The Summer Academy in Global Food Law & Policy is an established one-week summer programme that brings together practitioners, policymakers, industry representatives and leading academics working in the field of food law and policy. It offers intensive training on the most innovative developments in global food regulation and provides a unique opportunity for professional development and networking in an informal and inter-disciplinary setting. By talking, studying and interacting with food experts from all over the world, participants are able to gain new perspectives into both their own sectors and international regulatory issues. This is achieved by combining traditional classroom instruction with experiential learning opportunities offered by dedicated and distinguished international experts.
The Academy will take place from Monday, 20th July, to Friday, 24th July, 2015 in Bilbao, Spain.
Among the many topics covered this year stand out food frauds, the obesity challenge, the TTIP under discussion between Europe and the USA and the marketing restrictions to “unhealthy foods”.
As leading expert in the field of fraud prevention along the supply chain, I was named as a speaker for a presentation entitled “Rethinking How to Regulate Food Frauds” and to chair a panel discussion with Prof. Neal Fortin, Director of the ‘”Institute for Food Law and Regulations” at Michigan State University, and Gilles Boin, food lawyer at the renowned French law firm “Product Law Firm”, which will give a more extensive presentation on food fraud legislative framework.
Amongst the other speakers:
Alberto Alemanno: Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law, HEC Paris and Scholar at the O’Neill Institute of National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University.
Wenche Barth Eide: Emeritus Professor, Department of Nutrition, University of Oslo.
Enrico Bonadio: Senior Lecturer in Law, City University London (City Law School).
Asbjørn Eide: Emeritus professor and senior fellow at the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights at the University of Oslo.
Hilal Elver: UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food.
Richard A. Falk: Albert G. Milbank Professor of International Law and Practice, Emeritus at Princeton University.
Simone Gabbi: Legal Department European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
Amandine Garde: Professor of Law at the University of Liverpool.
Giovanni Gruni: Oxford University
Pelle Guldborg Hansen: Director of ISSP The Initiative of Science, (Society & Policy at Roskilde University and University of Southern Denmark); member of the Prevention Council of the Danish Diabetes Association and Chairman of the Danish Nudging Network.
Francesco Tramontin: Director External Affairs, “Mondelez” Europe.
Paolo R. Vergano: Partner at “Fratini Vergano”, Brussels.
From 5th to 9th May 2015 I will be in the sunny Asuncion, Paraguay, for a series of conferences about food regulations.
On 5th I will be at the National University, Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy, to present the new EU Regulation on food information to consumer (No 1169/2011), with specific attention for allergens and nutrition declaration. Download the brochure here.
On 7th I will be very pleased to open the II Expo Alimentaria and the first Food Law Conference at the Hotel Excelsior. Paraguay is on the way to review its regulatory framework and to implement a Food Code inspired by EU and US standards: the objective is to ease the export of the national products. My speech will touch some general aspects about the EU and US food regulations, in light of the fact that with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) the two systems are converging on some specific principles, on food allergens labelling and some hints about how the food recalls are managed. You can find the complete program here.
I was invited by ASPATAL (Paraguayan Association of Food Technologists), and I have to deeply thank you Prof. Griselda Miranda Pena for inviting me.
See you there!
If the explosion of the infamous “Horsemeat Scandal” was greeted at first with disbelief and barely concealed laughter from the public and media, the following concern for a public health risk revealed itself in a short time as completely not founded. None of these two reactions seem to be triggered by what could be the next food fraud scandal on a global scale.
The affected product, in this case, are spices (especially cumin, paprika and various mix) which, at a level not yet identified of the supply chain, have been adulterated with crushed almond shells, with the clear aim of financial gain. The real risk – and what distinguishes this case from ”Horsegate” – is that such conduct poses a serious risk to the health of allergic consumers.
The tree nuts category, indeed, is one of the allergens that more easily could cause violent anaphylactic shock; the risk is more than real, since the analytical detection of almond’s traces (probably remained caked on the shells) was the cause of dozens of recalls and withdrawals from the market started in UK, US, Canada and several other European countries.
Although the intent of the contamination has not yet been demonstrated, it is clear that such a wide spread of withdrawals and recalls worldwide, as well as the involvement in the issue of many different brands on the market (even global retailers such as Morrisons and Sainsbury’s) and the different types product, clearly suggest a deliberate fraud.
