Webinar – New Chinese draft Regulations on general and nutrition labeling explained (texts in EN available to subscribers)

In cooperation with HFG law firm in Shanghai, we are proud to offer the first webinar on the potential changes of food labeling legislation in China.

Drafts of GB 7718 (Standard for general labeling for prepackaged food) and GB 28050 (Standard for nutritional labeling for prepackaged food) were disclosed in December 2018. We are talking about two unexplored cornerstones of food labeling regulation in China.

Although those are only non-final versions, therefore potentially still subject to further modifications, companies can learn a lot from these drafts to understand what may possibly change – which will have a crucial impact on their marketing and compliance.

  1. CONTENT/MODALITIES

Duration: estimated 2 h webinar (plus Q&A time) to ease the direct interaction. Questions will be made in chat during the webinar, and the speaker will answer during the 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.

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 your computer without any install or dial in. After subscription you will receive all the details to access UberConference and test in any moment the system, to avoid any last minute technical issue.

  1. DATE
  • 15th February 2019 from 9 a.m. to 11a.m. CET (Shanghai time 4.30 p.m.)
  1. PRICING/SUBSCRIPTION

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

  • your name and surname
  • company name/affiliation
  • only participation to webinar or webinar + standards translated
  • invoicing/billing details (including a tax/VAT/registration number for your company)

Pricing:

  • 200 €/subscription to the webinar (the 2nd person from the same company/organization will benefit of a 20% discount);

OR

  • 250 €/subscription to the webinar + receiving in advance full English translation of the drafts GB 7718 and GB 28050

(the 2nd person from the same company/organization will benefit of a 20% discount);

Payment should be made upfront.

  1. PROGRAMS

New draft standard GB 7718 (prepackaged food labeling)

Highlight on the main changes, which include:

  • QUID for ingredients;
  • Products name;
  • Positive and negative claims;
  • Allergenic ingredients labeling;
  • Additive declaration
  • Labeling in case of entrusted production
  • Labeling of suitable categories of people

New draft standard GB 28050 (nutritional labeling)

Highlight on the main changes, which include:

  • mandatory content;
  • exemptions to nutritional labeling;
  • definitions of specific nutrients;
  • error ranges;
  • Recommended serving
  • Recommended graphic
  • allowed nutritional claims (content, comparative, function);
  • label formats
  1. SPEAKER

Nicola Aporti is an Italian-qualified lawyer, who supports international clients in establishing and running their operations in China. He is established in Shanghai since 2006 and he is Head of Corporate and Food Regulatory at the law firm HFG

He has substantive experience in supporting food companies in China in the areas of food regulatory, consumer protection, food licenses, IP and contractual matters.

Nicola is author of Guida alla normativa dell’Industria Alimentare in Cina, Food Editore, Parma 2013; Introduccion al Derecho Alimentario en China, Thomson Reuters Aranzadi, Madrid 2014; and co-author of Sostenibilita’ e Cina, L’Asino d’Oro, Milano 2014. Moreover, Nicola regularly writes articles on reviews  such as LexologyRivista di diritto Alimentare, Food, eFood Lab, and  posts weekly updates on his www.chinafoodlaw.blog

He is a well recognized international speaker and author.

Top ten 2018 articles and Foodlawlatest.com achievements

Dear readers,

At the end of 2018, foodlawlatest.com ranked 2nd in the category Niche and Specialty niche_and_specialty_-_2nd_place_badgeLaw Blog in the blog contest launched by the Expert Institute.

Thank you for all your support and for your votes.

After 5 years of activity is time to give you some numbers.

This year we proudly served more than 100 clients, on 3 continents (EU, North America, Asia) and we gathered readers from more than 160 countries.

Our LinkedIn group, with much more info and updates, is now including more than 4.000 food professionals and we launched with success our first massive online webinar (on FDA labeling).

Just as we speak we are gathering subscriptions for the next webinar’s wave and soon there will be much more: guest speakers from around the world will introduce you to food law in the major markets (a hint: the 1st one will be on the upcoming new Chinese labeling legislation…). From fall 2018 I am as well guest instructor for online courses of the Michigan State University Institute for Food Laws and Regulations.

Now we are a team of 5 here in Torino’s office and we cover more than 60 markets through local partners and contractors. In 2019 we would like to scale up, refresh the website and publish more frequently, launch a YouTube channel and bring to the surface the huge network and the different skills that we might put on the plate when it comes to offer you a strategic advice in marketing food. Two major publications on food labeling (in English) are as well in the pipeline.

Between our major partners, I’d like already to quote (and thank for the great support and exchange of knowledge):

  • MoniQa: MoniQA is an international and interdisciplinary network of professionals from institutions working in food research, regulatory bodies and trade, providing solutions to promote a safer and secure food supply worldwide. The main focus of the association is on food allergen management and food fraud prevention and I sit in the Scientific Advisory Committee;
  • Arcadia International: Arcadia is a multi-disciplinary consultancy dedicated to the food and feed value chain and is also recognized as expert by several European Commission Directorate-Generals for agriculture and food related activities. In particular a mention goes to my great friend Francesco Montanari, food lawyer in Lisbon/Paris;
  • ShantallaJohn G. Keogh: Shantalla provides retainer-based advisory services and project-based research for clients in the public and private sectors globally, on topics like:
    • Strategy & Policy Advisory
    • Supply Chain Integrity incl. Traceability and Brand Protection
    • Product and Consumer Safety incl. Recall
    • Supply Chain Transparency & Consumer Trust
    • Sustainability, Compliance & Governance
    • Industry Standards (GS1)
    • Technology Advisory incl. IoT & Blockchain Use Cases

Coming back to our blog, the most read articles in 2018 – in case you missed them – were the following:

  1. EFSA – Consumer perceptions of emerging risks in the food chain
  2. Food fraud update at EU level and Interpol/Europol Opson VII operation preliminary findings
  3. Vietnam – New Criminal Code provides stricter sanctions for food safety violations
  4. QeA EU Parliament – EU Commission to EU Parliament on Meat Sounding
  5. QeA EU Commission to EU Parliament – Allergens declaration on non pre-packed food
  6. EU Audit in Belgium on organic production and labeling – Are we still surprised of “organic frauds”?
  7. EU Study on Food Waste and Date Marking published
  8. FDA finalizes the extension of the compliance dates for new Nutrition Facts
  9. Food Law in Asia and Food Law in US Conference (Rome 16-17th April 2018)
  10. Hard times for industrial trans fats: EU upcoming legal limit and FDA moves

Please let us know what we can do more or better and thank you for your continuous support!

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