Summer Academy In Global Food Law and Policy – Deadline to apply 31st May 2015 – Final program and discussion panel on food frauds

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, 20th July, to Friday, 24th July, 2015 in Bilbao, Spain.

Among the many topics covered this year stand out food frauds, the obesity challenge, the TTIP under discussion between Europe and the USA and the marketing restrictions to “unhealthy foods”.

As leading expert in the field of fraud prevention along the supply chain, I was named as a speaker for a presentation entitled “Rethinking How to Regulate Food Frauds” and to chair a panel discussion with Prof. Neal Fortin, Director of the ‘”Institute for Food Law and Regulations” at Michigan State University, and Gilles Boin, food lawyer at the renowned French law firm “Product Law Firm”, which will give a more extensive presentation on food fraud legislative framework.

Amongst the other speakers:

Alberto Alemanno: Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law, HEC Paris and Scholar at the O’Neill Institute of National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University.

Wenche Barth Eide: Emeritus Professor, Department of Nutrition, University of Oslo.

Enrico Bonadio: Senior Lecturer in Law, City University London (City Law School).

Asbjørn Eide: Emeritus professor and senior fellow at the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights at the University of Oslo.

Hilal Elver: UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food.

Richard A. Falk: Albert G. Milbank Professor of International Law and Practice, Emeritus at Princeton University.

Simone Gabbi: Legal Department European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Amandine Garde: Professor of Law at the University of Liverpool.

Giovanni Gruni: Oxford University

Pelle Guldborg Hansen: Director of ISSP The Initiative of Science, (Society & Policy at Roskilde University and University of Southern Denmark); member of the Prevention Council of the Danish Diabetes Association and Chairman of the Danish Nudging Network.

Francesco Tramontin: Director External Affairs, “Mondelez” Europe.

Paolo R. Vergano: Partner at “Fratini Vergano”, Brussels.

For more information visit the website or download the full program at the following link.

The deadline to apply is 31st May 2015.

GFSI paper on mitigation of food frauds effects

In July 2014 GFSI released a paper on mitigation of food frauds.

Inscatech applauds the Global Food Safety Initiative (“GFSI”) in their decision to include new requirements specific to food fraud mitigation in the next full revision of the GFSI Guidance Document (7th Edition) to be released in 2016. Details can be found in GFSI’s position paper, “GFSI Position on Mitigating the Public Health Risk of Food Fraud”, released on July 14, 2014.

Inscatech was a key member of the GFSI Board Sponsored Food Fraud Think Tank which was convened to further advance the Food Fraud mitigation topic, and was instrumental having its recommendations adopted by the GFSI Board of Directors. Its fellow Food Fraud Think Tank members included Eurofins, who brought perspectives on analytical testing and certification, and Michigan State University’s Food Fraud Initiative, an interdisciplinary, education and outreach organization. The manufacturers and retailers perspectives on the Think Tank were represented by Danone, Walmart and Royal Ahold respectively. Inscatech congratulates its colleagues on the Food Fraud Think Tank for collaboratively achieving this groundbreaking advancement in Food Fraud prevention.

The new GFSI requirements specify that companies perform Food Fraud vulnerability assessments and implement a Food Fraud vulnerability control plan to mitigate identified vulnerabilities (“The Think Tank recommends that two fundamental steps are taken by the food industry to aid in the mitigation of Food Fraud: firstly, to carry out a “food fraud vulnerability assessment” in which information is collected at the appropriate points along the supply chain (including raw materials, ingredients, [finished] products, packaging) and evaluated to identify and prioritize significant vulnerabilities for food fraud”, “Secondly, ‘appropriate control measures shall be put in place to reduce the risks’ from these vulnerabilities. These control measures can include monitoring strategy, a testing strategy, origin verification, specification management, supplier audits, and anti-counterfeit technologies. A clearly documented control plan outlines when, where and how to mitigate fraudulent activities.”)

GFSI formally defined a broad definition of Food Fraud to include adulteration, but also all fraud – explicitly including misbranding and stolen good (“Food Fraud, including the subcategory of economically motivated adulteration, is of growing concern.  It is deception of consumers using food products, ingredients and packaging for economic gain and includes substitution, unapproved enhancements, misbranding, counterfeiting, stolen goods or others”) and it could be linked to public health issues (“The GFSI Board recognizes that the driver of a food fraud incident might be economic gain, but if a public health threat arises from the effects of an adulterated product, this will lead to a food safety incident.”)

Inscatech is the first and only company currently providing Food Fraud vulnerability assessments and control plans. Inscatech is a Food Fraud detection and prevention company. The only company of its kind, Inscatech has established a solid reputation in the food industry as both a pioneer and the sole provider of food fraud intelligence investigations, forensically based vulnerability assessments, supplier qualification examinations, validated supply chain mapping, and food fraud vulnerability control programs. Through its work with many of the largest food producers and retail grocery conglomerates globally, Inscatech is leading the food industry towards a harmonized and systematic approach to protecting the safety and authenticity of the global food supply.

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