AOC Symposium Education Sessions

This year, the GCCA Assembly of Committees Education Symposium will focus on government issues impacting the cold chain. Sessions will be presented by agency representatives, coalition partners and leading policy experts.

The Symposium will take place on Monday, July 31 and will feature four tracks: Administration, Operations, Transportation, and Scientists Speak.

New Labor Regulations: Overtime Rules, OSHA Recordkeeping, Restrictions on Safety Incentive Programs & Increased OSHA Penalties
9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. | Roosevelt
Nickole Winnett, Attorney, Jackson Lewis P.C.The business community is already seeing substantial changes to labor and employment policies in the first six months of the Trump Administration. Attend the New Labor Regulations presentation to learn the latest employment and OSHA updates, and our predictions for what the future holds. This session will cover a variety of regulations including the rescinding of the Volk’s rule and the joint employment interpretation letters, the increase in immigration enforcement and audits, and the proposed changes to the overtime rules.
Warehouse Legal Policy Issues Updates
10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. | Roosevelt
John Horvath, Attorney, Horvath & Weaver P.C.Changes to government regulations and policies can have a major impact on warehouse legal liability. This session will explore how regulatory changes to policies such as demurrage and verified container weights are impacting the industry and what actions members should consider to protect their business from unneeded liabilities.
The Outlook for Tax Reform and Health Care Legislation: Summer 2017
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Roosevelt
Dorothy Coleman, Vice President, Tax and Domestic Economic Policy, National Association of Manufacturers
This session will provide an update on the latest developments on the current efforts in Washington to advance tax reform and repeal Obamacare. Dorothy will also discuss the drivers for the debate, politics surrounding these issues and the chances for enactment of tax reform and healthcare legislation in 2017.
Refrigerant Policies and Regulations
9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. | Kennedy Ballroom
Lowell Randel, Vice President of Government and Legal Affairs, Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA)Get the latest information on EPA and OSHA including the Risk Management Program, Process Safety Management and other regulations that impact your business. Regulatory reform is a high priority for the Trump Administration and agencies are already taking actions to review and reform regulations. Learn how these reform activities are impacting refrigerant policies and regulations facing the cold chain industry.

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Global Food Trade Outlook
10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. | Kennedy Ballroom
Cassandra Kuball, Director, Trade & Industry Affairs, Corn Refiners AssociationThe process for modernizing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is underway and has the potential to have significant impacts on the future of food and agriculture trade in the region. The U.S. food and agriculture industry is working hard to ensure that previous gains are not lost as the three NAFTA member countries prepare for negotiations. Learn about NAFTA renegotiation and the prospects for other trade agreements important to food and agriculture.
Public Health Information System Export Module
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Kennedy Ballroom
Lowell Randel, Vice President of Government and Legal Affairs, Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA)The USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service is working to implement the new export module for the Public Health Information System that will ultimately impact all GCCA members exporting meat and poultry from the United states. Learn about industry coalition efforts to ensure a smooth transition to the new PHIS system and a recent proposal to help further expedite export verification procedures.
IRTA Refrigerated Transportation Best Practices Guide and STF Implementation
9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. | Culpeper
Don Durm, Vice President, Customer Solutions, PLMThe Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act regulations on preventative controls and sanitary transportation of food are officially in effect. These rules and regulations will impact food facilities and those involved in shipping, loading, carrying and receiving food across the supply chain. Join this session to learn about industry best practices that can help you maintain compliance and promote the safe production, storage and transportation of perishable commodities.
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Updates
10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. | Culpeper
Prasad Sharma, Partner, ScopelitisSince the AOC last met, there is a new occupant of the White House. This session will address what the change means for trucking operations, focusing primarily on the regulatory initiatives at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. If operate your own trucking fleet or if you contract with trucking companies, this session will provide an update on what to expect from the federal regulatory agencies.
Refrigerated Maritime Update- Navigating Dramatic Changes in Ocean Shipping
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Culpeper
Peter Friedmann, Executive Director, Ag Transport CoalitionGrowing consumption and demand overseas for U.S. refrigerated cargo is challenged by unprecedented changes in ocean shipping. Rapid consolidation of ocean carriers, by mergers and the formation of alliances continues to result in larger ships, less frequent sailings, fewer direct vessel calls, and risk of greater congestion at port terminals. Cold storage facilities are responding by moving operations closer to transportation hubs, including congested port areas. Learn strategies to keep U.S. cargo moving to global customers through critical gateways in this challenging new environment.
Scientists Speak 
Determining the Root Cause of Temperature Abuse in Imported Fish from Indonesia; Determining Potential Quality Impacts on Dairy Products as a Result of In-Transit Freezing
9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. | Decatur
Dr. Patrick Brecht, President, PEB Commodities
Dr. Michael Jahncke, Professor, Virginia Tech University

Dr. Charles White, Professor, Mississippi State UniversityThrough the GCCA Inquiry Service, a member who imports frozen fish from Asia contacted GCCA to assist in determining the root cause of temperature abuse in containers of frozen fish, resulting in significant quality loss and customer claims.  Another member reached out to GCCA scientists in hopes of determining the validity of a claim they received that dairy products, including sour cream and specialty cheese, were damaged in-transit by freezing. Attend this session to hear from members of the WFLO Scientific Advisory Council as they detail their investigation into these inquiries and how they provided each member with solutions that helped their business.
Best Practices for Staging Ice Cream on a Refrigerated Dock; Determining Moisture Loss when Blast Freezing Poultry
10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. | Decatur
Dr. Paul Dawson, Professor, Clemson University
Dr. Michael Jahncke, Professor, Virginia Tech University
Dr. Charles White, Professor, Mississippi State UniversityA member constructing a facility overseas requested detailed information about the amount of moisture fresh poultry carcasses would lose during the Quick Freeze process. WFLO SAC experts were able to locate research information that quantified the potential weigh-loss ranges, considering variables such as rate of freezing, holding temperature, type of packaging, and relative humidity.
Understanding the Break-Even Occupancy KPI for Refrigerated Warehouses
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Decatur
Dr. Victoria Salin, Professor, Texas A&M UniversityUsing information collected from the 2016 Productivity & Benchmarking Report, Dr. Salin will examine occupancy percentages required to break even, taking in to consideration the range in average revenue in the industry as well as predicted increases in labor costs in key markets. In an environment of fixed contracts and non-negotiable rates, understanding this operational KPI is critical to effective business operations.