Spices have quite high prices, which allow good profit margins through this kind of adulteration: in addition, not always the systems of internal traceability of the small and medium-size companies are adequate to the high complexity required by management of these raw materials and their mix. Finally, as highlighted by Prof. Chris Elliot in some recent interviews, the last season saw in Gujarat (India) a cumin harvest absolutely disastrous because of the weather, and this caused a spike in prices.
Although a British company, Bart Ingredients, has challenged the analytical methods used by the British “Food Standards Agency” (FSA), advancing the hypothesis of “false positives” attributed to another ingredient (the “Mahaleb”, extracted from a variety of cherry tree), the chances that this is proved true for all cases found seems utterly unrealistic.
UK, was the European country most affected by the phenomenon. Here the cumin’s consumption as a flavor enhancer in soups and processed products, and also in combination with other spices such as paprika, chili and curry, is very high. The extent of the contamination, however, is not yet fully established. At the moment there have been no reports of deaths or hospitalizations due to the issue, but unfortunately could only be a matter of time. The spices are used in many processed and prepacked foods and it will be very difficult to detect all the products contaminated and to remove them all from the shelves (e.g. the first recalls involved kit for fajitas in British supermarket).
This will be the first “stress test” for the newborn FSA “Food Crime United” and the UK food safety system as a whole, after its reorganization following the “Elliot Review”. Important signals, however, should also be sent by the European Commission, now engaged with the revision of Reg. (EC) n. 882/2004 and with the implementation of appropriate measures to fight frauds.
- “Diets rich in whole grain foods and other plant foods and low in total fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol, may help reduce the risk of heart disease and certain cancers.”
- “Diets rich in whole grain foods and other plant foods, and low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may help reduce the risk of heart disease.”
- “Whole grains may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, although the FDA has concluded that there is very limited scientific evidence for this claim.”
- “Whole grains may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. FDA has concluded that there is very limited scientific evidence for this claim.”
Sanofi launches a new probiotic supplement for kids in South Korea. Released, in Costco stores under the global Cenovis Kids brand, the new supplement with a delicious vanilla flavor and teddy bear shape is produced by Anlit Ltd., Israel, and designed specifically for kids.
”We chose to work with Anlit since they have unique dietary supplement solutions designed for children,” says Joo Yuen Park, Cenovis Kids Brand Manager for Sanofi. “They specialize in making children’s supplements attractive to kids and their parents, helping to improve the child’s health and well-being.”
The global probiotic supplements market has demonstrated an impressive growth curve, with a 13% increase in product launches in 2014 over 2013, as tracked by Innova Market Insights. The leading positioning for global probiotic supplements tracked in 2014 were: digestive/liver health, immune health and for children’s health.
“Making an ideal supplement for kids is a complicated task,” explains Shai Karlinsky, VP of Marketing and Sales at Anlit Ltd., Israel. “As a father, I’m committed to provide a balanced diet for my kids. But not all children follow a healthy diet. Our job is to help them, and their parents, improve their daily nutrition without compromising on flavor.”
According to Anlit nutrition scientists, the secret to developing a high-quality supplement for children is making sure all active ingredients, especially its formulae containing friendly lactic acid bacteria and prebiotics, deliver promised benefits, yet maintain an appealing flavor that is so important for children. Anlit’s “Kidi Bites” technology overcomes challenges of flavor and aroma, providing a tasty and healthy solution for children. The delicious matrix, with a vanilla flavor and smooth texture, greatly appeals to children and provides a shelf-life of two years.
The probiotic Cenovis Kids line is customized for children aged two years and older. It is gluten-free, sugar-free, easily chewable and produced with Anlit’s proprietary microencapsulation technology that overcomes taste and texture challenges. It is marketed in cube-shaped units of 20 supplements per blister-pack. Each cube is individually sealed in a foil blister to ensure prolonged stability. The supplement contains no artificial colors or preservatives and is kosher-
Question for written answer to the Commission
Matteo Salvini (NI) , Mara Bizzotto (NI) , Mario Borghezio (NI) , Gianluca Buonanno (NI) , Lorenzo Fontana (NI)
Subject: minimum dimensions for clams and protection of the fishing industry
Under the terms of Regulation (EC) No 1967/2006, the fishing and sale of marine organisms smaller than the sizes specified in said regulation and its appendices are prohibited.
In particular, the abovementioned regulation prohibits the fishing, transportation and sale of clams which measure less than 2.5 cm.
