Food Law Latest is looking for you!

In July 2013 I founded the blog http://www.foodlawlatest.com, which is today one of the must read website in the international food arena and counts thousands of visitors from more than 170 countries. The blog is now evolving in a web based networks of food experts which can offer tailor-made advice to food business with a multi-disciplinary approach.

Soon there will be a dedicated page of the blog with all the parties involved in the project.

OPPORTUNITIES

We are looking for professionals with a solid background in food law or food regulatory affairs to strengthen both the internal team and the international network.

No minimum years of experience or specific degrees/Masters are required: both legal and food technical backgrounds will be considered, since you can show relevant track records in the food sector/academia.

Motivation, entrepreneurial spirit, out-of the box thinking, problem solving and trust-building capacities will be decisive. A perfect command of written and spoken English is required: additional languages will be a plus.

We support food companies’ daily needs, protect their brands and help their development through continuous innovation in the field of legal/regulatory consultancy. We believe that to manage the overwhelming complexity of the actual world, an open and cooperative mindset is necessary to meet client’s expectations and offer a multidisciplinary approach.

Fair remuneration – based on the experience and the kind of contribution – will be granted, together with unlimited chances of growth and development.

For Turin-based cooperation a stimulant, friendly and smart working environment will be granted by our actual Toolbox office: a hub of innovation in one of the most historical and fascinating cities in Italy.

You tasks, based on your personal skills, could encompass (but are not limited to):

  • food labels regulatory compliance check, translation and validation;
  • daily assistance to food companies, assisting them via phone/mail/web conferences (or directly in-house) for their daily problems about food safety or labeling;
  • research and assistance in drafting complex legal opinions or regulatory dossiers for clients;
  • preparation of out-of-the box trainings/events and related materials;
  • organisation and management of multi-country regulatory compliance projects and assistance in related admin tasks;
  • realisation of regulatory databases, information services and newsletters for clients;
  • autonomous management of new publishing projects;
  • support in drafting articles for Foodlawlatest.com and international reviews;
  • support in monitoring news from the food world, managing internal knowledge and Foodlawlatest.com online platform;
  • anything you would like to propose to us!

Deadline for application: 30 June 2017.

Interviews will be starting in July and will proceed during fall 2017.

We do not care about the potential high number of application: we thank you in advance for the application and we will be in touch in any case, keeping each CV in careful consideration and keeping it in our archives for any future need.

Please apply sending your LinkedIn updated English profile in PDF or your English CV in PDF, directly via mail, to foodlawlatest@gmail.com

Cesare Varallo

COMPANY DESCRIPTION

Cesare Varallo

I am food lawyer in Italy, international recognised speaker and global advisor on food safety, food labeling and food regulatory issues.

From April 2014 I am Vice President Business and Regulatory Affairs EU at Inscatech, a US based company which, due to its one of a kind approach, is establishing new standards in the fight against food frauds. Inscatech, indeed, is a well recognized provider of food fraud intelligence, forensically based vulnerability assessments, and validated supply chain mapping.

Foodlawlatest.com

In July 2013 I founded the blog http://www.foodlawlatest.com, which is today one of the must read website in the international food arena and counts thousands of visitors from more than 170 countries.

Our activities

Through partnerships with technical experts (e.g. food technologist and engineers) and other international advisors we can offer a multidisciplinary and multi-jurisdiction approach, to timely answer the needs of clients in a globalised environment.

My activity includes;
– food law consultancy at Italian, EU and international level;
– food recall assistance and crisis management services;
– food import/export into the EU or toward third countries;
– food fraud prevention and mitigation;
– liaison activity with trade associations and EU/Italian authorities on behalf of clients;
– development of internal procedure for the mitigation and prevention of food frauds, of the consumer’s complaints and of product’s non compliance events;
– trainings for food business operators, competent authorities and third countries on the relevant legislation;
– participation as independent consultant in EU and international agencies funded and co-funded projects;
– provision of newsletters, databases and tailor-made legal updates services on Italian and European food law;
– participation to conferences and publications regarding food law on Italian and EU reviews (e.g. EFFL – European Food and Feed Law review, EJRR – European Journal of Risk Regulation).

Bari (26-27th Jan 2017) – Food Fraud Prevention and Effective Food Allergen Management

MoniQA Association is organizing a two-day-symposium on Food Fraud Prevention and Effective Food Allergen Management targeted toward the food industry/ food manufacturers, food production auditors and representatives from the regulatory environment.

This workshop will be especially suitable for SMEs (small and medium sized enterprises) and fulfilling CPD (Continuous Professional Development) requirements. The workshop will give practical, scientific and legal background information, insight in innovative approaches, newly developed tools and recently introduced analytical methods to combat food fraud and improve food allergen management. These new developments will be linked to real case studies and learnings from recent incidents. Learnings from stakeholder viewpoints, such as food manufacturers, food laboratories, food analytical methods providers, auditors, risk assessors, lawyers, trainers/teachers, media and communicators, regulatory bodies and policy makers shall complement the scientific programme and stimulate open discussion.

The symposium will be co-organised with CNR-ISPA (a MoniQA Founder Member, since 2007) in Bari, Italy.

