‘Natural’ claim in China: an overview and comparison with EU and US

Here you can find a recent article, drafted together with my colleague and friend Nicola Aporti, head of the food practice at HFG Shanghai, about the “non regulation” of the use of “natural” claims in China, EU and USA. It is published on New Food Magazine.

To know more about the issue and meet both the authors, participate to the 1st Food Law in Asia Conference, 12th June 2017, Amsterdam, write me at foodlawlatest@gmail.com or meet me in Thaifex, World of Food Safety Conference, Bangkok (1st-2nd June 2017).

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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