Walter Brandl, Regional Director of Chemistry
North America—Mérieux NutriSciences
Walter Brandl has been involved in analytical chemistry for over 30 years in the areas of environmental chemistry, biotechnology, and, most recently, food chemistry. During this time, he has held positions in Quality Assurance, Operations and Training. Walter’s technical expertise is mainly in the contaminant/food safety area such as toxic metals, pesticides, natural toxins and veterinary drug residues.
Previously he held the position of Technical Director of Chemistry for Merieux NutriSciences in North America where he was responsible for the implementation of new methods, quality control in chemistry and providing technical support to both laboratories and clients. Currently, he is the Regional Director of Chemistry in North America for Merieux NutriSciences and is primarily responsible for method development and deployment.
Global Food Forums Presentations by Speaker
Heavy Metals – Closer to Reality
Co-Presenters: Walter Brandl and Bill Adams
The Food and Drug Administration’s new Closer to Zero initiative focuses on the exposure of heavy metal contaminants in commonly eaten foods by infants and children. Due to new forthcoming regulations, it is important for manufacturers to know the challenges and practical implications of this initiative from a technical, regulatory, and reality-based perspective. This discussion will cover the appropriate methods and instrumentation for heavy metal analysis, the new regulations and the limits of detection that manufacturers will be required to meet, and the typical expected levels of metal contaminants commonly found in various food types.