On 26th January I will be most pleased to give a speech at the event above mentioned, about a very intriguing topic: A food recall pending? Balancing brand reputation and social responsibility“.

It will be a great opportunity to put together both the topic of the symposium (frauds and allergens), together with other interesting ideas about communication, crisis management and the importance of transparency in such circumstances.

At the end of the day an high level roundtable will follow.

You can learn more about the event on the website, or download the full program here.

On 25th, the event will be preceded by the following experts’ meetings:

Wednesday, 25 January 2017:

14:00 – 18:00 Task Force Meeting: Food Allergen Reference Materials (new incurred materials for milk, egg, and, gluten-analysis, results of validation studies, next steps and forthcoming additional reference materials)

14:00 – 18:00 Task Force Initiative: Food Fraud Prevention (identifying gaps and needs, what can MoniQA contribute? How can industry/SMEs benefit more from such projects/initiatives? How can we improve the technology transfer?

Below you can find a list of the selected speakers:

Food Fraud Prevention – selected speakers:

  • Michael Walker, Referee Analyst in the Laboratory of the Government Chemist, LGC, UK: Food detectives: what it takes to trace food fraud;
  • Cesare Varallo, Food lawyer and regulatory specialist, INSCATECH, Italy: A food recall pending? Balancing brand reputation and social responsibility;
  • Jeff Moore, Director, Science-Food Standards, United States Pharmacopeia (USP), USA: Information tools and approaches for identifying and mitigating food fraud risks in the supply
  • Karen Everstine, United States Pharmacopeia (USP), USA: Advances in systems based approaches to food fraud mitigation
  • Alain Maquet, Joint Research Centre (JRC), European Commission, Belgium: Challenges to authenticate organically produced food by using analytical tools.
  • Bert Popping, Chief Scientific Officer, Corporate Food Chemistry and Molecular Biology, Mérieux NutriSciences Corporation, France: Food Fraud Combat: Novel approaches, from single analyte methods to non-targeted approaches
  • Jingyi Li Blank, Director, Mintz Group, Hong Kong: Background checks as a tool against food fraud
  • Richard Cantrill, American Oil Chemists’ Society (AOCS), USA: Challenges in assuring the authenticity of edible oils
  • Tullia Gallina Toschi, University of Bologna, Coordinator of the OLEUM Project, Italy: Analytical strategies for assuring authenticity and quality of olive oil at global scale: the OLEUM project
  • Marco Arlorio, Università del Piemonte Orientale “A. Avogadro”, Italy: Artificial intelligence and data mining as functional solutions for the untargeted methods in food traceability/authenticity: the Food Integrity Project, WP18
  • Vincenzo Lippolis, CNR-ISPA Bari, Italy: Rapid non-targeted methods to fight food frauds
  • Michal Godula, Thermo Fisher, Italy: Resolving the food authenticity challenges – using advanved isotopic ratio and Orbitrap high resolution mass spectrometry tools in practice
  • David Psomiadis, Imprint Analytics, Austria: Developments in food authenticity testing by the use of stable isotope analysis: Modernizing a traditional method for commercial purposes on testing geographic origin of food and naturalness of food ingredients.
  • Valeria Terzi, Genomics Research Centre, CREA-GPG, Fiorenzuola d’Arda, Italy: DNA markers to defend authenticity and safety in small grain cereals chains.
  • Kezban Candogan, Department of Food Engineering, Ankara University, Turkey: Detection of Adulteration in Meats: Species Identification of Raw Meat Mixtures Using Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy.

Effective Food Allergen Management – Selected speakers (titles are still tentative):

  • Luigi Macchia, MD, PhD, University of Bari – Aldo Moro, School and Chair of Allergology and Clinical Immunology, Italy: Food allergy of the Mediterranean Diet
  • Clare Mills, University of Manchester, Coordinator of the iFAAM Project, UK: iFAAM – integrated food allergy and allergen management
  • Samuel Godefroy, Laval University, Canada: Food allergen labelling from a risk assessment and regulatory perspective.
  • Robin Sherlock (tbc), DTS FACTA, Australia: VITAL 2.0 – how industry benefits from food allergen management support tools
  • Industry representative (tbc), Food allergen management in a food manufacturing environment despite the absence of threshold levels
  • Luca Bucchini, Food allergen recalls: what can we learn?
  • Melanie Downs, FARRP – Food Allergy Research & Resource Program, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA: Development and Validation of Effective Food Allergen Control Plans
  • Daniel Imhof, Head Official Food Control Authority Brunnen, Switzerland: The Swiss model of collaboration between industry and authorities by applying food allergen action limits
  • Consumer representative: allergen labelling and pre-cautionary labelling – wish list
  • Linda Monaci, ISPA-CNR, Italy: Methods of analysis – are we any better now than 10 years ago?
  • Roland Poms, MoniQA Association, Austria: Food allergen reference materials and their impact on more reliable analytical results
  • Marco Gobetti, University of Bari, Italy: Meeting the needs of celiac and gluten-sensitive consumers
  • Katharina Scherf, German Research Centre for Food Chemistry, Leibniz Institute, Germany: Gluten – a special case
  • Ronald Niemeijer, R-Biopharm, Germany: Rapid methods in food allergen management

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