Turin 16th-17th November 2015: US Business Forum – The Food Marketing in the US

To help businesses and professionals juggling in the difficult landscape of compliance and of export licenses issues, the Chamber of Commerce of Turin has organized a focus of two days dedicated to the US market.

The program includes, in the first day the 16th November, the involvement of a number of qualified American speakers, who will be personally present in Turin, to cover a large series of general themes and issues that affect the companies interested in this market.

The next day, November 17th, which I will participate as a speaker, it will be organized by the Turin Chamber of Commerce Chemical Laboratory and it will be dedicated to an intensive training on food export.

The food products export in the US requires preliminary verification of the requirements and regulations applicable to labeling, but also hygiene and food safety prescriptions has to be met. These requirements are widely different from those provided in the EU and must be respected for customs clearance and market products. The context in which the entrepreneur is operating is extremely complex and the competent authorities are different, depending on whether it relates to plant products or animal products.

There will be also an interesting session about food defense, held by Franco Aquilano of IsevenServizi, my trusted technical partners.

Here, you can find the complete program.

FSA Board agrees restrictions on raw milk should remain

The FSA Board met to discuss the findings of the comprehensive review of the regulations that control the sale of unpasteurised, or raw, drinking milk.

The review concluded that:

  • the risk associated with raw drinking milk consumption, except for vulnerable groups, is acceptable when appropriate hygiene controls are applied
  • the current restriction on sales of raw milk should remain in place as there is uncertainty that consumer protection can be maintained if the market for raw milk is expanded
  • risk communication could be improved, particularly for vulnerable groups, and changes to the labelling requirements are proposed to reflect this

The Board accepted the conclusions of the review.  However, they noted concerns that consumers should be more aware of the risks and asked that the FSA be clear in its advice not to drink raw milk.

The Board noted reports of non-compliance in the industry and agreed that supporting improvements in compliance should be a focus for FSA action.

In a development to the FSA’s approach to the control of ‘risky’ foods, the Board agreed that we will now identify triggers relating to outbreaks, detection of pathogens in raw drinking milk samples, and changes in the retail market for raw drinking milk that would require a further discussion of risks and controls. This will be facilitated by regular reporting of compliance in this sector to the Board.

The FSA reviewed the current controls to make sure they are clear, consistent and control the public health risks associated with raw milk. The review covered England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Sale of raw drinking milk is banned in Scotland.

The consultation considered a number of options. These ranged from removing restrictions on sales through to introducing a requirement for all milk to be pasteurised prior to sale.

(Source: FSA Website)