This restriction could well cause serious damage to the European clam fishing industry and also exposes it to the risk of sanctions in the event of non-compliance.
In this context, can the Commission answer the following questions:
|1.||On what criteria was the decision to set a minimum size of 2.5 cm for fishable clams based?|
|2.||What steps has the Commission taken or does it intend to take to protect European fisherman, since they will inevitably be less competitive than their counterparts in third countries, who are not subject to the same restrictions and who can export their products, amongst others, to the European market?|
Answer given by Mr Vella on behalf of the Commission – 30th March 2015
The minimum conservation size of 2.5 cm for the different species of Venus and carpet clams was originally introduced by Council Regulation (EC) No 1626/94 and subsequently, upon a specific request by the European Parliament, maintained in the new Council Regulation (EC) No 1967/2006 on consideration that the industry had not only adjusted very well to their regulation but were calling for its reintroduction in the Commission proposal.
The STECF also provided advice on selectivity improvements of the fishing practice to match with the minimum conservation size.
Council Regulation (EC) No 1967/2006 also applies to marketing of fishery products caught in the Mediterranean and the Member States can prevent importation and trading of undersized specimens from Mediterranean third countries provided the following conditions apply:
|—||the fishery product has been caught in Mediterranean waters|
|—||the measures for imported products are no more disadvantageous than for internal trading|
|—||there is no discrimination amongst products coming from different third countries.|
(Source: EU Parliament website)
Together with my friend and partner at Iseven Servizi, Franco Aquilano, on 17th April 2014, in Milan (near the beautiful Duomo), I will teach in a course dedicated to FDA general requirements for import foodstuffs in USA – after the Bioterrorism Act and the Food Safety Modernization Act – and on food defense systems.
While I will cover the first argument, together with some insights about the food recall system in USA and crisis management strategies, Franco will explain the requirements of a food defense system, also in light of some private standards (BRC, IFS).
Food defense is putting measures in place that reduce the chances of the food supply from becoming intentionally contaminated using a variety of chemicals, biological agents or other harmful substances by people who want to do us harm. These agents could include materials that are not naturally-occurring or substances not routinely tested for in food products. A terrorist’s goal might be to kill people, disrupt our economy, or ruin your business. Intentional acts generally occur infrequently, can be difficult to detect, and are hard to predict.
The course is organized by Certiquality, certification body, accredited to provide enterprises with certification services covering quality, environmental and safety management systems, as well as product certification.
You can see the program, download the brochure and book your place, until April 9th, here. Language of the course: Italian.
In case you are late for this date, we will propose again the course after the Summer and is also available on demand for groups. Please be in touch with us or Certiquality for any further info.
These guidance document describing the food categories in Part E of Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 on Food Additives was elaborated by Commission services after consultation with the Member States’ experts on food additives and the relevant stakeholders, and updated to March 2015.
The descriptions of the categories can be useful for Member State control authorities and food industry to assure correct implementation of the food additives legislation.
The guidance document does not represent the official position of the Commission and they do not intend to produce legally binding effects. Only the European Court of Justice has jurisdiction to give preliminary rulings concerning the validity and interpretation of acts of the institutions of the EU pursuant to Article 267 of the Treaty. The Guidance notes have not been adopted on the basis of Article 19 (c) of Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008.
The Union list of food additives approved for use in food and their conditions of use are included in Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 December 2008 on food additives. The food additives are listed on the basis of the categories of food to which they may be added e.g. fish and fish products, fruit and vegetables, dairy products, confectionery, etc.
The list allows easy identification of the additives authorised for use in a certain foodstuff, offering greater transparency. The list is more accessible for all persons involved in any component of the food chain, be it as a consumer, the control authorities or the food industry. The improved transparency allows correct and therefore safer use of food additives.
This guidance document is provided to describe the different categories in order to enhance uniform application and enforcement. It should be noted that the food categories have been created with the sole purpose of listing the authorised additives and their conditions of use. The food category descriptors are not to be legal product designations nor are they intended for labelling purposes.
Where vertical legislation is referred to in the title of a category the definitions as provided in that legislation apply. In addition to the description of the categories, the guidance document also describes the foodstuffs in Annex II that are written in italic. The food category system does not specifically mention compound foodstuffs, e.g. prepared meals, because they may contain, pro rata, all the additives authorised for use in their components via carry over. Where necessary, this guidance document will be updated to provide further clarification.
