Albenga 2.7.15 – Official controls and food fraud course at the Savona Chamber of Commerce

On 2nd July 2015 I will be in Albenga for a full day practical seminar on how to defend your business from official controls, non compliance events and food frauds.

The course is hosted and organized by Certiquality, certification body, accredited to provide enterprises with certification services covering Quality, Environmental and Safety Management Systems, as well as Product Certification, hosted by the local Chamber of Commerce Analytical Lab and supported by Confindustria and our Ministry of Agriculture ICQRF (Institute for food frauds and quality schemes infringements repression).

Aim of the course is to offer to the food business operators the instruments to comprehend which are their rights and their obligations during the official controls and the administrative and/or criminal proceedings which follow the non-compliance.

We will analyze the main issues linked to the sampling and testing phase and how to manage an inspection from the competent authority, which kind of measures the competent authorities can apply (i.e. seizures), how to handle a food recall and how to prevent unintentional frauds (i.e. Horsemeat scandal), with practical examples.

The EU Commission is working on a revision of the Reg. (CE) n. 882/2004 on official controls on foodstuffs, and within this context is also evaluating if establishing a common definition of “food frauds” and how to build a credible enforcement system to prevent such incidents.

It is of pivotal importance to be updated on those aspects, since the publication of the new Regulation (in origin fixed for the end of 2015) probably will be in the first half of 2016.

You can see the full program here and register at the following page.

Language of the course: Italian. For readers from foreign countries I remember that I can organize also sessions via webinar/distance learning.

Elliot review published today!

Professor Chris Elliott’s final report into the integrity and assurance of UK food supply networks has been published today. You can download the report at the following link.

The review was prompted by growing concerns about the systems used to deter, identify and prosecute food adulteration. The horse meat crisis of 2013 was a trigger, as were concerns about the increasing potential for food fraud and ‘food crime’. Food fraud becomes food crime when it no longer involves random acts by ‘rogues’ within the food industry but becomes an organised activity by groups which knowingly set out to deceive, and or injure, those purchasing food. These incidents can have a huge negative impact both on consumer confidence, and on the reputation and finances of food businesses.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs published also the document Government response to the “Elliott review of the integrity and assurance of food supply networks”.

Enjoy the reading and stay tuned for comments about the documents.