
Hogan Lovells