(Source: EU Commission – DG Sante website)
What are we talking about?
Food fraud is the next legislative enigma for food regulators in EU, as well as in other major food systems, like the US one. I am following from the very inside the legislative work on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean (and I will be more than happy to discuss with any of you about this topic) but, despite the differences in the approach, the problems remain the same.
Due to the changing nature and variety of the phenomena, the first and biggest problem is to find a comprehensive definition. The second is to introduce effective and dissuasive sanctions, together with an enforcement system with adequate means and skills to contrast them.
In this context some certification schemes, like the BRC version 7, are introducing specific requirements for food fraud prevention. But how to manage a specific audit for food fraud prevention, how to ask the right question, as well as how to implement a vulnerability assessment plan it is hard to define in a single “standard”.
An effective food fraud prevention system cannot exist without a solid base of intelligence, without a continuous activity of horizon scanning for emerging risks and without a strong control on your supply chain.
Inscatech is the first and only company currently providing intelligence gathering boots on the ground all over the world, food fraud vulnerability assessments and control plans. Inscatech has established a solid reputation in the food industry and in the GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) Food Fraud Think Tank as both a pioneer and the sole provider of food fraud intelligence investigations, forensically based vulnerability assessments, supplier qualification examinations, validated supply chain mapping, and food fraud vulnerability control programs. Through its work with many of the largest food producers and retail grocery conglomerates globally, Inscatech is leading the food industry towards a harmonized and systematic approach to protecting the safety and authenticity of the global food supply.
INSCATECH in the news and my next activities
You can read more about Inscatech:
- in this amazing article on Wired: “The A-Team That Tracks the Poisonous Additives in Our Food”;
on Food Safety News: “F00d Fraud: Money Scam and Health Hazard”
on NY Times: “Counterfeit food more widespread than suspected”
On 27th March 2015 I will be in Milan for a free presentation about the BRC 7 requirements for food frauds prevention.
On 2nd June 2015 I will be guest speaker at the Food&Beverage Law&IP conference, organised in London by IPRConnections in the exclusive location of the London Stock Exchange. Foodlawlatest.com is a media partner of the event. There will be speakers and representative from the most well recognised companies in the world, such as Unilever, Nestle, Mondelez, Scotch Whisky Association, PepsiCo, Coca Cola, Pernod Ricard, Red Bull Asia and many others.
Together with one of the most experienced person in EU regarding the fight against food fraud, John Coady, Chief Audit Manager in the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) and member of the FSAI’s multi-agency Food Fraud Task Force, I will speak in a panel full of case study about recent food frauds events and tips about what is going on at EU level. As Vice President EU Business and Regulatory affairs at Inscatech, I will give you some hints about how to protect your business from food frauds and about the pivotal role of the intelligence in preventing those events.
Together with my friend and colleague Francesca Lotta, I recently published the following free article on the protection of EU geographical indication in the context of the TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) and of the international trade agreements.
You can find many more useful articles, in particular “Portugal – New food information requirements in the pipeline”, by Francesco Montanari.
In Italy there is an ongoing debate about the opportunity to maintain on food labels the indication of the address of the production site of a food as a mandatory particular. This provision was not expressly foreseen under Directive 2000/13/EC and is not mentioned in the Regulation (EU) No. 1169/2011. It was in fact a particular that only Italian law requested on mandatory basis (Legislative Decree No 109/1992 implementing Directive 2000/13).
The Italian Government has not notified any draft law requiring indication of such information to date. This means that at the moment provision of information about production site is no longer required for food labels, although some political parties are strongly asking to reintroduce this obligation.
In this respect,the European Commission has clarified under which circumstances this indication may be legally justified and that information on origin or provenance must not be intended as a tool neither for fraud prevention, nor for protection of public health.
Question for written answer to the Commission – Elisabetta Gardini (PPE) – 2nd February 2015
Subject: Information regarding food production sites
It is becoming increasingly difficult for European consumers to identify the geographical and production origins of goods due to the growing trend of selling items under the distributors’ brand. In addition, multinational groups are able to relocate their production sites to an entirely different country without needing to inform consumers, who may then be misled when trademarks implying incorrect geographical origins continue to be used.
Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011, which entered into force on 14 December 2014, contains no provision for mandatory indications of food production sites — this omission has raised serious concerns amongst producers and strong objections from consumers in a number of Member States.
