Mrs. Laura Shumow

Executive Director

American Spice Trade Association

Presentation Topics : Business Session 2 : Global Spice Markets: Trends & Opportunities:Speaker


Laura Shumow has been working with the American Spice Trade Association (ASTA) since September, 2018, to set the strategic direction of the association and with the ASTA staff to ensure the goals are met. She is an experienced trade association executive with a strong background in domestic and international regulatory issues, and a proven track record of success addressing challenges related to the supply chains of food ingredients sourced from developing countries. Laura received her Master's of health sciences from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and bachelor's degree in food science from the University of Wisconsin. She is an active member of several professional societies, including the Institute of Food Technologists, where she is a past chair of the Food Laws and Regulations Section, and serves in a leadership role with the Food and Beverage Issue Alliance. In WSC 2023, her presentation will focus on Impact of Shifting U.S. Policy Climate on Spice Market. The presentation would focus on spice screening for chemical contaminants, including pesticides and heavy metals, proposed regulations to ban ethylene oxide, focus to be given by the spice industry to develop alternative pathogen control methods in an intensifying regulatory environment. that ensure safe spices can be delivered, while being practical and achievable.