Seminar on FDA requirements for import and food defense

Together with my friend and partner at Iseven Servizi, Franco Aquilano, on 17th April 2014, in Milan (near the beautiful Duomo), I will teach in a course dedicated to FDA general requirements for import foodstuffs in USA – after the Bioterrorism Act and the Food Safety Modernization Act – and on food defense systems.

While I will cover the first argument, together with some insights about the food recall system in USA and crisis management strategies, Franco will explain the requirements of a food defense system, also in light of some private standards (BRC, IFS).

Food defense is putting measures in place that reduce the chances of the food supply from becoming intentionally contaminated using a variety of chemicals, biological agents or other harmful substances by people who want to do us harm. These agents could include materials that are not naturally-occurring or substances not routinely tested for in food products. A terrorist’s goal might be to kill people, disrupt our economy, or ruin your business. Intentional acts generally occur infrequently, can be difficult to detect, and are hard to predict.

The course is organized by Certiquality, certification body, accredited to provide enterprises with certification services covering quality, environmental and safety management systems, as well as product certification.

You can see the program, download the brochure and book your place, until April 9th, here. Language of the course: Italian.

In case you are late for this date, we will propose again the course after the Summer and is also available on demand for groups. Please be in touch with us or Certiquality for any further info.

Summer Academy in Global Food Law and Policy 2014 – Program Preview

This year´s edition of the Summer Academy in Global Food Law & Policy will take place on July 21-25, 2014 in Bilbao, Spain. This is a preview of the program. We invite you to subscribe here to receive all future updates.

EU Food Law and the Precautionary Principle: Latest Developments
Emmanuel Saurat, Sidley Austin LLP, Brussels

The Role of Food Private Standards in the Global Food Supply Chain: the Case of GlobalGap
Flavio Alzueta, Marketing & Strategy Director, GlobalGap

Understanding the US Agriculture and Food Systems
Laurie Beyranevand, Associate Professor of Law, Vermont Law School

Food Distribution and the Role of Supermarkets: Struggles over the Organization of Agricultural Markets and Food Supply Chain
Amy Cohen, Professor of Law at the Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law Food Distribution

The WTO’s role in the regulation of food       
Alberto Alemanno, HEC Paris and NYU School of Law
Ching-Fu Lin, Harvard Law School

FSMA Import Rules: Foreign Supplier Vertification Program (FSVP) and Voluntary Qualified Importer Program (VQIP) 
Marsha Echols, Professor of Law and Director of the World Food Law Institute, Howard University, Washington DC

Food Fraud: A Global Legal and Policy Analysis
Michael Roberts, Executive Director of the Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy Food Fraud, UCLA School of Law

FSMA Hazard Analysis and Risk-based Preventive Controls (HACCP-based Regulation)
Neal D. Fortin, Director of the Institute for Food Laws & Regulations, Michigan State University College of Law

and many more sessions and speakers to be announced.

For a more detailed preview of the program click here

For more information on how to apply click here

I hope to be there this July. I attended the 2013 edition and I strongly advised every one involved in food law to participate.