Understanding of the Impact of Arsenic, Cadmium, and Lead Across the Food Supply

JIFSAN-CFS3 Advisory Council Virtual Annual Symposium
Understanding of the Impact of Arsenic, Cadmium, and Lead Across the Food Supply

3 Hour Sessions
9:00 AM -12:00 PM EDT

2 Consecutive Days

May 25-26, 2022


Arsenic, cadmium, and lead are present throughout the environment, and as such there is the potential for exposure through multiple sources. The purpose of this workshop is to discuss our current understanding of the impact of these substances on human health, with a focus on food and beverages. Risk assessment agencies have evaluated the potential health impacts of arsenic, cadmium, and lead for decades, but data gaps still exist. Clearly identifying health-based guidance values for these elements would help the food industry develop better risk reduction strategies to reduce dietary exposure to these naturally-occurring substances by defining a target for mitigation. The symposium will examine the sources of these substances across the global food supply system, as well as current mitigation strategies to protect consumers. Speakers will provide a holistic look at consumer exposure and discuss steps that can be taken to close our existing knowledge gaps. The session will conclude with a discussion of how these often-complex, technical issues can best be communicated to stakeholders including consumers.

Symposium Speakers

Barbara D. Beck, PhD, DABT, ATS, AAAS Fellow
Principal Toxicologist & Risk Assessor

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Kellie O. Casavale, PhD, RD
Senior Nutrition Advisor
Office of Nutrition and Food Labeling
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
Food and Drug Administration
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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Norbert E. Kaminski, PhD
Professor and Director
Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Center on Research for Ingredient Safety
Institute for Integrative Toxicology
Michigan State University

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Steve Linscombe
Executive Director
Rice Foundation
USA Rice Federation

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Lauren Posnick Robin, Sc.D
Chief Plant Products Branch
Division of Plant Products and Beverages
Office of Food Safety
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
Food and Drug Administration

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James. E. Rogers, PhD
Food Safety Research and Testing
Consumer Reports

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Carolyn G. Scrafford, PhD, MPH
Principal Scientist
Chemical Regulation & Food Safety
Engineering & Scientific Consulting

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Tamika Sims, PhD
Senior Director
Food Technology Communications
International Food Information Council

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Martin Slayne
Vice President
Global Scientific & Regulatory Affairs
Ingredion Incorporated

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Presentation Materials

Symposium Agenda

(.pdf | 163 KB)

List of Participants

(.pdf | 163 KB)

Challenges in Defining a Safe Level: Lead Case Study [Beck]

(.pdf | 1.35 MB)

FDA's Closer to Zero Action Plan – Reducing the Effects of Toxic Element Exposure to Children [Casavale]

(.pdf | 4.83 MB)

What is the Role That Academics Play in Educating Consumers about Risk? [Kaminski]

(.pdf | 7.22 MB)

Mitigating Strategies for Arsenic in Rice: The Producer's Perspective [Linscombe]

(.pdf | 3.96 MB)

Is Global Harmonization of Food Standards Possible for Arsenic, Cadmium, and Lead? [Robin]

(.pdf | 731 KB)

Perspective from Direct Consumer Communication on Inherent Contaminants [Rogers]

(.pdf | 1.68 MB)

A Holistic Look at Consumer Exposure to Lead, Cadmium, and Arsenic, including Vulnerable Populations [Scrafford]

(.pdf | 2.47 MB)

Providing Context on Inherent Contaminants to Consumers [Sims]

(.pdf | 4.31 MB)

When Food Safety and Trade Issues Merge: Risk Managing Cadmium in Cocoa [Slayne]

(.pdf | 3.50 MB)

Symposium will be recorded.
(A link to access will be sent to all registrants)


Please contact Nora Petty

Email: vpetty@umd.edu

Phone: (301)405-8382

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