Michigan State University Food Regulation in Latin America
course will be available online in Spanish and in English for Fall 2018 semester, starting on 29th August 2019.
I joined the IFLR team
as guest instructor and I will lead 2 modules of the program on WTO and international standards. I am most honored and deeply grateful to Neal Fortin
and Kris DeAngelo
for giving me this great opportunity.
Brand-new course is perfect for students throughout the world who either prefer Spanish or who were previously unable to take our course due to the language barrier.
This course is designed also for working professionals and presents current food issues, laws and regulations that impact Latin America. Food law topics including risk assessment, risk management, risk communication, food safety, international trade, and international entities such as FAO/WHO, WTO, and Codex Alimentarius will be highlighted.
In addition, detailed market specific information regarding labeling, additives, claims, and adulteration in Mexico, Argentina, Peru, Brazil as well as various Central American and Caribbean countries will be presented.
We are now completing the rosters and for the earliest subscribers to the Spanish taught version will be available a discount on tuition fees, mentioning that you are Food Law Latest readers.
Write to IFLR@msu.edu for details on the program and tuition fees.
See you online!
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:
2. Information for attention/for follow up followed by a recall from consumers:
3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:
- FCM (Food Contact Materials): migration of cadmium (1.36 mg/kg – ppm) and of lead (15.0 mg/kg – ppm) from glass with print from China, via the Czech Republic, following an official control on the market. Notified by Poland, distributed also to Hungary, Latvia, Romania and Slovakia;
- Mycotoxins: aflatoxins (B1 = 12; Tot. = 29 µg/kg – ppb) in ground hazelnuts from Turkey, packaged in Austria, following an official control on the market. Notified by Austria, distributed also to Germany;
- Mycotoxins: aflatoxins (B1 = 68.1 µg/kg – ppb) in sunflower seeds (feed) from France, following company’s own check. Notified by Belgium, distributed also to Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal and Spain;
- Mycotoxins: ochratoxin A (14.4 µg/kg – ppb) in dried figs from Turkey, following an official control on the market. Notified by Germany, distributed also to Netherlands;
- Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes (110 CFU/g) in chilled smoked salmon from Lithuania, following an official control on the market. Notified by Italy;
- Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes (<10 CFU/g) in various meat (poultry and pork) products from France, following company’s own check. Notified by France, distributed also to Germany and Spain;
- Pathogenic micro-organisms: shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli (stx2+ /25g) in raw milk cheese from France, following an official control on the market. Notified by Germany, distributed also to Belgium , Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and United Kingdom.
5. Border rejections:
- absence of health certificate(s) for chilled okra from India
- aflatoxins (B1 = 27.3 / Tot. = 36.8 µg/kg – ppb) in dried figs from Turkey
- aflatoxins (B1 = 27.8; Tot. = 29.7 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios from Iran and (B1 = 40; Tot. = 47 µg/kg – ppb) from the United States
- aflatoxins (B1 = 9.0; Tot. = 11 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts from Argentina
- bacterial contamination (9; 36; 27; 18; 36; 9; 18 CFU/g) of canned tuna in vegetable oil from Thailand
- dead insects and excrements of insects in dried split ginger root from Nigeria infested with moulds (81,76 %)
- fosthiazate (0.101 mg/kg – ppm) in chilled sweet peppers from Turkey
- mercury (0.61 mg/kg – ppm) in red scorpionfish (Scorpaena scrofa) from Tunisia
- methomyl (0.13 mg/kg – ppm) in chilled strawberries from Egypt
- propamocarb (0.055 mg/kg – ppm) and pyridalyl (0.064 mg/kg – ppm) in chilled strawberries from Egypt
- Salmonella (1 out of 5 samples /25g) in betel leaves from India
- unauthorised use of colour E 124 – Ponceau 4R / cochineal red A (87 mg/kg – ppm) in custard powder from Colombia