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News from  WIST - March 2017
FDA Consumer Safety Officer to discuss regulatory issues
in food contact packaging at Focal Point 2017 conference

Elizabeth Petro
The annual Focal Point conference has featured presentations on regulatory compliance from an industry perspective in past years and conference attendees have said they'd like to hear from regulatory agencies, as well. With that in mind, we're excited to announce that the 2017 conference will include a presenter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

As a Consumer Safety Officer in the FDA's Office of Food Additive Safety, Elizabeth Petro coordinates the premarket safety review of food contact substances, ensuring the timely and scientifically sound review of Food Contact Substance Notifications to protect the food supply from unsafe food packaging materials. She graduated with her bachelor's from the University of Chicago in 2006, and earned her doctorate in biological chemistry from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 2013. She will discuss aspects such as the administrative process for authorizing new food contact substances and recommendations for successful submission.
Focal Point 2017: Paper-Based Food Packaging and Serviceware  is set for October 24 at 
UW-Stevens Point. Look for further announcements on featured speakers, registration information and more in upcoming newsletters and on the conference web pages.

"A la carte" options available for WIST Compostability Testing
Preliminary screening, biodegradation, disintegration and ecotoxicity tests may be ordered separately or in combination 

Our ISO 17025-certified Compostability Testing Laboratory tests whether materials are compostable under industrial  composting conditions. We test to ASTM D6400 and D6868  standard specifications. To be certified as compostable, m aterial must pass three tests: disintegration, biodegradation  and plant ecotoxicity.

If you are working on product development and don't have a final product ready for testing, we also offer a preliminary screening service in which a biodegradation test is carried out over 45 days and evolution of carbon dioxide by the sample is monitored and reported graphically. While this method alone is insufficient to make or substantiate any compostability claim and does not comply with any standard specification, it may be used to provide indication of whether a development sample has the potential to meet the requirements of a full compostability standard specification. Other elements of the compostability protocol may similarly be scheduled separately.

To discuss compostability testing options and pricing, contact Amber Davidson, WIST Compostablity Testing Laboratory Manager, at or by phone at 715-346-2671.
Register now for these upcoming courses
Optimizing Sheet Structure for Maximal Product Performance: An Introduction

This two-day introductory class features morning classroom sessions followed by afternoon sessions of guided exercises using the UW-Stevens Point Fourdrinier pilot paper machine and testing the resulting paper.

This combination has proven to be a highly effective and enjoyable way to gain fundamental knowledge of the commercial paper making process.The course runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily with lunch and break refreshments included.

Participation is limited to 16 for this course. 

Hands-On Sessions: Participants use the university's Fourdrinier pilot paper machine, guided by WIST staff and Paper Science and Engineering faculty.

Concepts and Technologies of Biomass Bioeconomy, An Introduction

Acquire practical training in the field of microbial culture, bioreactor operation,
bio-process parad
igm and separation technology.

  • Increase your understanding of industrial chemical fermentation biotechnology through simulation, sterilization technologies and industrial implications, as well as related research done across different countries, universities and industries. 
  • Learn about new technologies in fermentation and separation biotechnology industries and scale-up of bioreactor, and experiments of the critical control parameters required for the fermentation process.
  • Gain insight into entrepreneurship, intellectual property protection, available grant funds, lean startup and the business canvas, approaching investors, and investment and exit strategies.
  • Leverage this course to establish a network of academia and industry experts.
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