Milan Expo – Conference “Internet of (every)thing and smart agriculture”

Tomorrow I will be in Milan Expo attending this interesting conference organized by the Tech and Law Center, an interdisciplinary center promoted by a research group composed of members from Università di Milano, Università di Milano–Bicocca, Università dell’Insubria and Politecnico di Milano. The center projects and events address digital technologies and their interaction with law and society.

The event will be on 10 September at 14.30 in the Conference Room of the Cluster “Isole, Mare, Cibo” at EXPO, Milan.

I will be hanging around Expo all day, so it could be also a great opportunity to share a coffee with any interested reader of my blog, in case you’ll be there.

Here’s a brief description of the conference and all the relevant info:

Internet of (Every)thing and Smart Agriculture

The interaction between physical objects and sensors connected to Internet makes it possible to exchange information in a manner which has never previously been possible anywhere in the world and to render smart objects inanimate in order to provide functionality and services which have not yet been fully explored.

Internet of (Every)Thing (IoE) entails various levels: from the smart home to the production of goods, among which food, and to the management of natural resources, like water. The IoE can therefore vary from examples of “consumer” oriented interconnected devices to more “enterprise” driven business cases, raising the interest of Governments and public administrations as well.

One of the most interesting field for our State’s future is the “smart agriculture”, monitoring micro- climate parameters supporting agriculture to improve products’ quality, to reduce risks coming from unpredictable weather phenomenon, to rationalize resources and to reduce the environmental impact.

If on one hand the IoE will make the world a better place to live, on the other hand it will be paramount to prevent and impede possible future abuses and violations.

The goal of the meeting is to gather international technical and legal experts to discuss opportunities and risks of IoE world.

Please, find here a brief description of the event, the agenda and the flyer.

Milan 27.10.15 – Practical course on official controls and food frauds prevention strategies

On 27th October 2015 I will be in Milan for a full day practical seminar on how to defend your business from official controls, non compliance events and food frauds. The course is organized and hosted in a wonderful location near the beautiful “Duomo” by Certiquality, certification body, accredited to provide enterprises with certification services covering Quality, Environmental and Safety Management Systems, as well as Product Certification. Certiquality also operates on Food Safety, on auditing Data Security in the EDP systems, and on Professional Training.

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. (EC) 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.

Write me at foodlawlatest@gmail.com to have the full program and book your place.

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