1. In light of the above and following the statements made on 17 January 2015 by the Italian Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry Policies, Maurizio Martina, can the Commission confirm whether Member States are able to adopt measures rendering this information mandatory, justified on grounds of the protection of public health, but also for the prevention of fraud — as detailed in Article 39 of the above Regulation?
2. Does the Commission intend to clarify obligatory indications of country of origin for foods in all instances where omitting said indication could mislead consumers, including for reason detailed above?
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the Commission – 27th February 2015
Article 39 paragraph 1 of Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 provides an exhaustive list of possible justifications for Member States to adopt measures requiring additional mandatory particulars for specific types or categories of foods. Paragraph 2 of that Article specifies that Member States may introduce measures concerning the mandatory indication of the country of origin or place of provenance of foods only where there is a proven link between certain qualities of the food and its origin or provenance and when evidence is provided that the majority of consumers attach significant value to the provision of this information. The Commission would like however to clarify that it does not consider information on origin or provenance neither as a tool for the prevention of fraud, nor as a tool for the protection of public health. There are other mechanisms in place to ensure the safety and the traceability of food.
Article 26 paragraph 2(a) of Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 already requests the indication of the country of origin or place of provenance when its omission might mislead the consumer as to the true origin of the food, in particular if the information accompanying the food or the label, such as the trademark mentioned by the Honourable Member, would otherwise imply a different origin.
(Source: European Parliament)
This week on the EU RASFF (Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed) we can find the following notifications:
1. Alerts followed by a recall from consumers:
– Allergens: undeclared almond (>18 mg/kg – ppm) in spice mix from Sweden, via the United Kingdom, following company’s own check. Notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to France, Ireland and Malta;
– Biocontaminants: atropine (0.062 mg/kg – ppm) and scopolamine (0.033 mg/kg – ppm) in brown millet from Austria, following an official control on the market. Notified by Austria, distributed also to Germany;
– Mycotoxins: aflatoxins (B1 = 7.02 µg/kg – ppb) in basmati rice from Belgium, manufactured in France, following an official control on the market. Notified by Luxembourg;
– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes (480 CFU/g) in extra tenderloin slices (lomo) from Spain, following a company’s own check. Notified by France, distributed also to Belgium and Luxembourg.
2. Information for attention/for follow up followed by a recall from consumers:
3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:
– Biocontaminats: atropine (156.2; 207.5 µg/kg – ppb) and scopolamine (27.2; 31.3 µg/kg – ppb) in organic polenta cornmeal from Germany, following an official control on the market. Notified by Germany, distributed also to Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Croatia, Estonia, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland;
– Foreign bodies: microchip in pig carcasses from Italy, following an official control on the market. Notified by Italy, distributed also to Austria, Monaco and Romania;
– Unauthorised novel food ingredient aegeline (presence) in super thermo powder from the United States, following an official control on the market. Notified by Germany, distributed also to Netherlands;
– Veterinary drug residues (14600 µg/kg – ppb) in various cuts of ovine meat from the United Kingdom, following an official control on the market. Notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to France and Ireland.
- In Belgium we had a seizure of honey from China for fraudulent health certificate(s) and of chilled beef steaks from Ireland for shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli (stx+, eae+).
