Presentation: Insights into Challenges of Labeling “Added Sugar”
Speaker: David Ellingson, MSc, Senior Research Chemist and Project Manager, Covance.
David Ellingson is currently a Project Manager for implementation of a new Chromatography Data System (CDS) software globally for the Covance Food Solutions (CFS) business. In his work, he collaborates with the Information Technology (IT) Senior Project Manager and different business unit leads to successfully execute a company-wide initiative. Additionally, he is the scientific lead for method development projects for CFS and is the main scientific resource for all ion chromatography and carbohydrate applications.
He first joined Covance in 2007 as an Analytical Chemist responsible for multiple method development and validation projects that included analysis in a wide variety of matrices such as food/beverages, feed/grain and bodily fluids. From there he was promoted to Senior Research Chemist and has become a scientific lead for method development projects for CFS across a wide range of analytical methodologies for analysis of nutrients and contaminants. Some of these methods have become AOAC Official Methods of Analysis.
A key area of expertise for David is in nutritional labeling and regulations within the food and supplement sectors.
He is currently finishing a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; holds a MSc in Molecular Molecular/Cellular Biology, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and a BS in Biology and Zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Relevant publications in the field of sugar analysis include:
Analytical Method for Sugar Profile in Pet Food and Animal Feeds by High-Performance Anion-Exchange Chromatography with Pulsed Amperometric Detection, Ellingson DJ, et. al., J AOAC Int. 2016 Mar;99(2):342-52. doi: 10.5740/jaoacint.15-0258. Epub 2016 Mar 5.
Method for the direct determination of available carbohydrates in low-carbohydrate products using high-performance anion exchange chromatography. Ellingson DJ, et. al., J AOAC Int. 2010 Nov-Dec;93(6):1897-904.
Title and Description of 2016 Sweetener Systems Trends & Technologies Conference: Insights into Challenges of Labeling “Added Sugar”
July 26, 2018, the date that most food manufacturers will have to itemize “added sugars” on their packaged foods’ Nutrition Facts panels. While FDA’s regulation defines added sugars as those added during the processing of foods or that are packaged as such, numerous questions arise in its implementation. What ingredients and foods are considered an “added sugar?” And, since no analytical method distinguishes between naturally occurring and added sugars in food products, what does the regulation require and what role can analytical chemistry play? This presentation delves into the challenges of implementing the impending regulation and outlines steps and considerations for compliance.