FPI 2024




Join us for an exciting event, Food Policy Impact 2024, where we will delve into the future of food policies and their impact on the food industry and public health. This in-person event will take place on February 27, 2024 – February 28, 2024 at ArentFox Schiff LLP.

During this gathering, we will discuss the latest policy updates directly from representatives from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Department of Agriculture (USDA), Health and Human Services (DHHS), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

We will explore various topics related to food policy, including conflicting federal and state regulations, the strengths and weaknesses of a global food supply, the changing world of weight loss with the introduction of semaglutides, the effect of food on mood, and the potential for collaboration between industry and the public sector. Experts from diverse backgrounds will share their insights and experiences, providing valuable perspectives on the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

Whether you are a policy maker, industry professional, or simply interested in the future of food, this event is a must-attend. Engage in lively discussions, network with like-minded individuals, and gain a deeper understanding of the impact food policies on the world of food and nutrition. Register now to secure your spot at Food Policy Impact 2024!

Please register by February 26th on Eventbrite.

February 27, 2024

1:00 pm – 1:15 pm

Welcome Address

Dr. Kelly Higgins, Washington

DC IFT President

1:15 pm – 1:55 pm

Keynote: What to Watch in 2024

Ms. Helena Bottemiller Evich

Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Food Fix

1:55 pm – 2:35 pm

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Update

Mr. Jim Jones

Deputy Commissioner for Human Foods, FDA

2:35 pm – 3:15 pm

2025-2030 Dietary Guidelines for Americans Update

Ms. Janet de Jesus

Nutrition Advisor, US DHHS-ODPHP

Dr. Eve Stoody

Director of the Nutrition Guidance and Analysis Division, USDA-CNPP

3:15 pm – 3:30 pm Coffee and Tea Break
3:30 pm – 4:10 pm

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Update

Ms. Sandra Eskin

Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety, USDA-FSIS

4:10 pm – 4:50 pm

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) PFAS Strategic Roadmap

Mr. Jeffery Dawson

Deputy Director, Office of Pesticide Programs, EPA

4:50 pm – 5:30 pm

Dietary Reference Intakes for Macronutrients Progress Update

Dr. Cindy Davis

National Program Leader, USDA-ARS

5:30 pm – 5:45 pm

Food Policy Impact Day 1 Recap

IFT Washington, DC Section Board

5:45 pm – 7:30 pm

Networking Event at Kellari Taverna

1700 K St NW (across the street from ArentFox Schiff)


February 28, 2024

8:00 am – 8:30 am Welcome Breakfast
8:30 am – 8:45 am

IFT Policy Initiatives

Ms. Anna Rosales

Senior Director of Government Affairs & Nutrition, IFT

8:45 am – 10:00 am

Strengths & Weaknesses of a Global Food Supply

Session Chair: Ms. Allison Cooke

Vice President of Food Policy, Corn Refiners Association

Dr. David Shapinsky

Senior Advisor, Office of Food Policy and Response, FDA

Dr. Patrick McLaughlin

Research Agricultural Economist, USDA-ERS

Ms. Darci Vetter

Head of Global Public Policy, PepsiCo

Ms. Laura Shumow

Executive Director, The American Spice Trade Association

10:00 am – 10:15 am Coffee & Tea Break
10:15 am – 10:35 am

Update on Biotechnology in Food and Agriculture

Ms. Karen Carr

Partner, ArentFox Schiff

10:35 am – 11:50 am

Implications of Conflicting State and Federal Legislation

Session Chair: Mr. Robert Rankin

International Food Additives Council

Dr. Carolyn Scrafford

Principal Scientist, Exponent

Ms. Rachel Remke

Partner, ArentFox Schiff

Mr. Mike Formica

Chief Legal Strategist, National Pork Producers Council

Ms. Kyla Kaplan


11:50 am – 12:50 pm Networking Lunch
12:50 pm – 2:05 pm

The Benefits & Risks of Weight Loss Drugs for Body Weight


Session Chair: Dr. Kelly Higgins

Managing Scientist, Exponent

Dr. Ariana Chao

Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

Dr. Gary Foster

Chief Scientific Officer, WeightWatchers

Dr. William Dietz

Director of STOP Obesity Alliance, George Washington University School of Public Health


2:05 pm – 2:50 pm

Exploring the Connection Between Food and Mood

Session Chair: Ms. Alexis Settineri

Food Policy Manager, Food Directions

Dr. Milton Stokes

International Food Information Council

Ms. Traci Pole

Assistant Regional Director, US DHHS-SAMHSA

2:50 pm – 3:05 pm Coffee & Tea Break
3:05 pm – 4:05 pm

Collaborations between the Food Industry and the Public Sector

Session Chair: Ms. Sarah Ohlhorst

Chief Science Policy Officer, ASN

Ms. Kelliann Blazek

Special Assistant to the President for Agriculture and Rural Policy,

The White House

Dr. Lauren O’Connor

Systematic Review Methodologist, Texas A&M Agriculture, Food, &

Nutrition Evidence Center

Dr. Corey Scott

Principal Nutrition Scientist, Cargill

4:05 pm – 4:15 pm

Day 2 Recap & Closing Comments

IFT Washington, DC Section Board

Food Policy Impact is sponsored by the D.C. Section of the Institute of Food Technologists and in partnership with ASN. Agenda is subject to change.  Registration available through electronic invitation.