1st Food Law in Asia International Conference – Export, Labelling and Countering Fraud

I am very proud to announce that I will be chairing this one of a kind event in Europe, realised by Lexxion Publisher and supported by Food Industry Asia (FIA) and HFG Law Firm, one of the leading firm in China in food and intellectual property sectors.

A special thank to my colleague and friend Nicola Aporti for helping out in everything.

The event will be on 12th June 2017 in Amsterdam, Hampshire Hotel – American.

This first international conference on Asian food law, will be bringing together experts and practitioners from various European and Asian countries. High-profile lecturers from industry and private practice will familiarise participants with the ins and outs of the Asian food market and answer their questions.

The speakers will provide an insight into the legal and regulatory complexities of the Asian food market, update participants on the most recent developments in Asian food law and introduce them to the most relevant cultural aspects of the region. The sessions will combine presentations, case studies and Q&As allowing you to discuss your questions with our experts.

Speaker’s list:

  • Cesare Varallo
    Food Lawyer in Italy, Vice President – Business and Regulatory Affairs EU – INSCATECH, Turin (Chair)
  • Nicola Aporti
    Head of Corporate and Food Regulatory, HFG Law & Intellectual Property, Shanghai
  • Akihisa Shiozaki
    Partner at Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu, Tokyo
  • Katia Merten-Lentz
    Partner at Keller and Heckman LLP, Brussels
  • YiFan Jiang
    Regional Regulatory Affairs Manager at Food Industry Asia (FIA), Singapore
  • Fabio Giacopello, Partner at HFG Law & Intellectual Property, Shanghai
  • Michael Jahnz, Senior Manager at Wessling Consulting Ltd., Shanghai
  • Tania Porsgaard Bayer, Team Manager Regulatory Affairs at Arla Foods Ingredients, Denmark

You can find the full program here and register here.

For more information about the event, please contact Clara Hausin at hausin@lexxion.de or write me at foodlawlatest@gmail.com

Hope to see you there!

Here below a taste of the topics:

A General Introduction to Export in Asia

  • Cultural issues
  • How to incorporate regulatory aspects into your export strategy

Cesare Varallo, Food Lawyer in Italy, Vice President – Business and Regulatory Affairs EU – INSCATECH, Turin

The Policy and Regulatory Landscape for the Food Industry in Asia: Challenges and Opportunities

  • Complexity of the regulatory environment in Asia
  • Key challenges (food safety and nutrition policies, SPS and TBT issues, regulatory differencies etc.)
  • Opportunities for harmonisation

YiFan Jiang, Regional Regulatory Affairs Manager at Food Industry Asia (FIA), Singapore

Export from the EU to China: General Trade Issues

  • Structure of competent authorities
  • Registration and general requirements for export
  • Mandatory labelling
  • Novel foods

Katia Merten-Lentz, Partner at Keller and Heckman LLP, Brussels

Advertising, E-Commerce and Consumer Protection

  • Intellectual property & advertising
  • E-commerce
  • Consumer protection & compliance

Nicola Aporti, Head of Corporate and Food Regulatory, HFG Law & Intellectual Property, Shanghai

Milk Sector and Infant Formula in China

Tania Porsgaard Bayer, Team Manager Regulatory Affairs at Arla Foods Ingredients, Denmark

Important local testing standards for the Chinese market

  • Differences to ISO testing standards
  • Recent news in Chinese standards

Michael Jahnz, Senior Manager at Wessling Consulting Ltd., Shanghai

The Impact of the EU GI on the Chinese Trademark System

Fabio Giacopello, Partner at HFG Law & Intellectual Property, Shanghai

New Developments in Japanese Food Law

  • Recent developments in Japanese food law and labelling requirements
  • Newly introduced sanctions on mislabeling
  • Case studies on crisis management relating to the Japanese food market

Akihisa Shiozaki, Partner at Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu, Tokyo

Counterfeiting and Food Frauds Issues in Asia

  • Practical examples
  • How to prevent fraud and protect your brand
  • The transparency challenge and ongoing initiatives in Asia

Cesare Varallo, Food Lawyer in Italy, Vice President – Business and Regulatory Affairs EU – INSCATECH, Turin

Final Round-Table Discussion with Companies and Trade Association Representatives

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