3rd MoniQa Food Fraud Prevention and Effective Food Allergen Management (30th Oct – 1st Nov, Rockville, MD USA)

As member of MoniQa and of the organizing committee is my greatest pleasure to invite all our readers to the 3rd Symposium on “Food Fraud Prevention and Effective Food Allergen Management” (30th October – 1st November 2019).

The event will take place in Rockville, MD, USA, hosted by the USP Meetings Centre, and will continue the successful series of MoniQA Workshops and Symposia (after Bari 2017 and Vienna 2018).

This symposium will bring together food industry experts, legal experts, regulators, academics and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to discuss the latest information on the implications of regulations and other burning issues in the food space. High level networking and outstanding knowledge about the matters are assured.

The event will address food authenticity, food fraud and the need for simple labelling as major drivers for both the food industry and companies involved in rapidly developing new analytical technologies, and putting available analytical tools in perspective of private standard requirements.

Day 1 will be focused on food authenticity, while day 2 will offer uncomparable insights about food allergen testing, management and labeling. The full program can be downloaded here. The speakers’ roster is yet to be finalized, so the following are just few of the names you’ll see on stage:

While the food industry must adapt its programs addressing food safety and quality to meet the ever-changing regulatory and legal landscape, law firms specializing in food issues must also ensure their knowledge of these changes is up-to-date when defending the rights of consumers and/or food producers. Additionally, recent technological developments in food analysis, digital certification and brand protection will be presented.

The 3rd edition of this International Symposium will also focus on the Food Law, its implications for industry and food businesses in international trade, export and import liabilities, critical issues of food integrity and food safety related issues governed by national and international regulations and standards, impacts of international trade agreements.

You can register here or write to rockville@moniqa.org

Food Law Latest 2019 webinar program: EU and FDA food labeling, Food Fraud Prevention and more…

These webinars are now available recorded in our archives. You can have them on demand – together with accompanying material – writing at foodlawlatest@gmail.com for more info.

After a successful first round this spring, we are pleased to launch a new wave of regulatory webinars for 2019, namely on EU food labeling, FDA food labeling, comparative analysis of EU vs. FDA food labeling rules and food fraud prevention.

Many more topics will come in the second semester 2019 (e.g. Food Safety Culture, Blockchain, Additives and Flavours, Nutrition and Health Claims) and we are gathering also interests from guest speakers to make our offer as global as usual.

1. CONTENT/MODALITIES

All webinars will be run personally by me.

Duration: 3 h webinar (+Q&A time) to ease the direct interaction. Questions will be made in chat during the webinar, and I will answer during my speech or at the end. If you are not shy you’ll have the opportunity to speak your questions live in the Q&A phase as well.

Presentations will be rich of practical examples from my personal experience and links to the relevant legislation. After the webinar you’ll receive the presentation, together with the recording and a bunch of bonus materials.

The connection will be via UberConference. You can dial in via phone (toll free) or connect with you computer without any install or dial in. After subscription you will receive all the details to access UberConference and test in any moment that you do not have technical issues.

2. DATES

  • 30th January 2019: FDA Food Labeling
  • 6th February 2019: EU Food Labeling
  • 20th February 2019: EU vs. FDA Food Labeling: a comparative analysis
  • 6th March 2019: Food Fraud: global regulatory situation and mitigation strategies

All webinars will be split in 2 twin sessions:

  • the first one from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. Italian time (New Delhi time 1 p.m., Bangkok time, 3.30 p.m. Shanghai time 4.30 p.m.)
  • the second one from 3.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. Italian time (NY time 9 a.m., Chicago 8 a.m., LA 6 a.m.)

In this way, mostly everyone will have the chance to participate without waking up in the middle of the night.

3. PRICING/SUBSCRIPTION

For subscriptions, please write at foodlawlatest@gmail.com, indicating:

  • your name and surname
  • company name/affiliation
  • webinar(s) chosen
  • invoicing/billing details (including a tax/VAT/registration number for your company)

Pricing: 200 €/subscription for each webinar (around 230 USD, the 2nd person from the same company/organisation will benefit of a 20% discount).

