UK – Global food law challenges and opportunities seminar (19th September 2017)

On 19th September 2017 I have been invited as speaker to a very interesting one-day-seminar that will touch several key topics of the UK/EU food law, including food fraud prevention.

The seminar is organised by Campden BRI and will be held in their HQ in Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire.

Here you can see the full program and the speaker’s list, including Klaudyna Terlicka, Noelia Rodrigo and Jonathan Coleman from Campden BRI and Andrew Iveson (Amivet Ltd Veterinary Exports).

Summary

Maintaining an awareness of current food and drink legislation, understanding its implications and remaining alert to changes is increasingly challenging. Although progress has been made to harmonize legislation and enforcement and many food–related matters are regulated at the level of the European Union, Eurasian Economic Union, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) or Codex Alimentarius, national disparities can still be seen. A ‘one size fits all’ approach for the creation of products that comply with each market is not possible.

A further challenge is the UK’s movement towards independence from the European Union and what this might mean for the UK’s food industry.

For this seminar, Campden BRI assembled an expert team to give us their perspectives and cover emerging international food regulatory topics as they may well become more important as the regulatory landscape changes. This seminar will also provide a unique opportunity to discuss the most recent regulatory updates and trends from global perspective.

Key areas to be covered

  • Global food law trends.
  • Key export challenges, including case studies.
  • Food fraud: international perspective.
  • Global labelling differences, with particular focus on allergens, country of origin, nutrition labelling and claims.
  • Brexit and potential implications for international trade.

Key benefits of attending

  • A unique opportunity to discuss most recent updates and trends from global perspective.
  • Global regulatory awareness might become increasingly important as the UK moves on and it would be instructive to hear what is going on outside of the EU.
  • Case studies, practical applications and tools to understand and overcome export challenges.
  • Interactive discussions and great networking opportunities.

I will travel around UK for few days, so if you will participate to the seminar or would like to meet for a coffee, please drop me a not at foodlawlatest@gmail.com

 

Bulgaria – Organic control system flawed

This report describes the outcome of a DG Health and Food Safety audit in Bulgaria, carried out between 16 November 2015 and 27 November 2015, under the provisions of Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 on official food and feed controls.

The objective of the audit was to evaluate the controls on organic production and labelling of organic products.

The report concludes that the control system in place in Bulgaria cannot provide assurance as regards compliance of the operators with the organic production rules. The supervision carried out by the Competent Authority failed to identify the systematic shortcomings in the performance of the Control Bodies.

The preparation and the timing of the inspection visits are often inadequate and the number of inspections assigned to inspectors is very high. As a result, controls are often superficial and inspectors do not identify gross non-compliances. Even if major irregularities are found, they are not notified either to the Competent Authority or to other Control Bodies and the enforcement measures applied are neither dissuasive nor proportionate.

Some subcontracted activities are not always subject to the same level of controls as activities carried out by certified operators. The number of additional inspections, unannounced inspections and samples taken is insufficient and the selection of the operators for these controls is not always risk-based.

(Source: DG Sante website)