Michigan State University Food Regulation in Latin America
course will be available online in Spanish and in English for Fall 2018 semester, starting on 29th August 2019.
I joined the IFLR team
as guest instructor and I will lead 2 modules of the program on WTO and international standards. I am most honored and deeply grateful to Neal Fortin
and Kris DeAngelo
for giving me this great opportunity.
Brand-new course is perfect for students throughout the world who either prefer Spanish or who were previously unable to take our course due to the language barrier.
This course is designed also for working professionals and presents current food issues, laws and regulations that impact Latin America. Food law topics including risk assessment, risk management, risk communication, food safety, international trade, and international entities such as FAO/WHO, WTO, and Codex Alimentarius will be highlighted.
In addition, detailed market specific information regarding labeling, additives, claims, and adulteration in Mexico, Argentina, Peru, Brazil as well as various Central American and Caribbean countries will be presented.
We are now completing the rosters and for the earliest subscribers to the Spanish taught version will be available a discount on tuition fees, mentioning that you are Food Law Latest readers.
Write to IFLR@msu.edu for details on the program and tuition fees.
See you online!
This week on the EU RASFF (Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed) we can find the following notifications:
1. Alerts followed by a recall from consumers:
- Allergens: undeclared almond in smoked organic tofu from Austria, following company’s own check. Notified by Germany;
- Heavy metals: mercury (1.99 mg/kg – ppm) in frozen tuna (Thunnus obesus) from Italy, following an official control on the market. Notified by Malta;
- Industrial contaminants: polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (3.0; sum: 17.0 µg/kg – ppb) in organic cold pressed hemp seed oil from the United Kingdom, produced in Serbia, following an official control on the market. Notified by Slovenia, distributed also to Croatia;
- Mycotoxins: aflatoxins (B1 = 76 µg/kg – ppb) in roasted salted pistachios from Iran, packaged in Italy, following an official control on the market. Notified by Slovenia;
- Mycotoxins: deoxynivalenol (DON) (2.55 mg/kg – ppm) in white corn meal from Portugal, following a border control. Notified by Switzerland, distributed also to France, Germany and United Kingdom;
- Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes (9000 CFU/g) in raw milk cheese from France, following company’s own check. Notified by France, distributed also to Spain.
2. Information for attention/for follow up followed by a recall from consumers:
3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:
5. Border rejections:
- absence of health mark on frozen Alaska pollack (Theragra chalcogramma) from China
- acetamiprid (0.768 meq/kg) in fresh sweet peppers from Turkey
- aflatoxins (B1 = 13.1; Tot. = 14.1 µg/kg – ppb) in in-shell pistachios from Iran
- aflatoxins (B1 = 19.5; Tot. = 31.7 µg/kg – ppb) in dried figs, organic dried figs (B1 = 9.8; Tot. = 42.5 µg/kg – ppb) and hazelnut kernels (B1 = 5.45; Tot. = 25.72 µg/kg – ppb) from Turkey
- aflatoxins (B1 = 30.7; Tot. = 34.1 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios in shell and pistachio nuts (B1 = 44.9; Tot. = 50 µg/kg – ppb) from the United States
- aflatoxins (B1 = 4.3 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts in shell and groundnut kernels (B1 = 88; Tot. = 105 µg/kg – ppb) from China
- aflatoxins (B1 = 5; Tot. = 20.2 / B1 = 14.1; Tot. = 43.1 µg/kg – ppb) in hazelnut kernels from Georgia
- FCM (Food Contact Materials): migration of chromium (0.19 mg/kg – ppm) and of nickel (0.2 mg/kg – ppm) from steel kitchen items, of formaldehyde (307.2; 387.6; mg/kg – ppm) from melamine cutting board and of manganese (1.0 mg/kg – ppm) from hand blender from China
- FEED: Salmonella Agona (presence), Salmonella Rissen (presence) and Salmonella Tennessee (presence) in processed animal protein from Mexico
- FEED: Salmonella group C (presence /25g) in steamdried fishmeal (Engraulis encrasicolus) from South Africa
- fraudulent Common Entry Document (CED) for roasted diced hazelnut kernels from Turkey
- fraudulent health certificate(s) for cooked salted duck eggs, marinated eggs and preserved duck eggs from China
- insufficient labelling (country of origin is missing) of frozen Alaska pollack (Theragra chalcogramma) from China
- ochratoxin A (32,55 +/- 9,44 µg/kg – ppb) in chili powder from India
- robusta coffe from Cameroon infested with moulds (21,7 %)
- spoilage (bad smell) and poor hygienic state of frozen octopus (Octopus vulgaris) from Mauritania
- too high content of sulphite (2192 mg/kg – ppm) in dried apricots from Turkey and (3008 mg/kg – ppm) in raisins from Chile
- unauthorised genetically modified (CRYI) rice stick from China
- unauthorised novel food ingredient Hovenia dulcis in mixed fruits drink from South Korea
- unauthorised substance trichlorfon (3.9 mg/kg – ppm) in white beans from Nigeria.