If you subscribe to all webinars we would offer a 25% discount on the overall price.

Payment should be made upfront.

4. PROGRAMS

FDA Food Labeling

  1. Pro and cons to export in US. How to delineate a winning export strategy, avoiding regulatory pitfalls;
  2. How to navigate in the US legislation? Practical examples that explains you how the system works and where to find relevant info;
  3. Competent authorities and applicable labeling regimes (FDA, USDA, TTB);
  4. Brief ‘to do list’ for exporters;
  5. FDA food labeling rules: mandatory information on the pack, presentation rules and everything you need to know to reach the compliance for a basic label;
  6. Statement of identity and Principal Display Panel concept;
  7. Net weight;
  8. Ingredients list (compound ingredients rules, additives, flavourings…);:
  9. Name and address of the manufacturer, packer, importer etc…;
  10. Nutrition Facts in their new format (mandatory from 1st Jan 2020);
  11. Other claims and voluntary information usually used on the pack and upcoming news (GMO labeling, definition of ‘natural’, menu calorie labeling, use by/best before…);
  12. Q&A time.

EU Food Labeling

  1. Regulation EU 1169/2011 scope and field of application;
  2. Labeling rules for B2B marketing of food products;
  3. Labeling rules for e-commerce and distance selling;
  4. Mandatory information presentation rules;
  5. Name of the food;
  6. Net weight;
  7. Ingredients list;
  8. Name and address of the food business responsible for the labeling information;
  9. Who answers of non compliant labels? Legal risks derived from non compliance on the EU market;
  10. QUID (% declaration of characterizing ingredients);
  11. Focus on allergens and “alibi” statements (“May contain …”);
  12. Focus on nutrition labeling (how to derivates the values, how to present the table, mandatory and voluntary formats, exemptions, the alcoholic beverages case);
  13. Focus on origin labeling and the upcoming EU Regulation on the country of origin of the primary ingredient;
  14. Trans fats upcoming limitations in food;
  15. Brief explanation of how the EU law and the national law interacts in the EU (mutual recognition principle and applicability of national law);
  16. Q&A time.

EU vs. FDA Food Labeling: a comparative analysis

This course basically will examine all the mandatory information that should be placed on a pack in both systems and compare them, spotting all the differences in terms of rules of presentation and application details.

The program is an hybrid of the EU and the FDA food labeling courses mentioned above. It’s open to everybody, but a basic knowledge of at least one of the two labeling systems is strongly suggested to fully appreciate the course.

FOOD FRAUD: global regulatory situation and mitigation strategies

  1. Food fraud in EU: relevant regulatory framework, case studies and EU Commission initiatives on the topic;
  2. Key element of the new EU Regulation 625/2017 on official control on the market;
  3. Overview of private initiatives aiming at food fraud prevention and mitigation in EU;
  4. Food fraud in US: relevant regulatory framework and FDA stand on the topic;
  5. FSMA, FSVP and increased transparency on the supply chain;
  6. Food fraud in China: relevant regulatory framework and case studies;
  7. How to build an effective food fraud mitigation strategies in your organisations: key suggestions from real life cases.
  8. Horizon scanning: best tools and source of information available.

5. SPEAKER

Cesare Varallo is food lawyer in Italy and global advisor on food safety, food labeling and food regulatory issues. In July 2013 he founded foodlawlatest.com and started his independent consultancy activity. Through partnerships with technical experts and other international advisors he can offer a multidisciplinary and multi-jurisdiction approach, to timely answer the needs of clients in a globalised environment and on 60 countries in the world.
He proudly works at the intersection between science, law, business and social studies, building bridges between different cultures, stakeholders and backgrounds.

He is a well recognized international speaker and author. He teaches food law related matters in several Universities, in particular LUISS in Rome, Alma Mater in Bologna and MSU in US.

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