1st Food Law in Asia International Conference – Export, Labelling and Countering Fraud

I am very proud to announce that I will be chairing this one of a kind event in Europe, realised by Lexxion Publisher and supported by Food Industry Asia (FIA) and HFG Law Firm, one of the leading firm in China in food and intellectual property sectors.

A special thank to my colleague and friend Nicola Aporti for helping out in everything.

The event will be on 12th June 2017 in Amsterdam, Hampshire Hotel – American.

This first international conference on Asian food law, will be bringing together experts and practitioners from various European and Asian countries. High-profile lecturers from industry and private practice will familiarise participants with the ins and outs of the Asian food market and answer their questions.

The speakers will provide an insight into the legal and regulatory complexities of the Asian food market, update participants on the most recent developments in Asian food law and introduce them to the most relevant cultural aspects of the region. The sessions will combine presentations, case studies and Q&As allowing you to discuss your questions with our experts.

Speaker’s list:

  • Cesare Varallo
    Food Lawyer in Italy, Vice President – Business and Regulatory Affairs EU – INSCATECH, Turin (Chair)
  • Nicola Aporti
    Head of Corporate and Food Regulatory, HFG Law & Intellectual Property, Shanghai
  • Akihisa Shiozaki
    Partner at Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu, Tokyo
  • Katia Merten-Lentz
    Partner at Keller and Heckman LLP, Brussels
  • YiFan Jiang
    Regional Regulatory Affairs Manager at Food Industry Asia (FIA), Singapore
  • Fabio Giacopello, Partner at HFG Law & Intellectual Property, Shanghai
  • Michael Jahnz, Senior Manager at Wessling Consulting Ltd., Shanghai
  • Tania Porsgaard Bayer, Team Manager Regulatory Affairs at Arla Foods Ingredients, Denmark

You can find the full program here and register here.

For more information about the event, please contact Clara Hausin at hausin@lexxion.de or write me at foodlawlatest@gmail.com

Hope to see you there!

Here below a taste of the topics:

A General Introduction to Export in Asia

  • Cultural issues
  • How to incorporate regulatory aspects into your export strategy

Cesare Varallo, Food Lawyer in Italy, Vice President – Business and Regulatory Affairs EU – INSCATECH, Turin

The Policy and Regulatory Landscape for the Food Industry in Asia: Challenges and Opportunities

  • Complexity of the regulatory environment in Asia
  • Key challenges (food safety and nutrition policies, SPS and TBT issues, regulatory differencies etc.)
  • Opportunities for harmonisation

YiFan Jiang, Regional Regulatory Affairs Manager at Food Industry Asia (FIA), Singapore

Export from the EU to China: General Trade Issues

  • Structure of competent authorities
  • Registration and general requirements for export
  • Mandatory labelling
  • Novel foods

Katia Merten-Lentz, Partner at Keller and Heckman LLP, Brussels

Advertising, E-Commerce and Consumer Protection

  • Intellectual property & advertising
  • E-commerce
  • Consumer protection & compliance

Nicola Aporti, Head of Corporate and Food Regulatory, HFG Law & Intellectual Property, Shanghai

Milk Sector and Infant Formula in China

Tania Porsgaard Bayer, Team Manager Regulatory Affairs at Arla Foods Ingredients, Denmark

Important local testing standards for the Chinese market

  • Differences to ISO testing standards
  • Recent news in Chinese standards

Michael Jahnz, Senior Manager at Wessling Consulting Ltd., Shanghai

The Impact of the EU GI on the Chinese Trademark System

Fabio Giacopello, Partner at HFG Law & Intellectual Property, Shanghai

New Developments in Japanese Food Law

  • Recent developments in Japanese food law and labelling requirements
  • Newly introduced sanctions on mislabeling
  • Case studies on crisis management relating to the Japanese food market

Akihisa Shiozaki, Partner at Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu, Tokyo

Counterfeiting and Food Frauds Issues in Asia

  • Practical examples
  • How to prevent fraud and protect your brand
  • The transparency challenge and ongoing initiatives in Asia

Cesare Varallo, Food Lawyer in Italy, Vice President – Business and Regulatory Affairs EU – INSCATECH, Turin

Final Round-Table Discussion with Companies and Trade Association Representatives

New Rules of Registration and Filing of Food Supplements in China

Today I publish an excellent new article from our food contributor from China: regulatory specialist and former food law advisor for the Food and Drug Administration of Beijing Kun Hou. Hopefully it will be the first of a new series about food supplements Chinese market and regulations.

