Diacetyl and Food Flavorings

Understanding the Scientific, Regulatory and Legal Aspects of Diacetyl and Flavorings Use

Thursday, June 19, 2008

About

With extensive media coverage of emerging consumer lawsuits and growing public awareness of a link between diacetyl and respiratory complications, there’s no doubt this litigation will continue to grow. Add to that the fact that there are currently cases all over the country involving workers who work at plants that make or use diacetyl and related flavorings, and it becomes clear that it’s a critical time for food and flavorings industry counsel and risk managers and their advisors to ensure you have all possible medical and legal information at your fingertips to minimize risk and liability due to flavorings use going forward.

That’s why American Conference Institute developed this publication from the event on Diacetyl and Flavorings: Understanding the Scientific, Regulatory and Legal Aspects of Diacetyl and Flavorings Use. We’ve assembled a multi-disciplinary faculty of epidemiologists, food scientists, in-house counsel, key regulators and top litigators in the area, in an agenda that covers all the key complex scientific and legal issues that arise in litigating and settling these complex cases.

Get strategic and practical insights into:

  • Understanding the composition and effects of diacetyl, and the link to bronchiolitis obliterans, so you can assess the merits of trying or settling the case
  • Analysis of where plaintiffs have been most successful in diacetyl and flavorings litigation to date – and what might be coming next
  • How industry is responding to concerns about diacetyl going forward
  • Where the regulators stand on proposed/pending regulation, enforcement efforts and the use of flavorings down the road

Contents & Contributors

About

With extensive media coverage of emerging consumer lawsuits and growing public awareness of a link between diacetyl and respiratory complications, there’s no doubt this litigation will continue to grow. Add to that the fact that there are currently cases all over the country involving workers who work at plants that make or use diacetyl and related flavorings, and it becomes clear that it’s a critical time for food and flavorings industry counsel and risk managers and their advisors to ensure you have all possible medical and legal information at your fingertips to minimize risk and liability due to flavorings use going forward.

That’s why American Conference Institute developed this publication from the event on Diacetyl and Flavorings: Understanding the Scientific, Regulatory and Legal Aspects of Diacetyl and Flavorings Use. We’ve assembled a multi-disciplinary faculty of epidemiologists, food scientists, in-house counsel, key regulators and top litigators in the area, in an agenda that covers all the key complex scientific and legal issues that arise in litigating and settling these complex cases.

Get strategic and practical insights into:

  • Understanding the composition and effects of diacetyl, and the link to bronchiolitis obliterans, so you can assess the merits of trying or settling the case
  • Analysis of where plaintiffs have been most successful in diacetyl and flavorings litigation to date – and what might be coming next
  • How industry is responding to concerns about diacetyl going forward
  • Where the regulators stand on proposed/pending regulation, enforcement efforts and the use of flavorings down the road

Contents & Contributors

UNDERSTANDING THE SOURCES, USES AND MANIFESTATIONS OF DIACETYL IN ORDER TO PROPERLY ASSESS AND MITIGATE RISK
Sara J. Risch, PhD, Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI)

DIACETYL INDUCED BRONCHIOLITIS OBLITERANS (DIBO)
Philip Harber, MD, MPH, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA (Los Angeles, CA)

DIACETYL: FROM THE FLAVOR FACTORY TO THE COURTROOM
Jason F. Meyer, Gordon & Rees LLP, (San Diego, CA)

MANAGING CURRENT AND FUTURE RISKS
Corey Gordon, Blackwell and Burke (Minneapolis, MN)

CONSUMER LAWSUITS: THE NEXT WAVE?
Kenneth B. McClain, Humphrey, Farrington, McClain PC (Independence, MO)

CONSUMER LAWSUITS: THE NEXT WAVE?
Christian H. Hartley, Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman, LLC (Mount Pleasant, SC)

CONSUMER LAWSUITS: THE NEXT WAVE?
Ronald B. Lee, Roetzel & Andress, LPA (Akron, OH)

ASSESSING THE COSTS OF CARE AND CALCULATING POTENTIAL DAMAGES
Paul Benson, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP (Milwaukee, WI)

REGULATION AND CONTROL OF DIACETYL GOING FORWARD
Dr. John Howard, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) (Washington, DC)

COVERAGE FOR DIACETYL CLAIMS
Lisa Shreiber, Cozen O’Connor (New York, NY)



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