Practical Course for FBOs – Official Controls and Food Frauds: how to be prepared?

On 26th February I will be in Bologna where, in cooperation with Eurofishamrket, we organized a course on the legislative framework of the official controls on the market. The aim of the training is to explain to food business operators the EU and Italian relevant legislation, the procedures, the criminal/administrative sanctions, and the rights that the law grant them in case of inspection/official controls.

In the second part of the day there will be also some practical tips about food recalls management and food fraud prevention, a brief overview of the EU work on food frauds and of the upcoming EU legislation on official controls.

Here you can download the brochure and book your place. The registration will be open until 16th February and the number of participants will be limited to 25. Language: Italian.


9.00 Registration

9:30 to 11:00

  • The principles of Regulation (EC) No. 882/2004;

  • The Italian legislation on official controls, sampling and analysis procedures;

  • The general principles of administrative sanctions (Law 689/1981);

  • Competent authorities and potential overlappings. Communication and coordination problems.

11-11.20 Coffee Break

11:20 to 12:30

  • Administrative sanctions: procedures and right of the food business operator;

  • Sampling and analysis: exam of the different procedures and rights of the food business operator;

  • How to manage inspections by the Authority?

13:00 to 14:00 Networking Lunch

14:00 to 15:30

  • The various types of seizures and measures applicable by the Competent Authorities;

  • Criminal liability (case study);

  • Administrative Sanctions (case study);

  • Rapid Alert System for food and feed (RASFF) and its relationship with criminal/administrative sanctions;

  • Strategies for crisis management.

15:30 to 15:45 Coffee Break

15:45 to 17:00

  • The new draft of EU Regulation on official controls;

  • EU preparatory work for tighter rules on food fraud;

  • Strategies to combat food frauds: how to prevent?

Eurofishmarket was founded in 2004 and it is a leading firm specialized in marketing, training and legal services on seafood sector.

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4 thoughts on “Practical Course for FBOs – Official Controls and Food Frauds: how to be prepared?

  1. OFF on a tangent Cesare
    can you comment on the following story – of course the story applies for other countries and other companies so the review you make must trigger business for you.

    Background to the Question:
    We Note
    (a) The compensation that Yum Brands Inc. in NY paid when it was sued by it’s shareholders in Dec. 2012 through to Jan 2014 for the Shandong Liuhe Group scandal exceeded $B.The shareholders sued Yum as the company failed to keep the shareholders properly informed.
    Some say the settlement was so high that it possibly occurred outside the courts.
    Some say Yum had to sell it’s Chinese operations to pay the damages.
    (b) Whilst the Taiwanese Government sued Taiwanese Chang Guann Co. because they successfully uncovered the distribution of oils where the label did not match the contents sold. We know the Taiwanese compensation was over US$100M cash and the closure of two subsidiaries.
    (c) Recently Australia supermarkets that failed to test and find that the quality of berries imported from a Chinese entity was unacceptable – the berries have caused illness to 2000,000 Australians.

    I believe we need to learn whether a Chinese food company that has shareholders incorporated or publicly listed in a country like Taiwan, USA, Canadian, French, Italian or the UK must abide by the law of the country in which the shareholder is incorporated.
    Once we have this answer we can help the decision makers understand that if China’s law is an obstacle then possibly the laws in the shareholder county are a greater obstacle.

    I believe this is a very important subject as many operators in China managed by Chinese nationals may not act as responsibly as they could and of course are not as concerned about the law as they should. Whereas corporations with non Chinese leaders may be more responsible and seek to follow Chinese & Non Chinese Food Safety regulations. Never the less China seeks to sell its food products around the world and it wants to provide its own people healthier and safer products.

    I look forward to your response.
    Thank you


    1. Steven,
      I think that if the premises are in China (or anywhere else), will be almost impossible to oblige companies to follow legislation applicable in other countries. Also in the EU the Member States – which is theoretically a free and common market – are very jealous of their prerogatives. What probably other States can do is to impose stricter controls a the borders and reinforce the inspections in foreign countries. With the upcoming FSMA in USA, FDA will have more powers and the inspections in third countries will enhance: moreover with the FSVP every firm which import foodstuffs in US would be responsible for the safety of the food and should be able to demonstrate that its supplier are reliable on a food safety ground.
      This is the way, but it has to be followed also by the private sectore: think about food frauds. An effective activity of control, unannounced and specific audits and intelligence gathering in foreign countries is the best prevention.



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