The food supplements market in China has become a diamond mine and its market value is estimated to have reached RMB 1 trillion in 2015 and it’s still growing with a continuous 20% pace annually regardless of the dim GDP growth in China. The 12th Five-year Food Industry Development Plan issued by the National Development and Reform Commission has lifted the food supplements manufacturing business to a national strategy yet the market maturity and consumer consciousness are still to be developed and nurtured.

I myself handled dozens of cases when I was in FDA of Beijing. Many senior citizens in Beijing aged 60 to 75 filed reports concerning food supplements violations, food fraud, false propaganda and other problems on a daily basis. The number of people who feel they have been deceived of the quality increases every day, so as the market value, which shows exactly how strong the market is. Seniors aged over 60 in Beijing get up early to attend meetings held in some hotel at 5 am. Of course they are lured and just curious to see what the offer is at the very beginning. It all ends up with them paying a great sum of money for some food supplements which claim to be healthy or even cancer-preventing yet of no functional values. When they go back home and several days later they start to realize that what they bought is not what they want. They go to FDA with a receipt that provides limited clue and FDA can do ‘nothing’ because they think it’s a guerrilla war they can never win. Those who sell food supplements in China like PERFECT and INFINITUS mostly among friends and relatives are still disliked by people around them. What’s more intriguing is that so many people still cry in their heart for high-quality food supplements which can earn their fundamental trust with a grandeur brand image. So the affluent ask their friends or children to buy it in a foreign country and carry with them overseas. The environment pollution and the food crisis have further implanted a distrust in people’s mind which will need decades to be uprooted.

A Few Tips on the Regulation

The Regulation on the Registration and Filing of Food Supplements in China has just come into force on 1st July 2016.

Food supplements first imported into China mainland excluding those vitamins and minerals food supplements shall be registered by CFDA. By first imported, it means food supplement produced by the same manufacturer from the same country using the same formula. Any food supplement which does not fulfill the three conditions simultaneously shall be deemed food supplements first imported into China mainland and thus needs to be registered. For vitamins and minerals food supplements, filing is required instead of registration. Both the registration and filing shall be initiated by the manufacturer itself. Difference however exists between the two process. Registration shall be conducted by a resident representative in China or an agent located in China. Such requirement does not apply to filing, which means the manufacturer can do this all by himself.

Here I will give a brief introduction on the filing of food supplements and I will leave the registration in a subsequent article which will also feature some comparison between the FS regulations of China and EU&UK.

Basic Requirements

(1)The nutrients of vitamins and minerals shall fall within the category of Ingredients Catalogue of Food Supplements;

(2)The product formula, the name and usage of the raw and supplementary ingredients, efficacy, manufacturing technique, etc shall be in conformity to Chinese laws, regulations, compulsory standards and the technical requirements of Ingredients Catalogue of Food Supplements;

Required Filing Materials

(1) Material of the product formula including the name and usage of the raw and supplementary ingredient, manufacturing technique and quality standard; when it becomes necessary, more materials have to be submitted to demonstrate the provisions according to which the raw material is being used, specifications concerning which part of the raw ingredient has been used, inspection certificate and variety identification;

(2) Introduction to the manufacturing process including production diagram and specification, the critical controlling point and illustration;

(3) Material of the assessment for the safety and nutrition function appraisal including the test material for the ingredients, products excluded by the Ingredients Catalogue of Food Supplements and appraisal material of human consumption; test report of the effective composition or primary composition, hygiene, steadiness, bacteria identification and toxicity; test report of stimulant, prohibited medicine component,etc;

(4) The type, name and relevant standards of the package material that directly contact the food;

(5) Template of the product label and instructions; search material proving that the general name of the product does not contradict the name of a registered drug;

(6) Filing form and undertaking paper of the authenticity of the materials submitted;

(7) Copy of the registration certificate of the company who initiates the filing;

(8) Materials of the technical requirements for the products;

(9) Full-item inspection report issued by a legally qualified institution;

(10) Other materials showing the safety and nutrition function of the products;

(11) Witness statement issued by competent government authorities or legal service providers showing that the applicant is the legal manufacturer the marketed food supplement;

(12) Witness letter issued by competent government authorities showing that the product has been in circulation for at least one year or safety report about the sales of the product and human consumption;

(13) Technical regulations or standards of the country/region where the product has been manufactured or of the international organization;

(14) The actual version of the package, label and instruction of the product in the country where it has been manufactured and circulated;

(15) Registration certificate or business license if the application is been conducted by a resident representative in China or an agent located in China.

The saddest thing in China is the power of law does not always exercise as what is stated in agreed terms. So never assume something is predictable just because it is written on paper. The government has so many that need further and absolute disclosure. Under most circumstances, what kills a cat is not curiosity, it’s opacity. Nevertheless I still believe openness and sharing will ease the way of food circulation around the world.