5. Border rejections:
- acetamiprid (0.953 mg/kg – ppm) in fresh peppers from Turkey
- aflatoxins (B1 = 27; Tot. = 35 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts and peanut kernels (B1 = 3; Tot. = 3.5 µg/kg – ppb) from India
- aflatoxins (B1 = 3.38 / B1 = 3.46 µg/kg – ppb) in blanched groundnuts and peanuts in shell (B1 = 78.9; Tot. = 93.5 µg/kg – ppb) from China
- aflatoxins (B1 = 4; Tot. = 15.2 mg/kg – ppm) in roasted chopped hazelnuts and in pistachio nuts (Tot. = 17.16 µg/kg – ppb) from Turkey
- ochratoxin A (61 µg/kg – ppb) in raisins from Afghanistan
- chlorpyrifos (0.44 mg/kg – ppm), penconazole (0.063 mg/kg – ppm), iprodione (0.290 mg/kg – ppm), acetamiprid (0.016 mg/kg – ppm), tebuconazole (0.18 mg/kg – ppm), tetraconazole (0.052 mg/kg – ppm), esfenvalerate (0.12 mg/kg – ppm), indoxacarb (0.15 mg/kg – ppm), dimethomorph (0.06 mg/kg – ppm), difenoconazole (0.073 mg/kg – ppm), azoxystrobin (0.50 mg/kg – ppm), boscalid (0.5 mg/kg – ppm), kresoxim-methyl (0.05 mg/kg – ppm), pyraclostrobin (0.05 mg/kg – ppm), emamectin (0.016 mg/kg – ppm) and fluopyram (0.058 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised substances carbendazim (0.24 mg/kg – ppm), carbaryl (0.019 mg/kg – ppm) and fenbutatin oxide (5.4 mg/kg – ppm) in vine leaves in brine from Turkey
- chlorpyrifos (12 mg/kg – ppm), pyridaben (2.0 mg/kg – ppm) and acetamiprid (1.6 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised substance chlorfenapyr (2.1` mg/kg – ppm) in broccoli from China
- chlorpyrifos-methyl (0.38 mg/kg – ppm) in asparagus peas from the Dominican Republic
- clofentezine (0.056 mg/kg – ppm) in sweet peppers from Turkey
- dead insects (presence in 8% of sampled peanuts) in groundnuts in shell from Egypt
- fenthion (0.113 mg/kg – ppm) in peppers from Turkey
- lufenuron (0.089 mg/kg – ppm) and methomyl (0.2 mg/kg – ppm) in green beans from Kenya
- poor temperature control – rupture of the cold chain – of frozen freshwater shrimps (Macrobrachium rosenbergii) from Bangladesh
- propargite (0.06 mg/kg – ppm) in strawberries from Egypt
- Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in sesame seeds and betel leaves from India
- shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli (stx2+, O105H8 /25g) in frozen boneless beef (Bos taurus) from Brazil
- too high content of sulphite (2178 mg/kg – ppm) in dried apricots from Turkey
- FCM: too high level of overall migration (237 mg/kg – ppm) from hand blender from China
- unauthorised substances carbofuran (0.07 mg/kg – ppm) and hexaconazole (0.22 mg/kg – ppm) in chili peppers from Vietnam
On 9-12 June 2015, there will be the 2015 edition of the Wageningen Summer School in Food Law.
The course leaders will be Prof. B.M.J. (Bernd) van der Meulen (European Food Law at Wageningen University) and Prof. Martin Holle (Food law and administrative Law at Hamburg University of Applied Science) and this fact is a guarantee about the quality of the school. I know them as two of the brightest experts in food law and I am sure that their sharp view on the subject and on the food industry could give you a lot of useful hints.
The course is designed for those dealing with food regulatory affairs, including food quality, safety, product development and marketing in public authorities, food businesses, consultancy, legal counselling and academia. The course will strengthen particpants’ background, develop their knowledge in legal and technical issues and enable them to combine both in practice.
During the 4 days a mix of presentations, confrontation with experts in the field and practical work will enlarge your actual knowledge and skills and enable immediate application in your business.
The following subjects will be covered:
• European Food Law in general
• Product- and process requirements
• Communication – via labelling and about risks
• Food law enforcement
In the recent notifications from the CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency), we can find an high number of warnings for Clostridium botulinum in different foods:
|Brand Name||Common Name||Size||Code(s) on Product||UPC|
|Elite Salads||White Fish||200 g||Best Before Mar. 15, 2015||7 77739 00060 0|
The affected products were sold in variable weight packages at the following retail locations in Ontario during the periods shown below.
|Retail Location||Address||Dates Sold|
|Lake Land Meats Farm & Market Retail Store||1226 St. Paul St. West
St. Catharines ON
|Up to and including February 13, 2015.|
|Cheese Shoppe on Locke||190 Locke St. South
|Up to and including February 13, 2015.|
|Upper Canada Cheese Company||4159 Jordan Rd.
Jordan Station ON
|Up to and including February 13, 2015.|
Consumers who are unsure if they have purchased the affected product are advised to contact their retailer.
|Brand Name||Common Name||Size||Code(s) on Product||UPC|
|None||Smoked Arctic Char||variable||None||None|
Elite Salads International is recalling Elite Salads brand White Fish from the marketplace because it may permit the growth of Clostridium botulinum. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below.
|Brand Name||Common Name||Size||Code(s) on Product||UPC|
|Elite Salads||White Fish||200 g||Best Before Feb. 25, 2015||7 77739 00060 0|
There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.
(Source: CFIA website)