Summer Academy in Global Food Law and Policy 2017

The Summer Academy in Global Food Law & Policy is an established one-week summer programme that brings together practitioners, policymakers, industry representatives and leading academics working in the field of food law and policy.

It offers intensive training on the most innovative developments in global food regulation and provides a unique opportunity for professional development and networking in an informal and inter-disciplinary setting.

By talking, studying and interacting with food experts from all over the world, participants are able to gain new perspectives into both their own sectors and international regulatory issues.

This is achieved by combining traditional classroom instruction with experiential learning opportunities offered by dedicated and distinguished international experts.

The Academy will take place from Monday, 17 July, to Thursday, 20 July, 2017 in Bilbao, Spain.

The choice of this vibrant city will enable participants to benefit from the world renowned Basque cuisine, its privileged geographical location between the Atlantic sea and the Rioja region, as well as its distinctive architectural landscapes (with the Guggenheim Museum, Norman Foster’s Undergroud, the towers by Arata Isozaki and César Pelli and the Calatrava’s airport).

2017’s edition keynote speaker will be Dr. Ala Alwan, the former Assistant Director General for non-communicable diseases and mental health at the World Health Organization and regional director for the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region.

Also this year I will be there, leading a panel which will explore risks and opportunities of the application of new technologies and internet of things in the food sector.

You can apply until 31st May 2017 to the following link and here you can download the full program.

Here’s a preview:

The International Trade Regime of Food: a WTO Perspective

Erik Wijkström, Trade and Environment Division, Secretary of the WTO Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade at the World Health Organization

Food Labeling: Can Labels Reshape the World?

Melissa M. Card, J.D., Institute for Food Laws and Regulations, Michigan State University College of Law

What Role for the Law in the Prevention of Non-Communicable Diseases? Focus on the Obesity Challenge

Alberto Alemanno, Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law at HEC Paris and Global Clinical Professor of Law at NYU School of Law

Unlocking the Mindful Consumer: Where Business Performance and Public Policy Goals Meet

Francesco Tramontin, Chair of the AIM/Nudge Task Force and Director Public Affairs Mondelez International

Bridging the Gap between Behavioural Policymaking and Obesity: Unleashing the Power of Peers for Healthy Nutrition

Pelle Guldborg Hansen, University of Roskilde

Business and Human Rights: Opportunities and Challenges for a Food Company Embarking on the Social Sustainability Journey

Virginie Mahin, External Communications Manager at Mondelez Europe

Chile’s Super 8 Front-of-Package Food Labelling Law and its Interactions with the Global Health, Trade, and Investment Architecture

Paul Mertenskoetter, Institute for International Law and Justice at NYU School of Law

The Consumer Information Paradigm: A Critical, European Perspective

Caoimhin Mac Maolain, Trinity College Dublin

Taxing Food and Beverage Products: A Public Health Perspective

Jennifer Pomeranz, Assistant Professor at NYU College of Public Health

A Global Perspective through the Lenses of the Latin American Experience

Oscar Cabrera, Executive Director of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law and Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center

The Application of New Technologies and Internet of Things in the Food Sector: Risks and Opportunities

Cesare Varallo, Food Lawyer, foodlawtest.com founder, and Vice President at INSCATECH

 

Thank God it’s Friday! Quick News from the food world (Week 43)

Here’s my article’s selection of the week:

EU

– Author: EU health claims laws cannot be bent for botanicals, by Bert Schwitters, on nutraingredients.com: nutrition author, blogger and harsh critic of the EU’s health claim laws, Bert Schwitters, says any attempt to create separate rules for more than 1500 on-hold botanical claim applications is doomed to failure in this guest article;

– Should energy drinks be age-restricted like alcohol? WHO official asks in report, by Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn+, on nutraingredients.com: energy drink consumption among young people, particularly in connection with alcohol, presents a significant public health concern that warrants further research and regulation, according to a report authored by World Health Organisation (WHO) officials.

– GM regulations hold back innovation, say UK researchers, by Caroline Scott-Thomas+, on foodnavigator.com: current European restrictions on genetically modified (GM) crops could hold back crop innovation needed to ensure food security, claims a UK government-funded research body.

CHINA

– Amidst Public Controversy China Debates GMO Development, by John Balzano, on Forbes: an interesting article about China’s approach to GMOs and the doubts between treating GMOs like any other food and regulating them in a more specific way;

– China lifts 2013 ban on Fonterra infant formula ingredients, by Mark Astley+ , on dairyreporter.com: China has lifted its ban on the import of Fonterra two infant formula ingredients, more than a year after it was implemented in the midst of the 2013 botulism scare.

INDIA

– HC bans import of food additive Allura Red, on business-standard.com: the High  banned import of food additive Allura Red AC, also a colouring agent, after the country’s food safety authority admitted it was a prohibited chemical.

TAIWAN

 In pics: Two months of food scandals rocks Taiwan, by RJ Whitehead, on foodproductiondaily.com: recent reports that international furniture retailer Ikea has been using expired milk in its ice cream is the latest scandal to rock Taiwan. We take a look at a tense two months for food authorities and consumers as some of the island’s worst abuses came to light.

– New rules in Kaohsiung will give whistleblowers handsome cash reward, on focustaiwan.tw: Kaohsiung’s city council amended municipal food safety rules to offer whistleblowers 60 percent of fines levied on convicted companies — the highest cash award offered by any jurisdiction in Taiwan.

USA

– Quick fixes could quell rising tide of undeclared allergen food recalls, by Elizabeth Crawford, on foodnavigator-usa.com: simple changes in how food manufacturers handle and trace ingredients, packages and labels at production facilities could reduce dramatically the number of recalls due to undeclared allergens, which make up the vast majority of food recalls, according to FDA.

– Appeals Court Won’t Tamper With COOL, But Keeping It Could Be Costly, on foodsafetynews.coma decision by the U.S Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit stated that, unless the U.S. Supreme Court takes up the issue, domestic courts are fine with U.S. Department of Agriculture rules that require producers to keep track and report on the label on the birthplace, residence, and location at passing for each hunk of meat sold at retail in the U.S. regardless of the burden or cost.

– Report: Bait-and-Switch Tactics Found in One-Third of U.S. Shrimp Sales, on foodsafetynews.com: in the only known U.S. study using DNA testing on retail and restaurant shrimp, Oceana confirmed that 30 percent of the 143 products tested from 111 grocery stores and restaurants were misrepresented. It also found that consumers are often provided with little information about the shrimp they purchase, including where and how it was caught or farmed, making it difficult, if not impossible, for them to make informed choices.

WHO – NUTRITION LABELLING

– WHO calls for standardised nutrition labelling, by Caroline Scott-Thomas+, on dairyreporter.com: the World Health Organisation (WHO) has called for a more unified approach to front-of-pack nutrition labelling.