Aaron Brody Seminar: Safety of Nanomaterials in the Life Cycle of Food Packaging

Date: March 17, 2016 - March 17, 2016
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Ternes Outreach Center: Room 120, Packaging Building or ZOOM (online)

Safety of Nanomaterials in the Life Cycle of Food Packaging

March 17, 2016
Aaron Brody Guest Lecture presented by: Jo Anne Shatkin, PhD, President Vireo Advisors

Nanoscale materials offer many potential benefits in food packaging applications, including enhanced barrier properties, sensing, lightweighting, labeling and improved environmental performance. However, as novel materials, there is a high bar to acceptability, requiring safety demonstrations more challenging than for conventional packaging materials. Challenges are varied and include the current uncertainties about the risks from exposure to nanoscale materials as well as simple measurement issues. Further complexities relate to the lack of established methods for demonstrating nanomaterial safety in composites and unstudied nanomaterial transformations that could occur under environmental conditions associated with food handling. This talk will explore some of the driving toxicology and exposure concerns from a risk and regulatory perspective, and offer ideas about how to advance the demonstration of safety and gain market access for this exciting class of new technologies. Examples such as cellulose nanomaterials and nanosilver will be discussed as case studies.

This Lecture will be broadcast via ZOOM: please register for the webinar with the instruction below:
When: Mar 17, 2016 3:00 PM (GMT-4:00) Eastern Time (US and Canada) 
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President, Vireo Advisors, LLC, Boston, MA                                            

Jo Anne Shatkin, Ph.D. is President of Vireo Advisors, LLC, a woman-owned business based in Boston, Massachusetts focused on sustainability strategies for new and nano-technology development and innovation. She has extensive experience in working with entrepreneurs to guide responsible product development and commercialization.  As CEO of CLF Ventures, she worked with early stage and large organizations on new technology introduction strategies, including business planning, environmental impact assessment, and networking for financing.  She develops state of the art analyses on behalf of public and private organizations to inform safe and sustainable product new development. Dr. Shatkin is an environmental health scientist and recognized expert in environmental science and policy, human health risk assessment, emerging contaminants policy and environmental aspects of nanotechnology.

Since 2005, Jo Anne has provided leadership on the responsible development of nanotechnology, and on approaches for decision making under uncertainty. She served as an expert to several international committees on nanotechnology safety, including the joint WHO_FAO Expert Panel on Nanotechnology in Food, the Canadian Council of Academies, and the US/Russia Bilateral Commission for Science and Technology Nanotechnology Environmental Health and Safety Panel.  She serves as EHS Advisor to P3Nano, the US public private partnership to advance commercialization of nanocellulose. She pioneered the use of life cycle thinking in risk analysis for nanomaterials, collaborating with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to develop several case studies that informed EPA’s risk analysis, research agenda and policies for nanomaterials.  Jo Anne developed and uses NANO Life Cycle Risk Analysis to inform safe development strategies for nanomaterials, described in her book, Nanotechnology Health and Environmental Risks Second Edition (CRC Press 2012). She founded the Emerging Nanoscale Materials Specialty Group of the international Society for Risk Analysis, where she is a Fellow and served as councilor, and in 2015 received the Outstanding Practitioner Award. She serves on the board of the Center for Environmental Policy at American University and the University of Maine Forest Bioproducts Research Institute and was a Switzer Environmental Fellow. She is leading efforts to develop methods and standards for environmental health and safety for TAPPI and participates in the US Technical Advisory Group to ANSI on EHS Standards Development for nanocellulose. Jo Anne received an Individually Designed Ph.D. in Environmental Health Science and Policy and her MA in Risk Management and Technology Assessment from Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts and possesses a Bachelor of Science degree from Worcester Polytechnic University in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology.